Gail Cavanagh

Gail Cavanagh

Chicago, IL, US



I am a corporate architect with 25 years of experience in realizing large-scale buildings as both designer and project architect. My career track shows proven effectiveness in working with and organizing a multi-cultural, international team. Currently, I am seeking opportunities that will captialize on and enhance the experiences and capabilities that I developed while working abroad.
Travel to other countries is only a one-time brush with another culture; living in that country jump starts many new opportunities for personal and professional growth. I have found that I am drawn to situations that require I learn to communicate in new and divergent ways


Independent Architect/Contractor, La Grange Park, IL, US, Contract

4240 Architecture – February, 2013 thru July, 2013 - Assembling contract documents for Certus Bank branch renovations, documentation of existing structure as well as new design using Certus branding. Client contact and coordination with HVAC and Structural consultants.
STEP Academy – July, 2012 thru October, 2012 Pre-design programming and site research for a charter school in the city of Chicago.
FOERTSCH RENOVATION, Canaryville, Chicago, IL. Using REVIT, gut-renovation to existing 4 unit residential building. Revision of all unit layouts, sustainable replacement of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and exterior facade.
J'RENEE CAREER FACILITATION FACILITY, Elgin, IL. Renovation and addition to existing corporate park structure. Adaptive reuse from a retail restaurant space to a training facility for LPN level nursing skills.

Feb 2013 - current

MZECH International, Cairo, EG, Senior Project Architect

40 West, 6th October City, Cairo, Egypt. Project architect for 119 unit high-end, multi-family residential compound. Client and contractor interface with supervision of production staff of fifteen.

Dec 2010 - Oct 2011

GREC Studio, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Project Architect

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB AND HOTEL, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Coordination of consultant drawings (Interior Designer, HVAC, Structural, Kitchen Consultant, etc.) with contract documents for 5-star hotel. Supervised production staff of twelve.

Sep 2008 - Oct 2008

Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), Chicago, IL, US, Project Architect

MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL, Chicago, Illinois. Contract Documents for 5-Star Hotel. Extensive coordination with hotel representatives throughout the United States and Hong Kong. Extensive coordination with US and overseas consultants including ABA (Las Vegas), Magnusson Klemencic Associates (Seattle), JB&B (New York) and Deckelmann Wellness (Germany and Hong Kong).
LIBRARY TOWER, Chicago, Illinois. Redesign CD package at roof, entry lobby and retail area.
LEWIS TOWER, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois. Project Architect/Designer for tenant fit out and renovation of the 16th and 17th floors. Coordinated consultants and scheduled project.
20-24 CHICAGO AVENUE, Loyola University, contract documents for retail and classroom addition.

Oct 2006 - May 2008


Boston Architectural College (BAC), Boston, MA, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture program

Jan 1999 - Oct 2003

Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT, US, Interior Design

Associate degree in Interior Design

Aug 1979 - Jun 1980