The GREC Team


We are a team of architects, designers, and planners who value collaboration, innovation, and efficient solutions.

Don Copper

Don Copper

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Don Copper

Don Copper was raised in Baltimore and graduated from the architecture school at Virginia Tech, with one year of study at the Architectural Association in London. Don has lived and practiced architecture in Chicago since 1981, and received his Illinois professional license in 1986. Following design and project management roles in offices such as Murphy/Jahn and Destefano+Partners, Don became a Principal with GREC in 1999, with the goal of delivering large-scale projects within a boutique studio environment. Don is the liaison at GREC with the Chicago Studio program of the Virginia Tech architecture school, wherein the firm hosts students each semester, and Don visits Blacksburg regularly as a professional mentor.

A life-long visual artist, Don’s paintings, drawings and prints are shown regularly, and are in many private collections throughout the country. Don is involved with many visual and performing arts organizations in Chicago, and has served as Board Chair of Famous Door Theater.

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GREC Lifestyle GREC Lifestyle David Ervin

David Ervin

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David Ervin

David Ervin was born and raised in utopian Reston, Virginia, and holds a professional degree from the architecture school at Virginia Tech. Prior to moving to Chicago in 1989, David designed suburban office buildings in Northern Virginia. In Chicago, David was a charter staff member of DeStefano+Partners, where he designed large commercial projects locally and in Barcelona, before becoming a Principal with GREC in 1999. David has led projects for some of GREC’s most prestigious clients, including United Airlines and McDonald’s Corporation. Under David’s leadership, the collaborative studio environment of GREC has taken shape and flourished.

David holds professional licenses in Illinois and New York.

David’s commitment to community involvement includes non-profit Board tenures with the Evanston Art Center and the Waldorf School of Chicago.

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Greg Randall

Greg Randall

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Greg Randall

Greg Randall was born and raised in Milwaukee, and earned his professional degree at University of Wisconsin, with a certificate from Ricardo Bofill’s Taller de Arquitectura in Barcelona. Greg moved to Chicago in 1984 and received his Illinois professional license in 1987. In Chicago, Greg has designed and managed projects for Nagle Hartray, Himmel Bonner, Valerio DeWalt Train, and was a Principal with DeStefano+Partners before joining GREC in 2004. Greg has led the GREC team in commercial developments, resort and hospitality planning and design, mid- to high-density residential projects, and corporate interiors throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Greg has strong professional affiliations as a longstanding member of the American Institute of Architects, the International Interior Design Association, the Urban Land Institute and the US Green Building Council. Greg holds professional licenses in Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan and California.

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DENNIS DECAPRI

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DENNIS DECAPRI

Dennis DeCapri was raised in Richmond, Virginia and received his professional degree from the architecture school at Virginia Tech. Living in Chicago since 1982, Dennis has worked with Murphy/Jahn, O’Hare Associates, SOM, and has operated his own design and construction office. Dennis holds Illinois licenses as an architect and as a contractor. As the Principal in charge of construction for Piedmont Group, Dennis managed the development and construction of six major projects totaling more than 600,000 SF. Dennis joined his longtime friends and colleagues at GREC in 2009, where he has excelled in the design and management of large complex commercial and residential projects nationally and internationally.

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JANET OLSON

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JANET OLSON

Janet Olson was born and raised on the great plains of Nebraska, earning undergraduate and graduate architecture degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Following graduation, Janet moved to Chicago and worked with SOM and Gonzales Hasbrouck, joining GREC in 2004 and earning her Illinois professional license in 2011. Janet is an exemplary designer and project manager in both building and interior design, and has lead GREC projects nationally and internationally. A strong advocate of sustainable design and new urbanism, Janet is a member of the USGBC and GREC’s earliest LEED AP.

Janet is an active member of the community, serving on the Fundraising Board of Architreasures and the Building Committee of the historic Wicker Park Lutheran Church.

