Sharp Architects Inc Portfolio

About Us


Every project is important.

We recognize that each project is unique but believe each deserves the same thoughtful care, consideration, and attention to detail. It is our goal to smoothly navigate each of our clients from project inception through successful completion. Our work is guided by these three principles:

DEFINE THE OBJECTIVES: We begin each project by working with our clients to clearly define their goals including function, budget, aesthetics, quality, and schedule. We re-visit each goal periodically during the design and construction phases to ensure that each is being met.

COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY: Creating an environment where project details can be openly and comfortably discussed is important. At Sharp Architects, Inc. we foster a team approach that emphasizes listening to and learning about the needs and concerns of our clients. It is essential that we understand the requirements of the facility users including public, staff, and owners. In turn, it is also critical that we effectively communicate the concerns of the design team and other community stakeholders to our clients.

THOUGHTFUL DESIGN: All projects deserve smart, responsive design. We believe in honoring the surrounding community by creating designs that are attractive, environmentally sensitive and respond to the fabric of the neighborhood and the surrounding community.

By staying true to these principles, we are confident that your project will be a success. We believe that a successful project is the cornerstone of any long-term relationship and lays a strong foundation for infinite future opportunities.


Sharp Architects Inc. is well-versed in a wide variety of architectural services.

We would welcome the opportunity to review these services with you to determine what services your project will require:

Architectural Design

Facility Planning
Building Design
Site Analysis
Sustainable Design
Facility Assessment

Historic Preservation

Historic Investigation
Historic Restoration Design

Zoning Services

Variance Requests
Planned Development Requests
Special Use Requests

Interior Design

Space Planning
Finish Selection & Specification
Furniture Selection & Specification


Wayfinding/ Signage
Promotional/Print Materials


“Sharp Architects, Inc. developed blueprints and construction documents for two projects which ran simultaneously; a remediation project and a building remodel project. Lisa first worked with the library board to develop a long range capital plan. In the design stages, each new and repurposed space was well thought out and took into consideration all of our goals for the building. We now have a bright and vibrant facility that offers spaces for library patrons of all ages where they can feel safe and comfortable while studying, reading, surfing, or just relaxing. Sharp Architects, Inc. worked very well with our construction manager which allowed us to assess plans throughout construction and make timely changes as needed which improved the project and saved money.”

Sarah A. Tobias – Director
Sycamore Public Library

“I am pleased to recommend Ms. Sharp and the work of her firm for any architectural design challenge or project management. She is a consummate professional, and strives to achieve the best practices of her profession while working to meet the needs of her client.”

Bill Nicklas
Sycamore Train Depot

“We have engaged the firm repeatedly over the years for a variety of restoration and planning projects. I could not be more pleased with our relationship and the work we have accomplished together.”

Brian Reis
Elwood House Museum

“We could not have a better choice for our architect and we highly recommend Sharp Architects, Inc. based on the excellent experience we had with our building project. […] Ms. Sharp was highly professional; she met deadlines, organized weekly meetings, communicated effectively and was conscious of our budget.”

Lesly D. Wicks
Hope Haven

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sharp for the attitude and dedication they bring to their projects. As you know SMC believe that every successful project requires team work between all players – architect, engineers, construction manager and owner. [Sharp’s] team attitude – especially as challenges arise – is certainly an asset to your projects and to the clients you serve.” 

John M. Shales
Shales Mcnutt Construction

“I appreciate [Sharp Architects] ability to successfully work with contractors and authorities having jurisdiction to deliver a complete project. To this end, we are pleased to offer our support and reference to other client considering retention and of Sharp’s services.”

Allen C. Jensen
Provena Saint Joseph Hospital