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.

UrbanWorks Published in “New American Architecture, Global Design + Urbanism XVI” Book

By | February 9, 2017 | Publications | No Comments

New American Architecture BUZZ2UrbanWorks’ Galewood Elementary School is now featured in the book “New American Architecture, Global Design + Urbanism XVI”. The 130 cutting edge new works of architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture reveal new design directions by some of today’s foremost practitioners.  Featured works include new skyscrapers, mid-rise housing, museums, cultural institutions, performing art centers, libraries, colleges and schools, affordable housing, private residences, and interiors.

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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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Panelist Patricia Saldaña Natke at AIA Build America Summit

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Pat AIA Summit BuzzPatricia Saldaña Natke, UrbanWorks’ Principal, will participate in an AIA panel discussion titled “Opportunities, Obstacles and Economics” at the Build America Summit, held in New York City on November 30, 2016. The summit, hosted by the American Institute of Architects on November 29th and 30th, will serve as “a critical conversation to renew and rebuild America’s social infrastructure—the public buildings and spaces that are the heart of our communities” and will conclude with “recommendations to the incoming Presidential administration and elected officials across the country.” Other panelists include Kermit Baker, Chief Economist of the AIA and Christopher Leinberger, Chair for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University. Moderated by Alan Greenberger, Drexel University Distinguished Professor, Department of Architecture & Interiors, Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.

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Pablo Jones Joins UrbanWorks

By | October 26, 2016 | Staff Happenings | No Comments

PabloUrbanWorks is pleased to welcome Pablo Jones to our team as Project Manager.  Pablo brings over a decade of architectural design, site planning, code review and project management experience to the firm. His design philosophy of synthesizing complex design challenges into simple, yet functional and elegant spaces has been reflected in a portfolio spanning a variety of sectors, including medical, industrial, commercial, mid-rise residential, restaurant, single-family housing, office interiors and sound abatement. Prior to joining UrbanWorks, Pablo served as a Senior Project Manager at a commercial architecture firm here in Chicago.

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Robert Natke to Present at NeoCon East

By | September 21, 2016 | Lectures/Presentations, Panels | No Comments

NeoCon BuzzRobert Natke, UrbanWorks’ Principal, will present “It’s Not Business As Usual: Academic Places Go Through Compression and Change Providing Design Challenges and Successes” at NeoCon East on November 9, 2016. NeoCon East is the “premier design expo and conference for interiors on the East Coast” and will include 25+ CEU seminars and 200+ exhibitors over two days, November 9th and 10th, in Philadelphia, PA. Rob will be joined by Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, owner & principal at INSYNC Education Research + Design, in a discussion moderated by Dr. Holly Cline, professor and department of design chair at Radford University.

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UrbanWorks’ Galewood Elementary School Wins a 2016 American Architecture Award

By | September 20, 2016 | Awards, Exhibits | No Comments

Galewood LibraryGalewood Elementary School in Chicago was one of 74 buildings awarded the 2016 American Architecture Award. This award program, organized by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, highlights “the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects in the U.S. and abroad and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States,” and includes projects of every type, from skyscrapers to parks. This year’s awards program will culminate in an Awards Presentation/Gala Dinner in Chicago, an exhibition of winning projects in Athens, Greece and the publication of all winning projects in New American Architecture, published by Metropolitan Arts Press.

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UrbanWorks Joins Architects Advocate

By | August 23, 2016 | Community | No Comments

Logo Banner - GraphicUrbanWorks is proud to join 68 design firms as part of Architects Advocate. We support the group’s mission statement that “As architects dedicated to healthy and livable communities, and guided by scientific consensus and reason, we advocate for action on Climate Change.” Architects Advocate seeks to design “healthy spaces and livable cities” as well as speaking out publicly on the issues and enacting “meaningful legislation to mitigate Climate Change.”

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