Respected. Creative. Thoughtful.

Established in 1992, John Shafer + Associates is a highly recognized architectural firm based in downtown Springfield, Illinois. We firmly believe that superior architecture can inspire individuals, transform communities, and champion a responsible approach to our environment. We specialize in residential, commercial, and interior design projects across the nation.

John Shafer + Associates brings together a talented group of professionals, each with a wealth of knowledge in architecture and planning. Our design approach is rooted in two central principles: the importance of functional, user-friendly spaces and a deep commitment to environmental sustainability. This thoughtful approach to design has not only earned us several awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) but also led to features in Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Our Team


John Shafer

John serves as the Principal of our firm, bringing his leadership, wealth of experience, and creative vision to the forefront of our operations.

Project Architect

Lisa Emig

Lisa is a Project Architect who has been a driving force at out firm for the past nine years while managing a diverse range of projects.


Rachel Birdsell

Rachel brings to our team a strong understanding of architectural theory and technology.


Jacob Bennett

Jacob is an Architectural Associate with a focus on integrating technology into architectural design and planning.

Professional Affiliation