Brian Campbell switched his collegiate studies from architecture to pre-med. Then he put his studies on hold to serve two tours in Iraq as a U.S. Marine. Something unexpected happened while he was overseas—Brian was inspired by the country’s architecture. He saw it as a source of beauty in a time of turmoil, and it motivated him to resume his architectural studies upon returning to the U.S.
Brian was a U.S. Marine for eight years. While in Iraq, he helped to transform vacant areas “where you wouldn’t be caught dead outside” into public spaces where children play.
Today, Brian holds a master’s degree in architecture from Southern Illinois University and is a valued member of Legat’s Oak Brook studio. He sees his coworkers as his “second family” and he’s quick to show it, whether he’s jumping in to help out on a project or bringing in corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.
Brian is particularly fond of tackling site challenges. For instance, a large hill plays an important part in Glenbard West High School’s identity—its sports teams are even called “Hilltoppers.” Brian was a key member of a team that worked a classroom addition into the hill, rather than leveling the hill.
Brian is also highly family-oriented and enjoys spending time with his wife and sons.