January 9, 2018

MP3  |  Residential Design Magazine 

Our project MP3 featured in Residential Design's first issue of 2018 - a great way to start the new year!


Just about 20 miles south of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, an obelisk will rise from rolling Wisconsin farmland. Designed for an urban Chicago family, it will provide four-season immersion in nature. “It’s a nice piece of land—about 120 acres, filled with ravines, sandstone rock croppings, and 300-year-old oak trees. The house is just for enjoying that land. This whole thing is an icon or a monument to that,” says architect Brad Lynch, who’s designed multiple projects for the same clients.

For design inspiration, the firm tapped the colorful history of the “Badger State,” which derived its moniker from Cornish miners who worked the mineral deposits and bermed dwellings into the hillsides to protect against the long, harsh winters. In reference to this, the entry sequence takes visitors below ground along an axis carved by Cor-Ten steel and into the blunt end of the long, tall, rectangular building. “It’s this whole idea of tunneling through the house to get in,” Brad explains.

A soothing natural color palette coats the building. Masonry exterior walls evoke the weathered wood of agricultural buildings, earthy reds and browns line the interior walls, and Cor-Ten elements suggest old farm equipment rusting in the fields. Parallel 40-foot-long, 10-foot-high spans on the broad sides of the house open to the landscape, joining stone interior floors with matching exterior pavers to triple the breadth of the 18-foot-wide house. These portals and operable skylights provide natural ventilation, while the building’s hefty thermal mass aids passive heating and cooling. With its geothermal system and wind power, the project should approach net zero, says Brad, “Essentially, it’s off the grid.”
—S. Claire Conroy

See here for the full issue, article on page 70,



November 27, 2017




They call it the third coast, but it’s first in so many ways. It holds 21% of the world’s total surface fresh water and is home to 35 million people in both the United States and Canada. I spent both my child and adulthood in Wisconsin, Canada, and Illinois — this is where much of my professional life has played out as well.  

The Great Lakes region and its potential for population growth and development has been the subject of two recent publications — one from the Urban Institute titled The Future of the Great Lakes Region and another, funded by the Graham Foundation, Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan. Both discuss the very real opportunities here for urban development and for personal and professional reasons were very exciting to read. The results of the studies confirmed much of what I have known — this place is resource rich with lots of available land and has a population positioned and prepared for a rebirth. 

While some may call this flyover territory, what they are flying over is the place that created the American automobile industry, the producer of America’s breadbasket, the manufacturing base of the industrial age, and the great metropolis of Chicago.  

Every commission I’ve worked on in both this region and elsewhere has embodied the idealistic pragmatic style I developed while growing up in Wisconsin. A style rooted in the steady pursuit of craft with aims of inspiring, improving, and influencing lives and the surrounding environment. Always mindful of the importance of impact, no matter how small. 
In the Midwest, there remains an inherent love of the land — envisioning it unspoiled, yet understanding the need for development and growth. Much of my career has been devoted to a reconciliation of these disparate demands. Landing somewhere close to a love for the city, with a desire for a weekend home in the country. 

The Midwest’s strength, creativity, and genius will always be the heartbeat of the nation. And no other profession is better positioned to be the ignition for the rebirth of this great region than the architectural community. Because great design solves problems.  

     —  BL



November 7, 2017


Idealistic Pragmatics Lecture  |  Segovia, Spain

On November 7th, Brad Lynch talked in Segovia, Spain on "Idealistic Pragmatics" as part of The Power of Ten — an International lecture series at IE University that includes other lecturers such as Richard Rogers, Deyan Sudjic, Sou Fujimoto, Francine Houben, and Farshid Moussavi. 


June 1, 2017

6th Street D.C.  |  Washington Post

Great to be featured in the Washington Post this morning for our work in D.C. alongside Ditto Residential.

“What we’re seeing is a real appetite for avant-garde and contemporary, modern spaces. We’ve predicted for years that people would start to demand exceptional design, and I think we’ve arrived at that moment.” 

          - Martin Ditto,  President & CEO  |  Ditto Residential

See here for the full article. 


May 23, 2017

Back to Wisconsin 

Brad Lynch is teaching a Design Studio with Aaron Betsky this summer at the School of Architecture at Taliesin titled "Lost Arts in Chicago".


March 16, 2017

B+L's D.C. Condos Sell Out in 3 Days

"All the units at sixth street sold out today with less than three days on the market. All were sold at full price with no concessions. I've never heard of that happening before. I have to say that I think it was because of the design. Thanks for all your team's work on the project.”

          - Martin Ditto,  President & CEO  |  Ditto Residential


September 22,2016

Lecture at Taliesin East 

Brad Lynch will be giving a lecture tonight at Taliesin East at 7:30pm — don't miss it!


September 9, 2016


We’re looking for Architects to join our team here in our West Loop studio! 4+ years of experience and experience working with Revit are preferred.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to info@brininstool-lynch.com. We look forward to hearing from you!


July 11, 2016

Wood House featured on Brick Architecture 

Wood House is featured on Brick Architecture’s new website, which highlights both technical and inspirational material and news regarding brick as a building material. Take a look at the full feature here.


June 1, 2016


"50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" Exhibition

50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards. In celebration of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)’s 50th anniversary, they invited 50 architects and designers to display future-oriented, transformative design proposals for each of Chicago’s 50 wards. This “ward-by-ward” exhibition of ideas is a visual conversation on the role that design can play in solving community challenges at both the local and citywide levels. Curated by the CAF, UrbanLab, and Reed Kroloff, this exhibit opened on Tuesday, May 24th.
Brininstool + Lynch's contribution is The West Side Corridor, a theoretical “vision plan” for the Planned Manufacturing District located in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor on the near West side of Chicago. A PMD is an area of land defined by zoning to foster manufacturing through prohibiting residential development and other specific uses. Created to revive Chicago’s industrial base, many of these PMDs have not generated the type of jobs and economic benefits envisioned. Consequently, their inflexibility in zoning prohibits concurrent development of the surrounding neighborhoods and evolving economic opportunity. In some cases, this results in areas with vacant, underutilized land and a lack of integration with the surrounding neighborhoods.
Located in the West Loop neighborhood, the site that is bound by Ogden to the west, Halsted to the east, Kinzie to the north, and Carrol to the south. The Amtrak and Metra train lines cut directly through the site. Our plan begins with enclosing the Metra train line and reinvigorating the functions of a light-manufacturing district at the street level — including makers spaces, art studios and galleries, restaurants, green and blue infrastructure, and a central market. The roofs of these buildings are joined with the train enclosure to create a green area that serves as a 28-acre public park for the surrounding neighborhoods. Along with providing community gathering spaces and ecological landscapes, this platform creates a space for various types of high-density development to rise above.