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Teresa Fourcher

Teresa Fourcher

Chicago, IL, US

 

About 

I am currently the Senior Associate for Sustainable Urban Planning and Design and Project Manager at Site Design Group, Ltd. My responsibilities include managing projects through schematic design, design development, and construction documentation along with managing client relationships and building professional networks. I am also the lead for business development for the firm and lead all RFP and RFQ responses.

With a passion for public space, I have conducted extensive first hand research throughout the world with special focus on the psychological and sociological significance of open spaces. Prior to joining Site Design Group Iwas a Senior Urban Planner, Project Manager and Sustainability Specialist at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

I also sit on the 2012 Board of Directors for Friends of Downtown.

Employment 

SITE Design Group, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
 Represent firm at all levels of business communication
 Represent firm at project interviews and public meetings
 Manage network of relationships with clients and owners

PROJECT MANAGER
Roles and Responsibilities
 Primary responsibility for successful planning and execution of project
 Primary contact with clients and owners
 Sub consultant coordination
 Design and technical leadership to the project team
 Define project scope, schedule and fee
 Conduct contract negotiations
Accomplishments
 Manage firm’s prime contracts, higher education clients, and highest value projects
 Manage up to 10 projects a various stages of the project delivery process at once
 Managed over 20 projects in the last three years
 Consistently meet all project deliverables and deadlines

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LEAD
Roles and Responsibilities
 Provide leadership role in establishing business development strategies
 Direct marketing, communications and business development efforts
 Lead writing and development of RFP and RFQ responses
Accomplishments
 Responsible for procuring over 25 projects in the past three years
 Reinforced firm’s presence in established markets
 Raised firm’s presence in higher education
 Introduced urban planning practice
 Vastly increased proposal success rate

Sep 2009 - current
 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager, Senior Urban Designer, Sustainability Specialist

PROJECT MANAGER
 Worked with Managing Partners to establish project scope, schedule, and fee
 RFP responses
 Maintained project staffing and budget
 Primary point of contact for clients

SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALIST FOR UBBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING
 Established sustainable vision for large and small scale master plans
 Detailed sustainability analysis for master planning efforts
 Developed sustainable design guidelines
 LEED-ND analysis and review.

URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING
 Created open space and streetscape concepts, design, contract documents and specifications
 Urban planning for academic institutions, hospitals, mixed-use transit-oriented neighborhood development, zoning analysis, land use planning, and Brownfield redevelopment

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
 Technical oversight to ensure constructability of the design
 Overall organization and production of contract documents including drawings and specifications
 Management of project through Construction Administration

May 2001 - Sep 2009
 

Education 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, MArch, Archictecture

Design Thesis: “Designing for Place: A Public Plaza for the People of Bloomington, Indiana”

ADDITIONAL STUDIES:
 Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies, Barcelona, Summer 1999
 University of Illinois/Tongji University, Shanghai, China, Summer 2004

Aug 1997 - May 2001
 

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, US, Bachelors, Journalism, Fine Arts

Concentrations in Photojournalism / Visual Communications and Graphic Design

Aug 1988 - Dec 1992
 

Awards 

AIA/AAF Fellowship for Advanced Study or Research, 2004, Grant

2004
 

Selected Professions Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 2001, Grant

2001
 

Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, University of Illinois Graduate College, 2001, Grant

2001
 

Frank B. and Jennie M. Long Traveling Fellowship, U of I, School of Architecture, 2000, Grant

2001
 

Grant for Master’s Thesis or Project, University of Illinois Graduate College, 2000 and 2001, Grant

2001
 

Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellow in Architecture, 2001, Grant

2001
 

American Institute of Architects/American Architecture Foundation Scholarship, 2000 & 2001, Scholarship

2001
 

Chicago Women in Architecture Scholarship, 2001, Scholarship

2001
 

American Institute of Architects/American Architecture Foundation Scholarship, 2000 & 2001, Scholarship

2000
 

Grant for Master’s Thesis or Project, University of Illinois Graduate College, 2000 and 2001, Grant

2000
 

ACADIA International Design Competition, “Library for the Information Age” Finalist, 1998, Other

1998
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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