Foster David Dale

Foster David Dale, AIA - Principal


University of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture 1985
Summer Program, Rome, Italy

University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts 1982
Honors College Individual Concentration Plan, “Psychological Aspects of the Built Environment”


Architect, Illinois

Work Experience

Foster Dale Architects, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
founded 1997

Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
1993 - 1997

Booth/Hansen & Associates, Chicago, Illinois
1988 - 1993

Bartley Bronstein Long Mirenda, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1987 - 1988

Feltoon Parry Associates, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1985 - 1986


Foster, a Chicagoan for over 20 years, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where his parents met in art school. Foster loves to draw and has always been fascinated with cities, buildings and gardens. Sustainable design strategies intrigue Foster, and he loves to find ways to implement them for clients. As a way to better understand people and their needs, Foster studied environmental psychology before going to architectural school.

Foster studied Italian and Art History in Florence and worked briefly in Rome. He speaks Italian moderately well. Foster is active in the community including being a member of the Board of Directors at Temple Sholom of Chicago and organic-food and job-training organization, Growing Home.

Foster and his wife renovated an 1890’s era house in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. They are raising two high school age boys (in the Chicago Public School system) and are working hard to instill their love of travel to their sons.

Awards / Publications

Included in recommended list of architects: “Chicago Home + Garden,” 2002 - 2011

Residential renovation projects featured in “Luxury Home Quarterly,” Winter 2011

Adaptive Reuse Design Award, Design Evanston, 2010

Preservation Design Award, City of Evanston, 2008

House renovation in “Chicago Home + Garden”, May/June issue, 2008

Good Neighbor Award, Chicago Association of Realtors, Welles Park Place townhomes, 2004

Kitchen designed by FDA included in It’s Your Kitchen by Joan Kohn (host of Home and Garden Television show, Kitchen Design), 2003.

Preservation Honor Award, City of Highland Park, 2001.

New Spaces (Home and Garden Television), Renovation of and addition to single family residence featured on nationally syndicated cable television show, 2000.

Association for College and University Housing Officers International, Annual Meeting 1995 Presenter, “From Conceptual Design to Punch List: A Case Study of the Construction of a Student Residence Hall.