Firm DescriptionEstablished in Chicago in 1989, Brininstool + Lynch has brought innovation and vision to a diverse range of projects since its founding. The firm’s work is rooted in the architectural legacy of Chicago, and in that pragmatic tradition, the approach is driven as much by process as it is by product, with an eye to creating architecture of our time that is enduring.
As the practice has evolved, the range of projects has become larger and more diverse, but regardless of type, the commitment to developing an innovative yet functional design remains steadfast. The firm’s work is flexible, sustainable, and rational; achieved through a mastery of, and a rigorous approach to materials and detail. Always evident, regardless of project type, is the care paid to the composition of space, particularly with joinery and the play between dark and light, transparent and opaque, soft and hard.
Sustainable building practices are implemented as a matter of principle and practicality, with the profound awareness that both the planet’s natural resources and the client’s financial resources are precious. Beyond labels, checklists and trends, the firm is focused on creating work that meets the needs of their clients, has long-term relevance, is easily maintainable, and contributes responsibly to the surrounding environment.
Brininstool + Lynch has completed more than two hundred and fifty building projects, representing more than fourteen million square feet of built work in excess of $3 billion of construction value. The firm is the recipient of over fifty major design awards, including twenty-eight Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects, three American Architecture Awards and honored as an Emerging Voice in architecture by the Architectural League of New York. Brininstool + Lynch is regularly featured in both national and international design publications.