John Stanton – Principal

John Stanton’s years of combined background in Architecture and Construction have molded the philosophical requirements of his firm, Stanton Architects, Inc. His main objectives are to provide detailed attention to create successful designs that are truly special for his clients. Planning ideas are carefully reviewed based on the client’s criteria, environment, and budget. Plans are then created to accommodate the client’s needs in a timely manner, efficiently and effectively imparting the integrity of his design.

Prior to forming Stanton Architects, Inc., John has had a pivotal role in several major firms. As Construction Manager for Rite-Way Construction Company, he managed and led the construction trades on major housing communities within the Chicagoland area, enhancing and streamlining bidding negotiation, contracting, and project completion.

John served as Building Designer at Gerding, Richards & Schonbachler, implementing his design and construction experiences for government housing projects. He has worked with several city (Glenview, Lansing, Gurnee) and State (Illinois) Government on Planned Residential Development, including Independent Living Housing and US Naval Base Housing in the Great Lakes Area.

At Johnston Associates, John served many years handling clients, building and zoning officials, and contractors through expediting high-end residential projects. As Manager and Director of Design, John led design and production personnel to develop high quality design to explore new direction in the high-end home market in the greater Chicagoland area, Lake Geneva, WI, Muskegon, MI, and Summit Valley, CO.


As principal of his practice, John has expanded his horizon of experience in advocating the following:


• Designed 80+ commercial and 430+ residential projects
• Managed construction of several complex commercial and residential projects
• Designed and built net-zero energy model home prototypes for 132 unit residential development
• Favored over 3 prominent local seasoned architects to design Joliet Country Club, Joliet, IL
• Implementing 3D technology and Building Information Modeling (BIM) / (click to see Wiki page or “What is BIM” on YouTube for more on BIM)
• Recipient of several “Most Home Beautification” awards
• Redesigned projects with poor design work or workmanship by others
• Legal expert witness for faulty design and construction of failed building structures


1994 to Present:
Stanton Architects, Inc.
Crest Hill, IL

2010 to Present:
City of Crest Hill, IL
Planning Commissioner

2009 to 2011:
Energy Smart Home Builders, LLC
New Lenox, IL

1994 to 1998:
Stanley Glodek & Associates
Hinsdale, IL
Perry Consulting Architects
East Dundee, IL
Thomas A. Burchar & Associates
Design Consultant

1991 to 1994:
Johnston Associates, Inc.
Park Ridge, IL
Director of Design

1990 to 1991:
Arete 3, LTD.
New Lenox, IL
Project & Construction Manager

1987 to 1990:
Johnston Associates, Inc.
Park Ridge, IL
Project Manager

1985 to 1987:
Johnston Associates, Inc.
Park Ridge, IL
Land Planner/Residential Designer

1983 to 1985
Gerding, Richards & Schonbachler
New Lenox, IL
Building Designer

1980 to 1983
Rite-Way Construction
Chicago, IL
Construction Manager


Bachelor of Architecture
University of Notre Dame, 1983

Applied Science in Architectural Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf, 1980

Applied Science in Construction Technology Program
Joliet Junior College


NCARB, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin

Favorite Architectural Quote:

“Less is more.” – Mies Van Der Rohe

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