FitzGerald Expands Market Reach Through Strategic Partnership

Two years ago, a relationship began between two like-minded firms: FitzGerald, a leader in the design of multi-family housing, and DBI Architects, an innovator in commercial office buildings and workplace design. Initially formed to pursue mixed-use projects as an alliance leveraging both firms’ talent and experience, this relationship has developed into DBI + FitzGerald, a strategic partnership seeking to extend our combined reach in two geographic regions and market sectors—and to tackle large, complex projects that present with a variety of program and planning challenges. 

DBI, headquartered in the Washington, DC area, is a 45-year-old firm of 40 professionals with deep expertise in commercial office architecture and interiors. FitzGerald, headquartered in Chicago, is a firm of 55 professionals with a 100-year legacy of multi-family housing, mixed-use, and adaptive reuse architecture and design experience.

Sharing a vision of strong and sustainable growth, we provide our clients with an exceptional level of design expertise on projects that draw from our collective knowledge and deep bench of experienced leaders, architects, and designers. 

At FitzGerald, we are excited by this alliance. As our clients diversify their development portfolios, we can bring the assets and talents of DBI into our team. Already, we are working jointly on nationwide workplace projects for the online retailer Chewy, as well as two residential projects, two commercial office buildings, and the adaptive reuse of a warehouse as a mixed-use office development. 

Since 1973, DBI has provided full-service architecture, interior design, and master planning services to clients who share the firm’s belief that well-designed environments foster meaningful human interaction and successful business outcomes. The firm’s projects span a broad range of types, including commercial developments and workplaces, world-class corporate headquarters, and federal government offices, as well as highly specialized “stealth” facilities for military and intelligence agencies requiring advanced communications environments. In the Washington, DC region, DBI has designed 115 million square feet of office space for the commercial real estate community; federal government; defense contractor industry; non-profit and non-governmental organizations; and technology firms. 

To learn more about our alliance and how it can help bring your next project to life, contact Mike Breclaw at or (312) 563-9100.

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