James R. DeStefano FAIA, FALA, RIBA

“Bold plans and designs create conscious opportunities to shape the built environment. The creation of a unique sense of place affords that opportunity and is a compelling factor that guides us in shaping the physical and conceptual character of the environment”.

Principal James (Jim) DeStefano, FAIA, FALA, RIBA serves as an executive on projects and as a strategic adviser to senior management. Prior to LVDA, Jim spent 27 years at SOM and later founded his own firm which designed more than 35,000,000 sf of office buildings and over 35,000 residential units in multi-family developments. Enjoying a prolific career spanning more than five decades, Jim remains at the forefront of modern design. He often leads the profession in the use of ground-breaking building technology, materials and management systems. Dedicated and passionate about creating a vital urban environment, his designs for commercial, residential and civic projects in the U.S., London and the Middle East achieve recognition with the highest honors for design and technical excellence.

A frequent guest speaker and consultant on best practices and design, Jim is respected as a distinguished professional with unsurpassed expertise in the architectural community. Jim serves on the Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Architecture at the College of Architecture and Planning.

One South Dearborn
Dearborn Plaza
200 West Randolph Street
Elmhurst Art Museum
State Emergency Operations Center
Fountainhead Quad Cities Master Plan
Illinois State Capitol Complex Master Plan
Regatta and Chandler Residential Towers
Student Housing High Rise
Judge Doyle Square Master Plan