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Established in Chicago in 1989, Brininstool + Lynch is firmly rooted in the proud architectural legacy of Chicago; unabashedly celebrating its kinship with the rigorous modernism of Mies van der Rohe, as well as its sympathy for Frank Lloyd Wright’s marriage of building and landscape. In the pragmatic Chicago tradition, Brininstool + Lynch is a firm whose work is as much driven by process as it is by product. The result is architecture that is as enduring and timeless as it is graceful and powerful.
Brininstool + Lynch has been bringing rigor, vision, and elegance to diverse projects since its founding. Over the past twenty-six years, the goals have remained the same – to accomplish good, solid design work and to get it built, regardless of the project type or the type of client. Brininstool + Lynch was founded on the premise that architecture is as much about constructability as it is about design. The firm believes that the very best ideas are ineffective unless they can be manifest in built form, and built well. Many of Brininstool + Lynch’s earliest projects were designed and built by the firm, allowing for a practical ability to achieve successful building projects even as the scale of the firm’s projects has grown.
On average, the staff has been with the firm for more than ten years; in a studio environment, that sense of intimacy has a powerful impact on the product being produced. The cumulative shared expertise and wealth of knowledge allow for the development of big ideas, with the experience to know – almost instantly - if a design will be affordable, constructible and functional, and, most importantly, if it will sustain its relevance over time.
Throughout Brininstool + Lynch’s evolution, the range of projects has become larger and more diverse, but the commitment to developing a functional approach to design remains steadfast. As a matter of principle and practicality, integrating sustainable-building practices into projects has been key since the firm’s inception. Beyond labels, checklists, and trends, Brininstool + Lynch believes in creating an architecture that is both of our time and timeless – in terms of both design and materials. The firm is focused on creating work that has long-term relevance, is easy to maintain, uses less energy, produces less waste and carbon emissions, and exemplifies environmental stewardship.
Since its founding, Brininstool + Lynch has completed more than one hundred and fifty building projects, representing more than ten million square feet of built work in excess of $2 billion of construction value. Brininstool + Lynch is the recipient of twenty-seven Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects and three American Architecture Awards, and has been honored as an Emerging Voice in architecture by the Architectural League of New York. The firm's work is regularly featured in international design publications and has been the subject of two monographs: Building on Modernism (Edizioni Press, 2002), and Brininstool + Lynch (Casas Internacional, 2000).