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WILLIAM E. BRAZLEY, JR.

William E. Brazley & Associates Ltd.
African American AIA Fellow

SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC  Exhibitor
Illinois Based Designer 

Bio: 

His firm designed and built the $50 million joint cargo facility at O'Hare Airport for Lufthansa and Air France Airlines, the $40 million convocation center at Chicago State University, and the Maywood public works facility, as well as numerous schools, churches, and educational municipal buildings in the Chicago area, Michigan, and Indiana.

WILLIAM E. BRAZLEY, JR.

Bio:

Architect William E. Brazley Jr. left his mark on the skyline of Chicago, the suburbs and O'Hare Airport. Mr. Brazley started William E. Brazley & Associates Ltd., a Matteson architectural company, with his wife, Peggy, in 1975; they built the company into one of the largest minority-owned architectural firms in the Midwest, with more than 40 employees and two additional offices; the company completed more than 500 projects during its 30-year history. In addition, the firm designed and built the $50 million joint cargo facility at O'Hare Airport for Lufthansa and Air France Airlines, the $40 million convocation center at Chicago State University, and the Maywood public works facility, as well as numerous schools, churches, and educational municipal buildings in the Chicago area, Michigan, and Indiana. The company also worked with other builders on major ventures including the McCormick Place Annex, the United Terminal at O'Hare, Navy Pier expansion, and the modernization of Cook County Hospital. Mr. Brazley was a graduate of Thornton High School in Harvey and Purdue University and did advanced work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; before starting his firm he was director of facilities management and assistant budget director at Governors State University.

Year of Elevation: 

1991

Featured Project Name: 

The Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center

Featured Project Location: 

Chicago, IL

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2007

Role in Featured Project: 

Architect

Featured Project Description:

The Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center (JCC), named after "patron saint" Senate President Emil Jones Jr. and his late wife Patricia who was a graduate of Chicago State University, is a multi-purpose facility. The Jones Convocation Center officially opened in the fall of 2007 and serves as the home to the men's and women basketball teams, and the Chicago State Athletic Department. This multi-purpose facility is 140,000 sq.ft and has enough assembly space to seat up to 7,000 people.

Photography Credit:

Marc Viquez, Stadium Journey