Our design philosophy is to approach each design project with a fresh perspective for an attractive, efficient solution that achieves a balance between aesthetics, function and cost, with respect for the clients goals and budget. We develop our design concepts based on priorities and objectives we’ve determined by consulting with our clients. Ideally, we strive to achieve a ”meeting of the minds” with our clients to align all aspects of the project toward a brilliant solution.




Our goal is to provide personal service, superior design, attention to details and construction value to each and every client in a time sensitive manner.

Psiharis Associates is a small firm, focused on quality design for custom Residential and Commercial projects. The Principal of the firm, Thomas C. Psiharis, is a licensed Architect in the State of Illinois with over three decades of experience in a wide range of building types and sizes. Combined with his simultaneous ownership of a general contracting company, Thomas has practical hands on knowledge of the construction process that most architects know only on a theoretical level. His combination of design skills and construction expertise provide invaluable insight to the design of projects that result in tangible benefits to the client.


Having personally developed projects from start to finish with his own capital invested, Thomas has knowledge of and sensitivity to the risk reward equations an Owner undertakes in developing any project.


We don’t have a signature style of design, an identifiable look that says we designed it. As you can see in our portfolio, we design in many different styles, from Traditional to Contemporary, as appropriate for each client and location.

We believe the design should be a reflection of the clients preferences, not the Architects


“GREEN BUILDING” Energy Conscious Design

We’ve believed strongly in energy conscious design for over thirty years. Utilizing up to date construction techniques and systems, such as high density insulation and high efficiency heating systems have always been an integral part of our designs. Until recently, the availability and cost of many materials and systems have made their incorporation into projects impractical for most clients. Now with a government emphasis on energy conservation and tax credits to lessen the financial burden, green building is more viable and an important component in any project. Contact us for ways we can make your building more energy efficient and sustainable.

Copyright 2011  Thomas C. Psiharis


Famous Architects’ thoughts that guide our practice


You have to consider your client. Only out of that can you produce great architecture. You cannot work in the abstract 
- I. M. Pei,1978 

The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man's life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence 
- Eero Saarinen, 1968 


The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you are talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams 
- Robert A. M. Stern, 1985 

The home should be the treasure chest of living 
- Le Corbusier, recalled on his death 

Architecture begins where engineering ends 
- Walter Gropius, 1978 

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves 
- Le Corbusier, 1961 

The great thing about being an architect is that you can walk into your dreams 
- Harold E. Wagoner, 1986 

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts or stimulates the persons in that space 
- Philip Johnson, 1975 

Form follows function  - Louis Sullivan


Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
Philip Johnson