Joel Berman, LEED-AP, NCARB
Kitchen Design Specialist
Joel is known for his practical restaurant design and layouts. He is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in commercial kitchens, food service, restaurants, bars, hospitality, and adaptive reuse and heritage restoration.
Joel has led a wide variety of culinary projects throughout his career, from restaurants in underserved communities to an award-winning preservation and renovation of a 1920s White Castle Hamburger building. He has designed more than 100 commercial kitchens, including five co-working facilities, and takes a custom approach to each project to ensure that sanitation, equipment, storage, refrigeration and workflow space is optimized for each use case. Joel lends this practiced knowledge to NVA’s development process to design facilities that meet the community’s needs today and are scalable for the future.