Chris is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys bicycling, swimming, cross country skiing, canoeing and sailing. Chris's love for nature informs his work as he brings those elements - a balance of light, structure and color - to his sense of design. Working with the client and his staff, he brings those elements into play in the design as well as the materials to be used in the construction.

Professional Bits:

  • University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign - B.A. in Architectural Studies
  • Association of Licensed Architects
  • Licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Freeport Downtown Development Foundation Consultant Selection Committee, past chair
  • Freeport Art Museum Design Competition, Consultant/Chair


  • Northern Illinois Chapter AIA "Excellence in Design"
  • AIA Architectural Photography Honorable Mention, "My Father's Eyes"
  • Woman's Day Magazine/University of Illinois, "House for the 80's" Design



As the "business" part of the firm, Pat brings a diverse set of experiences and skill sets to the partnership. A graduate of the University of Illinois - Springfield, Pat manages the firm, develops the branding and marketing materials, writes the proposals, facilitates strategic planning and consensus building meetings, and tends to the financial operations. She writes the popular Design Matters monthly electronic newsletter and has launched a blog under the same title (Design Matters Blog).

Pat also has deep experience in government, real estate, and economic development and brings those skills to the table to put a complete package of services together for our clients.

A student of leadership, politics, poetry and prose, Pat artistically combines solid knowledge and practical vision to serve your design and planning needs.

Chris and Pat have been life partners since 1982 and business partners for nearly all of those years. The idea of a "mom and pop shop" is nothing new. But the complementary skill sets offered by "Team cf+a" offers clients an unusual mix of services.

  • Architecture
  • Interiors
  • Planning
  • Sustainable practices
  • Historic preservation and incentives
  • Economic development
  • Grant writing and research
  • Technical and creative writing
  • Strategic planning and consensus building

Together, we've helped write historic preservation ordinances and design guidelines, advised on TIF districts and urban planning, designed interiors and exteriors, saved historic buildings and adapted others for current uses, assisted clients in incorporating "green" practices into their projects, conducted master planning, SWOT analyses, and much more.

Chris has the professional architecture training, depth of experience and knowledge coupled with outstanding construction documentation and effective communication and collaboration with your construction team. Pat offers strong knowledge of cultural, political and governmental trends as well as excellent writing, speaking and social media skills.

Christopher Fye + Associates PC
1005 W. Main Street, Suite 100
Freeport, Illinois 61032