Thomas ahleman - aia, leed ap, principal

 Thomas believes deeply in the power of place to improve our lives.  The  founding principal of Evanston based Studio Talo Architecture, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Washington University and a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University.  From 1994 to 1995 he studied architecture in Helsinki as a Fulbright scholar.   Thomas is member of the American Institute of Architects as well as the U.S. Green Building Council.  

Before founding Studio Talo Architecture, Thomas worked for both large and small firms in St. Louis, Chicago, Boston and Helsinki.  Living and studying in Finland instilled a deep appreciation for natural light and the craft of architecture. His experience with projects ranging from schools and theatres to multi-family housing and single-family home additions allows him to bring a broad range of design skills to bear on each project.  His residential design work has been recognized by the Chicago Architecture Club, Chicago Home Magazine and the American Institute of Architects. 

Scott Prestangen, AIA LEED AP

Scott began his career in 1990 as an intern architect with a Chicago healthcare firm Matthei and Colin Associates.  During his 4-½ years at the firm, he became licensed in the State of Illinois and gained broad functional and technical experience. 

A desire for more diverse design and planning challenges led to a Project Manager position with Jaeger, Nickola Associates, in Park Ridge, in 1994.  Working on a wide variety of projects including religious worship centers, large volume assembly space, education centers, classroom space and office/administration build-out, he was able to strengthen skills in master planning, design, client relations and project administration.

With the culmination of past experiences and expertise, Mr. Prestangen founded Evanston based Parallel Architecture on the principals of providing creative and comprehensive architectural services, social and environmental responsibility, and personal client attention.



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