Forum Studio Sets Sights on Chicago Expansion with Key Hires

Forum StudioForum Studio is growing its presence in Chicago with an office expansion and new hires. The firm’s plans signal confidence that a revival of the local architecture industry is underway.  Read it in Crain’s Chicago Business.

Below is information announcing Forum Studio’s new hires in Chicago and St. Louis.

CHICAGO — Forum Studio, a subsidiary of Clayco, Inc., is announcing ambitious plans for its full-service office in Chicago with an eye on growth and the addition of key associates.

Occupying a new 30,000-square-foot space at 35 E. Wacker, with another 22,000 square feet cited for expansion, Forum’s plans are to significantly grow its presence in Chicago.  Forum Studio is the architecture, interior design, engineering, landscape and planning arm of Clayco.

With designs on building its workforce, Forum’s Chris Cedergreen, president and senior principal, AIA, has named Alli Chapman, Associate AIA, as principal and vice president.

Mr. Cedergreen said,  “Alli has the business development and design experience necessary to build Forum Studio into a premier architecture and engineering firm with global reach.  She is a proven thought leader and her expertise will be essential to the growth of Forum and in advancing its standing as an award-winning, integrated planning and design firm.”

Ms. Chapman will work in tandem with Mr. Cedergreen as she sets course to develop a dedicated branding, marketing and communications strategy for the firm.  In addition, she will lead efforts in building Forum Studio’s team in Chicago and will participate in key project work.  Ms. Chapman recently served as vice president at VOA Associates Incorporated.

Forum Studio is also announcing the addition of several new associates to the Chicago office, including:

-Kapil Khanna, vice president, formerly with VOA Associates Incorporated.
-Evan Jahn, project manager, most recently at Howard Ecker + Company.
-Valiha Strecker, interior designer, formerly with Lawrence Group.
-Shawn Clark also joins Forum Studio in Chicago as project manager.

These new hires add to the recently announced appointment of Chip Crawford, senior principal, FASLA, named to head Forum’s Planning and Landscape Architecture Group in St. Louis.  Mr. Crawford arrives at Forum Studio after 28 years at HOK, where he founded the HOK Planning Group and most recently served as senior vice-president.

Joining Mr. Crawford at Forum’s St. Louis office are key associate moves from HOK, including:

-Neil Eisenberger, landscape architect, RLA, ASLA
-Matthew Marzana, landscape architect, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP
-Matthew Snelling, landscape architect, RLA, ASLA
-Andrew Kilmer, landscape architect, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP
-Ron Johnson, most recently at Arcturis, has also joined the St. Louis office as an associate principal.

Mr. Cedergreen explained that Forum’s plans are to build a dynamic, collaborative workplace with the best talent in the business. “Forum’s Chicago and St. Louis offices will be aligned and fully integrated to effectively and efficiently respond to the multidimensional, mission-critical needs of each of our clients.”

About Forum Studio

Founded in 1999, Forum Studio, Inc. is a single source design firm that creates great environments through responsive, responsible and respected architectural, interior design, engineering, landscape and planning solutions. With more than 110 diverse projects completed and built within the last 13 years by a staff of more than 70 professionals, Forum Studio works closely with clients and contractors to produce the highest quality collaborative designs. For more information, visit

About Clayco

Clayco, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest full-service real estate development, architecture, engineering and construction firms. With annual revenues of $820 million, Clayco specializes in “the art

and science of building,” providing fast-track, turnkey building solutions on a nationwide basis for commercial, institutional and industrial building types. For more information, visit


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