We are thrilled Carolyn Isaacson has rejoined the AltusWorks team after exploring her passion for sustainable community based design. While earning her Master of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans, Carolyn gained a deep understanding of community engagement, contextual design, and small-scale construction. Through this exploration, Carolyn discovered that she thrives in a collaborative setting and the challenges of adaptive and reusing existing structures. She has worked on projects ranging from mixed use residential and education to retail projects, with extensive knowledge of BIM software and a strong interest in how technology helps move design forward.Read full entry »
This local screech owl witnessed the presentation of Friends of the River’s River Blue Awards at their annual Big Fish Ball honoring river sensitive design. A Green Ribbon Award went to Metropolitan Brewing, Prairie Management and Development and their design teams.
AltusWorks is thrilled to have helped Tracy and Doug Hurst translate their vision into a reality at their Rockwell Brewery and Taproom.
AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Chelsea Medek has joined our team.
Chelsea’s experience in restoration and rehabilitation of building envelopes for residential and commercial buildings has refined her skills in architectural design and detail, historical research, site inspections and field documentation, preparation of construction documents, cost estimating, and project management. Her background and passion for historic preservation inspires her to provide inventive solutions to preserve and sustain our built environment. Chelsea’s and other AltusWorks staff bios can be found at http://www.altusworks.com/firm/staff/. Read full entry »
The current issue of APT Bulletin, the Journal of Preservation Technology, focuses on the restoration of modern architecture and features an article authored by Kelsey Shipton and Scott Utter of AltusWorks. The article outlines the analysis and restoration of Walter Netsch’s Art and Architecture Building located on University of Illinois’ Chicago campus. The article summarizes their presentation made at the Association of Preservation Technology International’s conference last fall and provides insight into the restoration approaches available for late modern architecture. The preservation of buildings from the late modern and brutalist era (1950’s – mid 1970’s) is an emerging discussion as building owners strive to meet energy performance goals, address failures of experimental design detailing and learn to cherish the underappreciated aesthetic. Read full entry »
AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Joyce Ramos has joined our team. As a preservation architect, 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. Read full entry »
Recognized for our unique combination of analytical skills, depth of technical knowledge and flexibility to take on a wide variety of concurrent assignments, AltusWorks has been selected by the University of Illinois to act as their on-call Historic Preservation Architect.
We look forward to assisting the university from which many of us received our professional education with meeting their commitment to protecting and enhancing their cultural and architectural historic resources. Read full entry »
On June 14, 2017, Joakim (Joa) Bäckström was inducted into the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society focused on land-use economics for his outstanding contribution ‘to advancing architecture and design that positively influence civic life and transforms communities regionally and internationally’.
Congratulations to Gary Gulley and Alarmist Brewing —- the Taproom is OPEN!
Led by Joakim (Joa) Backstrom and his passion for good beer, AltusWorks is honored to be a part of our client’s growth. Located near Pulaski and Peterson in an adapted industrial building, stop by and sample Alarmist’s Pantless Pale Ale, Phobophobia Patersbier and more………..
AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Kelsey Shipton has joined the board of the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley (PPFV), a historic preservation advocacy and educational group based out of St. Charles, Illinois. The Preservation Partners operate three house museums and provide heritage education programs and tours throughout the Tri-Cities and Kane County.
Passionately investing in her community, Kelsey will support the organization’s mission and will be involved in assisting with the planning and implementation of PPFV’s many programs. For more information about the Preservation Partners, please visit https://ppfv.org/Read full entry »