Brush Architects 312-925-3070


Dedicated to the investigation, restoration, modernization, design and repair of existing buildings


Brush Architects, LLC is a high-profile flexible model practice that balances innovative existing building investigation and technology with historic preservation protocol.

We specialize in the processes of technical building investigation and historic preservation to solve the challenges of any existing building.


Investigation is crucial to understand what is happening with any existing building – modern or vintage. We design solutions by first diagnosing the cause of the problem. Whether it is a leak, a crack or any other damage to the building, our challenge is to design the repair within the context of the original building.


Historic Preservation is the management of change; what was, is or could be important to future generations. The architect’s role includes assisting the owner toward a cost effective plan to “do no harm”, be reversible, restore early glory and, if necessary, dismantle for future reuse.


Restoration is the renewal of historic or not yet historic properties. The building components are prioritized for conservation measures and opportunities for modernization. Restoration is the rediscovery of original finishes, re-creation of missing elements – and the design strategy to bring the building into its next generation of use.


Architecture is the practice of collaboration. Brush Architects curates the specialists that we work with for their specific skills to round out our expertise for providing clients with the most appropriate services for their project and their building.


Pre-Design Services

  • Façade Investigation
  • Historical Research
  • Field Investigation
  • Materials Testing
  • Condition Assessment
  • Non Destructive Testing
  • Historic Materials analysis
  • HABS/HAER/HIBS documentation
  • Section 106 compliance oversight

Design Development

  • Historical Materials Priorities
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Historic Structures Reports
  • National and Local Landmark applications
  • Historic Preservation Tax Incentive applications
  • Conceptual Designs
  • Schematics 
  • Design Development 
  • Construction Documents 
  • Technical Specifications
  • Cost Estimates
  • Sustainable Design Expertise

Construction Management

  • Periodic Inspection
  • Construction Observation
  • Field Reports
  • Progress meetings
  • Submittals
  • Shop Drawing Review
  • As-Built History

Recent Projects

Allerton Mansion


First Presbyterian Church


Winnetka Village Hall


About The Firm

Brush Architects, LLC is a woman-owned architecture firm dedicated to the investgation, restoration, design and repair of existing buildings.  We serve both as the Prime Architect of Record and consult with other architecture firms.  Our design methodology values an architect-led solution to existing building challenges and our design philosophy has an emphasis on building modernization and historic preservation.  As a woman-owned business, (W+FBE and WOSB Certified), Brush Architects is positioned to provide incentive set aside qualifications for owners and design teams throughout the world.

Illinois Design Firm

  • Women/Female Business Enterprise (W/FBE) Certified
  • Women’s Business Development Center
  • Central Management Systems (Illinois)
  • Cook County (Illinois)
  • City of Chicago (Illinois) 

Small Business Certified

  • SAM (Federal Government System for Award Management) WOSB
  • Central Management Systems (Illinois)


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