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Mission Statement


Arconcepts, Inc.'s relationship with their clients, vendors, employees, and the community is established and strengthened through consistent communication, concern, commitment and honesty.

Our image, created through quality and professionalism affords us the opportunity to serve the community and to benefit our employees, clients, and vendors.

We base our management principals on objectives developed by goal setting, proper planning, discipline, and performance, using a team approach.

We base our daily work principals on individualism allowing for creativity and freedom of thought and expression.

Our goal is to nurture our client base and develop expanded continual relationships with each while maintaining a high standard of moral and ethical work practice.

Quality Policy


Arconcepts, Inc. is a uniquely structured architectural and design firm dedicated to consistent, high quality service by a team of professionals committed to excellence with unsurpassed experience.

Our commitment to customer satisfaction and customer confidence is exhibited through our personal service and ongoing relationships with our clients.

Through our unique team approach utilizing the creativity of employee individualism, Arconcepts, Inc., continues to provide professional, cost effective, cutting edge design. Continuing education and creative involvement with the architectural and construction professions provide continuous improvements in our service and performance.

As a team, Arconcepts, Inc. strives to continually augment the high standards of moral and ethical work practice by which the architectural profession is driven.

Licenses / Certifications


Professional Licenses | Registrations

  • National Counsel Architectural Registration Board – NCARB
  • Licensed To Practice Architecture and Interior Design:
    • State Of Michigan
    • State Of Illinois
    • State Of Florida
    • State Of Indiana
    • State of Ohio
    • State of Georgia
    • State of North Carolina
    • State of Nevada
    • State of Minnesota
    • State of West Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • AmericanInstitute of Architects
    • National
    • Michigan
    • Detroit Chapter


State Certification

  • Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) | Minority Business Enterprise
  • Michigan Unified Certified Program (MUCP)
    • NAISC Code 541310, Architectural Services Kereta
    • NAISC Code 54163, Marketing Management Consulting Services
    • MDOT vendor #08382
    • MDOT Code QJ1, Building Construction & Renovation
    • Broker TP3, Building – Interior / Exterior (Paint and Floor Coverings)
    • P1. Architectural Construction | RK. Architectural Services
  • SMART: DBE Certification
    • As Outlined in 49 CFR Part 23 of the U.S. DOT Regulations
  • Wayne County Certification
    • Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
    • Certificate of Awardability
  • City of Detroit
    • Detroit Business Certification Program
      • Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Aviation Related
    • Wayne County Airport Authority – DTW
      • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) through the
      • ACDBE | Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
        • Airport Concessionaire, Consultant, Other
        • NAISC Code 541310, Architectural Services
        • NAISC Code 54163, Marketing Loan Management Consulting Services
    • Delta Air Lines
      • Supplier Diversity Team
      • Recipient of the 2016 Delta Diversity Star Award
Shirley A. Ghannam AIA, ALA, NCARB<br />President & CEO


Shirley A. Ghannam has been actively involved in the field of architecture, planning and design since 1980 and established Arconcepts Architects in 1993.  She has continued to be an influential leader to professional women in her field and was one of the first women in the State of Michigan to own, operate and continually develop a successful Architecture | Design | Planning firm. 

Certified by the Michigan Unified Certification Program as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), as well as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) through the Wayne County Airport Authority, her expansive background of architecture and business development allows for fresh perspectives to industry.. 

Throughout her 24 years as the President & CEO, Shirley has spent much of her time developing and nurturing professional relationships of long-term clients such as Wayne County Airport Authority, Delta Air Lines, DFCU Financial, Boar's Head Provisons, General Motors, Ford Motor Company / Ford Motor Land Dvelopment, as well as many more notable clientele.  Shirley's knowledge and understanding of planning and development brings new direction to the projects and teams in which she is a part.

Although Shirley maintains Professional Licenses in nine (9) States, she remains actively involved in the surrounding communities through locally profiled projects.  She continues to develop innovative approaches to architecture and development as demonstrated through the overall team efforts of Arconcepts.


  • Lawrence Technological University - Southfield, Michigan
    • Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction (Graduate Degree), 1982
    • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1980


American Institute of Architects

  • AIA National
  • AIA Michigan
  • AIA Detroit


National Council Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

  • National Accreditation

Registered Architect

  • State of Michigan
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Florida
  • State of Indiana
  • State of Ohio
  • State of Georgia
  • State of North Carolina
  • State of Nevada
  • State of Minnesota
  • State of West Virginia
Vasilios (Leo) Derdelakos, RA<br />Vice President, Director of Architecture


Vasilios (Leo) Derdelakos has specialized in Inclusive Architectural Design and Construction Development with Arconcepts since 1996.  Leo’s involvement in Sustainable Environmental Design gives him a unique approach to architecture.  His building typology includes Aviation, Commercial/Corporate, Educational, Industrial/Manufacturing, and Recreational Facilities, among a variety of others. 

