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Oct 8, 1928 - November 27, 1997

Crumlish & Crumlish Architects recognizes the 25th anniversary of the passing of founder, Brian J. Crumlish, on November 27, 2022. Brian was born on Brooklyn, New York, and lived most of his youth in Illinois. He became a 1951 graduate of the University of Illinois and he also obtained a Masters of architecture from the University of Illinois in 1954. Later he studied architecture at the technical institute of Venice in 1957 and University of Rome in 1958.

Brian's early career included working for Italian architect, ludovico quaroni in Rome. He also worked as an architectural designer at Helmuth, obata and Kassebaum in St. Louis from 1955-1956. Brian served as special consultant to Harland Bartholomew planners in Washington DC 1962-1963, and Don Wolbrink & Assoc. in Honolulu 1966-1967.

Brian became a partner at Anderson & Crumlish Architects in 1958-1961 in Woodstock, Illinois, before moving to south bend, Indiana to join the architecture faculty at the university of Notre dame in 1964, where he served as a full professor until his death in 1997.

in 1968, with fellow architect and notre dame professor, Donald E. Sporleder, they formed the original architecture firm, Crumlish/sporleder & associates, first located in Mishawaka, Indiana. brian served as a principal and secretary-treasurer with C/S&A until 1990 when he joined with his son, Brendan Crumlish, under the new firm name Crumlish & Crumlish architects.

Brian's career earned him many awards, including:

• Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art & Architecture 1993 International Visual Arts Award, St. Pius X Church, Baptismal Font 1992.

• International Masonry Institute 1993 "Golden Trowel" Award, St. Pius X Church

• Vietnam Veterans Memorial Design Competition, Washington DC, Honorable Mention, 1981

• Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Memorial Design Competition, Indianapolis, Indiana, Finalist, 1993

• Technifax Design Ingenuity Competition, Fourth Prize 1984.

• College of Architecture and Planning Design Competition, Ball State University, First Award, 1978

• James M. White Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies, 1954

• Le Brun Traveling Fellowship, First Place, National Design Competition 1954 (Fulbright Scholarship, Study in Italy)


• School Design, Office of Civil Defense, First Award 1957

• University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, Master Plan, Second Award 1966

• Shopping Center Design, Office of Civil Defense, First Award 1958

Brian's list of architectural design commissions totaled over 500 completed projects, over the span of 40 years. He was the inspiration and mentor for so many other architects, and his legacy will live on with all of those who had the pleasure to know and work with him.

Crumlish & Crumlish Architects is sad to share the news of the death of Donald E. Sporleder,  FAIA, on May 14, 2021.

Don was one of the founding partners of the firm in 1968, and served as president until leaving the firm in 1988. He and Brian Crumlish created the firm, which was originally located in the 100 Center shopping center of Mishawaka, Indiana. Later in 1972 the firm moved to West Colfax Street in South Bend, before locating to their current location north of the South Bend International Airport.


Don had a zeal for design and enjoyed every client he met. His enthusiasm was contagious and many great projects bear his creative expression.


Don leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Joanne W. Sporleder, fours sons: Jonathon, Paul, Todd and Joshua, and one daughter, Elizabeth, and many many grandchildren.

Don will be dearly missed and never forgotten.



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North Point Orthopaedics breaks ground

on $10 million medical office that

quadruples its space

Northwest Indiana Times


posted Dec. 30, 2019, 5:10pm by Brendan Crumlish


[Crumlish & Crumlish Architects, Inc is 

Design Consultant to new medical building] 



MUNSTER — North Point Orthopaedics broke ground Friday [December 13, 2019], on a new $10 million medical office building in Munster that will more than quadruple its space.

Doctors Gregory McComis, Nick Pandhi, John Rachoy, Brian Evanson and David Harris are building the 25,000-square-foot facility at the site of the former Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home at 9445 Calumet Ave. It's five times as large at the 5,000-square-foot office they currently inhabit at Community Hospital in Munster.

"I was in sole practice for 12 years," McComis said. "Then these guys partnered with me. We have seven doctors, soon to be nine."North Point Orthopaedics has grown from having eight employees to 35 employees in the past 18 months. 

"We're affiliated with Community Hospital and provide about 90% of their orthopedic services," McComis said. "We're just trying to grow with them and they're growing rapidly also. We're trying to provide high quality care. Our health grade numbers are the best already. We try to provide personal care, which is rare in orthopedics."

The new facility will include a state-of-the-art physical therapy center that will include some equipment that's not currently available outside Chicago or Indianapolis, McComis said. It will offer urgent care, pediatric orthopedics, adult orthopedics, sports medicine, and spine care. It will be a full-service orthopedic center with diagnostic tools like X-rays and ultrasound.

Contractor Hasse Construction is expected to finish the build-out by September, and North Point Orthopaedics hopes to move into the new location in Munster by Oct. 1.

McComis said the new site had many benefits, including proximity to the hospital, frontage on a highly trafficked road and access from both Calumet Avenue and Columbia Avenue. "Obviously with the hospital this is becoming a medical corridor," McComis said. "We're right in the middle of that corridor and hope to be the crown jewel."

Pandhi said the two-story building was specifically designed to be convenient for orthopedic patients and it will be completely wheelchair-accessible.

"There will be easy drop-off and easy in-and-out," he said. "The physical therapy will be in the northeast corner where there will be nice windows overlooking the street. There will be a separate entrance so instead of having to walk through the parking and the building they can just walk in the back side. It's designed with amenities like that."

Nurse Practitioner Julie Pruim said North Point Orthopaedics would remain focused on improving patients' quality of life. "We're dedicated to restoring people to active lifestyles," she said.

For more information, call 219-836-1060 or visit


Executive Blueprint Reading Courses

posted Aug 21, 2016, 9:18 AM by Brendan Crumlish   [ updated Aug 21, 2016, 9:20 AM ]




Crumlish & Crumlish Architects is now offering Executive Blueprint Reading Courses! Short, 3-hour course covers the basic fundamentals of blueprint reading for anyone wishing to learn how to understand construction basics with blueprints. Confidential courses are taught in our offices, or at your location (for an additional fee). Blueprint materials are provided. Courses are offered quarterly, for a fee of $40 per person. Classes are limited to 4 people at a time. Contact us to find out when the next class is being offered.

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