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Scrafano Architects creates spaces that are innovative and authentic. We bring creativity, informed problem solving, and decades of experience to every project. Our collaborative process leads to the construction of unique spaces that are appropriate to the specific needs, taste and budget of each client. We work directly with each client, helping to explore inventive design options and solutions. Through collaboration, communication and extensive experience with residential, retail and commercial properties, Scrafano Architects can help you create distinctive spaces that enrich your life and work. We have completed more than 400 residential, retail and commercial projects of all sizes and scales. We are proud of the fact that many of our projects come from our happy clients and their referrals. Our clients become friends and family, and continually rely on Scrafano Architects for design services as their lives and businesses change over time.

As a designer and entrepreneur, I look for an expert to direct me the way I direct my clients. From site selection to opening day, Scrafano Architects helped me realize the vision for my boutique. Elissa does not have the word “no” in her vocabulary; as a client, that is invaluable. I always want Scrafano Architects on the ground floor of a project because they makes me think about things differently―whether it is how to save square footage or design inspiration from her travels.

Maria PintoClient

Scrafano Architects made the entire experience of our remodel actually enjoyable. They let us know what to expect and then delivered seamlessly on every point. Our home is absolutely magnificent and suits the needs of our family perfectly. I feel that Scrafano Architects truly understood our vision and then made it a reality.

Jennifer Lang & Peter MicelliClients

Scrafano Architects brought a level of creativity and intensity to the project which could have only been born out of their passion for design.

Danny SchlichteProperty Manager, One River Place

I hold the work, integrity, and quality of Scrafano Architects in the highest esteem. They are wonderful at listening to your ideas and ensuring you are happy with all that is being designed well before anything is built. They will always point toward quality but will try and save you money by offering alternatives along the way. They are also very good project managers and will keep you in the communication loop every step of the way.
We are currently on the fourth phase of major rehabs in our loft apartment in West Loop. We wanted light, space, comfort, a dynamic for entertaining, and an interesting use of environmentally friendly materials and are very happy with the results. It is now such a beautiful unit that it has been published in Midwest Home Magazine, CS Magazine, and most recently Chicago Tribune Magazine.

Leah Missbach DayClient

I knew I wanted to transform our house, but I was unsure of what was possible. Elissa and her team brought enthusiasm and momentum that really made the project happen. They knew immediately what I was going for and somehow managed to not just bring my vision to life but improve on it in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I truly love everything about my house and was so fortunate to have Scrafano Architects with me every step of the way.

Karen RussellClient

The best decision we ever made was to hire Scrafano Architects. She and her team made our home remodel a real pleasure. She’s incredibly collaborative and provided a strong design and architecture voice to guide us to our final choices. She was the first call we made after we recently closed escrow on our second home. We’re looking forward to working with her again!

Heather & Greg JacobsClients

Scrafano Architects started by listening. From our first meeting with Elissa and Carol, it was clear that they would take the time to get to know us and to understand our dreams of what our home could be. They encouraged a true collaboration throughout the entire process. They worked to design something great that fit the way our family lives and fit our budget. Our home is located in a historic district that doesn’t see a lot of modern architecture. Scrafano’s design is testament to how beautifully a modern addition can relate to an historic home.

Laura O’SheaClient

I’ve been working with Scrafano Architects for years, and our relationship has developed into a true partnership. They are easy to work with, thorough, and bring a design sensibility to my projects that make everyone look good. As a result, our clients are always happy, and the list is always growing.

Damon AllredPresident, Handcrafted Construction Inc.

I enjoy working with Scrafano Architects because of their creativity. The projects that I have worked on with them transformed ordinary into special. They have a unique and very creative vision.

Larry SmithPresident, Lawrence Construction, Inc

Elissa Scrafano, AIA, has been practicing architecture for more than 35 years
and is a registered architect in California, Illinois and Michigan,
and has designed projects all over the country as well as in
Vancouver, Canada and Virgin Gorda.
Before establishing Scrafano Architects in 1997, Elissa worked at the offices of
Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Eric Owen Moss Architects,
Narduli Grinstein Architects, and Landworth Debolske Architects.
Elissa is a graduate of University of Michigan and
SCI-Arc where she is on the alumni board.
She has served on the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission,
and proudly served as a commissioner and then
President of the Cultural Affairs Commission for many years.


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1327 west washington blvd  suite 103
chicago IL 60607
tel: 312-929-3210

los angeles

5770 1/2 west pico blvd 
los angeles CA 90019
tel: 323-954-6464