Firm

AKL Architectural Services was founded in 2002 with the idea that quality architectural work can be made affordable by following a step by step process with experienced architects leading the way. Our firm portfolio has grown each year and we have weathered the recent recession while providing some of our best work.


Our founder and principal architect, Neal Gerdes, is experienced in many areas of architecture. Commercial tenant build-outs, industrial condominium buildings, single-family residential, multi-family residential, car dealerships, loft condominiums, along with religious, educational, and medical facilities are a few of the types of work in which he has served as project architect. He also has experience from the other side of the building process as he acted a general contractor for many of the projects he designed. The time spent as general contractor has been extremely valuable as both a reminder of what a contractor needs in a set of drawings and in becoming a better advocate for his current and future clients.


Our design philosophy is to put our architectural ego aside and, while giving our clients as much advice and direction as we can, also give the client what they ask for. If you don’t know what you want, we can help you decide what would work best for you and fits within the architectural context of the surrounding area. If you feel you know what you want, we can make suggestions to enhance your plans and create an improved version of your ideas.


We work with many general contractors within the Lake & Cook county areas on a regular basis and can refer you to the contractor that best suits your desires and budget. Our contractors are selected for their responsiveness, friendliness, quality of work, adherence to the construction schedule, and willingness to work to your budget. With their help, we have several check points during the design process that confirm cost estimates so you will not be unpleasantly surprised by budget overruns.


Please contact us to take advantage of our free initial consultation which allows us to understand your project better so that we can give you our best price for services.



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