Temple Architects, LLC founded its creative practice with principal Architect Edward Sotiroff.  His work explored the relationship between the building and the context of its environment, as well as the integration of the building’s exterior design with its interior design.  Temple’s work includes Conference Centers, Fine Arts Facility, Religious Facilities, Training Center, Office Facilities, and Residential Single Family Houses.  These projects reflect Temple’s commitment to their thoroughness in the program, design, and construction phases.

Temple’s inception was based on a response to fulfill two major needs, which represent the building blocks necessary for the success of all projects.  The first need is to actively listen to each Client in order to understand all aspect of their specific functional and aesthetic requirements, and then incorporate them into the Client’s program and the building design.  The second need is to develop detailed drawings and specifications, which provides the Client with optimum bids and a constructed project that reflects the design.

In 2007, Valerie Sotiroff joined Temple, taking the firm to a higher level with regards to the creativity of the interior design.  Our interior services include space planning, finish material selections, and the integration of furniture within the interior design concept.

Temple has been recognized by the Precast Institute with a National Design award in 2009 for the Loyola University multi- purpose facility, which included both adaptive re-use and also the integration of a three story adjoining addition.


Management Bios


Edward G. Sotiroff, Principal Architect

Edward graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies along with a Master of Architecture degree with a focus on structural studies. Edward’s knowledge of structures has proved countless times to be an asset during the design and construction of a building. As a result, he has been able to avoid costly change orders and provide construction cost savings for his clients. Edward serves his client’s functional and aesthetic goals, respects their budget and honors the relationship he shares with his clients. Edward led the design team at Temple Architects as Principal Architect for the Ignatius House project at Loyola University, which won the 2009 Architectural Precast Association Award for Design Excellence.


Valerie S. Sotiroff, Interior Designer

Valerie graduated from Harrington College of Design in Chicago and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. In 2010, Valerie became a licensed Interior Designer after passing the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam. For the past 10 years, Valerie has worked with Edward on many projects. In 2005, she joined Temple Architects to serve their client’s space planning needs. Valerie’s experience with space planning, programming, design development, Finish material selection, project management, cost control, quality control, and construction administration makes her a vital part of the design team and an asset to the client. Her project experience includes Industrial Buildings, Educational Facilities, Administrative Offices, Medical Facilities, Training Facilities, Adaptive Reuse, Restoration, Conference Centers and Churches.



National Award

Temple Architects, LLC was recognized by the Architectural Precast Association for the design of the Loyola Residence Project. Officially known as the Ignatius House, the project is located at 6324 N. Kenmore on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. The building boast 32,000 Square Feet of private Jesuit Suites, Lounge, Library, along with a community Dining Hall, Commercial Grade Kitchen and Chapel.

The existing 16,000 Square Feet was formally the Kraft Foods Family Residence. Temple’s team designed the additional 16,000 Square Feet to complement the existing four story building, all the while focusing on the Client’s primary goal of creating an exterior form which expresses the Jesuit community’s faith! The curved precast forms along the North side of the building provide an inviting entry, welcoming the students to enter, so that they may attend religious services and meet in the Dining Hall. The community spaces also allows for the Jesuit Community to hold conferences and Gala Events.

The award was also recognized in the May 2009 publication of Architectural Record.


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