Northworks is a Chicago-based architecture and planning firm committed to a collaborative design approach to all project types. We believe in the interactive decision making process, working with all parties dedicated to the successful completion of every project. Our holistic approach explores all elements of the existing context while introducing modern innovation to meet the aesthetic, functional, sustainable and budgetary needs of our clients.


Northworks is a full service architecture and planning firm, offering new building design, historic preservation, site planning, construction management, building conditions analysis and interior design, including custom furniture. Northworks is LEED accredited and licensed to practice architecture in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


All members of Northworks strive to maintain a studio environment of inspiration and creativity where clients, consultants and contractors all work together in the design and execution of a wide range of building types. Their commitment to the details of process, from conceptual planning to construction administration, leads to sound methods of practice and production.


Since establishing their practice in 2005, Austin DePree and Bill Bickford have combined their visions of architecture as concept, profession and way of life. A mutual fascination of the built world inspires them to develop their own style of practice that balances innovative design with sensible execution. Their shared passion for creating lasting architecture through collaboration is the foundation of Northworks.

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