Staff

Ellen F. Stoner / AIA, LEED AP / Architect / Principal

As the founder of AltusWorks, Ellen leads a team of diverse professionals in the holistic approach to the restoration and rehabilitation of existing and historic structures. Through Ellen’s profound understanding of historic and new building materials, technologies and systems, AltusWorks excels at problem solving related to the complexities of working with existing and historic structures. With such expertise, Ellen facilitates the implementation of a variety of projects from facility assessments and program management to additions, building renovation and restoration, envelope repair, and adaptive reuse.

Scott Utter / LEED AP / Architect / Associate

At AltusWorks, Scott strives to provide innovative, technically sound resolutions to problems inherent in existing and historic buildings. Scott brings knowledge of building materials, rehabilitation techniques, and adaptive reuse to each project. His understanding of building pathologies and renovation methods as well as the complexities of integrating new building systems, provides clients a comprehensive approach to their various architectural and historic preservation project needs.

A. Joakim Bäckström / AIA, LEED AP / Architect

Joakim (Joa) offers a diverse project experience in new construction and additions, augmenting AltusWorks with his technical knowledge and innovative ideas. Joakim has designed and managed a wide range of project types including commercial, residential, and religious, with specific focus on retail in Sweden, France, Canada, and throughout the United States. He succeeds in implementing efficient documentation systems that clearly communicate each project’s goals resulting in better return on Owner’s investment. Joakim has successfully managed projects executed in BIM for over five years.

Kylie Fitzgerald / Business Manager

Kylie manages AltusWorks’ financial and business administration functions including office operations, human resources and accounting/billing activities. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in interior design, Kylie found her calling in the business and financial aspect of our industry.  Her attention to detail, superior organizational skills, and focus on both internal resources and external clients and partners makes her instrumental in our advancement.

David R. Periolat / Architectural Designer

David approaches each project collaboratively to ensure the highest quality results. David has been responsible for the planning, design, and construction administration for new construction and interior renovations of residential, educational, and commercial projects. With a focused attention to detail and an understanding of building systems and integration, he fosters strong working relationships with clients and the construction team and has the capability to successfully manage various project needs.

Katherine Pohl / Architectural Designer

Katherine earned her Master’s Degree in Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from SAIC, gaining a knowledge of historic and contemporary building design and technology.  Her experience consists of completing documents and models from predesign to construction as well as historic assessment and report preparation. Her attention to detail is exemplified by accurate architectural restoration and adaptive reuse plans, comprehensive archival research and creatively written historic structures and assessment reports.

Joyce I. Ramos / LEED AP BD+C / Architect

Impassioned by historic preservation, Joyce has experience in condition assessments, documentation, building research and report writing. She is involved in all phases of work including planning, design and construction, coordinating with consultants and contractors. Through her experience and passion for historic buildings, she has a strong knowledge in material conservation, restoration and adaptive reuse. Joyce is a registered architect having earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Simoné J. Ray / Architect

Simoné discovered a love of construction development using salvaged materials during her studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which lead to focusing her architectural attention toward the discipline of Renovation and all its acute challenges. Her experience in both new construction and renovation includes delivering commercial, educational, religious and multi-family residential projects.

Kelsey Shipton / Architectural Designer

With a background in both Architecture and Historic Preservation, Kelsey has a strong understanding of historic buildings and building materials.  Her experience includes condition assessments, Historic American Bio;dong Survey and Engineering Record measured drawings, preparing tax credit application documents, hands-on millwork restoration and assisting with and spearheading historic resource surveys.   Kelsey’s experience with analytical observation and her innate attention to detail provide her with a discerning eye which, combined with her enthusiasm and appreciation for all things historic, keep her poised to successfully observe and document existing conditions and recommend appropriate, sympathetic repair and restoration solutions.