Gavin Bardes

Gavin Bardes joined Nicholas Design Collaborative in 2014. Leading up to this position, he was a member of the Loewenberg Architects and Magellan Development team that developed and built the Jeanne Gang designed Aqua Building at Lakeshore East Park in Chicago, among other high-rise residential buildings in Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis and Nashville. Before moving to Chicago, Gavin worked for KMD Architects in San Francisco and Alexander Gorlin Architects, Lindy Roy Design and Open Shop in New York City. Gavin also collaborated on the design of a video game titled Ornament & Crime, where he explored 3-dimensional experiences that he now translates into 3D architectural models.

While a student at Columbia University in New York City, Gavin served as a teaching assistant and was the recipient of the L. Smyser Lowenfish Prize for his final semester design. Following graduation, he taught design studios at the University of Pennsylvania and the Parsons School of Design.

Outside of work, Gavin enjoys spending time with his wife and traveling to new destinations when he can. As a college undergraduate, Gavin was a varsity letter winner on the nationally ranked University of Wisconsin rowing team. You can often find him on the Lakeshore path and commuting on a bicycle to and from work, while he trains for the annual American Birkebeiner cross-country skiing marathon in his native state of Wisconsin.



Columbia University GSAPP, Master of Architecture

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Arts, Economics and English


Lori Day, AIA, LEED AP

With over 16 years of experience, Lori Day is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional, specializing in single family residential projects and K-12 learning environments that empower students and teachers. For the past eight years, she worked as a designer on educational projects at Cannon Design, eventually elevating to the Design Leader for the K-12 Studio in Chicago. 

After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from Ball State University, she worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where she developed her technical and design skills by working on projects through all phases of design and construction. She later transitioned to Perkins & Will where she gained valuable experience designing learning environments in their education studio. Although she enjoyed K-12 design, her interests shifted to modern residential design which drew her to firms such as Wood +Zapata in Boston, Booth Hansen and Brininstool + Lynch in Chicago. While at B + L, she worked on several AIA award winning projects including the Claremont Residence and Coffou Cottage. Joining Nicholas Design Collaborative realigns Lori with her true passion of designing, developing and detailing modern residential projects.


Ball State University, Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design



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Christina Krawczak

Christina joins Nicholas Design Collaborative as an administrative assistant and the Event Space Manager for Space 1858.  She brings many years of experience as an accountant, human resources manager and administrator.  In her spare time she loves to explore museums and see live music


University of Illinois at Chicago, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus on archaeology, ancient societies, Italian language and culture