David L. Bradley, AIA

David founded Bradley Architects in the spring of 1999 with the goal of fostering a professional atmosphere that respects the value and experience the architect brings to the design process while responding thoughtfully to the needs of each client.

David grew up in New Hampshire and received his undergraduate degree in International Politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. After working for a few years in international development in Washington, DC, his budding interest in housing and design led him to pursue a degree in architecture. He relocated to Chicago in 1991 on academic fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago and received his M.Arch. degree from UIC in 1994.

David started his professional architecture career with FitzGerald Associates Architects in Chicago learning the finer points of residential development and design. He worked as an assistant and project architect on numerous single– and multi-family residential design endeavors, ranging in size from dormer additions to loft conversions. In 1998 David passed his exams, got his license, and decided to strike out on his own the following year. David's love for the field of architecture stems from its multi-disciplinary nature, which constantly challenges him to think creatively and grow professionally. "In what other industry do you need to be conversant in art and science, culture, politics, physics, sociology, psychology, and a myriad other subjects? Every day is a new challenge, a new experience."

In response to what he saw as an industry too often fraught with burned-out professionals and dissatisfied, disillusioned clients working at cross purposes, David sought to build a practice that would serve two purposes. First, he wanted to create a professional design atmosphere that would allow him and his staff to realize their full potential as design professionals and confidently bring their expertise to each project. Second, he recognized the need for a fully collaborative environment of mutual respect between clients, architects, and other design and building professionals.

This philosophy benefits everyone and permeates our portfolio.  Clients receive a responsive, well considered product that exceeds their expectations, members of the firm enjoy an intellectually challenging and professionally rewarding design environment, and neighborhoods reap the rewards of buildings that will have a positive impact on their communities for years to come.

David is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a delegate to the AIA Illinois State Board where he is involved in grassroots support for the profession. He is licensed to practice architecture in the State of Illinois and is a Registered Energy Professional with the City of Chicago. You might see him presenting to homeowners at one of the AIA seminars, "Working with an Architect", where he enjoys educating homeowners on the critical role architects play in the design and construction process. His most memorable experience has been three consecutive years of heading up a construction crew building homes and public facilities for the Mayan people living in small rural villages in the Yucatan.

David's travels have taken him all over North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. An avid cyclist, David completed the Twin Cities to Chicago AIDS Ride in 1994 and 1995, and has since completed several centuries (100 miles in a day), the most recent being the Santa Fe Century with his brother in New Mexico. He is certified as a Rescue Scuba Diver, and is conversationally fluent in German, Swedish, French, and sign language.