Established in Chicago as a woman-owned firm in 1991, Bailey Edward has become one of the region’s most reputable architectural and engineering practices committed to public service clients. Founding principal, Ellen Bailey Dickson, FAIA, was joined in 1993 by Robin Edward Whitehurst, AIA, deepening the firm’s design and technical skills to serve a growing client base. A Champaign, Illinois firm was acquired in 2001, accommodating clients to the south and integrating four decades of educational and institutional experience. In 2013, Bailey Edward expanded in-house capabilities to include MEP/FP engineering services out of the firm's Fox River Grove office in the northwest Chicago suburbs.
The disciplined growth of the firm correlates directly to our success partnering with clients that serve, support and protect the public. The establishment of regional offices has enabled us to engage clients more directly and sustain our reputation for highly responsive service.
Cultivating a collective design environment, Bailey Edward employs a team-based approach that involves principal leadership throughout the life of a project. In addition to providing continuity and exceptional accountability for the client, this practice advances professionalism and meaningful staff development, continually strengthening the firm’s ability to realize project goals.
Bailey Edward holds national, regional and local WBE certifications recognizing our status as a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically-Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB). In addition, the firm is recognized as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE).