Our mission is to affect positive change through our architecture, and that means creating beautiful, ultra-efficient, and healthy environments that matter—to our clients, to the environment, to the future. We strive for the highest in design, which to us means integration of performance and esthetics–such as is found in Nature. We are leaders in the field of Passive House design and building science, and bring our expertise to bear on a wide range of project types. Our design vocabulary spans from classic to modern; instead of a “signature style,” our dogma is authenticity and quality.
Tom Bassett-Dilley, CPHC, AIA
Tom founded TBDA in 2006 to pursue sustainability and a contemporary design language for the Midwest. He has established a leadership role in the world of healthy, low-energy buildings, and continues to learn about and present on biophilic design, Passive design and construction, green preservation, and the human-nature connection. Tom is a founding member of the Passive House Alliance, Chicago Chapter, and is a member of the International Living Future Institute, the American Institute of Architects, and several conservation organizations. When not at work he is usually painting, playing guitar, or cooking up something tasty in the kitchen with his family.
Since joining TBDA within weeks of its inception, Timothy has become lead project manager, central to the work and vision of the office. Through his studies at UIC and the Ecole d’architecture de Versailles as well as extensive carpentry and construction management experience, he understands architecture as concept and craft. His high design standards coupled with construction knowledge and great communication skills allow him to create continuity from client conversation through jobsite execution. He lives in Park Ridge, IL with his wife and three daughters.
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 son.
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.
A Michigan native, Amy has a degree in psychology and art history and over a decade of experience in marketing analytics. She came to TBDA as a marketing consultant in 2014 and took on other tasks like bookkeeping and website maintenance. She appreciates working for a firm with a mission to address climate change by building beautiful, high performing, healthy homes. She lives in Oak Park, IL, with her husband, two sons, and dog named Boomer.
WORKING WITH US
Our process begins with information-gathering: the better we get to know you, the site, the climate, neighborhood, and ecology, the more integrated and responsive the design can be.
We then move into a concept phase where your needs are addressed by our Passive House and Biophilic design expertise, integrated with input from engineers, builders, and other consultants as needed. This shared vision then develops through technical and budget reviews, resulting in documentation for permit, bid, and construction. We work closely with you and the contractor’s team through the entire construction process.
PRESS & AWARDS
AIA Illinois 200 Great Places,
Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, Oak Park, IL. 2018
Dwell.com, March 15, 2018,
“Alluring Meets Affordable With These 5 Chicago Prefabs”
Wednesday Journal, December 12, 2017,
“Totally modular: A fresh take on new construction”
Crain’s Chicago, November 28, 2017,
“Watch this modular Oak Park house come together”
AIA Illinois, Frank Lloyd Wright Award for New Design,
Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, Oak Park, IL. 2017
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Homes Awards,
Outstanding Single-Family Project, Right Sized Passive Home, 2017
Illinois Parks and Recreation Magazine, March/April 2017,
“Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center: Green in Every Way”
Mainstream Green Winner, Green Home of the Year Awards.
2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Simply the Right Size, 2016
Cavalcade of Pride Awards, Oak Park Community Design Commission,
Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, Oak Park, IL. 2016
BUILDER magazine, November 2016,
“The Next Big Thing: Healthy Homes”
Professional Builder, November 2016,
“High Performance, High Design”
Wednesday Journal, November 8, 2016,
“An educated environmental center”
Green Building and Design Magazine, Nov 2016,
“2nd Annual Passive Projects Design Awards Winners”
Chicago Tribune, June 28, 2016,
“What to know before you renovate: Stories, tips from those who lived through it”
Chicago Tribune, June 6, 2016,
“Austin Gardens education center to open Saturday”
LEED-H Platinum certification,
Right-Sized Passive Home, Oak Park, IL. March 2016
Historic Preservation Award,
Renovation in Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, Oak Park, IL. 2015
Crain’s Chicago, July 31, 2015,
“The secret to an energy-efficient home? No, it’s not solar”
Curbed, July 29, 2015
“This Stylish Passive House Doesn’t Need to Show Off”
TreeHugger.com, July 24, 2015,
“A Chicago house that is “healthy, efficient, and right-sized for comfortable living”
Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2015,
“2015 GreenBuilt Home Tour to showcase eco-friendly building practices”
West Suburban Living, May 2015,
“Eco-Friendly Living: Live healthier and save money with a green-built home”
Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2015,
“Environmentally friendly house being built on Clinton Avenue”
Wednesday Journal, January 13, 2015,
“Passive houses, A new generation of homes in Oak Park”
Chicago Architect, September/October 2014,
“The Passive-ist Front”
Emerald Award, USGBC-IL,
First certified Passive House in the Chicago region, 2013
Historic Preservation Award, Geneva,
405 S. 1st Street, 2012
Historic Preservation Award, Oak Park,
313 Forest, 2011
Green Award, Oak Park Energy and Environment Advisory Commission, for
Green Garage, 2010
Preservation and Design Award, City of Evanston, for
Walter Burley Griffin Carter’s House Renovation, 2010