Our firm is interested in projects that engage directly with clients as passionate about their work and lives as we are about ours.  Our firm is not so much focused on a project type as much as we are on creating thoughtful, useful and beautiful design solutions through a highly collaborative design process.  Over the past several years, our work has focused on commercial space, performing arts spaces, single and multi-family residential and social infrastructure projects.


Hammersley Architecture was founded in 2008.  Our studio is located in the historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. We explore the potential of architecture through both active projects and speculative works.

Our Approach page explains in further depth our attitudes towards and goals for our work.



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Brian is the principal and founder of Hammersley Architecture. Brian leads the firm's design and research work and oversees the firm's daily operations.  He is active in educating the general public and students alike about the practical and poetic relationships between architecture and well-being, and has held adjunct teaching positions at IIT's School of Architecture and UIUC's Graduate School of Architecture.   Brian holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Florida and a BS in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign School of Architecture.  Brian lives with his wife and two daughters in Oak Park, Il.


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Hammersley Architecture is a full service architecture firm with a wide range of project experience and technical expertise.  Our services include-

- Architecture
      Building Program Development
      Schematic Design
      Design Development
      Construction Documents
      Bidding & Negotiation
      Contract Administration
- Interior Design
- Planning and Feasibility Studies
- Furniture Design & Millwork Design
- Architectural Visualization (Renderings, Graphic Design)

- Urban Design

In addition to the above-mentioned services, Brian is also a Self- Certified Architect in the City of Chicago.  As such, he is able to review and certify projects within the city limits without having to wait through standard Plan Review.  To view further information about self-certification, please click here.

Hammersley Architecture also provides Architect of Record services for out of state / out of country architects with projects in Chicago.  For a list of our recent projects, please click here.

We would love to hear from you!  For inquiries regarding new work or current projects, please contact us at the phone number listed above or email, info (at)    For all press / publication inquiries, please contact us via email as well, stating organization affiliation and project request.

We are always interested in meeting new candidates- please feel free to send us your resume, portfolio, and work samples to info (at) hammersley   All employment inquiries via email- no calls, please.

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Lisa is a Project Manager at Hammersley Architecture. Lisa is interested in how quality of life can be transformed and improved via design moves and strategies. She strives to bring psychology, sociology, research, and thoughtfulness into her designs. 

She holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She additionally completed her BS in Architectural Studies from UIUC as well. Lisa resides in the Lakeview East neighborhood. You can most likely find her sketching and observing on the streets of Chicago.


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