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A DESIGN | BUILD EXPERIENCE


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A DESIGN | BUILD EXPERIENCE


ARCHITECTs THAT BUILD.


At Design Solutions Group, we believe deeply in the importance of the role of the architect as an integral member of the construction team with a vested interest in and a responsibility for project outcomes at every level from your initial dream, to the ongoing experience of the places we make together.


WORSHIP SPACES

WORSHIP SPACES

CUSTOM HOMES

CUSTOM HOMES

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

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FIRM PHILOSOPHY


FIRM PHILOSOPHY


five principles

our Group's Philosophy for approaching solutions to your project design:


1: collaborative 

ARCHITECTURE IS THE ELEVATION OF THE CRAFT OF CONSTRUCTION.

IT IS THEREFORE ESSENTIAL TO BE IMBEDDED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS AND THE MAKING OF BUILDINGS TO THE GREATEST POSSIBLE EXTENT.

2: congruent 

POSITIVE PATTERNS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY ARE REINFORCED BY GOOD DESIGN AND VICE-VERSA.

SPACES SHOULD ALWAYS DOMINATE OVER SHAPES OR FORMS.

3: CORRECTive

OUR PLANET, COMMUNITIES, AND PROJECT SITES HAVE DEFINABLE LIMITED RESOURCES.

THE ACT OF BUILDING SHOULD REPAIR THESE PLACES WHEN POSSIBLE AND BE A GOOD STEWARD AT A MINIMUM. 

4: CONTEXTual

BUILDINGS SHOULD DISPLAY A SENSE OF TIMELESSNESS WITH RESPECT FOR THE HISTORY OF A PLACE AND PROVIDE A CONTRIBUTION TO ITS FUTURE.

5: conformative

DESIGN DECISIONS ARE BEST MADE WHEN THE MOST INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE.

A SUCCESSFUL PROCESS WILL ENCOURAGE INPUT AND ADJUSTMENT THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING'S CONSTRUCTION.

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OUR TEAM


OUR TEAM


GREG DOOLIN

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

PRESIDENT

NATe CUSTER

AIA, LEED AP

PROJECT ARCHITECT


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B.S., ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN | 1990

M.ARCH (ARCHITECTURE)

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN | 1992

Greg has 23 years of experience as a Construction Project Manager, Project Architect, and Owner’s Representative for a wide variety of project types.  In addition to serving as President and lead architect for Design Solutions Group, he also serves as Director of Pre-Construction Services for O’shea Builders.  Greg has leveraged his fascination with integrating design and construction by pioneering the Design/Build delivery method in Central Illinois with several area general contractors and overseas in China while with Caterpillar’s Global Facilities Group.

B.S., ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE | 2002

Nate has 14 years of experience as a Project Architect and Construction Project Manager with an emphasis on construction focused Design/Build.  He has developed a field expertise in the areas of High-end Residential and Religious Space planning, design, and construction with over a dozen church projects to his credit in the last ten years.  Nate enjoys the challenges that come with meeting the diverse needs and desires of church building committees and congregations.  He is also passionate about architectural history, BIM technology and experimental 3D printing.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR FIRM

Design Solutions Group was founded in 2008 and is a full service architectural firm registered to provide design services in the State of Illinois with offices based in East Peoria, Illinois and Lincoln, Illinois. Our expertise is in the areas of commercial and residential design-build projects, conceptual design and master planning, building information modeling and construction integration, the LEED rating system and sustainable building practices, and construction project management. Staff architects are members of the American Institute of Architects holding architectural licenses in Illinois and Wisconsin and hold the credential of LEED accredited professional from the United States Green Building Council.