Offering personalized design services to residential and light commercial clientel

Edward J. Shannon, AIA/NCARB

"The neighborhood Architect"
I am a Licensed Architect with over 25 years of experience in commercial, institutional, and residential sectors. While I reside in Des Moines, Iowa, I still maintain a strong Chicago presence and am also available for projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

I design homes and light commercial projects that are inspiring, comfortable, economical, and flow well to enhance livability. I refer to myself as the "Neighborhood Architect" because I treasure old neighborhoods and believe in investing in these.

Two Design philosophies I work closely with are The Not So Big House and The Original Green.

The Not So Big House:
• Values Quality over Quantity
• Emphasizes Comfort, Beauty, and a high level of Detail
• Doesn't necessarily mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed, but designed and built to perfectly suit the way you live.

The Original Green emphasizes sustainable buildings that are:
LOVABLE - If they can’t be loved, they will not last.
DURABLE - They must endure, in order to be sustainable.
FLEXIBLE - If they endure, they will need to be used for many uses over generations.
FRUGAL – because energy hogs can’t be sustained in a healthy way long into an uncertain future.

Building a new home is one of the biggest investments a family will ever make. Yet, despite spending a lot of money, a new home can still be flawed by way of planning, structure, and aesthetics. You deserve only the best! Going through a thorough design process with a licensed, seasoned design professional will ensure you get the house that best suits your needs and fits your site. Do it right with an Architect!


Doug Wilson
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Sep 2014

We were very pleased with our results from our architectural designs by Edward. Edward led the way forward with providing numerous options in order to accommodate our needs and to enable us to stay w... Read More

Trudy LaBarr
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jul 2015

I hired Edward Shannon to draw up plans for my small retirement home. I had some ideas of what maybe I wanted and in working with him those ideas were clarified. In the past month I have located a b... Read More

Patrick Beach
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jul 2000

Mr. Shannon worked with me creating a room we are very happy with! It came in on time and under budget. The contractor was most pleased with Mr. Shannon's plans and prints. The project was about 15... Read More

Kathleen Butler
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jun 2010

Edward Shannon is an accomplished, passionate architect who understands and embodies the most important qualities to be successful. He has great communication skills that make him easy to collaborate ... Read More

David Shumway
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Feb 2003

Ed Shannon was the architect for my house addition. My wife and I knew we wanted to enlarge the kitchen, add an eating area and connect the kitchen and family room but did know how it could be done. ... Read More

Douglas Clark, Architect
Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: Nov -0001

Edward and I were neighbors in Palatine, Illinois and taught architecture together at Judson College. I have the highest respect for Edward's abilities both as a practicing architect and as an archite... Read More

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