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Brian Vitale, AIA | Notes of Interest

As design director at Gensler-Chicago, Brian is known for challenging clients to view the world differently by seamlessly combining reality and poetics, by articulating an inspired vision, and by reshaping ideas without sacrificing design integrity. He is also an accomplished, creative, and passionate teacher, mentor, and community volunteer.

In 2009 he received AIA Chicago’s Young Architect Award and, in 2010, the John Wellborn Root Award from AIA Illinois. Washington University in St. Louis, from which he received his M. Arch. with honors in 1995, recognized him with its Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 2006, and his work has been widely published and exhibited.

Brian’s commitment to the design community is evident in his mentoring of both colleagues and students. His years on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have shaped students’ thinking about design and their professional responsibilities to society. His passion to inspire and teach others has also raised the culture of design firmwide at Gensler.

He was president of the Chicago Architectural Club (2004–06), and his leadership brought a new vitality to the organization that carries through today. He currently is a member of the board of directors of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, whose mission is to preserve, promote, and enhance the Magnificent Mile and its surrounding neighborhoods. Finally, he works to improve the lives of students in Chicago’s public schools by using his design skills to tackle illiteracy.

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© Richard Barnes; Christopher Barret

Brian Vitale, AIA

  • Architect: Gensler
  • Location: Chicago

2014 Young Architects Award Jury

  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Chair
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA
  • LML Consulting
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, Maryland
  • John Sorrenti, FAIA
  • JRS Architect, PC
  • Mineola, New York
  • William J. Stanley, III, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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