Maya joined Robbins Architecture in 2017 and brings experience in both teaching and marketing to her role as Architectural Designer. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with both a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Architecture. Maya has worked in several architectural marketing departments and spent three years as an adjunct assistant professor in an architecture studio at UIC. Today, Chicago and the quality of work produced here constantly inspire her.
When she’s not in the office, Maya enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, baking, and exploring thrift stores. She also loves whitewater rafting, having worked as a river guide in Utah for several years.
Ian joined Robbins Architecture in 2017 as an Architectural Designer. He is a recent graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and is fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming an architect. Ian supports a wide range of projects at the office, especially through 3D modeling, marketing efforts, and graphic design. He draws inspiration from both his extensive travels – including two summers spent in Germany - as well as his hometown of Chicago. Prior to joining Robbins Architecture, Ian worked at Burns + Beyerl Architects on high-end residential projects. When he’s not at the office, Ian enjoys bicycling, photography, and exploring the city.
Aileen joined Robbins Architecture as a full-time Architectural Designer in 2014 after interning at the firm in 2012 and graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with her Masters of Architecture degree in 2013. She excels at project coordination and management, working on new homes and renovations and supporting Celeste and the Project Architects from the early phases of design through construction administration. Aileen developed a passion for travel after studying abroad in Versailles, France during her undergraduate architecture studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has since toured multiple countries in Europe and Asia, and continues to draw inspiration from a variety of architectural styles and design aesthetics seen during her travels.
Aileen lives in Chicago and enjoys exploring the city’s restaurant scene, attending concerts, and catching up on reading in her spare time.
John joined Robbins Architecture in 2018 as a Project Architect. He brings a wealth of experience in design, documentation and project management to the studio; his role is to guide the project from beginning to end, working with clients to understand and hone their vision, translating this day-to-day, along with a talented team, to bring it to life. John values the careful attention to design and detail and focused approach that the studio consistently employs.
Prior to his time with Robbins Architecture, John gained experience in commercial and government projects nationally and internationally at Krueck + Sexton. He also spent many years with Dirk Denison Architects and vonWeise Associates as an integral part of numerous high-profile projects, including high-end residences, commercial spaces and restaurants in Illinois, New York and California. John has gained unique insights from his frequent travels, including an extensive sabbatical throughout Southeast Asia in 2016. He received a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
When not in the office, John enjoys exploring the world thorough its sights, sounds, flavors and landscapes. He can often be found experimenting in his kitchen at his home in Logan Square.
Ed joined Robbins Architecture in 2012 and is a senior team member. As Project Architect, he is responsible for the overall development and implementation of a project and has contributed extensively to several of the firm’s larger and more complicated endeavors, including the Lakewood Home in Highland Park. He draws inspiration from well-crafted design and believes buildings should stand the test of time.
Ed has over three decades of experience and spent eight years as a senior designer for Perkins & Will, overseeing projects for clients like Northwestern University, John Hopkins University, and Rush Medical Center. He also held tenures with both Wright Architects, Inc. and Lohan Associates where he worked on numerous corporate, interior, residential, and hotel projects. Ed received a Bachelor of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, holds a license in Illinois, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty certificate in Building, Design and Construction (BD+C).
When he’s not in the office, Ed enjoys spending time out and about with his young son and renovating his 1920s Cape Cod-style home.
For over a decade, Anu has been a senior team member at Robbins Architecture, contributing to nearly every project in the office. As the Project Architect, Anu is in involved from concept to project completion including overseeing the development of the design, construction documents, code review, coordination of all consultants, and construction administration of each project. Clients appreciate her experience, dedication, and resourcefulness to bring a project to life.
Anu received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from BKPS College of Architecture in Pune, India and a Master of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She holds a license in Illinois and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Before joining Robbins Architecture, Anu worked at Solomon Cordwell Buenz for 6 years on high-rise residential projects.
Anu and her husband, also an architect, live in Wilmette, Illinois with their teenage son. Outside the studio, Anu enjoys pursuing her interest in photography, travelling, cooking, gardening, reading, and Indian classical music.
Celeste’s love for design and craft began at an early age. Growing up in Ohio, she would spend hours constructing elaborate forts using safety pins and blankets tucked into drawers. As she grew, so did her passion for architecture and design. She trained at Cornell University and spent several years working on the East Coast before returning to her Midwest roots and settling in Chicago.
Although the philosophy of “Less is More” is already taken, Celeste believes every design should be edited until the solution is meaningful, serene, and beautiful. She understands that a home needs to be as livable as it is elegant and she is passionate about incorporating nature into her designs. Inherent flexibility, modern livability, and timeless beauty define her work, resulting in harmonious spaces that fit her clients’ tastes and lifestyles.
While Robbins Architecture has grown to include a talented team with commissions across the United States, Celeste remains personally involved with each and every project – a hallmark of her dedication to her clients. Publications and awards aside, Celeste values most her repeat client relationships, word of mouth referrals, and the friendships she has made throughout her career.