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Bailey Edward is pleased to welcome two recent additions to our staff: James Auler, AIA and Neil Nigos, Electrical Designer.

James Auler, AIA is a new hire at the Bailey Edward Chicago office. James graduated with his Masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture. He worked abroad in Prague before returning stateside to ... More

Our Champaign, Illinois’ office is proud to announce that Nick Klever is now a licensed architect in the State of Illinois. Nick, a Minnesota native, has worked with Bailey Edward in both Wisconsin and Illinois since 2012. Nick has handily beat the average time it takes an intern to pass the architectural exams with most architectural interns ... More

Omar And Kent

Omar H. Bailey, AIA, LEED AP and Kent W. Locke, Jr., PE, NCEES join founding principals, Ellen Bailey Dickson and Robin E. Whitehurst, in company ownership.

Omar Bailey, AIA of Cary, Illinois. A LEED Certified, licensed architect, Omar has been with Bailey Edward since 2007. Currently managing Bailey Edward’s Chicago office, he provides unique ... More

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Baker Demonstration School is a progressive school, one that does not stop at academics but attends to the whole child. Working with the master planning firm, The Lakota Group, Bailey Edward is leading Baker through the re-imagination of their 1960’s era building, formerly the National College of Education, located in Wilmette, Illinois. This will ... More

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To accommodate growth in Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, Bailey Edward recently opened 7,141 sf of flexible, active-learning classrooms and 6,700 sf of office administrative space in Wieboldt Hall, a 1926 Tudor-style building designed by James Gamble Rogers.

To address their wide-ranging programs – undergraduate, ... More

On Saturday, April 16th, the Association for Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter (APT WGLC) will hold their sixth annual symposium. With a theme of “Modern Demands of Historic Structural Systems,” Bailey Edward and our trusted partner, Hanson Professional Services, Inc. will team to present projects from our decade-long partnership ... More

Ellen And Susan

The word is out. Eleven members of the recently elevated 149 FAIA members hail from Chicago, reinforcing the City’s status as an architectural hub for creative design and technical excellence. Chicago award winners covered all five of the AIA nomination categories. Two winners were from Bailey Edward Design, Inc.: Ellen Bailey Dickson and Susan ... More

Ellen Dickson Presenting At Pecha Kucha Volume 37 Chicago

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together to share their ideas, work, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything, really – in a simple presentation format of 20 images shown for 20 seconds. With events in over 800 cities worldwide, PechaKucha brings creative thought leaders together to inspire, provoke, ... More

Karla And Susan

In early February, Karla Smalley, AIA and Susan Turner, FAIA were promoted to the level of Associate at Bailey Edward. These well-deserved promotions extend from Karla and Susan’s dedication and commitment to Bailey Edward and their continual drive to push our design work forward.

Based out of the Champaign office for six years, Karla has actively ... More

Susan And Ellen Celebrate Faia

On February 12th, the 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 149 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows; two design for Bailey Edward: Founding Principal Ellen Bailey Dickson and Historic Preservation Leader Susan Doreen Turner. Out of the 88,000 AIA members, there are only 3,200 members ... More

On January 6th, Omar Bailey, AIA, LEED AP visited Briargate Elementary School to teach first grade students what it is like to be an architect. Since the visit was part of Community Week, Omar discussed how architects must work with the client, users of the building, and surrounding community to understand the needs and functionality of the ... More

LOCATION: Champaign, IL
REPORTS TO: Chief Architect


One of the leading Champaign Architecture and Engineering Firms, Bailey Edward, is looking for a responsive Architect or Architect-in-training to become a part of a collaborative, high-energy studio where professional growth and client satisfaction are emphasized. The ... More

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Modern science is a social activity; the most productive scientists working together and exchanging ideas to produce the best results. Laboratory design, therefore, must be responsive to the present needs of one scientist, adapt to accommodate multiple scientists, and capable of accommodating changing/future demands and research. An example of ... More

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On June 3rd, Bailey Edward’s design for the College of DuPage Regional Center Renovation in Naperville, Illinois was awarded an Outstanding Design in the 2015 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase.  The project won for an Outstanding Design, Interior Renovation.

