CHRIS DUNLAVEY, FAIA

President

As president of B&D, Mr. Dunlavey has co-directed the development of the firm's practice since its founding in 1993. An architect with an advanced degree in real estate development and finance, he reflects a professional background in a variety of capacities within the building industry, ranging from project feasibility and planning to architectural design and program management. Before founding B&D, he was a project manager with MPC Associates, prior to which he practiced architecture with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.

Today, Mr. Dunlavey specializes in managing the development of anchors of community such as PK-12 schools, major sports venues, and higher education “quality of life” projects including recreation and athletic facilities, campus unions, and student or faculty and staff housing. He has lectured and written extensively on the feasibility analysis, financing, programming, design, and construction of such projects. His work has led to recognition for B&D with numerous industry awards, including the 2015 DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA) Community Partnership Award for the firm’s leadership in the civic collaboration to bid on the 2024 Olympics on behalf of the greater Washington, DC region and the City of Washington, DC.

A member of the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, in 2005 Mr. Dunlavey was named by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal as one of the "Forty under 40" comprising the most innovative and influential executives in the sports business industry. He was also honored with a 2008 DCBIA Achievement Award for work on Major League Baseball's Nationals Park, and he is the recipient of a United States Olympic Committee commendation for his pro bono services, planning, and leadership in pursuit of a return of the Olympic Games to a U.S. city.

M.B.A. Real Estate Development (The George Washington University)
B.A. Architecture (Columbia College of Columbia University)

2016
THE GOLD STANDARD IN PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: PART 2 DOWNLOAD
2016
THE GOLD STANDARD IN PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: PART 1 DOWNLOAD
2015
STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE U.S. – DE-TRADITIONALIZING A TRADITIONAL MAINSTAY
2012
MADE IN DETROIT DOWNLOAD
2012
REBUILDING THE URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICT: USING PROGRAM MANAGEMENT TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS DOWNLOAD
2011
YOU’RE ON DECK: MASTERING THE BALLPARK DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
2011
ADVANCING THE MISSION AND THE BOTTOM LINE: FACULTY, STAFF AND GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING DOWNLOAD
2011
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: RECLAIMING INNOVATION THROUGH ADAPTIVE REUSE DOWNLOAD
2010
ENHANCING THE IMAGE OF INSTITUTIONS: HOW WILL IT DRIVE LONG-TERM FACILITY MANAGEMENT? DOWNLOAD
2009
WAKING THE SLEEPING GIANT: MODERNIZING DC PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES DOWNLOAD
2003
LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE U.S. STADIUM BOOM OF THE ’90S DOWNLOAD
2003
IF YOU BUILD IT . . . DETERMINING WHAT “IT” IS DOWNLOAD
2002
AVOIDING OBSOLESCENCE DOWNLOAD
2002
SECURING FUNDING FOR YOUR PROJECT DOWNLOAD
2001
PROCESS MANAGEMENT: EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS DOWNLOAD
2001
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME DOWNLOAD
2001
DOWNTOWN SPORTS & ASSEMBLY: MYTHS & REALITIES DOWNLOAD
2001
CRITIQUING THE DEAL DOWNLOAD
1992
PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH CARE COSTS: WELLNESS PROGRAMS ON CAMPUS DOWNLOAD
2016
PRESS RELEASE: EVENTS DC REVEALS RFK STADIUM-ARMORY CAMPUS MASTERPLAN CONCEPTS

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced on Monday evening, the details of two conceptual plans for the 190-acre RFK Stadium-Armory Campus site, with design concepts by OMA New York, led by partner Jason Long, in partnership with DC-based program management team, Brailsford & Dunlavey.

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2016
DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION ASKS STUDENTS TO FILL OUT SURVEY ON IMPROVEMENTS TO RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

. . . The survey’s results will be used as part of a larger effort to address the Columbia community’s campus recreation, physical education, and intercollegiate athletic needs.

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2016
B&D PRESIDENT CHRIS DUNLAVEY NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS COLLEGE OF FELLOWS

The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Brailsford & Dunlavey president Chris Dunlavey, FAIA, to its prestigious College of Fellows.

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2016
AMARILLO’S DEVELOPMENT PARTNER NO STRANGER TO STADIUMS

The company with the contract to research the possibility of drawing a AA baseball team to a new stadium downtown is no stranger to looking at the merits of large community venues.

