The Firm

The firm’s partners have worked together for over 25 years. The firm’s continued success is a result of quality design and listening to our clients. Each one of our projects is custom designed to be a reflection of the people who live there. Our designs range from classical to modern, paying close attention to detail which is revealed in the finished product. We feel that beauty is achieved through well-proportioned and gracefully detailed structures and interiors. We work with many different architectural vocabularies to create environments which are perfectly fit to the individuals who use them. We have had the pleasure to work with some of the most energetic, open-minded, and interesting clientele which is evident in the final design.

Scott Fortman, AIA, LEED AP
Scott Fortman, president of Gibbons, Fortman & Associates, has spent his professional career working with the most discerning clientele. Timeless and elegant designs, impeccable finishes, custom millwork, and one-of-a-kind details are just part of the reason for his success. Above all else, Scott’s primary accomplishment has been to provide steady and trusted guidance through the design and construction process by being the client’s advocate every step of the way.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University in 1986, Scott moved back to Chicago, began working on custom residential projects, and soon realized that he enjoyed the most intricate and detailed projects. In 1990 Scott became Project Architect at Richard Gibbons & Associates, and in 2000 became a partner and vice president of Gibbons, Fortman & Associates.

Scott has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Leaders of Design Council, Luminarts Foundation and has served on the Oak Park Historic Preservation Committee. Scott is the President of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Scott has donated his time to Habitat for Humanity and Designs for Dignity providing Pro Bono design services for non-profits.

Richard Gibbons, AIA
Richard Gibbons founded Richard Gibbons & Associates in 1990 after a previous six-year partnership. The firm continues under the name Gibbons, Fortman & Associates. Richard now serves as partner emeritus and design consultant for the firm.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and after study at the American Academy in Rome, Richard moved to Chicago where he worked for Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Graham, Anderson, Probst & White.

Along with being a member of the American Institute of Architects, Richard’s other interests include furniture design, French literature, and painting, which has been exhibited in Chicago, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York.