To better serve clients, FGMA opened a suburban Chicago office in 1971. In 1988, FGMA became an employee-owned firm with the creation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. During the late 1980s, the firm also began building its municipal practice which today includes fire and police stations, public safety facilities, local/regional government buildings and recreation centers.
In 1990, a new generation of FGMA leaders introduced strategic planning to effectively navigate the firm’s continued growth through market diversification, geographic expansion, and talent development. This investment of time, energy, and expertise, conducted at five-year intervals and updated annually, has paid multiple dividends:
2003 AIA Illinois names FGMA “Firm of the Year”
2010 Crain’s Chicago names FGMA a “Fast Fifty” firm, recognizing significant growth
2011 FGMA expands its municipal portfolio with the acquisition of SRBL Architects
2014 FGMA strengthens its Missouri practice, opening a St. Louis office
2016 FGMA expands its practice to Wisconsin and opens a Milwaukee office
2017 AIA Central States Region recognizes FGMA as an “Outstanding Emerging
Professionals Friendly Firm”
2018 AIA Northeast Illinois names FGMA “Firm of the Year”
2019 FGMA expands to Texas and establishes a faith-based practice with the acquisition of
Austin-based Jackson Galloway Associates.
2020 FGMA celebrates its 75th anniversary.
2021 FGMA expands to Virginia with the acquisition of LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects,
strengthening our public safety and faith-based practices and gaining a multifamily/mixed-
2023 International Partnership established with Tanajib Holding Company, Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
OUR PRACTICE TODAY
Today, in its fourth generation of leadership, FGMA is a thriving, award-winning enterprise. FGMA architects and interior designers are thought leaders in local, regional, and national associations. The firm is an active participant in AIA’s 2030 Commitment, a national initiative committed to transforming the practice of architecture and helping to ensure a sustainable future.