September Staff News

FitzGerald Associates Architects and independent practitioner Stella Nicolet, AIA, LEED AP BD C, CCS, CCCA, (pictured left) have joined forces on several major proposed projects. Ms. Nicolet specializes in the design of high performance learning environments, medical facilities and other public, heavily-subscribed spaces. For over 15 years, Ms. Nicolet has worked on a wide range of new building and renovation projects both in the Midwest and on the East Coast, and has substantial experience and demonstrable expertise with architect-led design/build project delivery for public clients.
Ms. Nicolet excels at quickly defining and prioritizing the needs of complex, politically-sensitive client groups, then formulating consensus-based solutions that honor both their aspirations and the realities of budget and schedule. Ms. Nicolet has a special interest in the practical applications of sustainable initiatives in schools, health facilities and other public institutional buildings. She has authored articles on procuring financing for green initiatives and utilizing green building features in classroom learning.
Ms. Nicolet is a member of the American Institute of Architects, USGBC Green Schools Committee, Council of Educational Facility Planners International, and Illinois Association of School Business Officials. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Yun Tong, FitzGerald Associates Project Architect and Senior Urban Planner, was recently awarded the 2010 CCIM Chicago Chapter scholarship for her school work at the Master of Science in Real Estate program at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in DePaul University. Previously Ms. Tong was the recipient of the Wurtzebach Travel Scholarship to go to the ULI Fall Convention in Washington DC in October.
FitzGerald Associates Project Architect Kurtis Morton recently earned his M.S. in Real Estate from Roosevelt University.
“Pursuing my MSRE while continuing to work full time was challenging,” Kurt said, “but the experience was rewarding. I was able to draw parallels between my work and my studies, and I feel better prepared to serve our clients’ needs and meet project goals.”
Managing Principal Patrick FitzGerald, himself a graduate of Roosevelt, said, “We are very proud of Kurt’s accomplishment. In our continuing efforts to provide continuing education opportunities for our employees Kurtis took full advantage of the firm’s resources. We believe he will be of more value to our clients in the future.”
Kurt is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois.