Brett Polich, AIA Principal


Brett, has been practicing architecture for more than 20 years.  He brings a wealth of experience in commercial architecture, construction, and project management.

His first connections with architecture came from growing up in the Chicago area and being struck by the tall building he could see from his bedroom window.  The Sears (now Willis) Tower was new on the Chicago skyline, but was easily recognizable from suburban Brookfield.  Taking a further interest in all things construction Brett spent a summer, at age twelve, building a family cottage with his dad - an experience which proved quite impactful.  Continually working construction through high school, Brett balanced his interest in building things with technical drawing classes, which lead to an exposure with an early computer aided design program.  

Brett spent six years studying design theory and building construction at The University of Illinois' School of Architecture.  Throughout college he spent time working as an intern in several Chicagoland firms, gaining exposure to different practice models and building types.  Since graduation he has worked exclusively in commercial practice.  His clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, law firms, religious groups, primary / secondary / higher education, corrections, and institutional. Prior to founding EWP, Brett was a senior architect in an interiors practice focusing on workplace environments.

Brett is responsible for leading the architectural design process, developing a collaborative relationship with clients, and fostering a collaborative approach across the design team.  As a principal architect, Brett is also the architect of record for many of the firm's projects.  In his free time, Brett enjoys being a dad, taking photographs, and traveling as much as possible.



Licensed architect in Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin

Illinois registered interior designer

NCARB certified

LEED accredited professional


Master of Architecture degree

Bachelors of Science in architectural studies degree, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign