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Twenty five years of experience planning, designing and building residential properties concentrated in the Chicago area.  Over 150 architectural and interior design projects completed including single family, condominiums, renovations, restorations, multi-family and high-rise.  Development experience includes site selection, acquisition, budget development, cost analysis, financing, bidding, marketing, sales and closing.

2005 to present -
Garret Michael Eakin, Architect

Concentrating on restoration of historic and design of new luxury residential properties

2002 to 2005 -
Shoreline Residential Architecture
Design & development of luxury residential properties on the North Shore   

1997 to 2002 -
Garret Michael Eakin, Architect

Independent practice concentrating on developing luxury residential properties on the North Shore of Chicago. 

1980 to 1997 -
Banks/Eakin, Architects

Design partner with architectural/interiors firm concentrating in residential, hotel, restaurant, museum, restoration and renovation work.

1975 to 1980 -
Perkins & Will Architects

Design architect with experience in city planning, educational, commercial, library and health care facilities.

1973 to 1974 -
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Designer for large scale commercial developments.

University of Illinois   Master of Architecture

Oklahoma State University   Bachelor of Architecture


22 National and local architectural design and preservation awards
Commissioner on the Oak Park Preservation Commission
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture - The School of the Art Institute
Co-author Interior Architecture w/ Kurtich, Van Noistrand Reinhold, NY, 1993.
Frequently featured in local and national design magazines and books
Guest lecturer at the School of Architecture University of Pretoria, South Africa
Designs/drawings part of permanent collection The Art Institute of Chicago
Included in dozens of shows/publications of new architecture in Chicago
Frequent lecturer/critic at various architecture and design schools
Completed over 150 architectural and interiors projects
Registered Architect Illinois