As RATIO’s Chicago Studio Leader, Grace brings more than three decades of experience in the architecture profession to the firm. A firm Principal, Grace is a multifaceted leader with extensive expertise managing large, complicated teams and projects.

  • University of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia, PA / Master of Architecture
  • Pennsylvania State University / State College, PA / Bachelor of Science of Architecture
  • Registered Architect in the State of Illinois since 1996
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Chicago Energy Code Professional
  • Plan Commissioner, Chikaming Township, Michigan
  • Executive Board member and co chair of the Public Art Committee for the Magnificent Mile Association
  • Board member of Gateway Green Chicago
  • Board member of Chicago Women in Architecture Foundation
  • Business Advisory Council member for the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
  • Member of Lambda Alpha International Ely chapter, The honorary society For the advancement of land economics
  • Member of the American Institute of Architects Chicago Chapter
  • Member of ULI

As a practicing designer in Chicago since 1993, Grace’s aptitude for collaboration, organizational leadership, and complex decision making has manifested itself in a number of high-profile roles throughout the community, including Director of Design for the Public Building Commission of Chicago and Capital Architect / Design Manager for Chicago Public Schools.


A visionary yet hands-on leader, Grace has served the Chicago community through organizations focused on diverse issues such as education, architecture, land use, and various design committees for the office of the Mayor. She has a particular interest in design for the urban environment and in urban agriculture.