BairBalliet is a design venture invested in architecture in the form of both speculative and built projects. We are a full service design firm working between Chicago and Los Angeles that specializes in graphics, objects, interiors, buildings and urban visioning. We choreograph the conceptual, experiential and technical aspects of architecture through the production of unique design solutions.

BairBalliet has experience working across multiple scales including large-scale graphics, residential, commercial interiors (cafe/restaurant, child play spaces, coworking/office), institutional, mixed-use and small-scale accessory buildings (ADU's). BairBalliet has been published in Architect's Newspaper, Log Journal, Art Papers, Fresh Meat, Room One Thousand, Arch Daily and Archinect among others.

BairBalliet's work has been exhibited internationally in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice, Italy), the Frac Centre (Orleans, France) and Centre de design de l’UQAM (Montreal). Their work has been exhibited across the United States at Modern Museum of Art MoMA (New York), The Architecture & Design Museum & the SCI-Arc Gallery (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago) and Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh) among others. In 2018, they were named a finalist for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.

Kelly Bair is Partner at BairBalliet and an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. Bair has also taught in Los Angeles at UCLA, SCI-Arc, and Woodbury University. She brings over two decades of experience in the architectural profession working as a project designer at various firms such as Brooks+Scarpa (formerly Pugh+Scarpa), Greg Lynn Form, and Gnuform (Heather Roberge & Jason Payne) among others. Bair holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from University of Colorado and a Master’s degree from the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

Kristy Balliet
is Partner at BairBalliet and Design Faculty and Undergraduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc. Balliet was an Associate Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State, Assistant Professor in Studio Greg Lynn at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and faculty at University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia University. She worked for seven years as a project designer at Erdy McHenry Architecture in Philadelphia. Balliet holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University and a Masters degree from the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. 

Bair and Balliet are co-founders of Possible Mediums, a collaboration with Adam Fure and Kyle Miller, fellow designers and educators interested in shaking up the context and format in which architecture is taught, produced, and engaged. They published the Possible Mediums book in 2018. Purchase a copy of the book through Actar or Amazon.

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