Neri Architects was founded in 1989 by its current president Guido C. Neri, AIA. He decided to venture out and start his own practice after having worked for 5 years with an established large firm in Chicago. During that time, he gained extensive knowledge and experience in both residential and commercial design.
In the early years, Neri Architects was a home based business where Guido worked late hours trying to grow the practice. In 1993, Neri Architects was incorporated and took on the name of “Neri Architects, pc” (professional corporation). The company also took on its first full time employee and moved the business to a small office building in Park Ridge, Illinois. From their new office location, Neri Architects, pc grew to 4 full time employees and a full time office administrator. The majority of the projects during those years were custom single family residences, multifamily developments and small commercial projects.
During that same time, Neri Architects, pc expanded its scope of services to provide construction management for their clients. This eventually grew to the company performing complete general contracting services and a second company called Neri Development, Inc. was formed to provide such services. With this new entity, Neri Architects, pc and Neri Development, Inc. was able to offer its clients architectural, construction and/or complete design build services under one roof. This broad scope of services became very attractive for their clients and some significant projects emerged as a result. One example was the new Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union in Chicago.
In addition to Architecture and Construction, Mr. Neri is also involved in his own personal development projects. He has become a premier builder and developer himself, specializing in the designing and developing of distinctive condominiums, townhomes, custom single-family homes in a variety of city and suburban locations.
In 1996, Neri Architects, pc. and Neri Development, Inc. moved to its new location at 7760 W. Devon in Chicago. The new 3,000sf office facility was large enough to house both companies and all of their employees. At their new location, the companies grew to 5 architects, a full time comptroller, a full time administration, a full time receptionist, and 2 construction project managers. The scope of services ranged from complete architectural services, project management, and general contracting. Projects ranged from custom single family homes, multifamily developments, and commercial projects.
2003 brought with it a new era as the companies moved to their new location at 145 S. Northwest Highway in Park Ridge, Illinois. The new 4,000sf facility was large enough to accommodate the company’s growing demands. The 2 companies grew to a staff of 22 employees, offering a range of comprehensive services. At the same time, the 2 companies were merged into one, and the name was changed to Neri Companies, Inc. The new company offer architectural and construction services, as well as developer sales and marketing services, and was also involved in performing its own real estate development projects. The company also attracted many builders and developers as clients, due to its extensive knowledge and expertise in that field.
Neri Companies, Inc. enjoyed many years of success and many significant projects were built. Then came the housing crisis of 2008 and Neri Companies was forced to downsize along with many other firms at that time. While Neri Companies offered a wide range of services, its core competency has always providing architectural services. It was the premise with which the company was first started and still remains to this day. Mr. Neri’s true passion has been and still is architecture.
Recently, the company name has been changed back to Neri Architects, pc. and its primary focus is on providing Architectural Services for its clients. The new office location at 444 N. Northwest Highway in Park Ridge is much more efficient and is able to accommodate the company’s staff.
Today Neri Architects, pc. is focused on providing excellent architectural services and utilizes state of the art computer software such as AutoCAD 2015 and Autodesk Revit to perform such services. In addition, the company’s extensive knowledge and experience in construction and real estate development enables it to take a comprehensive approach to building design, whereby focusing concurrently on the architectural design, constructability, and financial budget to achieve a balanced and successful solution.
Mr. Neri is still involved in the day-to-day operations and strives on providing one-on-one client care relationships. Neri Architects, pc. is committed to excellence in every aspect of its business. It upholds a standard of integrity bound by personal responsibility. Neri Architects, pc. understands what it takes to create structures of lasting quality and beauty, structures that inspire and will make a lasting positive contribution to the environment.