Studio Profile

At Blender Architecture we pursue the practice of architecture as an interpretive and analytical process that grows out of the specific circumstances of each client and site. The richness and clarity of our work is the result of integrating inquiry and research with problem solving and refinement of material expression.


Our buildings are first and foremost places for people to live, work, learn and play.  We work closely with clients to make sure they understand and are collaborators in the design process.  We value consultants, contractors and artisans with whom we partner to build our projects.


In a global environment that is constantly shifting, we are committed to acting with a critical concern for a healthy planet.  We believe that eliminating boundaries between disciplines is the best way to create a sustainable future.


We seek an enduring balance between ease and rigor, spirit and function, dependability and surprise, abundance and economy, nature and artifice, tradition and innovation.

Our Story

Maria Segal and Richard Blender formed Blender Architecture after more than 25 years of professional practice. Richard was a principal at Wilkinson Blender Architecture for 13 years, where he both designed and built a mix of living and working spaces.  Richard also teaches architecture as an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Maria was a senior project designer at Holabird & Root for 16 years, working on schools, libraries and higher education projects and specializing in learning and play environments for young children.  Our work together draws on the synergy of our relationship and a shared passion for excellence in design and committed client relationships.



We have had the opportunity to work with talented employees who have all contributed to the work.  We thank them all for their contributions.


Michael Wilkinson, Eric Wall, Jakeb Novak, Brian Peters, Greg Gibson, Jennifer Park, Terran Wilson, Hope Dinsmore, Robert Yuen, Laura Bowe, Greg Salandi, Phil Tu, Kim Nigro, Bob Brobson, Barbara Fitzner, Maria Gonzales and Amber Ulasich