Reopening in January after only a year of design and ... More

Bread and butter? Wine and cheese? Management and inspired design? Not often seen as the perfect pairing, but skilled management and creative design must go hand-in-hand for an architecture, engineering and construction management firm to thrive. Too much management stifles creativity; resulting in boring design and unhappy clients. Too much ... More

Bailey Edward would like to thank all of the firms who submitted to our Request for Proposal: Public Relations Firm. We had many strong submissions and we have narrowed the field down to the follow firms for the short list.

Short Listed Firms

  • COHN, Inc.
  • InkHouse
  • Public Communications Inc.
  • Reputation Partners

Due to scheduling conflicts, our ... More


The following are the questions submitted to Bailey Edward Design Inc. in response to the Request for Proposal released on Friday, May 15, 2015. Per the RFP instructions, any questions received after 5 p.m. Central time on May 22, 2015 have not been answered. The date of submission has not changed. All ... More

Request for Proposal: Public Relations Firm

Our purpose for hiring a PR firm is to change the perception of Bailey Edward from ‘capable’ to ‘creative’.

Operating in the public sector, the majority of our client’s architecture and engineering (a/e) selections are based on qualifications. Bailey Edward has experienced tremendous growth over the past ... More

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In early January, College of DuPage Naperville Regional Center opened its doors to new students and a new look. Bailey Edward was tasked with rehabilitating the 1990 Naperville Regional Center building to mirror the College of DuPage’s main campus image. After a year of construction, the resulting design is open and welcoming, yet transformative ... More

Be People 2015

The personnel of Bailey Edward have a tradition and reputation for quality of service and quality of product. Through creative and imaginative design, we create buildings that demonstrate durability, aesthetic harmony and responsible use of energy. With a growing business, we have been able to (READ MORE) train our staff and hire additional ... More

Only 5% of businesses grow to over $1 million in annual revenue. This Spring, Ellen Dickson received accolades from both the Chicago Business Journal and Enterprising Women magazine for her achievements expanding Bailey Edward Design Inc. to a $6 million, 40 person architecture, engineering and construction administration (a/e/c) firm, and for ... More

LOCATION: Fox River Grove, IL
REPORTS TO: Fox River Grove Branch Manager


One of the leading Chicagoland Architecture and Engineering Firms, Bailey Edward, is looking for a responsive Engineering Draftsperson to become a part of a collaborative, high-energy studio where professional growth and client satisfaction are ... More

Bailey Edward is proud to announce the following industry anniversaries for five of our employees:

25 years:
Rachelle Freegard, AIA, LEED AP

20 years:
Rob Giniewski, EIT

15 years:
Zachary Clark, AIA, LEED AP

5 years:
Jeff Bernaeyge
Prashant Gongal, AIA, LEED AP

We congratulate these individuals on their impressive milestones. Their dedication to the ... More

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recently confirmed what has been perceived by Bailey Edward in recent years: the need for senior housing will increase dramatically over the next 30 years. This need will translate into new facilities, as well as renovations and upgrades to existing low income senior ... More

How do you know if you have enough education environments? The answer influences budgeting, staffing, master planning and fundraising efforts for higher education institutions. Bailey Edward has discovered some quick rules of thumb to guide our education design efforts.

• A general classroom, whether lecture style, active learning, or seminar room, ... More

Bailey Edward is pleased to announce the addition of two seasoned staff members to our team, Todd Higginbotham, AIA and Sean Noonan, PE.

Todd brings over 27 years of architectural experience in the Central Illinois area to Bailey Edward’s Champaign branch. Many of Todd’s past clients are our current clients, including the General Services ... More