Andrew Broderick

Urban Design, Chicago

While Andrew was starting out as an architect early in his career, he began to look at the environments surrounding the buildings he was working on: his projects’ context, relationships to surrounding neighborhoods, and effect on users. He kept coming back to these ideas, and sought to address the broader range of issues facing urban areas and college campuses.

Eventually he realized that his calling was to advance ideas in land use and sustainability, improved mobility, and neighborhood revitalization. He left his job and went back to school to become an urban designer.

Andrew is inspired by maps and geography; his fascination with cities and the geographic and social forces that shape them provide a framework for his design approach. He starts by looking at the initial design challenge, keeping the big picture in mind, always with the goal of creating livable, sustainable communities.



Garfield Green, Chicago, Illinois
One of 10 winning projects across the globe recognized by C40 Cities in their Reinventing Cities competition.
“Lead with a vision: focus on the big picture first. Instead of getting preoccupied with minutia, ask yourself ‘what could this campus or neighborhood be in ten years? How could this city be better in the future?”
Facilitating the Future of South Grant Park
Perkins&Will with Friends of Downtown and site design group, ltd. convened a charrette to assemble a unique group of influential stakeholders including the Chicago Park District, Grant Park Conservancy, Metra, UIC Great Cities Institute, Keep Grant Green, Friends of the Parks, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Planning, South Loop Living, South Loop Neighbors, APA IL, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Metropolitan Planning Council, and local resident associations.
Western Michigan University Hilltop Village Master Plan
Western Michigan University Hilltop Village Master Plan, Kalamazoo, Michigan
This master plan provides a 20- to 30-year roadmap to guide the University forward to improve its campus, create a destination, and strengthen connections to the city of Kalamazoo for students, faculty, staff, visitors, and alumni.
Fun Fact
Andrew decided he wanted to pursue architecture and urban design while on a childhood trip to New York City with his mother and grandparents.
"Tip of the Spear" Thinking

Andrew looks at all factors during the design process, and then works with clients to pursue the avenues that lead to the best outcomes. In his higher education work, he uses urban design principles to help colleges and universities develop big-picture master plans that guide their future growth.