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 90+ commercial and 500+ 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
• Integrate 3D technology and Building Information Modeling, a valuable tool to engage clients and contractors
• Recipient of several “Most Home Beautification” awards


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

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

2009 to 2011:
Architect/Partner at
Energy Smart Home Builders, LLC
New Lenox, IL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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, 1976


National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin

Favorite Architectural Quote:

“Less is more.” – Mies Van Der Rohe

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