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It's time for a different kind of house. A house that is more than square footage: a house that is Not So Big, where each room is used every day. The Not So Big House isn't just a small house. Rather, it's a smaller house, filled with special details and designed to accommodate the lifestyles of its occupants. The Home Professionals Directory is comprised of those who embrace the Not So Big philosophy.

Details on Edward J Shannon Architect/AIA
Edward J Shannon Architect/AIAWebsite: http://www.edwardjshannon.com
Edward ShannonPhone: 5157799050
2005 34th Street
EMail: edwardjshannon@edwardjshannon.com
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
USAHouzz.Com Profile: http://www.houzz.com/pro/edwardjshannon/__public

Services and Specialties:
Architecture + Design

Service Areas:
USA (Illinois, Iowa)

About Our Company:
I am a Licensed Architect with over 25 years of experience in commercial, institutional, and residential sectors. While I reside in Des Moines, Iowa, I still maintain a strong Chicago presence and am also available for projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

I design homes and light commercial projects that are inspiring, comfortable, economical, and flow well to enhance livability. I refer to myself as the `Neighborhood Architect` because I treasure old neighborhoods and believe in investing in these.

Two Design philosophies I work closely with are The Not So Big House and The Original Green.

The Not So Big House:
• Values Quality over Quantity
• Emphasizes Comfort, Beauty, and a high level of Detail
• Doesn`t necessarily mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed, but designed and built to perfectly suit the way you live.

The Original Green emphasizes sustainable buildings that are:
LOVABLE - If they can’t be loved, they will not last.
DURABLE - They must endure, in order to be sustainable.
FLEXIBLE - If they endure, they will need to be used for many uses over generations.
FRUGAL – because energy hogs can’t be sustained in a healthy way long into an uncertain future.

Building a new home is one of the biggest investments a family will ever make. Yet, despite spending a lot of money, a new home can still be flawed by way of planning, structure, and aesthetics. You deserve only the best! Going through a thorough design process with a licensed, seasoned design professional will ensure you get the house that best suits your needs and fits your site. Do it right with an Architect!

Statement of Licensure:

I am licensed to practice architecture in Iowa and Illinois


I hold a certificate from The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) which enables me to quickly get reciprocity in 49 states.


I earned a BA in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture degree from Viginia Tech.  

NCARB Certification: Architect is NCARB certified.
* The NCARB certification often expedites reciprocity - the process through which one can offer his or her professional services in different jurisdictions after earning an initial license. This means that if an NCARB certified architect is not licensed in your state, the process for getting him/her licensed there in order to work on your project will be fairly quick.


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