Why Design

Our studio is driven by a collective curiosity for what it means to be human.  As designers and creative problem-solvers, we are in search of moments in our built environment that activate different scales of community and can more meaningfully impact our shared experiences.  We value design as a tool not only for addressing practical challenges but also for speculating on what’s possible and proposing new narratives for the way we engage with the world and empathetically with one another.

Our Process

A design project of any scale can be a complex and daunting task.

We are here to make the process of translating abstract ideas into tangible realities constructive, enjoyable, and rewarding for you, whether you are an individual homeowner or community organization.

We approach all projects, large and small, with a similar outlook:

  1. We view each project as an opportunity to create something highly personal yet accessible.
  2. We listen and work closely with you to define your needs and visions for the project.
  3. We consider context to ensure a project fits within its wider ecological & sociocultural community.
  4. We seek to amplify your ambitions into compelling concepts that will endure to provide lasting value.
  5. We build strong relationships, fostering collaboration and communication for a smooth project delivery.

Who We Are

Studio Becker Xu, PLLC is a Chicago-based architecture and design studio led by Sharon Xu and Robert Becker.  Sharon and Robert met while designing at Princeton School of Architecture.  Their collaboration brings together complementary backgrounds in architecture - Sharon’s systematic thinking and creative problem-solving from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Robert’s adept understanding of craft and assembly from University of Illinois Chicago - to form a multi-faceted approach to design.

After working professionally in Los Angeles following graduate school, they moved back to the Midwest to form their creative practice, informed by over a decade of collective experience from architectural design offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seoul.  In addition to their practice, they are educators at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois Chicago.

Let’s Chat

Sharon Xu:
︎ sharon@studiobeckerxu.com

Robert Becker:

︎ robert@studiobeckerxu.com

︎ 314-795-9263
︎ info@studiobeckerxu.com
︎ @studio.beckerxu

︎3020 N Waterloo Ct #3
    Chicago, IL 60657

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