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RYAN VON DREHLE

RYAN VON DREHLE

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RYAN VON DREHLE

Ryan von Drehle was raised in Michigan and earned an undergraduate degree from Lawrence Technological University, a graduate architectural degree from the University of Michigan, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Upon moving to Chicago in 2002, Ryan joined GREC as a project designer, and has since been responsible for a number of the firm’s most acclaimed building and master planning projects. Ryan’s design management role incorporates a high aptitude for technical knowledge and design implementation, and serves him as a key mentor within the firm. He is an Illinois licensed architect.

Ryan is an active member of the community, serving with the mercy committee of Covenant Presbyterian Church, and donating design and construction services to local non-profit organizations such as Sunshine Gospel Ministries in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.

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Michael Berger

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Michael Berger

Born in Chicago, raised in Illinois and Oregon, Michael earned his M Arch degree from Tulane University in 1993, having studied in Venice and served as President of the Architecture School student body. Michael returned to Chicago to pursue a career in Interior Architecture and Design, and has earned a reputation as a leader in the field of corporate environments, executing projects for Clients such as Braintree, Rocket Fuel, Sara Lee, Uber and United Way. Michael joined GREC in 2015 as Director of Interior Design and Workplace Strategies.

Michael has strong ties with his community through his work with C.R.A.S.H. and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. He enjoys road trips with his wife and three children, and has run both the Chicago and Boston marathons.

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ELIZABETH FRAGOSO

ELIZABETH FRAGOSO

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ELIZABETH FRAGOSO

Elizabeth Fragoso is a Chicago native and second generation Mexican-American, with an architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Elizabeth worked in California on new construction projects for the US military. Elizabeth joined GREC in 2004 and is an exemplary project manager and technical coordinator, leading GREC teams and allied consultants through the development, documentation and construction phases of large and complex projects. Elizabeth has executed projects as diverse as residential towers, adaptive re-use of historic landmarks, hotel renovations and new public schools. Elizabeth holds an Illinois professional license as an architect.

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TOM REAGAN

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TOM REAGAN

Tom Reagan was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Cleveland and Chicago. He received an undergraduate degree in finance at Drake University, and an MBA in finance at the Keller School of Management. Tom served as Treasury Manager for Allied Van Lines in Chicago for seven years, and as the Assistant Treasurer for Chiquita brands in Chicago and Cincinnati for more than 12 years. Tom joined the GREC team in 2010 as Business Manager and Controller.

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Jason Stanley

Jason Stanley

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Jason Stanley

Another native Chicagoan, Jason, earned his Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, and is a licensed architect in Illinois. Jason spent thirty five years at Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP as a Senior Technical Coordinator, Studio Head for the Infrastructure Studio and as the Operations Manager for the Sustainable Engineering Studio. During his tenure at SOM, he led many AIA awarded projects. Locally these projects include the Chicago Symphony Center, State Street Renovation Project, Millennium Park Master Plan and Chicago Lakeside Master Plan. Abroad, Jason participated in the Canary Wharf Master Plan and Infrastructure in London, Jumeirah Gardens Master Plan in Dubai and the Beijing CBD and East Expansion Master Plan in Beijing. He has also worked on other international projects in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and South Korea. His breadth and depth of knowledge in coordination and construction documentation for projects, at both the building and city scale can be seen throughout his career at home and abroad.

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AARON KALFEN

AARON KALFEN

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AARON KALFEN

Aaron Kalfen was born in metropolitan Chicago, and received a graduate architecture degree from the University of Kansas, with a semester of study at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Aaron worked in Kansas City before moving to Chicago to join GREC in 2013. Aaron is an integral member of the design and production teams for some of the firm’s most prestigious projects, including ACE DTLA and Xavier Chicago.

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Adrienne Becht

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Adrienne Becht

Adrienne Becht was born in Wiesbaden, Germany. She has lived and worked across Europe while earning her Masters in Architecture from the Technical University of Darmstadt. While studying, she worked in Frankfurt on collaborative assignments with the State and U.S. Army Garisson Wiesbaden. She also had the opportunity to participate in several educational excursions to Brazil, Turkey, and France. During her travels, Adrienne enjoys exploring diversity in cultures, art, and design. Her most recent post was in Amsterdam where she worked on international design competition projects that took her to Zurich, Switzerland. Her artistic eye and international experience inspire her design aesthetic and offer the studio a new, unique perspective.

