Acclaimed Chicago Architect Brad Lynch of Brininstool + Lynch Dies at 64 | news – 71Bait


Image courtesy of Brininstool + Lynch

A popular figure in the Chicago architecture scene is being mourned this week following the news that Brininstool + Lynch founder Brad Lynch passed away on Monday at the age of 64.

Lynch was known as the designer of seminal works throughout the Midwest, including the Racine Art Museum, the award-winning BARDAVID in the University of Chicago’s new David Rubenstein Forum, and several housing projects in his adopted hometown.

Mariposa House, Malibu CA, by Brininstool + Lynch. Photo by Christopher Barrett

A model of Lynch’s design for the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. Image: Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

“I met Brad when he attended Archinect’s ski trip in 2020, just before the pandemic hit. I’ve long been a fan of his design work and quickly became a fan of him as a person,” recalls Archinect founder Paul Petrunia. “He was so nice and lovely with the group. He exuded excitement when talking about architecture and art, and made sure to show us Malibu’s stunning housing project every time he was on site. Chicago and the architecture community at large will appreciate the contributions he has made to the industry.”

180 N. Ada in Chicago. Image: Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

An interior of 180 N. Ada in Chicago. Image: Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

Lynch was born in Wisconsin and said he drove to the city and later profession after a childhood visit to see Pablo Picasso’s then-new sculpting commission at Daley Plaza. He then studied art, art history and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, he began his career working on restoration projects that included Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Usonian Herbert Jacobs House.

Eventually, he founded his own eponymous company in Chicago in 1989 with David Brininstool, a collaborator of Pappageorge Haymes, and together the two won more than 50 major design awards and recognition from some of the industry’s leading publications over the following decades.

Lynch was equally prolific as an educator, attending 20 different universities over the course of his career. Among them were his alma mater, Syracuse University, the former School of Architecture at Taliesin and the IIT. Lynch complemented his academic career designing Mater for the Brazilian city of Paranapiacaba, Chicago’s West Side Corridor and a new transportation hub in the Chinatown neighborhood. He was also recognized for his service as a National Peer Professional for the US General Services Administration’s Design Excellence program and for his involvement with the Toronto Sister Cities Committee.

Brininstool + Lynch’s ongoing SIlo project in Toronto. Image: Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

Lynch is survived by two children and, according to his company, leaves behind a design legacy of “rich beauty and quiet grace.” In a statement to Chicago Sun Times Critic Lee Bey, Dean of IIT College of Architecture Reed Kroloff, called his creations “elegant and wholly original” before commenting that Lynch simply created “some of the finest architecture in this city in the last 30 years.”

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