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    Ellen Bailey Dickson

    • Managing Principal
    • 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
    • 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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    Walker Armstrong

    • Associate Principal
    • Director of Finance and Admin
    • Urban Photographer

    Walker Armstrong is the Director of Finance & Administration. He holds a B.A.Sc. in Technical Management & Accounting and has over 20 years of experience in the Accounting field. He is responsible for the firm’s financial operations including company assets, HR, contracting, and general administration. In addition, he leads several internal working groups with an aim to streamline process and function.

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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.

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    Karla Smalley

    • Associate Principal
    • 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.

Management Team

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    Zachary Clark

    • Associate
    • AIA, LEED AP
    • Aspiring Planetary Astronomer

    Zachary Clark is the Branch Manager for the Chicago office. He 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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    Damon Wilson

    • Associate
    • AIA, LEED AP
    • Musician / Photographer

    Damon Wilson's role as Project Architect and Designer reflects his passion for architecture and creating engaging environments. Damon holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he returns as a guest lecturer and design critic. Whether reimagining the classroom concept with faculty who are redefining pedagogy, planning state-of-the-art laboratories, or creating entire buildings focused on enhancing the human experience, Damon uses his enthusiasm to tease out the possibility in all projects.


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    James Auler

    • AIA
    • Amateur Baseball Player
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    Jeff Bernaeyge

    • DIY Enthusiast
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    Ania Breau

    • NCIDQ
    • Outdoor Enthusiast
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    Lorna Cagann

    • Hockey Helper
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    Lindy Collett

    • Harley Gal
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    Ahmed Constable

    • AIA
    • Competitive Volleyball Player
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    Graham Dickson

    • Gamer
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    Shanna Fish

    • AIA
    • LEED AP BD+C
    • Retired Roller Derby Skater
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    Lauren Garriott

    • Adventure Seeker
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    Mike Gaul

    • Stand-up Comedian
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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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    Susan Hickey

    • AIA, LEED AP
    • Amateur Geographer
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    Todd Higginbotham

    • Associate
    • AIA, LEED AP
    • American Senior Idol
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    Kara Johnston

    • Historic Explorer
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    Priya Kalidindi

    • Hopeless Philotherian
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    David Kennedy

    • Mixed-Use Design Leader
    • Oak Parker
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    Jaelyne Kirkpatrick

    • Basketball All-Star
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    Elizabeth MacLean

    • AIA
    • Pizza Enthusiast
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    Meghna Majethiya

    • Amateur Artist
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    Lara Mann

    • Abstract Artist
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    Alejandro Martinez

    • Mojito Maker Extraordinaire
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    Gabriella Massey

    • Irish Dancer
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    Gretchen Miller

    • Costume Creator
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    Brad Model

    • Fishing Fanatic
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    Trent Moore

    • Soccer Fan
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    Neil Nigos

    • Outdoorsman
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    Ryne Obenauf

    • Associate
    • PE
    • Home Brewer
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    Celilito Penas

    • Formula One Fan
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    Michael Petti

    • Associate
    • 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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    Peter Schlossman

    • AIA, LEED AP
    • Canoe Master
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    Timothy Scovic

    • AIA, NCARB
    • History Buff
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    Ellie Selzer

    • A Capella Singer
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    Nick Turney

    • Certified Plumbing Designer
    • Grillmaster
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    Sharon Vidali

    • Foodie
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    Weiyi Zhao

    • Top Chef