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BBA Architects, (formerly Burns & Beyerl Architects), has always been focused on providing exceptional client service and outstanding design. Founded in 1993 by Gary Beyerl, with current partner Ed Twohey joining soon after as the first employee. Principal Jenifer Hense first joined the firm as an associate 1999, and after exploring other opportunities, returned to the firm as a partner in 2021. BBA began by primarily doing “seamless” additions and renovation projects in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Over time, we have built a practice by listening to our clients with open minds, offering an interactive design experience, and delivering a thoroughly considered product. Our portfolio of work does not reflect a specific style. At BBA, we strive to create beautiful custom designs by paying careful attention to our individual client’s stylistic preferences, functional requests, and budget requirements. We draw inspiration from both historical and modern sources while translating our client’s vision into thoughtful, innovative and timeless designs. Our Organization features a culture that promotes responsibility with a flexible, family friendly and respectful work environment. We like to provide each team member with predictable goals, and encourage continued education and increased responsibility, as we all continually grow to be more complete architects. We also value life outside of work, and enjoy people with passionate interests. Our practice strives to mentor new members, by systemizing our processes, and making a record of our institutional knowledge gained over 28 years of the practice of architecture. In turn, we also thrive on new techniques that our team members bring to us. We continually innovate.

Services Provided

Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Building Design, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Guesthouse Design & Construction, Handicap-Accessible Design, Historic Building Conservation, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, House Plans, New Home Construction, Outdoor Kitchen Design, Pool House Design & Construction, Project Management, Staircase Design, Sustainable Design, Remodeling

Areas Served

Chicago, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Forest Park, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Northbrook, Oak Park, River Forest, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Glencoe, Gulf, Highland Park, Kenliworth, Lincolnshire, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Parkridge, Skokie, Willmette, Winnetka, Dearborn Park, Lake Shore East, Lincoln Park, New East Side, Old Town, River West, Streeterville, The Gold Coast, The Loop, Hyde Park


2022 NAHB Platinum Best in American Living Award 2017 LUXE Gold List 2017 Crystal Key Award 2016 AIA Small Project Award 2013 Brick in Architecture Award 2012 USGBC LEED Gold Award 2011 Gold Key Award 2008 & 2007 Chicago Landmark Award

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Business Details

Business Name

BBA Architects

Phone Number

(312) 212-4830


1010 South Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605

Typical Job Cost

$850,000 - 10 million

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