Partner Spotlight: Morgante-Wilson Architects, a Local Favorite Among Chicago Architecture Firms

Partner Spotlight: Morgante-Wilson Architects, a Local Favorite in Chicago Architecture Firms

With more than 30 years experience in architecture, interiors, and landscape design, the Morgante-Wilson team delivers a comprehensive and consistent project from start to finish; creating personalized, memorable spaces.

We asked Elissa Morgante, president of Morgante-Wilson Architects, to tell us more about the mission and passions that drive their dedicated team:

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Make It Better: Briefly describe your business philosophy.

Elissa Morgante: At Morgante-Wilson Architects, we draw inspiration from listening to our clients. In fact, as we see it, listening is the first duty of design.

We understand that when you engage our services, you take a leap of faith. You trust us to transform your aesthetic and personal viewpoints in a way that complements — and enhances — who you are, and how you want to live. It’s an opportunity we honor by prioritizing your needs and preferences over our own and by engaging you in an energetic, ongoing exchange of ideas. The result? A home that truly reflects your style, as well as your lifestyle.

Which product (or service) that you offer is your favorite, and why?

We use design to create a respite from the pressures of the outside world, and to introduce a welcome sense of ease into daily life. MWA homes are not stage sets. Rather, they are the equivalent of spatial hugs, comprised of rooms that calm, organize, gather, inspire, and comfort our clients. We believe they are most beautiful once they are lived in.

Tell us about how your business gives back to the community and which organizations or initiatives you’re most passionate about supporting. Why is that important to your organization?

With more than 30 years experience, Morgante-Wilson Architects remains committed to our employees, our clients, our community, and our craft. In addition to our pro bono services on behalf of philanthropic agencies including Designs 4 Dignity, Rebuilding Together, the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, and Community Partners for Affordable Housing, Morgante-Wilson’s work with the City of Chicago and the Village of Wilmette has also resulted in the establishment of civic development standards that exemplify the potential of good architecture to make the world a healthier, more sustainable, more beautiful place.

How has your business adapted to support the demands of consumers for more sustainable and socially responsible products and services?

We also believe architecture of any style should respect the wider world in which we live — which is the reason we offer ecologically-friendly building options and high-quality, cost-effective, energy-efficient choices for client consideration. Our completion of the first Gold LEED-certified residence in Glenview, Illinois, is proof of this respect.

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The Gold LEED-certified house in Glenview, Illinois.

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