About Us

Architecture by Design, Ltd. is an architectural firm that balances diverse experience, creative concepts, cost effectiveness, and codes, laws, and ordinances to meet our clients’ goals in every design. It is the diversity of project types that allows us to provide our clients full architectural design services carried out by knowledgeable team members whose skills and talents best match our clients’ business strategies and objectives. With this team-based approach, every architectural design project benefits from individual expertise while leveraging the collective knowledge of our entire team.

The scope of our services focuses primarily on commercial projects and, over the past 21 years, this has developed into our current diverse and satisfied client base. Through our ability to meet clients’ schedules, we have developed strong relationships prompting returning clients and referrals. ABD’s goal is to provide practical solutions to the challenges posed by our clients by producing excellent projects that are completed on time and within budget.

Biography of Owner

Architecture by Design was established in 1992 by Dwight N. Gilliland. Dwight, the Owner and Principal Architect, brings to the firm 33 years of consulting in the architectural field with the last 28 as a registered architect. Dwight’s background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. He is licensed in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia; and is a member of AIA, GBCI, NCARB, and NFPA. In addition to Dwight, our five-person office includes two Project Managers, one C.A.D. Technician, and one part-time Office Manager. Our in-house team has a combination of over 60 years experience.

Client Testimonials

"Paul T.Avery Co., Inc specializes in commercial/industrial construction work and has had a very long term relationship with Architecture By Design. Dwight and his team are professional, knowledgeable and helpful with regard to issues that inevitably arise during construction projects. Their services are highly recommended."

Paul Avery (Owner, Paul T.Avery Co., Inc)


"I have been working with Architecture By Design. for years now and have been very pleased with the quality of service I receive. The team works hard to build a relationship and understand the design needs of the company I represent. I look forward to a long lasting partnership as we grow!"

Mike Williams (Operations V.P., East of Chicago)


"I truly enjoy my project collaborations with Architecture By Design. Dwight and his staff are professional and easy to work with. They have a diverse portfolio and a range of services that make them a great fit for many types of projects."

Meredith Hustwick, LEED AP (Owner, Interior Design and Space Planning)