Design Philosophy

Listen… in order to… Learn… and then… Creatively Lead.

We will listen purposefully and intently to the voices of those who have conceived and envisioned the project thus far.

We will learn the nature and needs of the project and the Church, as well as those of the design team by a direct and interactive process of enquiry and discovery. The goal will be to understand and assemble the individual programmatic parts – the hopes, wishes, needs, and wants – into an elegant, structured, and hopefully, simple vision which all of the participants can begin to relate, to interact with, and ultimately to take ownership of.

We will creatively lead the project team and the design process by clearly communicating – graphically, diagrammatically and spatially – a thoroughly considered and well thought out design concept that is fully informed by its program, community context, and by the essential character of the Church itself.

A successful Pasma Group design is one that projects the desired image and serves the people who use it with attention to both budget and schedule. Our firm’s principal maintains direct personal involvement and assumes ultimate responsibility for client satisfaction.


Pasma Group Architects has been in practice since 1988 and is currently staffed by ten people. The firm has enjoyed a steady growth based on a high standard of professional service and personal attention to clients.


Pasma Group Architects provides full architecture, MEP engineering, interior design / space planning, landscape architecture, land planning services for new and renovated facilities.


As a full service architectural/interiors firm, Pasma Group Architects’ comprehensive design capabilities permit the firm to tailor our services to respond to specific design requirements of any project and the specialized needs for whatever the project scope.

Project Organization

Each team is led by an experienced project architect who directs the various disciplines during the design and contract process. Each project team represents a cross section of our talents and capabilities.


Douglas P. Pasma

Pasma Group Architects (2008 – Present)

Director of Architectural Design and Administration

Goss Pasma Architects (’89-2008), Booth Hansen Associates, Project Manager (’84-’88), University of Michigan, ’81 Master of Architecture, University of Michigan, ’79 B/S Architecture

Professional experience includes responsibilities in design and construction phases of projects ranging from developer originated commercial, retail and housing commissions, primarily on urban sites, to religious facilities and corporate interiors throughout the country. Project management focuses on generating and developing conceptual design and site planning solutions for a diverse resume of building types and clients.

Project Experience:

Willow Creek Auditorium, South Barrington, IL | Harvest Bible Chapel, Elgin, IL | Calvary Church, Naperville, IL | Park Community Church, Chicago, IL | Christ Memorial Church, Holland, MI | Elmhurst CR Church, Elmhurst, IL | Ridge Point Community Church, Holland, MI | Trinity Lutheran Church, Evanston, IL | First Presbyterian Church, Evanston, IL | Viet Nam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL | Treasure Island Food Store, Lincoln Park, IL | Motorola Nortel Corp., Shamburg, IL