Hrivnak Associates, Ltd.


Your design needs are unique - they deserve a custom solution that is thoughtful, caring, addresses both first costs and long term energy and maintenance. You participate and are always in control throughout our process - and we guarantee you will enjoy the journey. You always get personal attention from the firm's owner as well as insightful solutions that come from 40 + year's experience and qualifications in architecture, real estate, finance, and sustainability. Together, we will will uncover the challenges and discover the solutions.

Thoughtful, Caring Design with Dignity


Designing with Universal Design principles means thoughtfully addressing the needs of all in all that we do. We endeavor to create Dignity, Freedom, Choice and Independence for every person who experiences the spaces we create.


Additions and Renovations are more challenging than new construction for a host of reasons - they need architects and builders familiar with their inherent challenges. Existing structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing become as important as designing to complement a given style while meeting current building codes.


Design for care facilities includes everything from adapting an existing residence for aging or handicap provisions to medical clinics, senior housing and aging environments. The common design goals, according to John Hrivnak, are to create Dignity, Freedom, Independence and Choice. Those goals are met, in part, by using Universal Design Principles. Hrivnak Associates is also called upon to provide Physical Condition Assessments of care facilities nationwide for their expertise. 

States Worked In

After my home inspection I had some concerns regarding the structure. I hired John to take a look at the home and give his expert opinion. He not only did a great job at that but went above and beyond and took a look at many other pain points I had from the initial report. He also spoke directly with the home owner regarding some repairs that should be made and instructed how the home owner could do so. The home owner ended up repairing the items John recommended saving me time and hassle in the future. Extremely impressed with John's work and would highly, highly recommend.

Dear John Hrivnak,

Just a note to let you know how absolutely pleased we were with the plans you drew up for our house additions and renovations. After working with other architects and seemingly getting nowhere, you came in, listened to our needs and requests then added your expertise and talent. The results could not have been better - spot on!
Thank you - Thank you - Thank you

John and his team were perfect fit for our 60's ranch rehab in Elgin, Illinois. We needed someone who could make our creative ideas bloom and keep them realistic. This ambitious DIY project benefited not only from his vast design history but also his experience with building and zoning departments. He gets a special merit badge for navigating Cook County! He worked within our budget and allowed for in-the-field creativity. His strengths include listening, pulling out the essence of our desires, and interpreting that via exciting design options. We also loved his ability to bring an artist's heart to the architect's desk.

The presentation you delivered to our Strategic Planning Retreat for the Big Woods School Foundation was very informative and instructive. Your subject-matter expertise and delivery skills made for a dynamic and professional presentation. The strategies and analytical tools you helped us develop are being incorporated into our methodologies.

I highly recommend John Hrivnak to any company or organization. All of us could benefit from his expertise.

When you want creative, unique solutions that address your specific needs and need to control costs, you have come to the right place. In addition to being a licensed architect with decades of experience, John Hrivnak teaches architecture as an adjunct professor, has an MBA in finance (costs matter), real estate experience, sustainability and design for aging and handicap (including ADA) expertise.

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Family-Driven Design
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40 Year Life Cycle Costs
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers study of commercial buildings showing the 40 year life cycle cost of building architecture. The 40 year life cycle cost chart shows that engineering systems are a key component of the total life cycle of a building.
Architecture award for lifelong home to Hrivnak & Associates
Hrivnak & Associates was awarded by Architects Creating Homes for a lifelong home design in ArCH’s 2017 international competition. Hrivnak’s winning design is suited for aging in place due to its door widths, accessibility on the main floor and stairwell sized for a future elevator shaft.