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JHA Job Opportunities!

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JHA currently has job openings in both our Illinois and Ohio offices!     Please see below for a description of the jobs available and for more information or to submit your resume please email Jen Kleinheinz at  We look forward to continuing to grow our premier firm during 2016 and beyond!

About JHA

J. Hershey Architecture is a premier full service architectural firm that provides design, engineering, consulting and construction management services to assist property managers, condominium and homeowner associations, single family homeowners and commercial building owners in preserving the integrity of their community and protecting their investment. J. Hershey Architecture’s expertise includes initial site analysis through design and construction. Our projects encompass high end single family residences, multi-family communities and unique, one of a kind commercial projects.

Comprehensive Consulting Services offered to our community association clients include: reserve studies, transition studies, building/water infiltration repair issues, balcony repairs, roofing/cladding replacement, architectural review for unit renovations, bid solicitation, and construction monitoring. Compare our services to those of other local or national firms and you will be confident in your choice to work for J. Hershey Architecture…. where our service is always autographed with excellence.


Immediate Opening – Architectural Associate – Full Time

Our offices in Illinois and Ohio are seeking a highly talented Architectural Associate to join the team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ability to prepare construction documents including floor plans, wall sections and details
  • Reliable and able to deliver projects on time
  • Candidate must be self-motivated, have a high attention to detail and work well with others including Clients, Consultants and Contractors
  • Ability and desire to work on multiple projects simultaneous
  • Candidate will be responsible for all aspects of project work from design through construction management


  • Bachelors or Associates Degree in Architecture or related field
  • Proficient in the latest version of AutoCAD
  • High quality written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong commitment to excellence


Immediate Opening – Licensed Architect – Full Time

Our offices in Illinois and Ohio are seeking a highly talented Licensed Architect to join the team. We have an opportunity for a leader to mentor team members, answer technical and procedural questions, teach processes and deliver the best solutions for our discerning Clients.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage design process for multiple projects simultaneously with a variety of cliental
  • Lead and direct the work of others
  • Confidence in project development including, floor plans, elevations, sections and details
  • Candidate must be self-motivated, team player and have a high attention to detail
  • Must work well with others including Clients, Consultants and Contractors
  • Participate in business development activities
  • Experience presenting to a variety of audiences
  • Knowledge of building codes and technical standards


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture or related field
  • Registered as a licensed architect in Illinois or Ohio
  • Proficient in the latest version of AutoCAD and Revit (BIM) systems
  • Experience in Sketch Up and Photoshop
  • Strong commitment to excellence with a high degree of written and verbal communication skills
  • Salary commensurate with experience

Happy New Year!

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In 2015 we had the opportunity to design several projects for our single family and commercial clients. Some of these projects will be breaking ground early this year and include the following:

-Renovation and expansion of Auto Lab Libertyville to include new management offices, waiting area and additional auto service bays.

-The outdoor dining space at the restaurant Tsukasa of Tokyo will be enclosed to provide a year-round dining experience.

-New design and construction of a 5,500+ square foot, single family home on Druce Lake, to include 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. This custom home will feature unobstructed lake views and a full walkout basement.

-In unincorporated Grayslake we will be breaking ground on the design of a new 2,700+ square foot, custom home to include 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

-A backyard oasis complete with a Cabana including a full kitchen and an outdoor living area will be constructed for a client in Green Oaks.

We will make sure to provide you with updates and photos as these projects begin construction and progress throughout 2016!

Druce Lake
Druce Lake

The Farmhouse Sink

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Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen or bathroom in 2016 and love the look of a farmhouse sink? Click on the image below from HGTV for over 200 different farmhouse sink ideas! Give J. Hershey Architecture a call today to make your dream home design a reality!




Site Visit & Written Report

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Bill performed a site visit today for water infiltration repairs being made in the basement and exterior of a (40) unit, 2-story condominium building in Willow Springs, Illinois. A written report will follow his site visit, updating the property manager and association board on the progress of the repairs. For this project we did the initial property evaluation followed by the repair drawings, complete bid services and now construction monitoring!‪#‎propertymanagement‬ ‪#‎propertymangers‬ ‪#‎homeownersassociation‬‪#‎willowsprings‬ ‪#‎waterinfiltration‬ ‪#‎evaluation‬ ‪#‎constructiondrawings‬ ‪#‎bid‬‪#‎repairs‬ ‪#‎constructionmanagement‬ ‪#‎masonry

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Transition Studies

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Our Ohio Team was on-site last week performing a Transition Study for an Association containing 63 single family homes in Macedonia. The exterior of each of these homes is maintained by the Association which also included walking paths, landscaping and a private lake! A comprehensive report will now be written detailing our findings which allows the Association to properly budget for the future! For more information check out the Reserve Study section on our website where you can submit our online Request Form and have JHA prepare a proposal for your review.