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Aleshia Schiller

Aleshia Schiller

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Aleshia Schiller

Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, Aleshia received her BS in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, with a Certificate in Business. While at UWM, she studied Chinese culture, design and Feng Shui at Peking University. After two years with design firms in Milwaukee, Aleshia relocated to Chicago to join the GREC team in 2015, where she specializes in programming, design and management of corporate workplace projects. Aleshia is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society.

Aleshia’s creative interests include photography, painting, sewing and sculpture, working with found objects and revitalizing discarded materials.

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Ali Tighe

Ali Tighe

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Ali Tighe

Ali is from Columbus, Ohio and graduated earned a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from Ohio University. She has a certification from the National Retail Federation in customer service and spent her time before GREC as a visual merchandiser in her home town. Ali recently moved to Chicago to pursue her interest in design and joined GREC in the summer of 2015. She excels in managing office operations, vendor communication and has helped the firm organize their ongoing education in the fields of materials and technology.

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Brian Turcza

Brian Turcza

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Brian Turcza

Brian Turcza grew up in the mid-west and earned his Bachelor of Architectural Science at University of Illinois and Master’s in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati. Brian received a Distinguished Research award for his master’s thesis which explored how the built environment affects behavior by either encouraging social interaction or promoting solace and introspection. He remains mindful of this consideration in his current work and past projects. Most notably, at his previous role with AECOM, Brian executed thoughtful design strategies for the Boston Logan Airport C2E Terminal by evaluating opportunities to enhance passenger experience. His focus on the end user is a vital perspective for his current role working on some of our newest residential and hospitality projects.

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Brittany Faulman

Brittany Faulman

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Brittany Faulman

Brittany was born in Chicago and raised in Nashville, where she graduated high school as an International Baccalaureate student. She recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture where she earned her Bachelors of Architecture and a minor in Real Estate. Brittany actually joined GREC in the summer of 2015 through the university’s professional co-op program. Through her studies, Brittany has traveled to Japan and Ireland.

Brittany has a passion for helping others, and volunteers with the ACE Mentor Program, Architecture by Children, Habitat for Humanity, the Make–A-Wish Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club.

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Cameron Laabs

Cameron Laabs

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Cameron Laabs

Cameron studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture. He spent a year studying abroad in France at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles. Prior to joining GREC, Cameron worked on many notable projects including the ConAgra Foods Headquarters, which was named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Crain’s Coolest Offices in 2016. Cameron’s detail-focused design process emphasizes technology to create optimal user experience and efficiency in the workplace. He also experiments representing designs using alternate forms of visualization to provide clients with a more intimate understanding of their new spaces. He is the force behind many technological advancements at the firm to promote efficiency, capitalize on innovation and maintain client satisfaction.

He volunteers teaching SCUBA while training to be a Divemaster and will happily explore the oceans with you.

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Charles Chambers

Charles Chambers

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Charles Chambers

Charles was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and holds a B Arch from Kent State University in 2003. Charles has lived and practiced in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Chicago, joining the GREC team in 2014. As a project designer and project manager, he has expertise in large commercial, institutional, residential and mixed-use projects, both domestic and international. Charles is a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008.

Charles maintains a strong relationship with academia and architectural education, regularly serving as a mentor and juror to students of IIT, University of Illinois and Virginia Tech. He is an avid 4-season cyclist.

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Chris Emens

Chris Emens

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Chris Emens

Chris was born and raised in Winter Springs, Florida and received a Bachelor of Design in Architecture (2005) from the University of Florida, and M Arch from the University of Texas at Austin (2009). Chris is a member of the AIA, a LEED Accredited Professional (GA), and holds a professional license in the state of Florida. Chris has practiced in Florida, Texas, and New York City prior to joining the GREC team in 2015. He has developed an expertise in the design and technical management of large residential and mixed-use projects.

Chris is passionate about materials, and fabricates furniture of his own design, working primarily in metal and wood.

