Searl Lamaster Howe is a full-service architecture and design firm committed to realizing inspiring spaces for clients who value where they live, work, play and learn. Each project is approached as a unique opportunity and is tailored to its own distinct set of needs and aspirations. Extensive client input and collaboration at each step of the design and construction process is a key element of the studio's work. The aesthetic of each project is complemented and influenced by a detailed exploration of program, function, context, technology, and budget. A firm-wide commitment to creativity, innovation, sustainability, materiality, and detail guide each project. Work of the office includes residential, commercial and institutional projects that range from master and space planning to renovations to restorations to new construction. The firm is a member of the United States Green Building Council and offers full LEED services. Based in Chicago, Searl Lamaster Howe's work spreads nationally; the firm is licensed in Illinois, Florida, New York, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Greg is an award-winning architect who oversees projects from inception through completion. He is responsible for the design and construction administration of projects ranging from modest home additions to large-scale commercial projects. He approaches his work with a strong analytical and creative impulse and is noted for projects that are uniquely tailored to the specific needs of a client and context. His work has been exhibited and nationally published. Prior to joining Searl and Associates in 2000, he gained experience in urban design, multi-family housing, and historic restoration while working at Booth Hansen and DLK, both Chicago architecture firms. He previously interned in the office of a developer, gaining a unique perspective on the construction process. Greg received a Bachelors in Economics and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His graduate studies focused on urban design and he earned a minor in architectural history. In addition to being licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin, Greg is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Pam Lamaster is a licensed architect in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. Her work is distinguished by a balance of creative vision and pragmatic exploration. Prior to becoming a partner with Searl Lamaster Howe Architects in 2007, she was with Searl and Associates since 1998. She has designed and managed a wide variety of architectural and interior design projects, including residences, show rooms, schools, religious facilities, office spaces and health clubs. Prior to moving to Chicago Pam lived in Cleveland and Indianapolis where she worked on range of small and large scale projects including a mixed-use renovation in Cleveland's historic Flats District and a remodeling at Indiana's largest high school. Pam has degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design from Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning. She has served as a visiting critic at Ball State and the University of Illinois.
Linda received both her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Florida. Prior to becoming principal of her own firm in 1985, she was an Associate Architect at Nagle Hartray and Associates. Her professional achievements include membership in Architectural Digest's AD100, a list of the world's top architects and designers. Linda’s award-winning work has been published nationally in various publications including Architectural Record, Architecture, Chicago Magazine, and Interior Design. Exhibitions of her work have been held at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Athenaeum, State of Illinois Building, Chicago Architectural Club, Chicago Historical Society, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Linda is NCARB certified, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a registered architect in Illinois, Florida, Michigan, and New York. Her professional activities include serving as a past President of Chicago Women in Architecture, President of the Chicago AIA Chapter, and Vice President and Regional Director of the National AIA. She has participated on juries for AIA Distinguished Building Awards in a number of other cities, and has served as Chair of the Design Committee of AIA Chicago.
Her community activities include serving as Chair of the Chicago Plan Commission. Linda is a former member of the Steering Committee for Chicago’s Central Area Plan, and was co-chair of the Urban Design Task Force. She has also served as Exhibition Chair and President of The Contemporary Arts Council, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Archeworks, and as a board member at Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She is currently a member of several organizations including Chicago Real Estate Executive Women, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the Chicago Architectural Club.
Her teaching experience includes visiting professorships at the University of Oklahoma, Washington University, University of Illinois, University of Florida, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Linda was also a visiting lecturer on various architecture/design topics at Washington University, Pratt Institute, Notre Dame University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.