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Peter James Harlan

Principal & Owner

Peter Harlan has 30 years of architectural and interior design experience in both the public and private sectors.  He was involved with the design and construction numerous public, educational, private commercial buildings and residences.  

Professional Registration

State of Illinois Registered Architect, 1996 - #001-017052

American Institute of Architects

NCIDQ Interior Design Registration, 2010 - #26977

City of Chicago Building Dept. - Certified Professional Energy

Energy Star Certified Architect



Bachelors of Architecture /Professional Degree, 1988 – North Dakota State University

Bachelors, Environmental Design, 1987– North Dakota State University



Columbia College, Chicago – Adjunct Professor, 2016-current

The Art Institutes /Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago - Professor, 2008-2014

Triton College – Architecture & Interior Design Instructor, 2003-2005


Peace Corps Volunteer - Bou Ficha, Tunisia 1992-1994

Joan Jackson

Founder (1956-2017)

Joan has designed and managed the construction of twelve Chicago Public Library Branches, three of which are prototypes for the City of Chicago.  Ms. Jackson worked for the City of Chicago Bureau of Architecture, the Department of General Services and the Chicago Park District. Since she left the City, she continued to work on City projects in private firms.  From 1997 to 2000, she was President of Jackson Mehdi, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm.  Ms. Jackson formed her own company in March of 2000, Jackson Architects, LLC, and Jackson Harlan LLC in 2008.  Her projects have been featured in Focus, the AIA magazine, and at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  


Master of Architecture 1982

University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Science in Architecture 1981

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Well the night's busting open

These two lanes will take us anywhere

We got one last chance to make it real

To trade in these wings on some wheels

Climb in back

Heaven's waiting on down the tracks

Oh-oh come take my hand

We're riding out tonight to case the promised land

Oh-oh Thunder Road oh Thunder Road

Lying out there like a killer in the sun

Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run

Oh Thunder Road sit tight take hold

Thunder Road


Bruce Springsteen - 1975

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