Brad Lynch, architect of homes, apartments, and a museum in Chicago

Architect Brad Lynch specializes in clean, modern designs for everything from single-family homes and high-rise condominiums to the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.

“When he worked for you, Brad understood the results of how things change,” said Richard Lazar, a friend who was also a client in the late 1990s when Lynch led the design of an expansion. major of Lazar’s house in Roscoe Village. “It was a fantastic experience working with him, and he really knew what the end result would be.”

Lynch, 64, died of complications from a brain hemorrhage Sept. 26 at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, his daughter, Annie, said. He had lived in Bucktown.

Lynch grew up in Racine, where as a child he took art classes at the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. Later, he became interested in photography.

Lynch studied art, art history, engineering, and landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where after graduation he worked as a project and construction manager on the restoration of the first Herbert and Katherine Jacobs house in Madison, an early example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses.

He interned at several Chicago architectural firms before teaming up with David Brininstool to form Brininstool + Lynch in 1989.

Lynch’s output included commercial projects such as mixed-use high-rise buildings, new and remodeled single-family homes, corporate headquarters, film installations, and master plans. The company has won over 50 major design awards.

“Brad had a voracious appetite, not just for food and drink, but for people, places and ideas,” Brininstool said. “He was naturally curious and always pushed the limits. This formed the basis of his creative endeavors.

One of the projects Lynch was most proud of was designing the Racine Art Museum, which took over a converted bank building. The project, which was completed in 2003, was described by then-architectural critic Blair Kamin as a “serene, inviting, if sometimes cold, showcase for contemporary craftsmanship” that offered “a innovative use of structure and materials and the ability to solve functional problems and give these solutions artistic expression.

Lynch’s daughter said being able to design the project was “incredibly meaningful” to her father.

“He was very proud to bring something close to his heart to the city that raised him,” she said.

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Lynch also designed a gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago and multi-family buildings at 1620 S. Michigan Ave. in the South Loop, 550 N. St. Clair St. to Streeterville, 1345 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop and the Platinum Tour at 700 W. Van Buren St. in the West Loop.

Lynch has frequently worked on civic and community initiatives, including helping plan a new transportation hub and master plan for Chicago’s Chinatown, helping plan Chicago’s West Side Corridor, and working with actor Brad Pitt on sustainable community development in post-hurricane New Orleans. Katrina.

Lynch has written frequently and lectured at more than 20 universities, including the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the School of Architecture at Taliesin in Arizona. He had recently moved into a house in Bucktown which was one of his most written about designs, known as the Wood House. He had designed the Wood House for a client in 2013.

A marriage ended in divorce. In addition to her daughter, Lynch is survived by a son, Blake; one sister, Karin; and a brother, Brian.

Services took place.

Goldsborough is a freelance journalist.

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