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Raymond Schaefer

An Architect, Creative Director & Founder of Gravity Architecture + Design as well as an Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate with a BArch - yes he loves Mies Van der Rohel! Raymond has two children - his daughter is a Johns Hopkins Graduate and his son his a scholarship NCAA D1 golfer - and a lovely wife - who has her graduate degree from Northwestern but is more proud of being a graduate of The University of Iowa! - Raymond loves Mexican food and all things Chicago (go White Sox!). His favorite teams are the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Men's Basketball (yes, he even has a pair of candy stripe warm up pants), 76ers, and Mount Golf. He lives on the course at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill but does not own a set of golf clubs. His favorite restaurants are: O Ya Boston, Lalo's Chicago & Nipper's Bahamas. When Raymond is not working, you can catch him watching his favorite movies involving Nic Cage, National Treasure, Hoosiers, Top Gun, Caddyshack and Slap Shot, or listening to ALOT of Elvis with a healthy mix of Kenny Chesney or Sir Mix Alot! If not an architect, Raymond would be a NBA player - even though he's slow, can't jump and is a tad short. Moving to work, his favorite project moments are - Sitting with his wife and Rich Melman at the opening of FoodLife in Chicago drinking way too many Tequila Sunrises and working with Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie on Elvis Presley's Memphis - and having them say "Elvis would have loved this place" while Jewel played the opening party!


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

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