Passionate & Dedicated Architects


Bruns Architecture was founded in 2008 by Stephen Bruns with a simple goal—to create pure, meaningful designs that are translated into well-crafted structures. We believe that through careful listening, rigorous study, strong relationships and innovative thinking we can improve our spatial surroundings by delivering thoughtful, lasting architecture.


At Bruns Architecture, every project receives special attention. We enjoy developing relationships with our clients, learning who they are and how they live and work. We take the time to make sure we are comprehending client’s needs, aspirations and dreams. Through this process of discovery, we distill the essence of the project. The resulting vision becomes an invaluable tool that guides the design and construction process. We believe our holistic approach is what sets us apart.


Our Services

We specialize in highly crafted residential and commercial environments. We offer a full range of architectural and design services to manage a project from initial concept and planning through final detailing, construction administration and furniture design.


Our Approach

Our comprehensive approach begins with a process of discovery. We listen to the client and investigate the site; we carefully research to understand the influences of a project. Through careful composition, selective materiality, strong connection to the site, and in specific response to program and budget, we offer a consistent vision and the value of good design.


One of our primary core values is sustainability. Whether your goals are to have a LEED certified project, or simply to reduce your operating expenses through more efficient and technologically advanced building systems, our experience can help you achieve your objective.


Our Focus

Our focus is the experience. From the design and construction process to the way people react and interact with the environments we create; we want to evoke a positive experience.


Since its inception, the success of Bruns Architecture has been driven by Stephen’s passion for crafting cohesively detailed structures and meaningful spaces. As founder and principal, Stephen guides every project in the studio through an intensive design process where he distills the essence of his clients’ goals and aspirations. He then works with his team to translate needs and wants into carefully crafted architectural statements. Stephen’s work explores the power of the elements of design to create thoughtful and lasting architecture. His work layers forms and spaces with an interplay of materials and textures to provide clients with inviting and intriguing environments that are striking architectural achievements.


Stephen’s carefully crafted solutions have received numerous awards, including AIA Wisconsin Honor Awards and ALA Design Awards. Stephen was also the recipient of the Richard M. Raemer Memorial Award and the LaSalle Partners Fellowship in Architecture. Under Stephen’s design leadership, Bruns Architecture continues to be recognized for design excellence both locally and nationally.