site specific



am·bi·ent /ˈambēənt/ relating to the immediate surroundings of something.

Site Planning

  • Site Development, PUD and Town Planning
  • Urban Corridor Improvements
  • Campus Site Planning
  • Parks, Nature Preserve and Trailway Layout


  • Modern / Minimalist New Homes and Cabins
  • Micro-Housing / Micro-Dwelling / Modular
  • Home Offices / Multi-Generational Retrofits
  • Architecturally Seamless Barrier-free Upgrades

Sustainable Businesses

  • Farm-to-Table Restaurants / Breweries
  • Handmade / All-Natural / Organic Retail
  • Renewable Energy Focus
  • Off-the-Grid / Net-Zero Goals

Public/Civic Buildings

  • Museums & Art Galleries
  • Park Buildings / Pavilions
  • Amphitheaters / Performance Space
  • Monuments

Recent Work

about me

Kendall College of Art and Design Article on Ambient Architecture

25 Years of Design Experience

Licensed Architect – State of Michigan

LEED Accredited Professional

What I do:

deliver: Provide full service turn-key Architectural design delivery including Civil/Site Planning, Landscaping, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Interior Design packages by engaging with my trusted consultants.

create: Specializing in minimalist and modern new developments, commercial buildings, homes and cabins. Providing artistic and creative design solutions that create spaces that belong and are at one with the natural and man-made environment.

preserve: Historic preservation when appropriate, architecturally sympathetic remodeling and adaptive reuse projects.

include: Integrated Barrier-Free Universal Design Practices; zero-step and Aging-In-Place Principles.

sustain: Ambient Architecture maintains the core belief that the preservation of our natural resources, responsible use of energy, and the use of healthy building materials are important elements in every project. I can provide assistance with obtaining several different sustainable building certifications, including providing US Green Building Council LEED Administration for your project.

deviate: Alternative Construction Methods welcomed including ICF’s, SIP’s, Precast or Cast-in-place Concrete, Modular, Heavy Timber Frame or Berm Homes. I welcome the most difficult and complicated site design challenges.

Helping to make the seemingly impossible, possible.

-Brad Shiel, AIA, LEED AP

Get in Touch

3508 Bird Ave NE Grand Rapids MI 49525