Nicholas James Bernardi, Architect, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Nicholas J. Bernardi is a licensed architect in Illinois with over 6 years of cumulative professional architectural experience and maintains a natural enthusiasm for new challenges.
Nick has worked in Municipal, Restaurant, Commercial, Office, Retail, Industrial, and Residential design markets. He received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2008.
As a native to the Chicago land area, Nick left for Detroit after being enticed by 70% academic scholarship and the 5-year accredited Masters program at University of Detroit Mercy. While at UDM, under the tutelage of David Jaeger (of Harley Ellis Devereaux - Detroit), Nick’s academic concentration was in Healthcare Design. In pursuit of his Masters Degree, influenced by his passion for improv comedy, his thesis project, "The Vitality of the Performing Arts", explored the idea that grass-roots theater and arts-based development could act as a catalyst to help revitalize blighted areas in the city of Detroit. While on summer breaks from college, Nick attained 3 separate and very different four-month long summer internships with architecture firms. In addition to this experience, teaching himself Revit during his last year of graduate school helped him secure a number of job offers while graduating into the recession of 2008.
In 2008, Nick joined the design team at SRBL Architects in Deerfield, IL. While there he developed a strong knowledge for municipal building types. He has worked on a number of Police and Fire Stations as well as Village Halls, Park Districts, Libraries and Public Works projects in the Chicago-land area. Nick has nearly 4 years of experience in this sector and through this experience he was able to complete his IDP hours. Nick stayed with SRBL from 2008-1012 through the merger with FGM Architect in Oakbrook, IL
A few months into the merger, in early 2012, Nick was heavily recruited by ENR Top 500 firm, USKH inc., for an open-ended contract position in Fairbanks, AK. Nick's skill set, led by his Revit knowledge and applied experience, made him an ideal candidate for USKH to relocate him to Fairbanks in effort assist their architectural team for the Spring and Summer of 2012. While there, he worked on Federal and State funded projects as well as a large privately operated Alaskan Hotel Resort project. In the Fall of 2012, Nick voluntarily to returned to Chicago to avoid the harsh Alaskan Winter.
Upon his return to Chicago, through a professional reference, Nick was immediately offered a full-time position with Chipman Design Architecture. Since fall of 2012, Nick has been a Project Manager on the Red Robin Restaurant design team. In this quick turn-market, he has designed and overseen nearly a dozen projects from kickoff through construction for corporate restaurants across the United States as well as franchise restaurants in the Canadian market.
In the Summer of 2013 Nick completed the last of his 7 Architectural Registration Exams and received his Architecture License in the State of Illinois. Additionally, Nick continues to maintain his LEED AP BD+C accreditation and NCARB certification.
Nick is a natural critical thinker and is dedicated to finding the best solutions to every problem. His commitment to succeed with whatever he puts his mind to constantly shows in the quality of his work, his personal relationships and his outside of work passions.
Outside of the office, Nick is an actor, comedian and musician. He is a graduate of the Second City Chicago Improv Conservatory Program. Additionally, he has studied improv at Annoyance and iO Theaters in Chicago. He can be seen around town working with various improv and sketch comedy ensembles. Independently, Nick can be seen performing solo or collaborative music acts with his ukulele, guitar or keyboard. When he can, he still plays with his Detroit-based college band. Beyond performing, he has volunteered his time helping organizations like Architecture for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity, AIA-NEI & St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish by giving back to the community.
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Chicago, Illinois 60647
Architectural Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Improv & Sketch Comedy
Revit, Photoshop, Sketchup, AutoCAD, Painting, Sketching, Guitar, Singing, Writing, Improv, Comedy