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entrepreneurs, property managers, + developers

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Developers buy land, finance real estate deals, build or have builders build projects, create, imagine, control, and orchestrate the entire process of land improvement from the beginning to end. Developers usually take the greatest risk in the creation or renovation of real estate—and receive the greatest rewards. However, often developers require the add value services of an architect at a stage in the project when they don't have a lot of capital to cover the design expense.

YMK has been able to offer creative compensation solutions for those clients ensuring the success of the project is unhindered by such roadblocks. Success in the real estate development game can hinge on working with the right team. Our architecture practice has positioned itself as the ideal member of that team. Our guidance can help ensure the project's success. We can assist a project from the earliest stages of selecting the right property all the way through commissioning.


Leasing the right space for your business can make or break the success of your company. We can assist you in ensuring you gain the most from your space and create an environment that allows you to realize your company’s fullest potential.


Property managers and Owners: 

Commercial property management is a uniquely challenging business. Units lay vacant for months or in some cases years before a prospective tenant finds the space to be a good fit. YMK can work on retainer with your management company as your dedicated design consultant ensuring you have the best chance at filling vacancies.

While we often work on large-scale developments, young developers and contractors seeking to transform existing residential buildings into an eye-catching add-value find the YMK office a welcoming place to launch their real-estate empire. Our ability to nurture budding real-estate entrepreneurs (or seasoned veterans) has been instrumental in many contractor-turn-developers success stories.

While old buildings become unsuitable for their programmatic requirements, as progress in technology, politics, and economics moves faster than the built environment, adaptive reuse comes in as a sustainable option for the reclamation of a once functional building. Our firm has extensive experience in breathing new life into these existing buildings. One prime example is in our work in converting a 170,000 square foot warehouse in Skokie IL into the 40 unit tech center. The mixed-use building houses commercial, industrial, and office spaces bringing new value to the once vacant structure.

YMK Architecture boasts an extensive portfolio of commercial projects, including retail outlets, showrooms, restaurants, and shopping centers. Our team has the unique ability to work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop their branding into the architecture. Our firm has a history of enabling owners to realize their entrepreneurial aspiration with our strong dedication to assisting them in navigating through the many challenges that arise throughout the development or enterprise process.

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