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Daniel Cot

Daniel Cot

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Daniel Cot

Daniel was born and raised in Catalonia Spain, and earned his B Arch and M Arch degrees from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – Barcelona (2013), with one year of study at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Daniel has worked in offices in Spain and Switzerland prior to joining the GREC team in 2015. Dani is committed to the conviction that Architecture must address functional and aesthetic challenges at all scales, from the urban context to the detail. Dani is a photographer who focuses on people and buildings; and he is an avid skier.

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Janeen Harrell

Janeen Harrell

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Janeen Harrell

Janeen Harrell earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University, and Master of Arts in Interior Design from Cornell University with a specialization in sustainable and regenerative design. She prioritizes sustainable solutions when collaborating with her clients to realize their visions. As a member of the AIA 2030 Working Group and AIA Illinois and Chicago Board of Directors, Janeen leads the firm’s ongoing education in environmental and sustainable design initiatives and strategies. Janeen provides exemplary project management and technical expertise in workplace design, and large-scale institutional and civic developments. She appreciates the opportunities she has had to work in a variety of industries, including affordable housing, corporate interiors, and hospitality which have allowed her to understand and design for a diverse set of user needs. Janeen is also a member and volunteer at the National Organization of Minority Architects and works to inspire and mentor local youth. She also has a passion for dancing and has been practicing, and competing, in many styles since childhood.

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Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green

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Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green is another Wisconsin native at GREC Architects with over twenty eight years’ experience. He is an alum of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, where he was later recognized as a Graduate of the Last Decade. As a registered architect, he is an active member of the AIA and participates with the organization as an opportunity to exchange ideas and further the practices in experiential design. Jeremy engages his passion for art with architecture as a go to renderings guru. He has brought this perspective to many of his past projects including the Caterpillar World Headquarters in Peoria, Illinois, where his artful eye blended the incoming office facility with the urban redevelopment of the town.His attention to detail was also of great advantage when he led the final building stages of the Microsoft Office location in Downers Grove, Illinois where he was able to lend his expertise to the flawless finishing of each detail. As a Wisconsinite, Jeremy enjoys exploring his natural talents as a brew master. When not sourcing hops for his next creation, Jeremy can often be found outdoors with his wife and two dogs.

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JESSICA HOGUE

JESSICA HOGUE

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JESSICA HOGUE

Jessica Hogue was born and raised in Anderson, Indiana and holds an undergraduate degree in art from Wheaton College, and a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to relocating to Chicago in 2007, Jessica worked in Philadelphia and Boston. In Chicago, Jessica has worked with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, where she employed computational analysis in the design of high performance building envelopes for projects in China, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Joining GREC in 2012, Jessica manages hospitality projects of both renovation and new construction.

Jessica’s community involvement includes volunteer work with the Joshua Center for Homeless Women, and she is the Vice President and Treasurer for the Associate Board of the ACE Mentor Program.

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GREC Lifestyle Joe Bongiorno

Joe Bongiorno

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Joe Bongiorno

Joe was raised in Chicago and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology to earn his Bachelors of Architecture along with a minor in Business. Joe joins GREC with an in depth knowledge of architectural interiors and construction application. He led many construction renovation projects of commercial interiors including corporate offices and healthcare applications. He is currently working on some of our new construction residential projects including 165 South Desplaines.

In his undergraduate work, Joe’s passion for developing ideas through a finished product can be seen in his deft talent for woodworking and 3D model production.

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Joe Dietz

Joe Dietz

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Joe Dietz

Before pursuing architecture, Joe graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and spent twelve years in the food and beverage industry. After graduating Cum Laude from Illinois Institute of Technology with his Professional Bachelors of Architecture, Joe joined VOA as a Project Architect and Project Manager. While at VOA Joe was focused on hospitality, higher education, and historic preservation projects. Working within these markets, Joe was a Project Architect for the Vertical Campus at Roosevelt University, the renovation of 11 South LaSalle into a Marriott Residence Inn, and most recently as the project manager for the dual brand Hilton Hotel at 118 Jefferson. As a LEED accredited professional, Joe was the project administrator for Roosevelt and 118 Jefferson, achieving Gold certification for both projects.  Joe has a passion for working on projects with an urban focus and peruses a design esthetic that is reflects and works within the existing urban fabric.

