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Our History

1962
1962

founded

founded

Lawrence (Larry) E. Bray establishes firm in Sheboygan, WI.

1962

valders high school

Valders High School

Firm designs first K-12 educational project, Valders High School in Valders, WI.

1996
1996

pass the torch

pass the torch

Larry Bray, Sr. retires and passes the torch to three of his children, Lawrence C. Bray, Geoffrey J. Bray and Patricia Balliet.

2000
2000

award winning

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award winning

Firm receives an Architectural Portfolio Citation Award (Elementary) from American School & University Magazine for the design of Kennedy Elementary School of the School District of Janesville.

2001
2001

2001

Firm receives an Architectural Portfolio Citation Award (Post-Secondary) from American School & University Magazine for the design of University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac’s campus expansion in Fond du Lac, WI.

2002
2002

2002

Firm receives an Architectural Portfolio Citation Award (High School) from American School & University Magazine for the design of Fond du Lac High School of Fond du Lac School District.

2008
2008

expanding presence

Milwaukee office

expanding presence

Firm establishes Milwaukee office on Buffalo St. in the Historic Third Ward.

Milwaukee office grows and moves to a larger office space on N. Water Street.

2012
2012

50 years

Celebrating 50 Years
2013
2013

new leadership

New Leadership

new leadership

After leadership by two generations of the Bray family, ownership transitions to Matthew Wolfert, Ronet Rodewald and Stephen Kuhnen.

2014
2014

growing the team

growing the team

Continued growth allows the firm to move its Milwaukee office into a historic space on N. Broadway St.

2016
2016

2016

Walker's Point HQ

To accommodate growing staff and further solidify its presence and commitment to Milwaukee, the firm buys and renovates an old manufacturing building in the Walker’s Point neighborhood for its new headquarters.

2016

award winning

award winning

Firm receives an architectural Portfolio Citation Award (Middle School) from American School & University Magazine for the design of Kromrey Middle School, Middleton, WI.

2017
2017

2017

Firm expands its Milwaukee headquarters.

2018
2018

2018

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Firm receives an architectural Portfolio Citation Award (PreK/Early Childhood) from American School & University Magazine for the design of Little Prairie Primary School, East Troy, WI.

2018

hello iowa

Iowa

hello iowa

Firm establishes a presence in Iowa and opens an office in Davenport.

2019
2019

partnership

partnership

In November Bray Architects acquires Bracke.Hayes.Miller.Mahon (BHMM), an architectural design and planning firm based in Moline, IL, to further strengthen its team and expertise as well as expand its markets and geographic reach.

2020
2020

net zero

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net zero

August: the first net-zero energy school in the region, Bray-designed Forest Edge Elementary School, was completed in Oregon, WI.