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We understand that each project is unique, every site is different, and each client deserves to have his or her vision brought to life.  We are here to listen, understand, and provide guidance in order to turn your dreams into reality.  To that end, Bruning Architecture + Design provides site-specific design responses that account for climate, context, and a client’s chosen design style.




Chad Bruning, AIA, NCARB

Chad Bruning, the firm’s founder, has been involved in the study of architecture and design since 1993.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) in 1998.  During his university studies, Chad became an active member in AIAS; in fact, Chad helped organize local events and promote awareness of the AIAS program while pursuing his degree.​

After he graduated, Chad accepted a full-time position with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.  The not-for-profit organization is affiliated with the University and provides master-planning services for under-developed communities.  That is where Chad began his career before being recruited to Springfield, Missouri.  

Chad arrived in Springfield in 1998, having been hired to work with the largest architectural engineering firm in Southwest Missouri.  He remained at the firm for more than seven years.   There he primarily served as project manager for large-scale, themed-based retail facilitates that appear nationwide.  His project experience, which has ranged from lower budget projects to multi-million-dollar ones, includes new construction, additions, and remodels.​​

Chad is currently licensed to practice architecture in Missouri and Arkansas.  And he is NCARB certified, which permits the firm to promptly obtain licensure in other states.

Our Freelance Team

At Bruning Architecture + Design, freelance designers, architects, and construction professionals are available when needed for support. This provides a one-stop firm that can and will meet every creative and technical-design element that your project may require.  On budget.  And on time.  Every time.



With experience in nearly every building type that is commonly constructed in the United States, Bruning Architecture + Design possesses every skill needed to complete your project.  Tell us what you want.  We will listen.  Then deliver it to you.

  • ADA And Code Compliance Evaluation

  • Historic Preservation

  • Adaptive Reuse

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • 3D Representation

  • Master Planning

  • Computer Aided Drafting

  • Construction Cost Estimates

  • Engineering and Specialty Consultant Coordination

  • Document existing conditions


  • Schematic Design

    • Site Evaluation

    • Building Programming

    • Concept Design

  • Design Development

    • Rezoning

  • Construction Documents

    • Specifications

  • Bid Evaluation, Negotiations, Recommendations

  • Construction Administration

    • Weekly Construction Observation

    • Shop Drawing Management

    • As-built Documentation

Our experience includes new facility construction, extensive alterations and additions, historical restoration and preservation, modernization and renovations, commercial offices, restaurant design, and site development.



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Bruning Architecture + Design’s process is designed to encourage client involvement at every level.  Communication is a key component to meeting clients’ expectations and goals.  To that end, we encourage clients to spend ample time discussing with us their needs, parameters, and program of the space that we are charged to create.  Whether through sketching, collaborative meetings, or any additional communicative path needed to remain in touch with the client’s vision and goals, we will ensure that the unique nature of every project is identified.  Then we get to work and turn your ideas into realities.

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Once we understand the needs, challenges, and opportunities each project presents, we then visualize, plan, and illustrate the space.  In doing so, it is common to provide multiple design solutions.  Doing so helps to hone our client’s vision.  With the help of sketching, sophisticated computer renderings, and finish selections, the firm takes pride in communicating to each client a project’s proposed layout, its features, and how the finished product expresses itself relative to its environment.

We measure success by a space’s ability to serve our clients’ functional goals and their aesthetic vision for the project.

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