It is quite common for architects to live on top of the shop; we have shown quite a few of them on TreeHugger. But most squeeze into existing shops. Susan Fitzgerald and her developer partner Brainard Fitzgerald built theirs from scratch to suit their own particular needs: Office space for an architecture and contractor firm, a dwelling for a family of four with two cats, and a two storey live/work rental unit.
Other architect offices over the shop in TreeHugger:
Taking Back the City: Superkül Live/Work
General Store Finds New Life as Architect's Home and Office