Amanda Roelle

Amanda Roelle

Puglia, Italy



Registered Architect, LEED AP BD+C

Experienced and passionate Architect and Sustainability Consultant. Committed to empowering individuals and communities through socially and environmentally sustainable, community based design.

Professional architecture and community development experience designing and building projects using strong intercultural communication skills and organizational management abilities.

Current project: A Spasso Con Un Architetto / Out With An Architect, an architectural educational initiative where participants explore and engage with the vernacular architecture of the Valle d’Itria area of the region of Puglia, southern Italy.



Archistrati, Puglia, Italy / Chicago, USA, Founder + Principal

Archistrati was founded by Amanda Roelle to provide architecture, sustainability, and educational services to community organizations, businesses, and individuals. Amanda is a licensed architect and LEED AP, BD+C. She uses her strong intercultural communication skills, professional architecture and community development experience, organizational management abilities and inherent creativity to empower individuals and communities to create sustainable environments.

In 2012 Amanda left her life restoring historic masonry high-rises in Chicago, relocated to Italy, and created her current project, A Spasso Con Un Architetto / Out With An Architect, an architectural educational initiative where participants explore and engage with the vernacular architecture of the Valle d’Itria area of the region of Puglia, southern Italy.

May 2013 - current

ENVIRON International Corporation, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Associate

As Project Administrator, assisted clients in achieving LEED certification of buildings in the United States and Italy, including the first LEED CS Platinum building in Italy

Performed close-up examinations of exterior building façades to identify conditions of distress and to investigate the causes of those conditions

Developed construction documents, specifications, building condition surveys, water leakage investigation and repair documents, and historic preservation research materials

Provided Construction Administration services for projects involving building renovation and repair

Oct 2007 - Dec 2012

Grow Here!, LLC, Chicago, IL, US, Co-founder, Architect

A design/build architecture & design firm focused on the integration of sustainable food systems into the built urban environment to increase individuals access to healthy food

Designed food-focused landscaping and seating for restaurants and cafes

Presented multiple workshops on design solutions for growing food in the city

Served as Green Roof Consultant for a Chicago Public Schools Chicago Hopes/Grow Hope Community Outreach Center

Developed design documents and educational content for Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum “Micole Birdwalk Food Integration Project” in Chicago, Illinois

Jul 2009 - Jul 2012

Williams & Frehsee, Inc., Brattleboro, VT, US, Intern Architect

Job Captain for hospital addition & renovation project

Assisted in design development and construction drawings, client and consultant contact coordination, spec writing, staff management, model building, product research, drafting, and existing conditions measurements

Aug 2006 - Aug 2007

U.S. Peace Corps Response, Phangnga, TH, Project Architect

Designed housing and prepared construction drawings following the 2004 Asian Tsunami for Habitat For Humanity’s Disaster Response Office, with consideration of community needs, budget, site and labor constraints, and availability of local materials

Assessed needs of families living in temporary shelters, secured funding, and designed, built and installed furniture for 100 displaced families

Mar 2005 - Sep 2005

U.S. Peace Corps, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific, Community Educator

Taught Industrial Arts, Information Technology, and English in a secondary school and developed curriculum and assessment materials

Directed students and community members in school building projects

Authored 4 grants with local counterparts to successfully fund a community computer center, school supplies and materials, and school furniture

Developed Industrial Arts Project Design Book and Technical Drawing Guide for Industrial Arts teachers use throughout the Kingdom

Jan 2001 - Apr 2003


Archeworks, Chicago, IL, US, Post Graduate Certificate in Social & Environmental Urban Design

Sustainable Food Systems in the Urban Environment

Multi-disciplinary design school where students work with non-profits to create design solutions for social and environmental concerns

Aug 2007 - May 2008

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Apr 1996 - Jun 2000

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