Tom Bassett Dilley’s passion for architecture was kindled in high school when he found a book in the school library on Frank Lloyd Wright: those exuberant buildings harmonized with their sites were endlessly fascinating and inspiring. Shortly after he found Edward Mazria’s Passive Solar Energy Book, whose practical techniques showed how to tune a building to climate. Tom spent a year at Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, continuing to Ball State University for undergrad and Columbia University for graduate work. He became a Certified Passive House Consultant in 2010 to learn advanced energy modeling, building science, and principles of conservation exemplified by the Passive House standard. He is a founding member and past President of the Chicago PHAUS chapter, and has presented numerous times for local audiences and at national conferences. Tom is an avid guitarist, gardener, and painter. He lives in Oak Park with his wife and their two children, cats, and dog.



Denny’s interests lie in crafting spaces that fit naturally within their larger contexts. Denny honed his skills in graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis before moving to Seattle, WA where he spent years designing 21st century educational environments. An avid woodworker and licensed architect, he joined the team in 2018 as a project manager. His attention to detail translates all projects scales. You will find Denny enjoying the outdoors of his Oak Park home where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Joe has always had a foot in two worlds: raised in rural Michigan while developing a love for the city from an early age. Joe first moved to Chicago for undergraduate studies at Moody Bible Institute, then obtained his Master of Architecture degree from Judson University in Elgin with a concentration in sustainable design. Now a licensed architect and Certified Passive House Consultant, Joe has been practicing architecture in the Chicago area since 2010. He also enjoys roasting, brewing, and consuming coffee, composing poems and short stories, and connecting with nature whenever possible, whether in a city park, the Midwest farmland, or the Northwoods. Joe and his wife live in Riverside, along with their cats, Gristlebane and Myshkin. They also have a horse, Thor, who lives on a farm in Sugar Grove.



Garrett is a master draftsman both digitally and manually, and is in charge of TBDA CAD templates, detail libraries, and product research. He prepares renderings and presentations drawings, and coordinates all project documentation for permit and construction, including WUFI-Passive and THERM energy modeling for Passive House certification. Garrett has a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University and lives in Oak Park, IL.



Justine is native to California, and has been enjoying what the Windy City has to offer since the summer of 2021. Justine received their architectural masters from California Polytechnic State University, focused on sustainable and affordable housing design for California’s housing crisis. Since 2018, Justine has experienced a variety of projects before joining TBDA, from small-scale residential, healthcare, education, and high-rise residential. Outside of their passions for sustainable architecture, Justine enjoys many creative activities, like woodworking and illustration. Justine lives in Chicago with their wife and cat, Xoë.



Sarah graduated with a professional degree in architecture from Alfred State College. She believes the philosophy and approach of TBDA speaks to her as an architectural designer deeply passionate about sustainability. She moved to Chicago from New York in 2021 to pursue her career with TBDA.



Allie graduated with an undergraduate degree in architecture and certificate in green roofs from the University of Cincinnati in 2022. She grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and moved to Chicago with her family in 2012. She moved back to Chicago after graduation to pursue a career with TBDA and work with architects who share her passion for sustainable architecture. Outside of work, she enjoys painting, baking, and spending time with her family and dog, Winston.



Amy has a degree from Michigan State in psychology and art history. She came to TBDA after a decade in marketing analytics. She wears many hats at TBDA: from search engine marketing to bookkeeping. Amy appreciates working for a firm with a mission to address climate change by building beautiful, high performing, healthy homes. She enjoys tennis, hiking, and indoor cycling. She lives in Oak Park, IL, with her husband, two sons, and dog named Boomer.

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