“We do ordinary buildings in extraordinary ways.”
Augie Battaglia derives a great sense of satisfaction from taking the buildings we use or see everyday—our schools, our village halls, our fire and police stations—and making them a source of civic pride. Augie’s ability to elevate the aspirations of his clients has resulted in architecture that is inspiring to those who use it and those who simply pass by. His designs are driven from two perspectives: the objectives of the client and the influences of the environment. And though his designs are exceptional, they are always respectful of the client’s concerns for cost and function.
Augie brings a consistent approach to design regardless of project type. He has undertaken a broad variety of building types, from elementary school additions to brand new high schools and from community recreation centers to symbolic village halls. Many of his projects have been recognized with awards from client-based and architectural organizations.
The Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects named Augie Young Architect of the Year in 1991, and, in 2008, the national organization awarded him fellowship for his superior achievements in design. The American Institute of Architects Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.
Augie credits his success to a number of mentors who taught and influenced him. He has been instrumental in bringing this type of coaching and mentorship to FGM by helping to create FGM University and a comprehensive Intern Development Program. He also gives back through serving as guest lecturer and juror at universities, delivering programs to various chapters of the American Institute of Architects and presenting at client conferences. He is also chairman of his church’s master planning committee. This leaves him little time for his other interest: golf.