Branyo Dvorak, AIA Principal

As a teenager refugee from the former Czechoslovakia in 1986, Branyo immigrated to the Chicago area with his parents.  He was quickly immersed in the American way of life in the near west suburbs of Chicago.  Branyo is multilingual in Slovak, Czech and English with 7 years of education in German.

He began his higher education studies at Arizona State University and finished at University of Illinois in Chicago with a B. of Architectural Studies, graduating with Highest Honors.  He also completed a well rounded liberal arts curriculum with a minor in Architectural History.  Branyo’s final year was spent abroad in Versailles France where he focused on mid-century modern architecture and theory complimented with the rich history focus of Parisian art history.

Branyo enjoys freehand drawing, music, cinema, and hockey.  As a novice cyclist, he spends his weekends in the saddle as much as possible. Branyo also partakes in skiing and coaching basketball for 5/6th grade girls in the local park district.  He is also involved in the local elementary school artist in the classroom program.

With every challenging day, Branyo is constantly asking himself “what are we selling as architects, artists?”

Architects are handed the struggle of new and different problems warranted by multiple viable solutions.  Someone has to filter out the impossible, infeasible, overly laborious, cumbersome and aesthetically mediocre solutions.  Branyo believes that is what we’re selling.

Mr. Dvorak managed not to get beat up by the long hours and small financial rewards for 18 years in the profession while keeping an eye on the unique opportunities to manipulate people’s space.  Branyo is a member of the AIA, is a Self-Certified Architect in Chicago, A Certified Energy Professional, licensed in IN, IL and WI.  He is a new member of Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the IL Housing Council.