AKB Works

AKB WORKS is a Chicago-based architectural design firm founded by Adrienne Kate Brown in 2015. Current work includes renovations to townhouses and apartments in both Chicago and NYC.

AKB WORKS believes that the most successful designs are those held accountable to history, theory, and the built environment. Working with the vernacular, we critically dissect buildings: manipulating, preserving, and re-using materials and spaces. We promote the idea that buildings and cities are in a constant evolution, much like their inhabitants, constantly adapting and seeking new modes for survival.

"Designing a dream city is easy; rebuilding a living one takes imagination." -Jane Jacobs.

Adrienne Kate Brown

Adrienne is an architect, educator, and writer living in Chicago. She is a registered architect in the state of Illinois. Adrienne currently teaches architecture studio and design courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She received her Master of Architecture I from the Yale School of Architecture where her studies focused on preservation, new urbanism, and the evolution of the built environment. She holds a BA from Wellesley College. Originally from Michigan, she attended Cranbrook Kingswood School where she discovered a love for the architecture of Eliel Saarinen.

Prior to founding AKB WORKS, Adrienne worked at HBRA Architects and Tigerman McCurry Architects in Chicago, and Joseph Pell Lombardi and Associates in New York City.