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It’s no surprise that architecture rapidly changes. We witness the evolution of forces acting on architecture every day, such as patterns of movement and technology that shape trends in the built environment. Of course, architecture is temporal, the built environment evolves with the demands of a changing society.

For example, the Illinois ... More

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March is Women’s History Month and as a woman-owned firm, it provides Bailey Edward an important reminder to acknowledge where women stand in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Women have a come a long way, but not without facing trial and tribulation. Furthermore, it is clear there is still a level of ... More

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There are often barriers for our clients to pursue new projects whether it be funding, timing, or government regulation. In Illinois, hospitals are required to produce a Certificate of Need for new construction approvals on healthcare facilities. This regulation is used as a way to combat healthcare price inflation. When a hospital has ... More

Year In Review

With the end of 2018 rapidly approaching, it is always interesting to reflect on what the year brought us. At Bailey Edward, we’ve experienced an amazing year filled with growth in relationships, projects, and employees.

We opened 115 new projects for new and existing clients. We are actively working on almost $600,000,000 in construction ... More


Three R&B divas, two days at a conference, one city and a great deal of reflection put in perspective the impact of the responsibilities we as architects have on our peers and our communities. Initially, I thought that my focus for the AIA A'18 Annual Conference on Architecture would center on the theme for this year, which was the ... More

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International Women’s Day on March 8th is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. As a woman-owned business, we try to celebrate and acknowledge those achievements every day. Part of acknowledging the success of women’s advancements is understanding that inequality still exists and having the ... More

How A Strange Cooking Show With Snoop Dogg And Martha Stewart Became A Surprise Tv Hit

Martha Stewart has had a lot of success with her catch phrase “It’s a good thing”. In reviewing Bailey Edward’s 2017 activities, events and accomplishments, my inner voice kept repeating this phrase which became not such a good thing. I needed a good thing to break the endless cycle. Therefore, I turned to Martha’s tv co-host, Snoop Dogg, ... More

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By Chris Hainer

Visualization is an important part of architectural design. Few people are comfortable interpreting plans and elevations into buildings or rooms. Therefore, architects use three-dimensional perspectives to show massing, materiality, and other information in a quickly understandable format. Additionally, Bailey Edward uses ... More

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By Chris Hainer

My site visit maxim is “There can never be too many photos.” To explain, I like to tell the story of the missing boilers. On a site visit years ago, my coworker and I walked through a facility with a mechanical room that was probably half full with very large boilers. We took several pictures yet when I needed to know the ... More

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Article by Robin Whitehurst, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Ellen and I have often joked that we should write a sitcom for television based on our experiences over the last 25 years. Believe it or not the A/E industry can provide for very interesting subject material that ranges from the humorous to the poignant. As architects we find that to do our ... More

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Article by Damon Wilson, AIA

According to the AIA, “leadership training inspires designers to progressively advance into more complex leadership roles within our firms and communities.” After attending the AIA’s Leadership Institute in November, I began to reflect on the key messages and themes of the conference, as well as how to apply them ... More

Hand Tool Miro

Article by Ellen Bailey Dickson

I am channeling a little bit of Antiques Roadshow hoping that someone out there can tell me what this tool is and how it was used. Its unique shape reminds me of Joan Miro’s Chicago sculpture set in the plaza between the Brunswick Building and the Chicago Temple. Which came first, the tool or the sculpture? A ... More

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Ellen Dickson was delighted to receive her 25-year certificate from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago, a recognition which made her travel through a personal time capsule. Her first entry into the AIA was serving on the Design Committee supporting their efforts to promote good design through AIA awards and publications as ... More


With extreme financial strains and a highly competitive environment for the top students, today’s education administrator needs to run an efficient and high quality operation. Bailey Edward is working with both higher education and high school administrators to examine the current and future adequacy of their existing facilities to help them ... More

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Not every client asks you if you are carrying a gun. In Bailey Edward’s early days, one did. To keep our business afloat, we took on some challenging projects in some neighborhoods and buildings that weren’t the safest. Now we are doing work for the military who is keeping America safe. It’s a weird twist of events.

Once we were going to ... More

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The gratification we receive from helping our clients uncover the potential for their campus always begins with human connections and the desire to investigate and understand each challenge in order to create a unique response, a responsive design. Our latest challenge is to assist the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) lead the charge ... More

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Robin, Ellen and the moose is one of my favorite Bailey Edward photos from our 25 years in business. Why is a moose so special? Simply put, to me the moose is a symbol of our successful partnership. The moose is only in the picture because of who we are and how we work together.

On an office field trip in Vermont, I saw a menagerie of ... More