Lane Allen, AIA, LEED-AP, CNU, BPI
I started out as a Botany major at the University of Michigan, but took a year off to be a woodworking apprentice for a furniture maker in the woods of Wisconsin. With this new portfolio, I completed my education with a Bachelors of Architecture at the University of Oregon. There I learned the power of the pencil and design. My work-study was as the director of the Solar Energy Center, which was very inspirational.
My roots go very deep into the development of Kane County, with both my grandfathers having a passion for creating communities. My paternal grandfather was an early community developer around St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and Elburn; and my mother's father was one of the founders and orchestrators of Mooseheart, the 'child city'.
I enjoy being an architect to help individuals, companies and communities implement the backbone of their vision with great architectual space. The challenges of manipulating structure, materials, acoustics, light, lighting, and even HVAC systems for the benefit of others is fascinating. Educating owners and contractors on the importance of sustainable design is a part of contemporary architectural design and an opportunity for something new and refreshing.
Bachelors of Architecture: University of Oregon
Architect of Inspiration: Cutler and Anderson
Pen of Choice: Sharpie Ultrafine
"Hands-on and whimsy all folded into one"
Prior to founding the firm, Lane was a project architect in Denver, Chicago, and other Fox Valley firms. His early projects included work on office buildings, educational facilities, churches, hospitals, and numerous large recreational facilities.
In 2008 he recieved his LEED accreditation, and continues to increase his expertise in sustainable and energy conservation design. He is also an expert in Enterprise Green Communities.
Lane has a life-long passion for origami, the Japanese art of paperfolding. He is known for his large origami sculptures made of folded metal mesh, as well as for the trail of folded origami dollar bills that he leaves wherever he goes. Lane and his wife Rebecca actively nurture the arts of Batavia and Aurora as a strategic plan for building community and revitalizing the historic downtowns.
Professional Architectural Registration, State of Illinois 1995
Professional Architectural Registration, State of Wisconsin 2006
Professional Architectural Registration, State of Iowa, 2012
NCARB Registered - which allows for quick licensure in most U.S. states
LEED Accredited Professional-2008
2009 Daniel Burnham Award, awarded by AIA Illinois for the Donovan Bridge, Batavia, IL
2008 Project of the Year , American Public Works Assoc. for the Donovan Bridge, Batavia, IL
2001, 2002 and 2008 Ole Award for Outstanding Batavia Architecture, Awarded by the City of
Batavia for Thomle Building Restoration, American Cancer Society and the Donovan Bridge
2003 Outstanding Professional Member Award Awarded by American Institute of Architects, NEI
1999 Outstanding Facility Award awarded by Illinois Parks and Recreation for Niles Health and
Wellness Center- Niles, Illinois (Construction Architect for Burnidge-Cassell Associates)
1998 Outstanding Facility Award awarded by Illinois Parks and Recreation for Eastside
Community Center, Batavia, IL (Design Architect under Burnidge-Cassell Associates)
1997 Honors Award awarded by American Institute of Architects for Shannon Residence, WI