Bryan Schabel

Principal, Chicago

Road trips were a favorite activity of the Schabel family.  Bryan always loved setting off from his family’s home in a small college town to visit new places, especially the national parks. However, it was their time spent in cities – both in the U.S. and abroad – that he enjoyed the most.  When he was a teenager, Bryan’s developer uncle offered him the opportunity to spend a few summers working for him in California. This solidified Bryan’s interest in architecture and provided him his first industry experience.

Despite all his traveling as a kid, Bryan never really lived in a city until studying abroad in Rome. During that time, his eyes were opened to a design sensibility that continues to inform his work to this day.  It’s a sensibility grounded in an awareness of the permanence of architecture: fads are ever-changing, but authenticity is timeless – seek out the point where trend meets verity, and this is where you will find enduring style.  This is Bryan’s goal, to always look for the perfect balance between the current and the timeless.

The most exciting - and difficult - thing about architecture is that it's never done. Until the clock runs out, a designer can never stop looking at the project and trying to make it better.
The renovations and addition to Kauffman Charter School provided a bright environment in which these Kansas City middle and high school students thrive.
The Shanghai Natural History Museum uses design to celebrate our natural past, present, and future.
Fun Fact

Bryan, his parents, and his siblings are passionate travelers. He recently won bragging rights, beating his brothers in a race to see who could visit all 50 states first. Next up: the 7 continents!

Bryan's Featured Work

Tinkham Veale University Aerial
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Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veale University Center
Cleveland, Ohio
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Northwestern University Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center
Evanston, Illinois
Exterior William Jones Prep
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William Jones College Preparatory High School
Chicago, Illinois
Exterior
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Shanghai Natural History Museum
Shanghai, China
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Contemporaine
Chicago, Illinois
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Skybridge
Chicago, Illinois
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Damen Green Line Station
Chicago, Illinois