Bailey Edward is passionate about client success.
Our approach: responsive architecture and engineering.

For nearly thirty years, Bailey Edward has defined responsive architecture, engineering, and interior design for people and communities. The success of our approach - emphasizing consensus, inventive problem-solving and responsive client service - is evidenced by our enduring client relationships and acclaimed, insightful solutions.

We believe that creativity, professionalism and responsiveness are integral to our ultimate achievement - taking care of people.


  • Architecture
  • MEP/FP Engineering
  • Engineering Support Services
  • Historic Preservation
  • Interior Design
  • Sustainable Design

Bailey Edward has actively cultivated responsive architecture and engineering, a practice that values client success above all else. Our depth of experience with clients that serve, support and protect the public has afforded us a solid understanding of the tools and processes required to consistently achieve this goal.

Concept and program development phases are highly interactive, identifying space needs and uses, as well as other project impacts such as budget, schedule and sustainability, to establish clear goals. Our public service clients demand exceptional skill at building consensus among complex constituent networks and our ability to understand and integrate the needs of various stake holder groups results in responsive, award-winning project solutions.

Creativity is fundamental to our process, combining skill and inventiveness to evolve vision into reality and transform challenges into opportunities. At Bailey Edward, we embrace the opportunity to identify the uncommon perspective, inspire unorthodox thinking and engage ingenuity.

Communication and transparency are integral to our client relationships, minimizing costly surprises and ensuring envisioned outcomes. Project management is professional and rigorous, emphasizing measurable results, efficiency and value.


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). In addition, the firm is recognized as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE).