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Dean Mueller

Dean Mueller, Director of Information Technology, oversees the planning and implementation of AS+GG's software and hardware systems as well as their integration into the firm's architectural practice.

Dean uses information technology to link people, projects and disciplines and to facilitate the sharing of knowledge resources in order to increase work efficiency. With a professional background as an architect, along with his strong interest and understanding of current design delivery processes and the recognition of the importance of sustainable design solutions, Dean is able to tailor effective IT solutions to the needs of the designers and others throughout the firm.

Prior to joining AS+GG in 2010, Dean was Director of Information Systems and a Senior Associate at Lucien Lagrange Architects in Chicago. During his 17-year tenure at LLA, Dean was an architect and CAD manager before transitioning to IT a decade ago.

Education

BS Environmental Design/Architecture, North Dakota State University, 1987
Post Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota, 1987-1989

Affiliations

Licensed Architect, Illinois
LEED Accredited Professional
Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP); BIM Awards Committee Member
Reviewing Contributor and Voting Member, National BIM Standard Project Committee
Participating member of Chicago BIM-IPD Group

Awards

AIA Tap/CCA Innovation Awards, Stellar Design, Astana Expo City, 2016

Dean Mueller on…

… design
Design in architecture is about the idea. It is the exploration of the idea, a development and understanding of it, and communicating it so that it can be fully realized. Today we have the unique ability to effectively analyze the results of those ideas allowing us to validate our design decisions before attempting to build them which results in the most efficient product of design.

… inspiration
In people, in particular those with genuine ideas and who are excited to share and develop them thru input from others.

… his favorite "moment" in architecture
Now. It is apparent that the world of architecture is in a period of transition. Because of a number of influences such as sustainable initiatives and technology advancements we are beginning to understand a new dimension of architecture. That being the performance of a building. No longer is it only a product of designing a space and constructing a form that fulfills aesthetic and functional considerations. Today we recognize that a building has a life cycle and that it is integral part of our environment and that the manner in which it is designed has a more far reaching influence.

… his favorite architectural city
Chicago first, but Minneapolis a close second. When I first visited Chicago I was struck with the richness of history of the architecture. No matter where you turn or what part of the city one explores there is something to learn about architecture. But growing up near Minneapolis I had my first real exposure to architecture. Minneapolis is a bit of hidden gem in terms of architecture where it plays an important role in the fabric of the city. Represented there are high quality structures from both local firms but also those who are more internationally renowned.

… his favorite thing about a collaborative design process
Sharing in the success of achieving something greater as a team that what one could working independently and celebrating alone.

… what he'd be if he weren't an IT director
Training to be a "Top Chef" Master

… what he does when he's not working
I enjoy spending as much time as I can just hanging out with my wife and kids. In addition, I enjoy travelling, exploring the outdoors, following sports and all things cycling.