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Principal, President

Mike De Rouin

Mike has spent 33 years at FitzGerald, leading strategic design for diverse projects including mixed-use developments, multifamily, commercial, office, retail, industrial and parking facilities. He has repurposed obsolete buildings, overseeing projects exceeding $5 billion in construction costs, generating over $800 billion in value. With a background in both architecture and engineering, he prioritizes sustainable design for healthy communities. As a seasoned professional problem solver, Mike understands the complexities of permitting, zoning, ever-changing codes, and the landscape of commercial and residential development across all cities FitzGerald designs and how to navigate past them.

Mike offers consultancy and mentorship within and outside the workplace, contributing to various initiatives and competitions. Over the years guiding and mentoring students at Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, and Colorado NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and volunteering as a Troop Leader for his local Boy Scout Troops.


Bachelor of Architecture in Design & Bachelor of Architecture in Structures, University of Illinois Chicago

Center for Creative Leadership: Leadership at the Peak


Licensed Architect – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia

NCARB Certified

Registered Energy Professional, City of Chicago

Past President, Construction Specifications Institute, Chicago Chapter


Chicago Loop Alliance

Construction Specifications Institute

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats

Lambda Alpha International

Building Enclosure Council


33 Years @ FitzGerald

35 Years @ Total