Joel Berman LEED-AP, ALA, is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in inner city adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for restaurant, hospitality, institutional and residential development. Project work includes an award-winning historic preservation of a 1920s White Castle Hamburger building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production and post-edit facility.
For Joel, clear and fast sketching has been a factor in the success of his design work and architectural practice.
Joel has taught architectural sketching at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College School of Interior Architecture, Chicago Architectural Foundation (CAF), and the US National Endowment for the Humanities/CAF Urban Gateways Program. Joel is also on the Executive Board of Urban Sketchers, a global non-profit encouraging on-site freehand urban sketching and painting.