Gary Ainge came to HBRA in 1984 from the firm Tigerman Fugman McCurry. In 1985, he was made an Associate, and was elevated to Principal in 1988. In 1994 Mr. Ainge was appointed Administrative Principal and charged with managing the daily operations of the firm. Recent projects under Mr. Ainge's direction include the Music and Dance Theater Chicago; Paul Newman's Hole-in-the-Wall Gang Camp and Performing Arts Center in Ashford ⁄ Eastford, Connecticut; and the Master Plan and Athletic Facility for The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.
As Administrative Principal, Mr. Ainge is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm. This includes all financial matters, administration of all projects from conception through completion of construction, as well as scheduling, staffing and direction of document production. Mr. Ainge also assists in the coordination and direction of project engineers and specialty consultants. His responsibilities also include directing projects as Principal-in-Charge.
Mr. Ainge has lectured, or participated in symposia or juries, at the University of Notre Dame; the University of Illinois at Chicago; the University of Milwaukee; and the Chicago Architectural Club. His work has been published in Threshold, Journal of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago; 150 Years of Chicago Architecture (Exhibition, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 1985-1986) and Classical Vernacular or Modern: The Work of Hammond Beeby and Babka (Exhibition, University of Texas at Austin, 1987). He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Architectural Club.
Mr. Ainge is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.