Chief Prototype Developer Brendan Gibbons heads AS+GG's in-house model shop, supporting all stages of design development with analog 3D modeling in a variety of media. Brendan's primary concern is to enable the firm's architects to visualize their projects, and the design process itself, with a series of physical models, rather than relying entirely on digital imaging.
Before joining AS+GG in 2007, Brendan headed the model shop at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he created models for a wide variety of high-profile projects. These included several designed by Adrian Smith and/or Gordon Gill at SOM, including the Trump International Hotel & Tower and Pearl River Tower.
Brendan's interest in architectural models grew out of his lifelong fascination with model-making of all kinds, from forts and cars to ships and aircraft. As an undergraduate art student, he spent a semester as an apprentice to artist Philip Pearlstein. Brendan continues to paint and has exhibited his work in several group shows at Chicago galleries.