Job Openings!

posted by Jen

J. Hershey Architecture has immediate openings for a qualified Licensed Architect or Engineer in our Illinois and Ohio offices. Candidates will have the ability and desire to work on multiple projects simultaneously with a variety of client types. Candidates must be self-motivated, have a high attention to detail and work well with others. Good communication skills, especially the ability to produce written documentation with proper English grammar is required. Candidates will be responsible for all aspects of project work from design through construction management including regular work in the latest version of AutoCAD.

Please email resume to Jen –

Registered Architect in either Illinois or Ohio
Professional degree in Architecture
Proficiency in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office
Revit Experience preferred but not required
Salary is commensurate with experience


Work Orders

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We are in Brook Park, Ohio this morning looking at floor structure issues at a residential condominium unit. A contractor told the homeowner the floor below a patio door is framed incorrectly. The actual issue is water infiltration resulting from several factors. J. Hershey Architecture has expertise in evaluating and resolving water infiltration issues. We travel throughout the country to assist property managers with similar concerns.

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Friday Humor

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For a little Friday humor click here to view some recent plumbing failures!  Have a great weekend!


Master Bedroom Addition

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At the end of 2014 construction was completed on a first floor Master Bedroom & Bathroom addition in Mundelein, Illinois that was designed by J. Hershey Architecture.  The Client recently finished landscaping the outdoor space and it was the perfect time to photograph the addition.   The new space seamlessly flows from the original portion of the home and includes a french door entry from the living room, laundry room, master bedroom and on-suite bathroom. The Master Bedroom is flooded with natural light with the addition of windows on all three exterior walls.   We worked closely with the Client through all phases of design including the bid phase and complete construction monitoring with weekly site visits providing her with easy to read reports on the status of construction!

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EXTERIOR                                                                                 MASTER BEDROOM
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LAUNDRY ROOM                                                                 FRENCH DOOR ENTRY
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JHA Expands Offices

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Spurred by Midwest Growth, J. Hershey Architecture Expands Staff in Their Illinois and Ohio Offices

New employees bring architectural expertise to continue to meet the increasing demands of Clients.

July 23, 2015 – Lake Bluff, Illinois – J. Hershey Architecture is a full service firm providing consulting, design and construction management services to property managers, condominium and homeowner associations, single-family homeowners and commercial building owners.  We are proud to announce the addition of the following employees: Bill Levernier, Senior Architect and David Person, Architectural Associate in our Illinois office and Sarah Markley, Architectural Associate and Devon Zurcher, Summer Intern in our Ohio office.

“As we continue to experience growth in all areas of our firm we are excited about the expansion of our staff to meet the needs of our Clients throughout the Midwest”, explains J. Hershey Architecture President, John Hershey.  Founded in 2009, J. Hershey Architecture has continued to double its revenue every year with 2015 being no exception.

Bill Levernier, Licensed Architect
Bill joins J. Hershey Architecture with over 30 years’ experience in the field.  As a registered Architect in Illinois, Iowa, Colorado and Wisconsin, Bill has designed custom residential homes and retail spaces ranging from 5,000-25,000 square feet.   Since 2006, Bill has been an Adjunct Instructor at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois teaching courses on Construction Documents and Project Management.

Sarah Markley, Architectural Associate
Sarah graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and has since worked for several leading architectural firms in Ohio before opening her own company in 2012.  Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge in her use of AutoCad and love for technology.  With over 15 years of experience Sarah has worked in residential design, condominium design, tenant build-outs and construction oversight.

David Pearson, Architectural Associate
David recently graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois and brings three years of experience to J. Hershey Architecture.  David is proficient in Revit and AutoCad and has experience working through all phases of a project from initial site inspection through the design of drawings and construction administration.

For more information about J. Hershey Architecture please visit our website at or