Yu & Associates Collaborative is a Chicago-based architectural and interior studio with a deep appreciation for honest and practical designs. We specialize in custom residential, multi-family developments, and small commercial design. We are adventurous but remain people-centric and site-specific when it comes to serving our clients. Our team is particularly interested in creating timeless solutions through a collaborative process.
Although the large-window, open-concept modernism has taken over in recent years, our approach to design has not changed. We are not committed to any particular style or movement, as we constantly seek new challenges as we work on projects in a range of locations throughout the United States. We tailor our services toward each specific client and location to create simple and beautiful places that make sense. Our studio believes in design as a way to bring families together, allow businesses to grow, and communities to thrive.
Our design philosophy revolves around sensory, value, and sustainability. Not only do we deliver buildings and spaces that feel good to be in and around, but we also understand the economic parameters associated with each project. Our goal of designing aesthetically appealing projects within budget while adding value pushes us to come up with innovative solutions in every aspect. Lastly, with a sustainable-minded attitude, we recognize the importance and social responsibility of utilizing green building materials and technologies.
WEI YU, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Born in China, Wei moved to the United States at a young age. With his multi-cultural background, Wei believes that a well-crafted design has the power to uplift the spirit of individuals and communities. He enjoys dialogue with clients and manages all projects at the studio. Wei earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked for high-profile design firms in Chicago and Minneapolis prior to establishing his own studio.
In his free time, Wei likes to spend time with his family and his black lab, Vader. Growing up in Minnesota, Wei loves winter outdoor activities including snowboarding and ice fishing. Wei is an active member of his local community, serving on the board for a non-profit organization. As a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Wei is licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He also maintains an active National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate for reciprocity to take on projects throughout the United States.
PATRICK KUBIK, ASSOC. AIA
Patrick comes from a European family with a history in the construction industry which sparked his interest and led to his urge to design. Patrick started at Yu & Associates Collaborative during his final semester of architecture school and joined full-time in spring 2023. He works on projects from start to finish with our clients, ensuring every phase exceeds firm standards. Patrick is always learning new building techniques and design methods to stay on the cutting edge of today’s rapidly growing and evolving world.
Patrick received his architectural education from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). While in school, Patrick received numerous architectural design awards and had projects featured at the IIT’s open house and Year End Show consecutively.
LIZ LUSK, ASSOC. AIA
Liz grew up surrounded by arts, handcrafting and design allowing her to build skills that eventually led her to architecture. Liz joined Yu & AssociateS Collaborative as the Studio Coordinator in summer of 2023, after participating in the Wing mentorship program. With her diverse background, she works to develop and carry out marketing strategies, and assist with many studio project needs. Liz is interested in the challenge of creating engaging stories and new perspectives on architectural work as well as expressing the value and impact that architects and designers have on the way we experience the world.
Liz began her career studying ceramics for several years and later moved on to receive her architectural degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Architecture and Design. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, crafting, and spending time with her friends and family.