Acanthus Award for Excellence in Architecture given to Bureau|Ad

Bureau|AD received the Acanthus Award for Excellence in Architecture from The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for Mundelein Hall at University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein Hall on November 18, 2017 in Chicago. Bureau|AD completed the classical addition to Mundelein Seminary’s Refectory Building in 2017 with the assistance of Thomas Norman Rajkovich Architect, Ltd.

Bureau|AD wins the 2017 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence New Construction

Bureau|AD was awarded the 2017 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence New Construction for their Retail Development at 185 North Morgan Street in the Fulton-Randolph Market District for Shapack Partners. The ceremony took place in Chicago on October 24, 2017.


Bureau|AD has moved!

Bureau|AD has moved our office to 165 West Chicago Avenue at Wells Street. We are on the third floor. Please stop by to say hello.

Bureau|AD wins the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design

Bureau|AD won the prestigious 2015 James Beard Foundation Award in the category of Outstanding Restaurant Design (75 seats and under). The 25th annual James Beard Awards Black Tie Ceremony & Gala Reception took place on Monday, May 4th at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Known as the Oscars of the Food World, the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the industry: chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists, restaurant designers, and more. The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America.

Bureau|AD won the award for Brindille, a Parisian-inspired, luxuriously appointed, jewel box of a refined modern bistro, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.



Tom Nahabedian’s Icicle Pendant for Boyd Lighting is an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Finalist

Tom Nahabedian’s Icicle Pendant, a part of his Icicle Series for Boyd Lighting, is a 2014 Best of Year Product Finalist in the Lighting: Chandelier, Multiple Bulb Category.

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BUREAU|AD wins AIA Small Project Award

In June of 2014, Bureau of Architecture and Design received an AIA Chicago Small Project Award Citation of Merit for Little You, a Speech, Occupational and Developmental Therapy Facility in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood.

BUREAU|AD wins ASLA Merit Award

In April of 2014, Bureau of Architecture and Design was presented with a Merit Award in the Design, Constructed – Urban category by the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for their Division Street Streetscape Project in Melrose Park, Illinois.

Brindille in Michigan Avenue Magazine

Brindille was featured in the September 2013 issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine.  View the entire issue at

Brindille wins Stone Cold Stunner Award from Eater Chicago

In November of 2013, BUREAU|AD’s design of Brindille won the 2013 Stone Cold Stunner Award for Chicago from Eater, the food media’s most reputable, reliable online source for identifying and mapping can’t-miss restaurants across 24 cities.


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BUREAU|AD to convert historic firehouse for Chicago Filmmakers

After a detailed qualification review, the City of Chicago has awarded Chicago Filmmakers, a 37 year-old media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and understanding of film and video as media for artistic and personal expression, the coveted Ridge Firehouse at 5714 North Ridge Avenue.  The Bureau of Architecture and Design will recreate the Chicago Landmark into the new home for Filmmakers.

The distinctive firehouse was built during an important period of growth for Chicago that resulted in the construction of some of the City’s most ornate firehouses. It is trimmed in terra cotta and ornamented with Classical-style details. BUREAU|AD will restore these lovely details, convert the truck bay into a theatre and reorganize the second floor into offices and classrooms.