Over the years, Leo's corporate leadership has aided extensively in the successful delivery of notable projects within the Metropolitan Detroit Region as well as the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.  His strengths in design and architectural detailing provide the project team with a defined approach to the design and construction process, leading to successful end-results. 

We define Architecture as an art, merged with science and technology, graced with the realistic project delivery in response to the individual client and behavioral patterns of the prospective users.  Leo's knowledge in the theory and practice of design, construction, commissioning, and coordination of the related professional teams such as the architect, civil and structural engineer, and mechanical and electrical engineers, allow for the creation of space that gives aesthetic and functional value to our clients, while also creating a more comfortable life cycle in respect to the built environment.


Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, MI

  • Masters in Architecture with Distinction
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture


  • Registered Architect
    • State of Michigan


  • Recipient of the prestigious ARCC King Student Medal - Jonathan King Award for exemplary academic record -Lawrence Technological University
  • Award for 2nd runner up in Masters Thesis - Lawrence Technological University.


Arconcepts Inc was founded in 1992, and officially incorporated on July 13, 1993.  Arconcepts was created on the principles of providing architectural and design solutions with a sense of integrity and commitment to quality and “excellence in design”.

With this basis, Arconcepts has created relationships with “alliances” within the design and construction communities; consistently creating built environments that convey our design intent and the shared visions of our client’s existence.  These shared visions allow for a strong collaboration between design and implementation.  We believe that design solutions must be responsive to the concerns of today’s construction costs, energy issues, and physical and ecological restraints.

Arconcepts practices architecture which is sensitive to our environment, natural resources, and overall effects on human life as a whole.  We have embraced our responsibility in creating this built environment by evidence of our ongoing education, planning, design and construction management practices.  We endeavor to contribute to the reduction of resource consumption that has seriously jeopardized the future of our planet.   We practice sustainable architecture because we should, not because we have to!

Our "total service" approach has been providing a vehicle by which to maximize services and minimize customer costs since 1993.   As we progress through the second decade of commitment to our customers, we continuously strive for improvement and the evolution of our design realizations.

Alexander G. Derdelakos<br />Project Manager | Graphic Director


Alexander Derdelakos has been with Arconcepts since 2010 as Project Manager, Designer, and Graphic Director on a variety of project types.  Alex's ability to envision a building or environments potential and graphically communicate these visions is unsurpassed.  Alex continually expands his knowledge base in both the architectural and graphics communications fields, providing a blend of creativity, uniqueness and excitement to every project.


Illinois Institute of Technology – Mies Van Der Rohe College of Architecture
Chicago, IL

  • Bachelor of Architecture

Lorenzo Di Medici
Florence, IT

  • Study Abroad 2004

Schoolcraft College
Livonia, MI

  • Associate of Arts


Architecture for Humanity: Detroit

  • Board Member, Lead Organizer


  • Co-Founder, Lead Organizer, Art Director
Andrew M. Laszczyk<br />Project Manager | Designer


Andrew Laszczyk has been with Arconcepts since 2013 as Designer and Project Manager.  As an aspiring architect, Andrew is fulfilling his Intern Development Program requirements and currently completing components of the architectural licensing exams.  Andrew is continually expanding his knowledge of the design and construction process, as well as the technical challenges of the architectural profession as a whole.  Andrew is actively engaged in all aspects of the firm's projects; his proficiency in 3D and BIM modeling contributes to the overall team efforts of bringing our clients visions to reality.  In addition to being a valued member of the architectural and design team, Andrew manages and coordinates project related F F & E procurement in a quest to complete our clients needs and overall built environment.


University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI

  • Masters in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Philosophy

John C. Vismara Award Recipient

Politechnika Warszawska

Warsaw, PL

  • Study Abroad 2011


American Institute of Architects, Associate

  • Emerging Professional Committee

Architecture for Humanity: Detroit

  • Member

UDM School of Architecture Alumni Association

  • Alumni Council President


Maria Marchak Green, RA<br />LEED GREEN Associate, Project Architect


Maria Marchak Green has been with Arconcepts since 2004 as Project Architect | Project Manager, Designer, and Construction Administrator on a variety of project types.  As LEED GREEN Associate, her commitment to environmentally conscious design strengthens her ability to develop our clients' desires from vision to construction by embracing new design methodologies.  Maria continually expands her knowledge of new, affordable, and sustainable construction techniques while her rich background in construction administrative progress provides a unique experience to every project.


University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI

  • Masters in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude

LEED GREEN Associate


Registered Architect

  • State of Michigan