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Hammersley Architecture was founded in 2008. We are a multi-disciplinary firm with active projects in several different market sectors. We are located in Chicago, Illinois in the historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue.


We embrace our Midwestern roots and incorporate them into our work. We are down to earth, friendly and inquisitive. We are thoughtful in our approach to projects and consider each project to be unique, which is why we are equally interested in a wide range of project types and programs. Our desire is to contribute to the existing constructed fabric at a multitude of scales and through varying use types.


We enjoy collaborating with our clients to create work that is reflective of our collective interactions and the programmatic needs of the project. We honor both beauty and function, and look to draw those values out in all work that we do.


Our process of making, in it's most basic sense, serves to create architecture that stimulates intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Our Process page explains in further depth our approach towards and goals for our work. .

Principal + Design Lead

Brian is an alumni of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture, and the recipient of a Master's degree in architecture from the University of Florida.  For half a year during his tenure as a graduate student, Brian studied architecture in Italy at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture.

Prior to founding Hammersley Architecture, Brian gained valuable and varied experience at a handful of prestigious firms in Chicago.  Brian has enjoyed a wide range of project experiences, including  healthcare, retail / mixed-use, and educational facilities, high-end custom residential, small sustainable residential, multi-family residential, master planning and space planning.  


Brian has multiple years experience executing design- build projects as well, and has a firm understanding through practice of sustainable construction techniques and sustainable land management strategies and systems.

Our studio in the Fine Arts Building is surrounded by vocal artists, musicians, painters and designers. The characters and sounds of this 10 story artist's colony can not help but inspire our daily practice- it is a wonderful place to be and make things in. We work as a team on our projects and allow each member of the firm to contribute to the creation of our collective body of work

In addition to his practice, Brian is active in architecture education, and is an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  His focus at IIT is leading a design-build studio that works on projects affiliated with urban farming. Grove, Illinois.  Brian has also taught for several years at the Triton College School of Architecture, and is a regular invited critic of educational juries at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture and IIT.


Passionate about architecture, Brian's has appeared on Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight, and published the journal, Open Dialogue—Thoughts on Chicago Architecture. This work is in the permanent holdings of the School of the Art Institute's Library.  His designs have been published in the book Seattle Case Study Homes and exhibited at I-Space in Chicago through the Chicago Architecture Club.  In 2008, Brian was invited to participate in Burnham 2.0, an exhibition coordinated with the Chicago Humanities Festival.  The Jefferson Park project was exhibited as part of a series of proposals in the Chicago History Museum from November 2008 until March 2009.

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