About Brian Vitale, AIA
Brian Vitale is the Managing Director of the Chicago office of global design firm, Gensler, and one of the firm’s most influential and awarded designers. He has authored some of the firm’s most significant and diverse work, including the Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Kohler Creative Communications building, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Columbia College Chicago’s Student Center and the University of Kansas’ Capitol Federal Hall.
A firm believer in the benefits of blurring the line between academia and professional worlds, Vitale has served as adjunct design faculty at the University of Illinois Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where in 2015, he delivered the keynote speech at the School of Architecture’s convocation ceremony.
Lauded by the industry throughout his career, Vitale’s influential work has earned over 75 major design honors including two National AIA awards, and personally receiving the prestigious Chicago AIA Dubin Family Young Architect Award and the National AIA Young Architect Award. In 2020, Brian was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts from Columbia College Chicago for his transformative work with the arts school. Most recently, Brian was honored in 2022 by being listed #2 on the list of 50 people “shaping Chicago’s design culture” by New City magazine.
Born in Chicago, Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Architecture with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis where he received the 2020 Award of Distinction, given to an alum who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their career.
- Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Master of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis