• Licensed professional interior designer
  • Over 25 years of highly successful experience in Interior Architecture, Design and Space Planning
  • Expert in Design Concept and Development, Space Planning, Specifications, Renderings, Budget Proposals, Purchasing, Custom Furnishings, and Construction and Installation Supervision
  • Outstanding communicator able to establish and maintain personal rapport with craftsmen, building tradespeople, vendors, coworkers, and executive management
  • Excellent combination of quality education, broad in-depth experience, and specialized technical training


  • Direct all functions of my Interior Architecture firm according to professional standards set forth by NCIDQ
  • Manage small, medium, and large-scale commercial and residential projects, supervising a team of four consulting designers and technicians.
  • Extensive press coverage and award winning work


  • Purdue University Construction Technology
  • Electrical Society specialized sessions in lighting technology and systems
  • CREDIA - Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association special sessions
  • AWI - Architectural Woodworking Instititute
  • ADA - American Disability Association
  • Painting & Coating Technology
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Project Management in "Custom Building"
  • Retirement Facilities
  • Remodeling Council
  • Hospitality Design
  • Electrical Technology
  • Adult Living Communities
  • Corporate Office Design


  • Institute of Business Designers
  • International Society of Interior Designers
  • Illinois Builders Association
  • River North Association
  • Custom Builders Association
  • Remodeling Council
Carol J. Guess and Associates - Design Consultants
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Carol J. Guess and Associates is a professional interior architecture firm, specializing in all areas of commercial and residential design.

Carol Guess

We believe our clients' lifestyles and needs should be enhanced by good design and architecture. Our responsibility is to interpret your needs and style and create design solutions that are fitting, unique, dramatic, and timeless.

Our approach is client specific and focused on creating visually exciting and functional environments. With a profound respect for your needs and desires, each project becomes a unique reflection of you.

A licensed interior designer and member of the design community since 1984, I received my training at Indiana University in merchandising and buying, and business management, plus many specialty course CEU credits. Over the years, I have gained a broad depth of knowledge to apply to our design concepts.

We set up project teams based on each client’s needs to ensure you the very best in technical support throughout the project. We also work in tandem with the following professionals.

Vevgeniy Veller takes the lead in producing our design concept cad drawings. He comes to our team with vast experience in software proficiency and technical skills as well as supreme architectural detailing. He assists in developing all of the construction documentation, coordinating the bidding process and final construction. Synchronizing all the elements of our design, he details the design of custom millwork, furniture, plumbing, and lighting.

Mitch Markowitz is known as the acclaimed award winning South Shore Poster Artist. He brings his expertise to our renderings and design concept drawings. Jean-Claude Patou comes to us from his studio in Dania, Florida. He owns a fabulous award winning art gallery and his flair for artist renderings gives us the visual edge on ideas.

Carol J. Guess and Associates assists our clients on many different levels of services. We will work as needed or in tandem with other professionals to create enduring environments of lasting beauty and functionality.

Call us to discuss your design needs. 312.718.0937

Professional interior design license #161.001167