Wannabe gondolier and lover of fine scotch… meet Gregory.

Gregory Butler’s love of architecture and design began while sitting in a Chicago suburb’s garage with a dilapidated 2×4 in his lap and a rusty coffee can full of spare nails by his side. It was from his grandfather’s garage that the bliss of creating something from nothing was instilled in him. 

New Associates Named for 2019

Congratulations to Emiel Guede, Anita Lanning, Justin Placek, and Damien Schlitt on their promotions to associates with BLDD!

These four have become leaders in the office and leaders of our culture. They have provided exceptional value, dedication, and a track record of going above and beyond.

Labor of Love

Every year for the last 17 years, CASA has raffled off two playhouses through their “Casas for CASA” fundraiser. After last year’s raffle, I saw a great opportunity and offered the design talents of BLDD Architects to now-retired CASA Executive Director Steve Miller, hoping we could help take the fundraising to a new level. He and Julia Livingston (incoming Executive Director) gladly accepted our offer, and so the excitement (and work) began!

5 Steps to Awesome Design for Education!

There is no uniformly accepted idea of what defines a 21st century school, so how do you begin to rethink updating facilities? Here at BLDD, we start by Thinking BIG. Through our five-step design-thinking process, students, educators, administrators and architects collaborate as co-authors of a design.

Add a little spice to your space!

Thanks to Forrest Gump, we all know that “life is like a box of chocolates,” but here at BLDD Architects, we say “design thinking is like making guacamole.”

Our design-thinking special sauce is called “Think BIG,” and it’s a recipe for success. Let’s dig in.

5 ways to Think BIG, for every personality type.

Are you the traditionalist? The minimalist? The dreamer? We’ve got the perfect way for you to start your day. Mom always said that breakfast was the most important meal!

Now that you’re off to a great start, we hope you’re hungry to learn more about Think BIG … starting with, what exactly is it?

Expanding our network of friends with iSPI

At BLDD, our changing workplace also includes fewer square feet of permanent office space and the opportunity to telecommute.  We’re still together in the office some days, and working remotely other days.

How to reimagine your worn-out gym

In my 30 years of being in the profession, I have witnessed my fair share of school gymnasiums built in the 50s and 60s.  When a school district can finally afford to build a new competition gym, the old gym typically becomes underutilized and often times an eyesore.  But it doesn’t have to be that…