Licensed Architect, Partner and Founder
Jeremy Lew’s exceptional architecture can be found all over the Chicago area, from luxury homes to office buildings, and his name has become synonymous with design excellence and hard work. Jeremy’s philosophy is simple: make sure the client is fully satisfied, and don’t try to cut corners on quality.
It’s that philosophy that helped him build his business from a one-man operation into a successful, prestigious architect and design firm that, for more than 30 years, has developed a reputation for high quality work and customer satisfaction.
Jeremy Lew earned an architecture degree from the National School of Architecture in Wroclaw, a former German city now in Poland. He and Mary Ann married after college and briefly lived in Vienna, Austria before moving to Chicago in 1968.
Once in the U.S., Jeremy started his architect career working on a team that designed high-rise buildings in Chicago, including iconic places like McClurg Court and Hemingway House. He worked at two other architecture firms, designing everything from hospitals and medical buildings to suburban homes.
Jeremy had just broken ground on a new home for his own family when the economy soured and he was let go by his company. Within weeks, former clients tracked him down to hire him for some large projects. Jeremy took his drafting board, coffee maker, radio and telephone into his garage, where he worked on the projects and simultaneously oversaw his own home’s construction. His contract work quickly multiplied, prompting Jeremy to hire help, move into an office in Northbrook, and create Jeremy Lew & Associates in 1988. His sons, Victor and Robert, became partners in the firm a short time later.
Even though he’s semi-retired, Lew remains active in the business, and jokes that many clients still come in asking for “the old man.” Jeremy Lew & Associates continues to specialize in both residential and commercial projects.
“Every single project is special to me,” Jeremy said. “When I get letters or emails from people telling me how much they love what we did, and recognizing all the work we put in, and telling me how well it works for them, that’s the best feeling I get! It’s something special.”
Outside of work, Jeremy has been a member of the National Ski Patrol since 1977 and has patrolled at Indianhead Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for more than 40 years. Besides downhill skiing, he also enjoys tennis, opera, classical music, travel and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.