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Highly educated and experienced in architecture and design, Margaret Lukowska’s favorite task is to find creative ways to solve space problems.
She’s done it on dozens of projects since she joined Jeremy Lew & Associates in 2006. She also specializes in schematic designs, design development and construction documentation. While she’s worked on a wide range of projects, including single family homes, assisted living facilities and fitness centers, one of her favorite projects was a home addition in Oak Park’s historic district, near the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum. Margaret and her colleagues worked meticulously on the drawings, and everything looked great on paper. But then once it was built, it was even more beautiful than anyone imagined.
“Everything we do is elegant, and put together,” she said. “It’s because we think a lot about our drawings, designs and materials.”
Margaret’s impressive credentials include a master’s degree in architecture achieved after five years, and three years of doctoral studies toward a PhD. Originally, she planned to teach architecture and design. Then she started working as a designer and draftsperson in her native Poland, and realized she’d found her true passion.
After moving to Chicago in 2001, Margaret did interior design work for shows at the Merchandise Mart, including the Chicago Design Show, and then worked as a drafter and designer at two other suburban architecture firms, doing construction drawings for single family home projects and designs for residential additions and porches.
Margaret and her husband Andy, a champion road cyclist, have two children. In her free time, she likes to watch Japanese interior design shows online, because she’s fascinated at how seamlessly they mix historical and modern designs.