Christopher Mundy

Christopher Mundy



Versatile and accomplished Senior Real Estate / Preservation Consultant with extensive experience in architecture, compatible design, historic preservation, land-use issues, construction, building evaluations, planning, interior design, adaptive re-use, LEED, and real estate development. Specific expertise in converting historical intent to action for restoration, preservation, historic district designation, and National Register projects. Excel at envisioning new designs, developing cost-conscious plans, managing multiple priorities, and turning vision into reality. Self-directed leader who works effectively with cross-functional teams and cultivates strong partnerships with key stakeholders. Committed to adding value through creative idea generation, collaborative problem solving, intuitive business sense, and disciplined decision-making.


Historic Address, Winnetka, IL, US, Design Consultant

Perform Historic District and National Register designations. Deliver space-planning and interior design services for commercial and residential clients. Conduct inspections, recording, and reporting to ensure client fulfillment.
Updated numerous commercial and residential projects in New England, Virginia, Maryland, and Chicago.
Gained published recognition in Better Homes & Gardens and at local “show houses” for design projects. Built database to track location, date, condition, history, and restoration costs of bronze statuary and architectural masonry elements for Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C. Surveyed and implemented historic districts in Leesburg, VA and Woburn, MA. Partner in Carter Braxton Real Estate (Leesburg, VA) – lead Historic Properties Division - Managed sale and adaptive reuse of historic commercial and residential buildings projects. Served as vice-president of the Waterford (VA) Foundation Board – implementing the “cluster” concept in land development Served on the Leesburg (VA) Ad Hoc Committee

Apr 1988 - current

Grant Thornton, LLC, Chicago, IL, US, Manager - Cost Recovery Services

Conduct field surveys and construction cost-estimating. Serve as the industry-expert for more than $1 million practice in cost-segregation and cost-recovery projects. Maintain client relationships, mentor junior team members, and develop new business for the cost-segregation practice.

Oct 2009 - Sep 2011

Virchow Krause - Bake Tilly, Chicago, IL, US, Director - Cost Recovery Services

Served as an industry expert for the cost-segregation/cost-recovery group on a firm-wide basis. Represented the Practice at conferences and other professional organizations. Developed staff and served as Senior Advisor for the national cost-segregation practice.

Oct 2008 - Jul 2009

CBIZ Valuation Group, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Manager - Cost Recovery Group

Developed and sustained a nationwide client base for cost-segregation studies and construction cost-estimating. Maintained relationships with external clients and internal tax professionals.
Created a cost-segregation practice from inception and increased clients’ tax benefits.

Jun 2006 - Jul 2008

BDO Seidman, LLP, Boston, MA, US / New York, NY, Manager - Cost Recovery Services

Established foothold in East Coast markets for the firm’s cost-segregation practice. Spent half of each week in the New York office. Promoted cost-segregation at industry trade shows and represented the practice at company meetings and regional conferences.

Jan 2005 - Feb 2006

Coldwell Banker, Winnetka, IL, US, Illinois licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Illinois-licensed real estate salesperson – contract negotiations – customer service – real estate transactions

Apr 2003 - Dec 2005

Ernst & Young Real Estate Advisory Services, Chicago, IL, US, Manager - Real Estate Consulting

Oversaw sales and marketing activities. Recruited team members and generated business from new and existing clients. Created cost estimates, cost-segregation analyses, and project spreadsheets. Delivered well-received marketing presentations to high profile companies, including ABN AMRO, Discovery Communication, Best Buy, and John Buck & Company.

Dec 1997 - Mar 2003

Consulting For Architects, Inc. Careers, Chicago, IL, US, Account Executive - Office Manager

Directed a team of five full-time and four part-time employees in recruiting and evaluating candidates for potential placement with clients, matching qualifications with client position specifications. Conducted sales calls and delivered presentations to potential clients. Monitored candidate placement and oversaw account management. Marketed and managed in-house CADD training center, including enrollment and scheduling.

Apr 1994 - May 1996

Daniel P. Coffey Associates, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Architectural Preservation Consultant

Led projects for field evaluation and design review initiatives. Conducted existing conditions surveys and researched/recorded historic buildings. Developed responses to RFPs and implemented marketing strategies to sell multiple services. Used proper forms for National Register nominations.
Served on the Landmark Preservation Council of the Illinois Chicago Programs Committee.
Guided the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in the restoration of historic “L” stations.

Sep 1994 - Apr 1996


Boston University, Boston, MA, US, Masters, Preservation Studies

Design, Historic Preservation/Restoration, Museum Studies, Historic Districts, Design Evolution and Prototypes, Materials Conservation, Urban Planning

Sep 1983 - Jan 1985

Victorian Society Summer School, London, England, Victorian Architecture

Victorian Architecture - Residential and Industrial
19th-century Interiors
19th-century Urban Planning
British Country House Design and Development

Jun 1984 - Aug 1984

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Career Discovery - Architecture

Lived as an architect, prepared charettes, toured relavent historic prototypes, met deadlines, developed design programs, built models, presented designs and programs.

May 1979 - Aug 1979

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