Staff Happenings

Jose Esquinca Promoted to Design Associate

By | August 1, 2017 | Staff Happenings | No Comments

Jose BUZZJose Esquinca, a Designer at UrbanWorks since 2014, has been promoted to Design Associate. His new duties include overseeing the design aspects of projects, ensuring that the vision of our Principals and Project Architects translate seamlessly to the page. Congratulations Jose!

EJ Fernandez Joins UrbanWorks

By | August 7, 2017 | Staff Happenings | No Comments

EJ BuzzUrbanWorks is pleased to welcome EJ Fernandez to our team as Project Coordinator / Designer. EJ comes to UrbanWorks with over six years of professional design and project management experience, with a portfolio ranging from residential to commercial, institutional and higher-education. He is passionate about holistic design, the cultural aspects of architecture and its social impact. Prior to joining UrbanWorks, he served as an Architectural Designer/Job Captain + Project Manager at an architecture firm in Culver City, CA. EJ will focus on continuing project and design excellence for the firm’s non-profit and higher education clients. Welcome, EJ!

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Tej Volunteers at USGBC Green Homes Tour

By | July 23, 2017 | Community, Staff Happenings, Tours | No Comments

Tej USGBC BuzzUrbanWorks’ Sustainability Coordinator, Tej Varpe, volunteered for the USGBC Illinois Chapter Green Built Home Tour of +Plus House in Pilsen on Saturday, July 22. +Plus Houses are affordable, LEED Certified homes. Eleven High Performance Green Homes were featured, including those with high efficiency envelopes, foam insulated foundation, smart furnaces, CarbonCure concrete and radon venting. Each +Plus House was also solar ready.

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UrbanWorks Welcomes Summer Interns

By | August 11, 2017 | Community, Staff Happenings | No Comments

InternsCPS CTE Intern Elynn Jensen, One Summer Chicago/Vamos Intern Oscar Hernandez, College Intern Corinth Jackson and High School Interns Alexis Roldan and Gabriella Finch were introduced to the field of architecture. The UrbanWorks Summer Interns attended meetings, visited projects under construction, and assisted with project drawings and material selections.

UrbanWorks participated as Mentor Sponsors for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s One Summer Chicago program, which “brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer over employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24” and Host Firm for the Chicago Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) College Prep Program which gives “ hands-on training and real world experience through internships”.

(Top Row: Gabriella Finch, Corinth Jackson Middle Row: Alexis Roldan, Elynn Jensen Bottom Row: Oscar Hernandez)

Ann Panopio Joins the Advisory Board of Girls 4 Science

By | June 14, 2017 | Community, Professional Development, Staff Happenings | No Comments

Girls4scienceBUZZAnn Panopio joins the Advisory Board of Girls 4 Science, an organization dedicated to enhancing (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math literacy to 10-18 year old girls through hands-on laboratory and field experiences. Girls 4 Science is making science a reality for over 500 young women in the Chicagoland area. It is Chicago’s only all-girls science initiative in a peer-to-peer environment of encouragement. Go Ann!

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Maria Pellot to Volunteer for Youth + Architecture Event

By | April 11, 2017 | Community, Staff Happenings | No Comments

Maria BUZZMaria Pellot will be volunteering at “Folding, Fanning, Flying and Forming”, a Youth + Architecture event produced by AIA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. The program, held at the SAIC Ballroom on April 26th, and led by Linda Keane, AIA, founder of and Professor of Architecture + Environmental Design at SAIC, will explore paper patterns, geometry, engineering and biomimicry for approximately fifty 6th grade girls.

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Patricia Saldaña Natke Joins the CWAF Board

By | February 16, 2017 | Staff Happenings | No Comments

Pat CWA BUZZPatricia Saldaña Natke, UrbanWorks’ founding partner, has joined the board of the Chicago Women in Architecture Foundation (CWAF). “Chicago Women in Architecture Foundation is a not-for-profit that supports the mission of CWA by funding the yearly Scholarship award, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Institute of Chicago Lecture Series in addition to numerous educational and networking events through the year. ” Scholarships are awarded to female students in their last year of studies based on the most outstanding Design Studio Project submissions. Pat has been a member of CWA since 1986 and previously served as its President.

Ann Panopio Promoted to Studio Director/Project Architect

By | January 5, 2017 | Professional Development, Staff Happenings | No Comments

Ann BUZZAnn Panopio, formerly a Project Manager at UrbanWorks, has been promoted to Studio Director/Project Architect. As Studio Director, she coordinates, manages and mentors the staff, ensuring projects are collaborative. She is focused on project teams delivering exemplary work. As Project Architect, she continues to work directly on the design, production and delivery of our wide-ranging projects, identifying innovative solutions to complex design solutions. Congratulations, Ann!

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UrbanWorks Featured at UofC Professional Services Symposium

By | November 18, 2016 | Lectures/Presentations, Staff Happenings | No Comments

UofC Prof Serv Symp BUZZ2UrbanWorks was a Featured Partner Firm as part of the University of Chicago’s 8th Annual Professional Services Symposium. The event, held by the University’s Office of Business Diversity, is an opportunity for senior leaders at the University to network and build sustainable relationships with minority and women owned firms.  In a “Fireside Chat” between NBC5 Chicago’s Marion Brooks and UofC President Robert J. Zimmer, the President affirmed the University’s commitment to a diverse professional services vendor pool by saying, “Diversity and Inclusion-we need to do more, not less.”

UrbanWorks Staff Serve as Design Facilitators for CMAP’s Big Ideas Forum

By | November 3, 2016 | Panels, Staff Happenings | No Comments

Pat Maria Ann BUZZUrbanWorks’ Maria Pellot, Ann Panopio, and Patricia Saldaña Natke participated in CMAP’s Big Ideas Forum: Designing the Future- Gen X and Millennials in 2050. By 2050, metropolitan Chicago’s senior population is expected to double. CMAP, Enterprise Community Partners, and Lifetime Communities Collaborative held a panel discussion on technology, design, and development. Panelists included Shelley Stern Gach from Microsoft and Matthew Phillips from Senior Lifestyle. UrbanWorks’ Associate Principal, Maria Pellot, and Project Manager, Ann Panopio, were Design Facilitators for the afternoon interactive Design Charrettes where real-life projects explored design solutions and provided technical assistance.

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