Tyson and Billy Architects celebrates 96 years of continuous practice under our current President, Ronald G. Billy, Jr., AIA, LEED AP BD+C.

Tyson and Billy Architects is one of the oldest continuing architectural practices in the Midwest. We service clients nationwide and hold the status of being a licensed design firm in Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. The firm is among the most seasoned and creative architectural design studios in the country, commanding a national portfolio of diverse projects, characterized by originality, innovative economy and rich expression. Each project is directed towards giving clients satisfying service and providing users with a highly functional and attractive environment.

Clear communication between client and architect is an important element of the architectural process. Tyson and Billy Architects considers the client’s active involvement to be a vital contributing factor to every project’s success. We start the dialogue at the initial interview and continue it through all phases of the budgeting, design and construction work until final on-site inspections and the post occupancy interview. All meetings are documented and, especially during design development, frequent reviews are encouraged. Throughout the process, from conception to occupancy, firm principals always remain intimately involved.

Ronald G. Billy, Jr., AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Bruce G. Tyson


Beginning in 1919 as the practice of noted Northern Illinois architect, Jesse A. Barloga, the firm has flourished under the direction of five presidents since then, each contributing their own styles and philosophies to the firm’s legacy. Jesse A. Barloga concentrated on many areas of architecture from single family homes to commercial projects and defined the city of Rockford’s skyline with the News Tower and West High School.

Raymond S. Knowland, AIA, who headed the firm from 1947-1979, excelled in industrial and residential designs. He also designed projects in Great Britain and Japan.

Thomas A. Smith, AIA, president from 1979-1989, established a high standard for the firm’s commercial work using modern design concepts.

Bruce G. Tyson, AIA, president from 1989-2008, came to the firm in 1969 and became a principal in 1973. Under his leadership, the firm has expanded from its Illinois base to opening an office in Estero, Florida, increasing its experience in all facets of building, including a special interest in NFP (not-for-profit) clients. His vision has enabled the firm to continue to grow as a leader in housing, educational and religious facilities, creating socially significant architectural works.

The current president of the firm, Ronald G. Billy, Jr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, became a partner in 1997 and president in 2009. His vibrant design concepts incorporate contemporary ideas and styles ranging from single family homes to assisted living facilities. Mr. Billy is a licensed architect in the states of Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Kansas. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and is LEED AP BD+C certified.

Thomas A. Smith

Raymond S. Knowland

Jesse A. Barloga