Jacob Chartoff



Jacob Chartoff AIA

Jacob Chartoff is an architect and partner at MAS Studio

  • Education 2006 Master of Architecture, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)
  • 2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
  • Select Affiliations Licensed Architect, Illinois
  • Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
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Jacob Chartoff is an architect and partner at MAS Studio. He began his career over twenty years ago after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, Jacob worked at a small firm in Boston, learning on the job, and contributing to the design of multiple private residences, a few synagogues, and a couple of Modern Cape Cod vacation homes. In 2003, he relocated to Chicago to attend the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) for Graduate School where in his final year of the Master of Architecture program, he teamed up with Iker for a Campus Master Plan Independent Studio. They have continued to collaborate off and on ever since.

After graduating from UIC, Jacob joined Landon Bone Baker Architects (now LBBA) and developed the initial design for the AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award-winning Rosa Parks Apartments. In 2007, while working for the Architect-led Design Build firm GLUCK+, Jacob served as the onsite assistant construction manager overseeing the construction of a 27,000-SF modern single-family home on the North Shore of Lake Michigan.

In 2008, Jacob joined Wheeler Kearns Architects, where he spent several years working on a variety of residential, educational, and institutional projects, until relocating to New York City and rejoining GLUCK+. While there, Jacob was the Project Architect for one of the first prefabricated steel and concrete multi-unit residential buildings in New York City. Comprised of fifty-six modules that were fabricated off site in rural Pennsylvania, the seven-story, twenty-eight unit building was delivered and erected over the course of a few weeks. The Stack won numerous awards and appeared in multiple publications, including Dwell, Domus, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

After returning to Chicago, Jacob joined Columbia College Chicago as the Campus Architect and Director of Campus Planning and Construction. Over the next four years he designed, managed, and administered over a hundred projects of various sizes and complexity including learning environments, performance spaces, and administrative offices. In 2013, he was one of the founding members of the Wabash Arts Corridor, a living urban canvas for street art and murals. Following his tenure at Columbia College, Jacob was an Associate Principal at Civic Projects Architecture where he focused his attention on residential projects, project management, and mentoring emerging professional staff.

In 2021, Jacob joined Julie to co-lead the Interiors Studio at SOM where he served as Associate Principal and the Interiors Technical Design Lead. Jacob was responsible for management of project documentation, technical design guidance, materials research, full construction administration services, and team management, training, and professional development. Key projects included a 40,000-SF agile workspace for John Deere’s Global IT group in Chicago’s Fulton Market, and the full interior renovation of Vanderbilt University’s Kirkland Hall for the Offices of the Chancellor in Nashville.

Selected Projects

  • An Addition with Six Windows 
  • Appleton Public Library Renovation *
  • Stream Realty Office *
  • 800 Fulton Market Spec Suite *
  • John Deere Global IT Workplace *
  • Vanderbilt University Kirkland Hall Interior Renovation *
  • One Tower Bridge Repositioning *
  • Confidential Cultural and Research Institute *
  • Lakeview Condo Renovation *
  • Howe Residence Master Suite Renovation *
  • Door County Addition *
  • Leavitt Residence Renovation and Addition *
  • Furniture Store Apartments *
  • Clifton Residence *
  • Institutional Signage and Brand Identity *
  • Dance Theater Lobby Refresh *
  • Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate Admissions Office *
  • Columbia College Chicago Campus Wide Student Lounges *
  • Columbia College Chicago Shop Columbia *
  • Columbia College Chicago Office of the President *
  • Columbia College Chicago Offices for IT *

* Completed prior to joining MAS Studio

  • Columbia College Chicago Creative Arts Therapies *
  • Columbia College Chicago Cinema and Television Arts *
  • Columbia College Chicago Business and Entrepreneurship *
  • Columbia College Chicago Offices for the VP of Student Affairs *
  • Columbia College Chicago Offices for Marketing and Communications *
  • Columbia College Chicago Career Center *
  • Columbia College Chicago Tour Center Refresh *
  • Columbia College Chicago Office for Development and Alumni Relations *
  • Artist Retreat Upstate New York *
  • The Stack *
  • Lake Shore Drive Residence *
  • WKA Identity *
  • Wolcott School *
  • Congregation Sukkat Shalom *
  • Lincoln Park West Condo *
  • Cascade House *
  • Rosa Parks Apartments *
  • Softbank Office Extension *
  • Maimonides Synagogue Addition *
  • Wellesley Addition *
  • Falmouth Residence *
  • East Sandwich Residence *

Selected Awards and Publications

  • 2017 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, Artist Retreat Upstate New York
  • 2016 Residential Architect Design Awards, Citation, Artist Retreat Upstate New York
  • 2015 The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, The Stack
  • 2015 AIANY/BSA, Housing Honor Award, The Stack
  • 2015 Architizer A+ Awards, Architecture + Urban Transformation, The Stack
  • 2014 Good Neighbor Award, Chicago Association of Realtors, Wolcott School
  • 2013 Wilmette Historic Preservation Recognition Award, Congregation Sukkat Shalom
  • 2011 AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award, Rosa Park Apartments