Collective Office


People

Collective Office is an ambitious team of design professionals who turn innovative ideas into artfully crafted realities. We work with our clients collaboratively to produce work that’s inspired, refined, and tailored to each specific project.

Our Team

Jeff Klymson

OAA | AIA | NCARB

Jeff Klymson is the Founding Principal of Collective Office, directing all creative and technical aspects of the practice. Mr. Klymson is an AIA Licensed Architect and Adjunct Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture in Chicago. Mr. Klymson holds a Master of Architecture degree from IIT and a Bachelor of Architectural Science degree from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Jeff Klymson created Collective Office to focus on practice and research. The practice provides a project-specific, detail-oriented process. We employ this process on all of our projects. We aim to challenge convention and push boundaries, asking questions at every stage of our process. The principle focus of Mr. Klymson’s research is the convergence of architecture and the branded world. He aims to use this idea to create a more intuitive connection for people within their own built environments. 

 

Carlo Parente

OAA | AIA | NCARB

Carlo Parente is a Design Principal for Collective, directing creative aspects of the practice. Mr. Parente is a licensed architect and educator who has designed award-winning projects in North America, Asia, and the Middle East. Mr. Parente’s work is guided by a holistic approach, which integrates performance-based design and new technologies. He is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He holds a Master of Architecture degree from IIT and a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Prior to joining Collective Office, Mr. Parente was a senior designer at leading firms in Chicago and in his native Toronto. At Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, he led design efforts for a number of AS+GG’s award-winning projects including educational, residential and mixed-use and master plans. 

Tyler Moench

Designer

Tyler Moench grew up around Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After receiving a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Minnesota, he decided to continue his academic pursuits out west in Seattle Washington. While in Seattle, he earned a Master of Architecture degree with a certificate in Design Computing and a concentration in Materials and Fabrication. His work during graduate school primarily revolved around exploring the connection between emerging parametric design tools and digital fabrication techniques, and their impact on the design process.   

Outside of the architecture office, Tyler enjoys tinkering with anything that he can get his hands on, ranging from making furniture, to wrenching on bicycles, to building 3D printers.

Clayton Knapp

Intern Architect

Clay is originally from Kansas City and moved to Chicago in 2013 to study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He will graduate with a Professional Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Urban Studies. While there, Clay was awarded the Droste Study Abroad Scholarship and the Dwight T. Black Memorial Scholarship for exceptional work. Prior to starting at Collective Office in 2018, Clay worked on projects with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, SANAA (Seijima and Nishizawa and Associates), and ACI Boland Architects.

At Collective Office, Clay is able to learn from and participate in all aspects of the design process. He is eagerly working towards his architectural licensure. Outside of his pursuits in architecture, he is an experimental filmmaker with work exploring spatial and urban representation in cinema. Other interests include biking, cooking, concerts, and his two cats.

Jeffrey Widjaja

Designer

Jeff was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. After spending his first 18 years in Indonesia, he decided to escape the tropical weather to pursue his Bachelor or Architecture degree at Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago. While studying at IIT, Jeff Widjaja was awarded the International Scholarship and Samuel Horwitz Scholarship Award (2011). Jeff Widjaja spent the Fall Semester of 2013 in Dublin, Ireland as part of the student exchange partnership program with the Architectural School at the University College of Dublin.

Aside from architecture, Jeff enjoys the sport of climbing and is secretly learning how to write code. Jeff joined Collective Office in the Summer 2014 to assist with all aspects of the process.