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people first

people first

Great design is not about the architects; it's about you and the people who will interact with you and your environment.  We partner with you to make places that stimulate and strengthen relationships and enhance community both inside and out.

Rinka Chung helped us take our vision for the space to a new level, and their ideas inspired us to enhance the way we work, integrate with clients and collaborate with one another.
— Anne Zizzo, CEO, Zizzo Group



the FIRM

the FIRM

Our vision is to inspire through thoughtful design

We are an award-winning full service architecture firm.  We exist to serve progressive and visionary clients.


  • Master Planning
  • Visioning
  • Historic Preservation
  • Specifications
  • Code & Compliance Analysis
  • Architecture
  • Construction Documents
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Landscape Design



    • As-Built Drawings
    • Sustainability
    • Interior Design
    • Site Analysis
    • Construction Administration
    • ADA & Accessibility Studies
    • FHA Guidelines
    • LEED Certification


    • Minority Business Entity (MBE) - State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce

    Local Roots

    We started in Milwaukee in 2006 and we love our hometown.  We enjoy making places in and around the city that enhance our community. Our local portfolio includes projects that many residents and visitors may recognize: The Moderne high-rise in the Park East corridor; the “rebuilt” Pizza Man in the city and the new Pizza Man in Wauwatosa; Café Benelux in the Historic Third Ward; the Pabst Professional Building in the The Brewery (the old Pabst brewing complex); and, coming soon, the Lakefront Gateway Plaza, a year-round gathering place for recreation and entertainment just north of the Summerfest grounds. 

    National Reach


    Our team travels well. In addition to placemaking throughout Wisconsin, we have expanded our reach to much of the country. Some of our architects have also worked internationally. Wherever you dream it, we can do it.

    States we've worked in:

    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • Florida
    • Illinois
    • Kansas
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Mississippi
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • Texas
    • Wisconsin



    Our office comprises individuals with a wide-range of experiences and talents. Mutual rapport combined with a philosophy of continual renewal produce an enthusiastic and creative culture. The structure of our firm also allows a principal architect to be involved in each project. Together, as a team, we generate inspiring solutions for every design challenge. 




    I just wanted to let you know how much we value your outstanding efforts not only in terms of quality and creativity of work product, but also in terms of living up to commitments.
    — Scott Yauck, President & CEO, Cobalt Partners

    Local and national companies we partner with:

    Recent Awards


    • 2016 The Daily Reporter Top Projects Award – Emerald Row Apartments, Oak Creek, WI 
    • 2016 WCREW People's Choice Award – Good City Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2016 Milwaukee Business Journal Real Estate Award – Drexel Town Square Development, Oak Creek, WI
    • 2015 The Daily Reporter Top Projects Award – Ward 4 at Historic Pritzlaff, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2015 AIA Wisconsin Design Award –  Pabst Professional Building, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2015 InBusiness Commercial Design Award – Milwaukee Haymarket Square Park, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2015 Milwaukee Business Journal Real Estate Award – Milwaukee Haymarket Square Park, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2014 The Daily Reporter Top Projects Award – Pabst Professional Center, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2014 WCREW Vision Award – Judge’s Choice – Pizza Man, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2014 Milwaukee Business Journal Real Estate Awards–Honorable Mention – Best Retail Renovation/Development – Pizza Man, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2014 Cream of the Cream City Award–Best Adaptive Use - Pizza Man, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2014 Mayor’s Design Award – Pizza Man, Milwaukee,
    • 2013 Concrete Design Award –Special Merit Award – The Moderne, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2013 ENR Midwest – Award of Merit-Residential/Hospitality – The Moderne, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2013 WCREW Showcase Vision-Ingenuity Award – The Moderne, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2013 In Business Commercial Design Awards – Best Large Project - The Moderne, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2013 Mayor’s Design Award – The Moderne, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2013 The Business Journal Eureka Award Winner, Architecture Category – Rinka Chung Architecture Inc
    • 2013 The Daily Reporter – Top Project – The Moderne, Milwaukee, WI
    • 2013 The Business Journal Real Estate Awards - Top Project - The Moderne, Milwaukee, WI

    Recent Press and Updates

    • Bucks Live Block is a Slam Dunk
    • AJ Bombers, Smoke Shack and Holey Moley now open at Mayfair Collection
    • Barrett Lo releases updated rendering of The Couture
    • Bucks Release Renderings of Entertainment Block
    • Portillo's ,Total Wine confirmed as tenants for 84 South
    • Barrett Lo spreads its wings
    • Pabst warehouse converstion to brewery, office proceeds
    • Exclusive-Crews begin tearing apart Downtown Transit Center
    • First Look: March start planned for Walker's Point apartments
    • Rinka Chung brings one-day pocket park to downtown Milwaukee street
    • The Countour is Coming to Prospect
    • County closes on transit center sale
    • Milwaukee Bucks hire Gensler, Rinka Chung to design arena entertainment block
    • Lakefront Gateway to provide 'seamless' link to downtown: Q and A with Graef's Kressin, Matt Rinka
    • Graef team picked to design Lakefront Gateway Plaza
    • Milwaukee Business Journal - Developer cleared to convert Prospect Avenue parking lot into apartment building
    • Workforce developers: Area businesses step up to improve education system
    • Prospect Avenue parking lot to be redeveloped into six-story apartment building
    • New Apartments for Prospect Ave.
    • Couture developer sets timeline after favorable court decision
    • Lakefront Gateway Plaza National Design Competition
    • Inside the Lakefront Gateway designs: Graef vision features water in motion — from Couture to lakefront
    • Leases secured for nearly half of Drexel Town Square's retail space
    • Court's decision allows transit center sale for Couture development
    • Skin in the game: A nontraditional investment team leads Ward 4
    • Wisconsin Humane Society opens high-volume Spay/Neuter Clinic in West Allis
    • First look: Ward 4 startup accelerator space opens Monday
    • Peek inside Pizza Man Part II: New restaurant sets opening date in Wauwatosa: Slideshow
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    Our office is focused yet fun.  Our eclectic team brings a wide range of experiences and expertise to every project.  We enjoy each other's company and work closely together to create inspiring solutions for any design challenge.