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Guido C. Neri, AIA

President

Guido is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois. He received his Bachelors of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon graduation he went to work for an established architectural firm in Chicago. During that time, he gained extensive knowledge and worked on a wide variety of projects, from commercial and industrial to multi-family and custom single family residential.

After 5 years, Guido decided to venture out and start his own practice. He has been a self-employed business owner ever since and is the president of Neri Architects. Guido has gained over 30 years of experience and is recognized for his expertise in mixed-use, commercial, and multi –family residential design. Guido also has undertaken many real estate development projects himself, and has gained extensive knowledge of the development, entitlement, construction and financing process. As a result of his development experience, he often consults his clients on such matters. Guido also manages the day-to-day operations and strives on providing one-on-one client care relationships.

Guido has donated his time to various community groups including Habit for Humanity where he has made several trips to Louisiana to help construct homes for hurricane Katrina victims. He loves working with his hands and enjoys being on a construction site!

When not at work, Guido may be found riding his motorcycle on some winding country road. He is also an avid musician and has played guitar since the age of 14. He currently plays in a rock band and can be found performing on stage on the weekends. Also, being born in Montreal, ice hockey is in his blood and has played it since childhood. He is still known to suit up and play a pickup game from time to time.

Michi Mho

Director of Architecture

Michi Graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana with a BS degree in Architecture in 1992. Not long after graduating he joined Guido as a draftsman and was Neri Architect’s first full time employee. He has been with Neri for over 20 years and has been an integral part of the company’s growth. Since that time his abilities as an architect and designer have grown. In 2010, Michi’s experience and education afforded him the opportunity to take his architectural licensing exams and become a licensed architect in the State of Illinois.

Michi is now in charge of the majority of the design work as well as oversees the day-to-day operations of the architectural staff. Some of his responsibilities include studio management and scheduling, client interaction, building and zoning code analysis, client representative at various municipal meetings, as well as production of construction documents. Additional responsibilities include preparing proposals and budgets as well as managing accounts receivables.

Michi has always enjoyed drawing whether it be architectural sketches, logos or even cartoons and caricatures. He volunteers his time as the president of a Youth Travel Soccer Club. While not at work, Michi can be found on a soccer field watching and/or coaching any one of his 3 boys; he has also been known to play a bit himself.

Vicky Lotito

Administrator

Vicky had developed her skill for accounting while working for the bank industry when starting a family. She has been with Neri Architects since 2003.

Her clear ability to make the most of every second and every penny keeps our practice running at its best every day. Vicky has many roles at Neri Architects; some of her responsibilities include office manager, daily administration, bookkeeping, payroll and client liaison. Her specialty is customer service. She is the friendly face and voice behind the phone. She loves to encourage people and believes that sometimes a bad day is only a matter of perspective. Vicky has as many passions outside the office as she has responsibilities inside of it: she fills her time with cooking, gardening, yoga, reading, serving her church community and spending time with her husband, their three adult children, extended family and pets.

She was born in Sydney Australia and loves to travel. She is an advocate for “Going Green” and firmly believes that health and wellness are important attributes to a full and happy life. She is close to mastering her third language – Italian! (Also fluent in Greek) She looks forward to meeting you.

Francisco Z Mendez

Project Architect

Francisco graduated from Universidad del Valle de Mexico in Mexico city in 1994 with a BS Degree in Architecture. He joined Neri Architects in February 2015. Responsibilities include field measure and documenting existing conditions, producing conceptual design drawings for client approval, and produce construction documents. Francisco has more than 15 years of residential design experience in the Chicago land area. Through his experience, he has worked with different companies and has adapted to their specific requirements and needs. He is proficient in AutoCad Release 2015, Adobe, and Revit.

During his free time, Francisco enjoys biking and the outdoors, especially with his family and friends. Francisco is always there to help a friend in need. He is also very focused on his family and believes that comes first.

Michael Wall

Project Architect

Newer to Neri Architects, Michael is a welcomed addition to our company. Some of Michael’s responsibilities include field measuring and documenting existing site conditions, building and zoning code research, completion of construction documents, as well as submitting construction documents for building permit and plan review. Additional responsibilities involve digital modeling in SketchUp, rendering with various SU extensions and graphic design in Adobe Illustrator CC, and of course, working with Autodesk and ReVit. Always up for a challenge, his love of trying and learning new things often gives him an air of optimism that can be infectious.

Having grown up in Buffalo, Michael knows not only how to handle winter but flourish in it. The many years of shoveling feet of snow left him with a constant urge to pick up heavy things. When not lifting weights, he might be found wandering a state park or a nearby forest preserve. Weekend mornings can be spent in his backyard garden sipping tea or coffee while doing the Sunday crossword or piling up the miles on his road bike. Evenings usually mean a locally brewed beer on the porch with his wife and playing with his eccentric mutt.