Suzanne Shumaker

Principal

Suzanne worked in the New York office of Page Ayers Cowely and Theodore H.M. Prudone Architects where she focused on remodeling historic homes and places of worship in the city and along the Hudson River. She later joined Russell Riccardi Architect, on the Upper East Side, where she applied her interior design disciplines with architecture, when remodeling timeless and elegant pre-war apartments and town homes.

After moving to Chicago in 2005, Suzanne worked for the office of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects and Paul Janicki Architects. There she collaborated on house additions and new homes along the North Shore. 

She received her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky in 1999 with a minor in Interior Design. While at the University of Kentucky she studied abroad in Istanbul, and later in Berlin under Daniel Liebeskind.

Photography is part of her daily work as well. She documents the design work for her practice, and can often be found volunteering with her camera at hand, from photographing a typical day in her kids Montessori classroom to the graduation ceremony or shooting fundraising events to benefit St.Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit to help children and young adult fight cancer.

Garry Shumaker

Principal, RA, AIA, NCARB

Garry is a registered Architect in the State of New York, Illinois and Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1998 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following graduation Garry moved to New York City and spent the following 7 years working with the design firms of Asfour Guzy Architects (98-2001),  and Lichten Craig Architects  (2001-2006). Following an expansion of Lichten Craig Architects in 2005 to Chicago,  he continued working with custom residential clients along the North Shore and Gold Coast. 

Garry joined his wife of 10 years at the offices of Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker Architects LLC, where he continued to practice high-end custom residential architecture.  Garry served as Chair on the Evanston Landmark's Preservation Commission for six years. He also served as a member on the Harley Clarke Committee, and Viaduct Advisory Committee.  And is currently on the board of the Evanston Youth Hockey Association and Chiaravalle Montessori School. 

While in New York and continuing in Chicago Garry has been the project architect for various scales of high quality residential, restaurant and retail projects. Throughout his career he and his wife Suzanne, have continued to expand and build upon their own consulting practice which began in Brooklyn NY,  with landmark storefronts and high end retail spaces. Garry remains focused on thoughtful residential remodeling, landmark storefronts and a wide range of restaurant, commercial build-outs,  project management and consulting.  


James M. Hall

Project Manager, RA, AIA, LEED-AP REP

Jim has always enjoyed drawing and the pursuit of making things well.  An Illinois-licensed, LEED-AP architect with over 25 years of professional experience, he enthusiastically joins our office as a project manager.  He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Master of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where a studio project with Professor Gerald Horn won the prestigious Schiff Fellowship Foundation Fellowship and Benn-Johnck Awards.

Since school, he has worked in the offices of historic preservationist Bill Hasbrouck, Holabird & Root, Goettsch Partners and William Hicks on a wide variety of projects. He has participated in numerous architectural teams in all roles from the inception of ideas to the completion of construction of custom residential homes, neighborhood banks, “Loop” office building lobby renovations, high-rise condominium landscaped roof amenities, small theaters, new university buildings, commercial build-outs and many exterior restoration & repair projects.    He received a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for exterior renovations to an historic Burnham & Root church in Wrigleyville.  His competition-winning designs for modern pedestrian bridges in Wisconsin and Iowa have received an AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award and AIA Illinois Honor Award.  During this time, Jim is proud to have spent 8 yrs. teaching architectural undergraduates the fundamentals of freehand drawing, perspective and color theory at IIT, his alma mater.

Currently, he spends off-hours metalworking and woodworking, imagining and constructing new furniture.


Davyd Jordan

Project Manager

Davyd grew up in Brookeville, Maryland and moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend the architecture program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Afterward, he decided to stay in Chicago and joined the SDBA team in 2016.

Before coming to Chicago, Davyd interned with Miche Booz, a local architect focusing on residential architecture in and around historic Brookeville, MD. He made his way through his last years at IIT as a designer and project manager for Chi Renovation & Design in Skokie, IL, working with residential clients throughout the Chicagoland area.

Davyd was drawn towards architecture at an early age following a Boy Scout trip to Wright's Falling Water home. Later, his parents provided him with the opportunity to attend architecture summer sessions at The Catholic University of America and The New Jersey Institute of Technology, further encouraging his interest in the profession. 


Beth Szczesniak

Project Manager

Beth graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. During school she interned with Porth Architects in Minneapolis, MN, her hometown, and Powell/Kleinschmitt Interior Architects in Chicago, IL. After graduation Beth went to work for Aria Group Architects in Oak Park, IL. While there, she helped to design and build restaurants all over the country including P.F. Chang's, Ditka's, and Wildfire.

In 2008, Beth took a break from the practice of architecture when her husband took a job that sent him around the world. She spent time living China, Japan, Argentina, South Korea, and many other countries, enjoying their native architecture. She and her husband decided it was time to come home when their oldest son needed to start school They now live in Chicago with their two boys and are trying to renovate their own home.


Dalton Wharff

Project Manager

Dalton is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Design with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. While at the UK College of Design, Dalton studied abroad in Spain and Italy under the guidance of Mark O’bryan with a focus on historical progression of architecture and interiors and its relation to the future of design.

During his studies at the University of Kentucky, Dalton’s focus of design centered on the ways in which architectural ventures affect and effect the social and physical environments around them. This passion stems from a desire to explore and pursue the further intersectionality of architecture and design for LGBTQ+, POC, and undocumented persons.

Dalton’s spends his time while not in the office spending time with his adopted dog Shiva and taking in the new experiences of urban life in Chicago.