Two years ago, a relationship began between two like-minded firms: DBI Architects, an innovator in commercial office buildings and workplace design, and FitzGerald, a leader in the design of multi-family housing. Initially formed to pursue mixed-use projects as an alliance leveraging both firms’ talent and experience, this relationship has developed into DBI + FitzGerald, a strategic partnership seeking to extend our combined reach in two geographic regions and market sectors—and to tackle large, complex projects that present with a variety of program and planning challenges. 

DBI, headquartered in the Washington, DC area, is a 45-year-old firm of 40 professionals with deep expertise in commercial office architecture and interiors. FitzGerald, headquartered in Chicago, is a firm of 55 professionals with a 100-year legacy of multi-family housing, mixed-use, and adaptive reuse architecture and design experience.

DBI (left) and FitzGerald (right)

Sharing a vision of strong and sustainable growth, we provide our clients with an exceptional level of design expertise on projects that draw from our collective knowledge and deep bench of experienced leaders, architects, and designers. 

At DBI, we are excited by this alliance. As our clients diversify their development portfolios, we can bring the assets and talents of FitzGerald into our team. Already, we are working jointly on nationwide workplace projects for the online retailer Chewy, as well as two residential projects, two commercial office buildings, and an adaptive reuse of a warehouse as a mixed-use office development. 

DBI + FitzGerald - Joint projects

Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2019, FitzGerald designs award-winning projects for the private sector. Clients rely on FitzGerald for outstanding architectural and interior design services, exceptional market knowledge, and dexterity in the production of realistic, efficient, and profitable developments.

In addition to the firm’s expertise in designing large-scale mixed-use and commercial developments, FitzGerald is known for its diverse portfolio of work across the housing sector, wherein the firm partners with both for-profit and not-for-profit entities to deliver sophisticated high-rise apartment towers; senior and age-restricted communities; student housing facilities; luxury multi-family buildings; and affordable/workforce housing.

Complementing its deep portfolio of ground-up buildings, FitzGerald has a long-demonstrated passion for historic restoration and adaptive re-use projects; the firm has been involved in the re-purposing of numerous aging structures to result in vibrant new environments for residential, office, and hospitality uses.

DBI and FitzGerald's - Individual projects

To learn more about our alliance and how it can help bring your next project to life, contact Michael Hartman, AIA ( or Roseanne Beattie, AIA ( at 703.787.0882. You can also read about our firms and our collective experience at

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