At Dan Miller Architects (DMA), our guiding principles are collaboration, sustainability, and context. We aim for quality design through creative problem-solving. We consider cost, energy and resource efficiency, and honesty of design and materials. We work closely with our clients to find the best solutions to their design challenges. We recognize that quality design and affordability are essential components of every project.
Dan started the firm in 1996 with a focus on three key ideas: full project involvement, direct client engagement, and project variety. Instead of managing people and projects, as he had at larger firms, Dan set out to work with people on projects. DMA’s small size allows everyone to be involved with all aspects of project development, from initial design conversations through construction. We enjoy working on a variety of projects, from homeless shelters and day care centers to commercial renovations and all sorts of residential projects. DMA has also performed hundreds of exterior inspections of buildings, and has led numerous exterior facade renovation projects.
Outside the office, Dan enjoys visiting his grown-up daughters in Portland, photographing old barns, biking, exploring Chicago, swimming in Lake Michigan, reading, home cooking, and generally looking up and around. He is currently on the board of directors of Chicago Market, a member-owned food co-op projected to open in 2019 on Chicago's north side.
Licensed in Illinois
Association of Licensed Architects
Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility
LEED Accredited Professional
Bachelor of Science at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
(Philosophy, American History, Russian language and culture)
Master of Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Some links we love...
local history and community
archi-treasures - arts-based community development
The Chainlink - cycling community
Lake Michigan - news, history, research, resources
Chicago History in Postcards
Chicago Landmarks - comprehensive lists, style guides, virtual tours
a few more favorites
Chicago Market - our neighborhood grocery co-op (opening 2019)
The Cool Hunter - design, pop culture, modern creativity
inhabitat - blog about the future of design
Civil Eats - news and commentary about the American food system
99% Invisible - architecture and design podcast