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Chad Smith

Senior Architect Chad Smith, AIA has nearly 20 years of experience serving clients in the architectural design industry ranging across a variety of markets, with a strong focus on the development of corporate interior projects.

He dedicates himself to each assignment from concept design through construction documents and contract administration, interfacing with the team’s technical professionals, and coordinating the activities of associated consultants as required. Chad’s experience in custom millwork and on-site construction has been a great influence on his attention to detail in all aspects of the design process, from concept design and finish specification through construction documentation and final installation.

At AS+GG, he has acted as a Senior Architect on the recently completed Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the new Chicago Architecture Foundation offices, now under construction. He was a Senior Architect on several projects in Astana Expo-2017, including the stunning Astana Congress Center, in Kazakhstan.


Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fachhochschule Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany


Registered Architect in Illinois
American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

The Yard at Shakespeare Theater
Expansion and renovation of popular theater located on Navy Pier in downtown includes an adaptable, flexible auditorium built from modular towers. Chicago, Illinois

Renaissance District
New campus design of a former 92,903 sm Studebaker manufacturing facility, located in the Renaissance District of South Bend. Redevelopment will provide a platform for data and technology companies. South Bend, Indiana

Burj 2020
Supertall commercial tower’s sustainability strategies include water use reduced by 51% and overall energy use reduced by 38% against baseline building design. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Astana Expo-2017
Master Planning and Architecture for 174 hectare international exposition site features exhibition and cultural pavilions (118,620 sm); a residential development (686,000 sm); service areas including shopping, socio-cultural, educational and civic facilities; and site-wide parks (72,000 sm). Astana, Kazakhstan

Suzhou Keyne Centre
Architectural and interior design for mixed-use project featuring an office and hotel tower beside a service apartment tower, both connected by a 5-story podium with retail and parking. Suzhou, China

Greenland Tower Chengdu
468-meter, mixed-use tower features a conference center, offices, a hotel, executive residential apartments and conference center. Chengdu, China

Hilal Tower
138 m mixed-use tower includes four levels below grade for retail, parking and support areas. The tower features residential, office and retail at ground and higher levels. Sustainable elements include district cooling, solar hot water, energy-efficient lighting and equipment, a greywater system and highly efficient MEP systems. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Mixed-use 74.5 m and 105 m residential and office towers consisting of 5,612 sm of area. The program includes four to five below-grade levels for partial storage, parking and support areas. Sustainable elements include district cooling, solar hot water, energy-efficient lighting and equipment, a greywater system and highly efficient MEP systems. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Major projects at HOK, prior to joing Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

3 Parkway North Center
Existing Lobby and Common Area Redevelopment. Deerfield, IL

77 West Wacker
Haddock Place Plaza Renovation. Exterior Storefront, Civil Excavation. – Chicago, IL

Allianz Insurance
Comercial Interior. Chicago, IL

CNA Executive Floor
Executive Offices, Executive Conference Facilities. Chicago, IL

ComEd Lincoln Centre 2 & 3
Restack Exisitng Office towers. LEED. Various Projects for corporate campus under master contract agreement. Supplemental Generator Addition, Security Turnstile Addtions. Oak Brook Terrace, IL

FirstMerit Bank 
Corporate Office Headquarters. 30,000 sf. Chicago, IL

Connfidential Client, Gurgaon India Test Fits
Program and Property Analysis of Multiple Properties for 1,000,000 sf tenant. Gurgoan, India

McDonald’s Corporation
Various Projects for corporate campus under master contract agreement. Oak Brook, IL
Various Regional Office Renovations/ Relocations across the nation.
McDonald's (BWR) Baltimore Regional Office. Bethesda, MD
McDonald's Rocky Mountain Regional Office. Denver, CO
McDonald's Boston Regional Office. Westwood, MA
McDonald's Central Ohio Regional Office. Columbus, OH
McDonald's New York Regional Office. Newark, NJ
McDonald's Philadelphia Regional Office. Philadelphia, PA

OSU Cancer and Critical Care Center  
1,000,000 SF Cancer Research Facility with center tower for 400+ beds. LEED. Columbus, OH

Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI)
Energy Efficient Research Facility on the UW-Madison Campus. LEED. Madison, WI

Major projects at DeStefano Partners, prior to joing Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

6 North Michigan
Lobby Revitalization. Chicago, IL

33 West Monroe
Revitalization. Chicago, IL

200 West Jackson
Boulevard Revitalization. Chicago, IL

330 North Wabash
Repositioning and Conversion. LEED. Chicago, IL

840 Lake Shore Drive
Sales Center. Chicago, IL

Allied World National Assurance
Chicago, IL

The Allure
Las Vegas, NV

Capps Digital
Studio and expansion. Chicago, IL

Dearborn Plaza
Fitness Center and Management Offices. Base Building Facility Services. Chicago, IL