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TIM KIRKBY

AIA, AICP, LEED AP BC+C, ND

Tim’s design philosophy follows a strict rule of thumb: urbanism first, architecture second.

According to Tim, the things that too many architects find mundane, like a building’s relationship to a sidewalk, are the most important. His focus on city planning comes from the recognition that, as we face the consequences of climate change and increasing pressure on natural resources, cities (and small towns and villages) provide a development pattern that is our best hope for living within a sustainable ecological footprint. But he prefers to frame debates about urban design in terms of quality of life, believing that the benefits of city living and the imperative of sustainability are interconnected in a really positive way. 

Tim holds LEED accreditation in two areas, Building Design + Construction and Neighborhood Development. He is active within the Congress for the New Urbanism, NCI Charrette System certified, and he is a former Planning Commissioner in his hometown of Park Ridge, Illinois.