August 19, 2015

Joe Weishaar | National WWI Memorial Design Competition Finalist

A member of our firm, Joe Weishaar, is one five finalists for the National World War I Memorial Design Competition! He will now move onto Stage II and further develop his initial design concept with the help of the firm. Take a look at the five finalists’ Stage I Submissions here. Congrats, Joe!


July 20, 2015

1345 S. Wabash : Complete

Our newest project 1345 S. Wabash is complete. This 15-story, 144 unit condo building is equipped with 78 parking spaces, multiple bike storage rooms, and is within close proximity to public transportation. Located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, 1345 S.  Wabash scores a 98/100 Walk Score rating, placing it among the most walkable neighborhoods in Chicago. This post-tension concrete structure is LEED certified and is the first high-rise condo building completed in Chicago since 2011.  


June 30, 2015

30 Years of Emerging Voices

The Emerging Voices program of the Architectural League of New York has been one of the most consistent and successful programs for identifying emerging talent in the world of architecture of the last 30 years. Each year, from a group of 50 invited candidates, a jury of architects, journalists, curators, and league board members select eight firms. They are practitioners or firms with a significant body of realized work that represents the best of its kind and has the potential to shape the future of architecture and landscape design.

This next week the League will celebrate 30 years of Emerging Voices and honor its Program Director Anne Rieselbach at an event at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. “The remarkable list of architects and landscape architects who have participated in the program is a testament to Anne’s judgment and skill in putting together the list for consideration each year, and in choosing and working with the jury,” states Rosalie Genevro, the Executive Director of the League.  It coincides with the release of the publication of 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance by the Princeton Architectural Press.

We are honored to have been named an Emerging Voice in 2003.



May 11, 2015

Wood House | 'House with Brick'

Wood House was featured in this month’s issue of the Korean publication Architecture & Culture, titled “House with Brick."


March 24, 2015

Chicago Tribune: Transit-Oriented Apartment Projects 

"Now we start with the people, not with the cars, which is what it should have been all along.”                  – David Brininstool

2211 N. Milwaukee and 1515 W. Haddon in the Tribune's article on the positive development of transit-oriented apartment projects. Check out the full article here.


January 6, 2015

Brininstool + Lynch | Luxe 2015 Gold List

Brininstool + Lynch  was included on Luxe Magazine’s 2015 Gold List – a great start to the new year! 


December 19, 2014

B+L on ArchDaily's "Guggenheim Proposals You Should Know About"

Brininstool + Lynch’s submission made ArchDaily’s list of “Guggenheim Proposals You Should Know About”! Now that the news is out, we thought we would tell you a bit more about our design for the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. Check out the ArchDaily article here.

A port of call, a chapel for art, and a place imbued with the tactile influence of Finnish design and culture.

Within the operational complexities of the site, this design is a clear and identifiable object that marks the space between water and land. It is an implied berth for ships, a connector of vehicular transportation, and a clear public pathway, drawing pedestrians from both the city center and park. As a ship’s hull, it symbolizes an important civic presence with an inviting nature for public use; as a cathedral, it houses Finnish culture within an envelope of traditional materials that are articulated within a contemporary framework.

Long clay bricks in a pronounced pattern are embedded into an array of precast panels to create both a unique geometry for the building skin, as well as an undulating material surface that evokes a strong Nordic masonry influence. The pattern is frequently broken to create an opportunity for light to enter the interior, where this masonry pattern is mirrored with a configuration of stacked wood. This object is offset from a plinth of concrete, landscape, and stone that organizes and cloaks the existing transportation networks, allowing for an array of public uses.

The approach, circulation, and public spaces create a spatial experience on the site and guide movement toward the galleries. Transparency, translucency, and screening are deployed with intent of creating of an optimal environment for experiencing art.  From the direct daylight outdoors to the atmosphere surrounding the galleries, light is controlled to provide movement and anticipation through the building.

The galleries are flexible and functional in their ability to display any size and type of medium—they have a visual relationship to the form of the building, but have basic gallery proportions that allow for curatorial flexibility. The building and site are designed with a holistic approach toward sustainability, focused on energy performance and overall environmental responsiveness. To complement this, regionally obtained materials such as brick masonry, stone, concrete, steel and copper, and wood from renewable sources are considered for both exterior and interior use.



November 18, 2014

B+L | 'City and the World' Traveling Exhibition

B+L's 2014 American Architecture Award for Wood House is part of the 'City and the World' traveling exhibition. The exhibition opened last week in Istanbul, Turkey as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial and will next travel to various other destinations within Europe. Next year, we will welcome Wood House home to Chicago when the exhibition arrives for its final stop at the Chicago Architecture Biennial in September of 2015.


October 27, 2014

Brininstool + Lynch Receives 2014 American Architecture Award
Wood House was one of sixty-four new projects selected for the American Architecture Award this month by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Recognizing the most significant new contemporary architecture and urbanism in the United States, the American Architecture Award “pays tribute to new developments in design and underscores the directions and understanding of current cutting-edge processes consistent with today’s design thinking”. This highly acclaimed award honors a broad range of architectural works, including skyscrapers, commercial buildings, urban plans, private residences, and real estate projects. Common among these various types and scales, all awarded projects demonstrate a high standard of excellence in design, construction, planning, and sustainability.

“The American Architecture Awards program showcases the best of new American building design and urban design–oriented research by the nation’s foremost visionary designers” states Christian Narkiewiscz-Laine, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

“The American projects selected by the jury exhibit conceptual strengths that solve critical aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns, as well as the requisite functional, environmental, and sustainability concerns.”

“The selected projects for 2014 demonstrate the highest regard for vision and aesthetic image-making, which has traditionally defined the United States a leading design nation in this decade, the 21st Century, and in the history of Modern Architecture.”

This is Brininstool + Lynch’s third American Architecture Award.



October 8, 2014

Old Cook County Hospital Charrette | "Unlocking the Value"

Six Chicago civic organizations were asked to form teams to participate in the Old Cook County Hospital Charrette, called “Unlocking the Value.” Brininstool + Lynch, along with UrbanWorks, provided architectural designs as part of the Metropolitan Planning Council team. B + L’s scheme was called Innovate Interact Reside. To learn more about the charrette and see all the team submissions, click here.