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.
Nick has been an integral team member on the following Architectural projects:
2012 Red Robin, Oakbrook, Illinois
2012 Red Robin, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
2012 Red Robin, Crofton, Maryland
2012 Red Robin, St. Petersburg, Florida
2013 Red Robin, Norridge, Illinois
2013 Red Robin, Broward Mall, Plantation, Florida
2013 Red Robin Patio Addition, Spokane Valley, Washington
2013 Red Robin Patio Addition, Santa Clara, California
2013 Red Robin, Valley Gate, Pennsylvania
2013 Red Robin, Brick, New Jersey
2014 Red Robin, Yakima, Washington
2014 Red Robin, Horseheads, New York
2012 United States Air Force - Administration and Conference Room remodel
Schools & Higher Ed:
2012 Koyukuk School - Existing Conditions Study - Koyukuk, Alaska
2012 Tri-Vally School - Re-roofing, Healy, Alaska
2012 University of Fairbanks Alaska - Hanger As-Builts, Fairbanks, AK
2012 Denali Resort, Trapper Creek, Alaska
2008 Hoffman Estates Police Station (LEED)
2008 Skokie Police Station (LEED)
2008 Mount Prospect EOC
2009 Palatine Police Station
2009 Glendale Heights Police Station
2010 Chicago Heights 911 Dispatch Implementation
2011 Franklin Park Police (LEED)
2008 Mount Prospect Fire Station #14 (LEED)
2010 Orland Park Fire Station
2008 Buffalo Grove Public Works
2010 Glendale Heights Civic Center
2008 Glenview Park District - Maintenance Facility (Green Initiatives)
2009 Park District of Franklin Park - Banquet and Community Center
2010 Gurnee Park District Hunt Club Park Toilet Building
2010 Glenview Park District Diederich Field House Renovation
2010 Glenview Park District Maintenance Facility Study
2011 Wheeling Park District Community Recreation Center Utilization Study
2011 Glendale Heights Sports Hub and Aquatic Center
2010 Carol Stream Library New Entrance and Lobby/Interior Remodel
Nick's experience with architecture firms include:
2012-2013 - Chipman Design Architecture - Des Plaines, IL
2012 Spring/Summer - USKH, Inc - Fairbanks, AK
2008-2012 - SRBL/FGM Architects - Oakbrook, IL
2007 Summer - Richard Preves & Associates - Libertyville, IL
2006 Winter/Summer - Ware Malcomb Architects - Oakbrook, IL
2005 Summer - Crossroads | Bluesky Design Build - Lake Forest, IL
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Architectural Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Improv & Sketch Comedy
Revit, Photoshop, Sketchup, AutoCAD, Painting, Sketching, Guitar, Singing, Writing, Improv, Comedy