Historic Bradley House = 563 Design’s Home

As of November 1, 2018 563 Design’s new home is The Historic Bradley House at 1268 Locust Street. This restored Italianate mansion was owned and built in 1872 by William L. Bradley, designed by renowned architect, Fredolin Herr. The Bradley House stayed in the Bradley family for several decades, eventually became a boarding house, then an antique shop, and now after an extensive restoration…is home the McCready family and 563 Design.

As we approach our 2nd year in business as 563 Design, we are more inspired than ever in our restored Victorian space. The mixture of old and new materials, large and small details, and Italianate architecture meets modern furnishings has us refreshed with new ideas and fresh energy.

We look forward to serving our clients and the community through this restored space!

BEFORE & AFTER our restoration at 1268 Locust Street.

BEFORE & AFTER our restoration at 1268 Locust Street.

Happy 1st Anniversary!

It is with great appreciation and gratitude we celebrate turning 1 today! This year has been full of joy, nervousness, exhaustion, and overwhelming satisfaction. This venture into business ownership has brought us the hardest but truly best year of our lives. We have had the privilege of working with the most incredible clients and the most inspiring projects we've ever had. 

We can't wait to see what our 2nd year brings. Our hearts are full, our minds are inspired, and our outlook is positive.

 If we have worked with you this year, THANK YOU! If we haven't... can we? Now booking for projects to begin in late summer :)

Here's a look at our 1st year...

Selser Schaefer Architects Dubuque transitions to 563 Design


DUBUQUE, Iowa. (January 30, 2017) – Selser Schaefer Architects’ branch office in Dubuque, under the direct leadership of Andrew and Emily McCready, will transition to 563 Design, PLLC.

“Our entrepreneurial dreams are becoming reality! When we relocated from Tulsa to Dubuque in 2013, Selser Schaefer Architects came along with us to form the firm’s first and only branch office. Our partnership has been incredible; we have built a strong and successful Dubuque business together. Now it is time to emerge into the business of architecture on our own as 563 Design,” said Emily McCready.

The McCreadys' new business will remain in the same location on 240 West 2nd Street and continue working with their Dubuque area clients. “Opening the Dubuque office was a proud day for us,” said Janet Selser, president of Selser Schaefer Architects. “As an entrepreneur myself, to watch Andrew and Emily take on this opportunity and bring it to this level of success has been outstanding. Separating our business ties will be a sad day for the Selser Schaefer Architects family, but we are all in full support of 563 Design and couldn’t have imagined a better outcome of our collaboration.”

“We are so excited to build a brand all our own,” said McCready. “We are ready to be business owners and to deepen our investment in the Dubuque community. That’s why we chose the name, 563 Design. Our name puts into perspective our roots, our inspiration, and our passion.”

Appreciating Eagle Point Park Architecture

Andrew and Emily were part of the planning for an event featuring Alfred Caldwell, architect for Dubuque's iconic Eagle Point Park. In conjunction with Heritage Works, The City of Dubuque, and Dubuque Museum of Art, we hosted a free event for the public to learn about the architectural style, the park's colorful history, and an architecture inspired craft for kids. 

Read more about the event here - http://www.telegraphherald.com/news/features/article_85665fa1-b5e5-58cf-97a3-ad47e354d21a.html

All ages participated in this Prairie Style architecture inspired craft.

All ages participated in this Prairie Style architecture inspired craft.

Love for Design Begins Early

#littledesigner is our daughter, age 4. She is thoughtful, kind, creative, and intelligent. She also spents A LOT of time designing, creating art, and thinking about how things are made. Our #littledesigner blog series will capture some of those moments throughout her childhood where we see the beauty of her exploration of the world of design. 


#littledesigner and her dream dog

#littledesigner and her dream dog

Rising Star: Emily McCready

So this award was a HUGE honor. Not only was in in awe of all those that were recognized along with me, but also of those that had come before me. Here is a recap of my interview and feel free to click on the link to read about all the other amazing awardees.

Rising Star 2016: Emily McCready


Nicki Kohl, Biz Times, Photographer

Nicki Kohl, Biz Times, Photographer

Job title/occupation/place of employment: Business development, Selser Schaefer Architects.

Volunteer activities: Board member for Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA, Matter, Mercy Health Foundation, Rotary Club of Dubuque, volunteer for Women’s Leadership Network, Dubuque Museum of Art, Bridge Christian Community Church, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, Dubuque Jaycees and T-ball coach.

Education: Bachelor of arts in business administration, emphasis in marketing, National University in San Diego.

Family: Husband, Andrew; daughter, Johanna, 4.

Person most inspirational to me and why: Janet Selser, co-founder of our firm, Selser Schaefer Architects, has been my most influential mentor. She is innovative, intelligent, easy to talk to and tireless. Her passion and focus are unmatched and I learn from her constantly.

Favorite thing to do outside of work: Be a wife and mother, volunteer, garden, plan our historic house renovation, gather at Pepper Sprout with good friends and family, and spend time with my church family.

One word to describe me: Determined.

What’s one thing that most people would be surprised to know about you: We are working toward renovating our historic home downtown with the dedicated purpose of filling it with more children, exchange students and to gather people as often as possible.

Greatest fear: That I will someday become complacent and stop trying to make the world a better place.

What’s the one thing you are most passionate about in your life: I strive to bring people together to solve problems, fill needs and bring dreams to reality.