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2016
REDSKINS ADVANCE PLANS TO RELOCATE, HIRE GOOGLE’S ARCHITECT FOR NEW STADIUM

…The selection of Bjarke Ingels represented “a very interesting and different kind of choice” because of the firm’s splashy work on an assortment of other projects and recent foray into sports said Christopher S. Dunlavey, president of the D.C.based planning and architectural firm Brailsford & Dunlavey.

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2014
MLB ENTHUSIASTS MAKE ANOTHER PITCH

There’s a buzz throughout major-league baseball about Montreal regaining the franchise it lost when the Expos moved to Washington in 2005.

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2012
BRAILSFORD & DUNLAVEY UNIT TO TARGET SPORTS

Brailsford & Dunlavey, a firm tied to sports facility development, has formed B&D Venues as a separate division to focus on sports projects. The Washington firm conducts feasibility studies and market research for several building types, ncluding stadiums and arenas, as well as serving in the role of owner’s representative for the stakeholders financing the deals.

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2011
ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC

Brailsford & Dunlavey CEO Paul Brailsford (his firm has worked for over 18 years with 200 colleges) recommends exploring markets with high barriers to entry—or risk oversupply—and says to remember that each school has different policies and off-campus markets.

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2009
LEARNING CURVE: PUTTING HEALTHY SCHOOL PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE

The H-shape design planned for New York City’s new Public School 109, as described by The New York Times, allowed for large courtyards shielded from neighbors’ noise for play and recreation, windows that open onto the courtyards to provide light and air, and thoroughly ventilated wardrobes to dry clothing and maintain circulation. That was a few years ago—in 1901, to be exact.

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2008
FACES & PLACES

From the IMG Intercollegiate Athletic Forum presented by SBJ/SBD.

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2007
KNIGHTS MAY MOVE UPTOWN, SIZE DOWN

A plan for a new $35 million ballpark for the Charlotte Knights calls for the team and their fans to squeeze into one of the smallest sites in Triple-A baseball.

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2006
A’S MOVE TO SUBURBS WOULD GO AGAINST THE GRAIN

The Oakland A’s plan for a new ballpark in Fremont, Calif., expected to be announced officially this week, marks a shift to the Bay Area suburbs that strikes against the decidedly urban ballpark development wave of the past 15 years.

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2006
WILL BIGGER BE BETTER FOR COWBOYS STADIUM?

For the Dallas Cowboys, size matters.

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2005
FACES & PLACES: 40 UNDER 40 AWARDS

Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal held its fifth annual Forty Under 40 black tie gala last week at the Waldorf-Astoria, capping off a busy week that included the fourth annual Octagon / Street & Smith’s World Congress of Sports.

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2005
STREET & SMITH’S SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL 40 UNDER 40 AWARDS DOWNLOAD
2004
BLAST OUT OF LEFT FIELD KEEPS EXPOS IN LIMBO

Planning, designing and building a sports and entertainment facility is like doing a jigsaw puzzle.

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2003
SOUNDS MAKE PITCH FOR NEW STADIUM

The Nashville Sounds have gone from words to action, presenting a proposal to Metro to build a $37 million mixed-use ballpark on the Thermal Transfer Plant site.

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2003
COYOTES SETTING RECORD PACE WITH ARENA CONSTRUCTION

The Phoenix Coyotes’ $180 million, 17,500-seat arena in Glendale is being built at a record pace for a venue that size–just 18 months of construction from groundbreaking to its scheduled December completion.

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2003
BASEBALL’S BOUNTY

John Acree might well be the very fan sports team magnates and Washington area planners dream about when they envision what a Major League Baseball team might mean to the region in cold hard cash, someone who pumps more than a little money into the local economy when he’s out on the town to enjoy a ball game.

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2002
PUBLIC GETS VOICE ON STADIUM QUEST

The District’s pursuit of a major league baseball franchise and new stadium took an important turn last night at Howard University Hospital: the involvement of the general public.

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2002
FINALISTS IN THE BALLPARK

The Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority last night narrowed its list to four finalists, including renowned sports architectural firm HOK of Kansas City, Mo., for the design of a new ballpark in Northern Virginia.

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2002
SUITE DREAMS

Arco Arena is economically obsolete or will be soon.

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2002
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

Minor league baseball is afraid of becoming a victim of its own success.

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2002
STADIUM CONSTRUCTION BINGE NOT CONFINED TO CINCINNATI

Cincinnati is far from being the only city on a stadium-building binge.

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2002
TIME FOR CITY, CHARGERS TO TALK STADIUM

The possibility of the Chargers picking up and moving to Los Angeles or somewhere else remains just that — a possibility.

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