Little Brother’s central goal is to improve the well-being of our environment and the people, plants, and creatures living in it through our particular expertise in the design and construction of the built environment.
Our ideal practice is defined by what we call a “yes, and” approach. We pursue projects of all kinds and scales: exquisite objects and furniture to humble garden sheds, private homes, and cultural buildings; gardens and parks to regional development strategies. By exploring a mix of projects we develop a broad, holistic mindset to engage our clients’ unique visions and desires. In addition to the experience we build through relationships with our clients, our work is guided by our core values: diversity, sensitivity, and novelty.
We value diversity because we want the work to be bigger than ourselves. We aim to serve a broad spectrum of clients and users over a wide range of places in a variety of types and styles. The most thrilling moments come when disparate cultures rub up against each other and create something new. We value sensitivity because we understand that the changes we make to a place domino to impact its greater environment. To imagine what they will become, we closely study how environments grow and change as they are. We value novelty because the act of discovery is deeply rewarding. A project is most successful when it fosters a perpetual sense of newness. When each experience is unique, there is always reason to return.
James Chesnut is a founding partner of Little Brother Design Group. James earned a MS Conservation and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan TCAUP and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of New Mexico.
Christopher Reznich is a founding partner of Little Brother Design Group. He earned a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a MS in Conservation and a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan TCAUP, where he was awarded the Leonard B. Willeke Design Prize.
10260 Elk Lake Trail
Williamsburg, Michigan 49690
1223 Sherman Street
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197