VHA is committed to the improvement of the built environment through the preservation of historic buildings and the design of new buildings of the highest quality.

Historic architecture, through its materials, detailing, scale and proportion, contributes to a rich and pleasing built environment. Such buildings should be preserved, both for their historic significance and for their adaptability to other, contemporary uses. VHA has considerable experience with historic architecture, both as a defender of Chicago’s buildings and as architect for numerous preservation and reuse projects.

VHA's new buildings demonstrate that contemporary architecture develops through straightforward expressions of function, structure and materials. Like the best buildings of the past, our new buildings emphasize dignified spaces, refined proportions and quality materials. We strive for buildings that are clearly organized, well built and relatively timeless in their forms and details.