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John Knuteson

John Knuteson

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John Knuteson

Born and raised in Hampton Roads, Virginia, John holds a B Arch degree from Virginia Tech, with a semester in the Chicago Studio program and internship at GREC. John graduated in 2014 and moved to Chicago to join the GREC team.

John’s undergraduate thesis work focused on the role of drawing in the manifestation of architecture, and he has a strong interest in the intersection of art and architecture. He has been actively involved with the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts

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GREC Lifestyle Kati Albee

Kati Albee

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Kati Albee

Kati Albee was a part of the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Planning team that won the inaugural ARCHITECT Studio Prize competition for students in 2016. Their project was selected from 150 submissions, and was rooted in research on architecture’s political and social context. Kati’s exemplary studies also earned her merit scholarship to the summer studio program at Ecoles d’Art Americaines de Fontaineblue in France, where she did post-graduate exploration into urbanism and scenography. Kati is still an avid traveler and visited many countries in Europe with the Worldwide Organization of Organic Farms.

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Kelly Goffiney

Kelly Goffiney

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Kelly Goffiney

Kelly was born in Indiana and earned her MArch from Ball State University. Kelly spent the beginning of her career in New York City where she worked with New York University and the New York City School Construction Authority in downtown Manhattan on many adaptive reuse and restorative projects. Her passion for architecture stems from an interest in digital technology and artistic expression. She enjoys designing for the urban landscape and the challenges of adapting historic buildings for new uses. Kelly remains focused on integrating existing spaces and innovative design to produce compelling solutions to client needs.

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Liz Potokar

Liz Potokar

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Liz Potokar

Liz grew up just west of Chicago in Riverside, Illinois. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design from University of Cincinnati. Liz has earned her National Council for Interior Design Qualification as well as LEED accreditation. She worked previously with Perkins + Will where several of her projects received high honors including, an IIDA Red Award for the Gyro Advertising offices, and an AIA Design Excellence award for the Roche Canada Headquarters. Liz joined the Interior Design team at GREC in the fall of 2015 to continue developing creative environments for her clients that will drive productivity and embrace brand culture. Her insight to workplace trends and material innovations is critical to the organization.

Outside the office Liz is an avid traveler and enjoys restoring antique furniture.

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NATE CASTEEL

NATE CASTEEL

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NATE CASTEEL

Nate was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska, with a BS in Design and an M Arch degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2004. Nate chose Chicago to pursue his architecture career, where he has been a design leader on large projects of mixed-use, corporate and higher education, joining the GREC team in 2014. Nate is an Illinois licensed architect since 2010, a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C), and a member of the AIA and USGBC.

Nate is a painter and photographer and member of the Chicago Artists Coalition, a volunteer at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and a participant in the AIA in Schools program, introducing design professions to elementary school students.

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Nicole Mehon

Nicole Mehon

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Nicole Mehon

Nicole was raised in Urbana-Champaign, IL and earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Interior Design. Nicole moved to Chicago in 2005 to work as a designer for Nelson were she designed interiors for a wide array of projects including commercial office spaces, retail and medical labs varying in size from 3,000 sqft to 200,000 sqft. She joined the Interior Design team at GREC in the summer of 2015 as a Senior Project Designer. Nicole has extensive experience in design strategy and analysis as well as creative concept development, and is a LEED certified professional. Nicole is exceptionally detail oriented and when developing creative solutions she makes sure the design is inherent in every corner of her projects.

When Chicago weather is cooperating, Nicole is an active half marathoner and water-skier.

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Zack Morrison

Zack Morrison

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Zack Morrison

Zack Morrison graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago with his Bachelors in Architecture and an Art History minor. Zack then went on to pursue is MArch from the Rice University School of Architecture in Houston, Texas where he earned the distinguished honor as the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal for academic achievement. Since graduating, Zack has worked on a number of important projects including the AIA Houston Design Award winning J-Camp Master Plan.

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We are a team of architects, designers, and planners who value collaboration, innovation, and efficient solutions.