People

Principals

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    Ellen Bailey Dickson

    • Managing Principal
    • FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    • Born in Brazil

    Ellen Bailey Dickson, FAIA is founding principal of Bailey Edward. Ellen holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied at the Ecole d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme in Versailles, France. She has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a Fellow for her commitment to elevating the role of women in architecture and has been named a Woman of Influence, Enterprising Woman of the Year, Business Owner of the Year and  one of the ‘Top 100 Women Making A Difference’ by various media and business organizations.

    As Managing Principal, Ellen acts as Principal-in-Charge, Lead Programmer and Senior Designer for public sector projects. Her leadership skills help create a perceptive team environment while bringing a design into an exciting reality.

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    Robin Edward Whitehurst

    • Principal
    • AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    • Colorado Quad Adventurer

    Robin Whitehurst has been a partner in the firm since 1992. Robin holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University. He routinely participates in speaking-engagements on educational topics for events such as the American Institute of Architects Illinois Annual Conference; the Association for Preservation Technology International Annual Conference; and, the Traditional Building Annual Exhibition & Conference.

    As Technical Principal, Robin actively serves as Principal-in-Charge, Project Manager and Senior Designer for faith environment, justice, K-12 education, preservation and research projects. His energy level is contagious and motivates the entire project team to perform at a higher level. Robin is able to synchronize the efforts and input of consultants, contractors and clients and thereby execute project goals.

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    Omar Bailey

    • Associate Principal
    • AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    • Avid Snowboarder

    Omar Bailey is the Branch Manager for our Chicago Office. Omar holds a Bachelor of Architecture five-year professional degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. He is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional with a passion for architecture and the art of building. Omar’s ability to listen intently to the users, while maintaining the cost, schedule and building integrity is exemplary.

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    Kent Locke

    • Associate Principal
    • PE, NCEES
    • Sports Enthusiast

    Kent Locke is Branch Manager of our Fox River Grove Office. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience as Principal of Fox Valley Engineering (recently merged with Bailey Edward). Kent’s experience covers a broad variety of mechanical systems, including heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC), chilled and hot water distribution, plumbing, fire protection, piping, heat recovery, humidification and building controls.

Management Team

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    Zachary Clark

    • Associate
    • AIA, LEED AP
    • Aspiring Planetary Astronomer

    Zachary Clark is committed to achieving the highest standards of architecture through acquired experience in communication, effective management and implementation of building technology. He has almost 20 years of architectural experience including a vast knowledge of early childhood learning facilities. His careful attention to detail, ability to work with great efficiency and a positive attitude consistently proves to be invaluable to his team members.

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    Kevin Schnebly

    • Associate
    • CDT, LEED AP
    • Certified Fire Fighter II

    Kevin Schnebly is the Branch Manager for our Champaign Office. Kevin holds multiple certifications from CDT, ACI and OSHA; he is also a LEED accredited professional. Kevin plays a critical role as Construction Observer. He has developed a comprehensive understanding of policies, procedures and requirements associated with each project phase. This understanding allows Kevin to provide valuable insights and relevant, practical solutions.

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    Karla Smalley

    • Associate
    • AIA, LEED AP
    • Mother of Impressionistic Artists

    Karla Smalley is the Chief Architect for our Champaign Office. Karla holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. She is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional with a passion for architecture and construction observation. Karla understands how to successfully manage a design team from the preliminary planning stages through construction.

Staff

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    Walker Armstrong

    • Director of Finance and Admin
    • Urban Photographer
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    James Auler

    • AIA
    • Amateur Baseball Player
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    Jeff Bernaeyge

    • DIY Enthusiast
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    Lindy Collett

    • Harley Gal
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    Graham Dickson

    • Gamer
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    Raymond Dwyer

    • AIA
    • Guitarist
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    Sara Gaum

    • MBA
    • Avid Habs fan
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    Chris Heaney

    • EDM Enthusiast
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    Taylor Henderhan

    • Travel lover
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    Christian Hernandez

    • Marathoner
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    Todd Higginbotham

    • AIA, LEED AP
    • American Senior Idol
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    Priya Kalidindi

    • Hopeless Philotherian
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    David Kennedy

    • AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    • Mixed-Use Design Leader
    • Oak Parker
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    Patrick Krause

    • eSports Fan
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    Alejandro Martinez

    • Mojito Maker Extraordinaire
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    Matthew Montalbano

    • Unusual Sport Enthusiast
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    Neil Nigos

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    Ryne Obenauf

    • PE
    • Home Brewer
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    Celilito Penas

    • Formula One Fan
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    Michael Petti

    • Healthcare Leader
    • AIA, LEED AP
    • Father & Daughter Cubs Fans
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    Joi Pugh

    • Classical Pianist
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    Natalie Pugh

    • Biggest Bears Fan
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    Stephanie Rydecki

    • Figure Skater
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    Chuck Sabo

    • Chicago Sports Enthusiast
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    Timothy Scovic

    • AIA, NCARB
    • History Buff
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    Hannah Tierney

    • Seamstress 
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    Nick Turney

    • Certified Plumbing Designer
    • Grillmaster
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    Sharon Vidali

    • Foodie
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    Steven Wells

    • Natural State Born and Raised
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    Damon Wilson

    • AIA, LEED AP
    • Musician / Photographer
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    Danielle Young-Brawner

    • NCIDQ
    • Dairy Devotee
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    Weiyi Zhao

    • Top Chef