Meet the great minds and people that make up our firm.
Planner | Cultural Resource Specialist
Ellen F. Stoner, AIA, LEED AP
Architect | Principal
As the founder of and Preservation Architect at AltusWorks, Ellen leads a team of diverse professionals in the holistic approach to the restoration and rehabilitation of existing and historic structures. Through Ellen’s profound understanding of historic and new building materials, technologies and systems, AltusWorks excels at problem solving related to the complexities of working with existing and historic structures. With such expertise, Ellen facilitates the implementation of a variety of projects from facility assessments and program management to additions, building renovation and restoration, envelope repair, and adaptive reuse.
Architectural Designer | Principal
While earning her Master of Architecture degree at Tulane University, Carolyn gained a deep understanding of community engagement, contextual design, and small-scale construction. She has worked on projects ranging from mixed use residential and education to retail projects, with extensive knowledge of BIM software and a strong interest in how technology helps move design forward. Carolyn excels in our collaborative culture and participates in all levels of the design process from pre-design evaluations and code analysis to construction documentation and contract administration while actively participating in business development and strategic planning of our practice.
Business Director | Principal
Kylie manages AltusWorks’ financial and business administration functions including office operations, human resources and accounting/billing activities. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in interior design, Kylie found her calling in the business and financial aspect of our industry. Her attention to detail, superior organizational skills, and focus on both internal resources and external clients and partners makes her instrumental in our advancement.
Axel Joakim Bäckström, AIA, LEED AP
Joakim (Joa) offers a diverse project experience in new construction and additions as well as complicated adaptive reuse and repositioning projects. Joa has designed and managed a wide range of project types including breweries/distilleries, commercial, residential, and religious, with specific focus on retail in Sweden, France, Canada, and throughout the United States. As an innovative Brewery Architect, Joa interprets the owners’ vision into unique and vibrant experiential environments.
Planner | Cultural Resource Specialist
Anney earned her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago to better understand how historic preservation can benefit cities and communities as a whole. She brings diverse experience in architectural research, including Section 106 & Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation; preservation advocacy; comprehensive planning; and transportation analysis. She also has a passion for Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping and communication design, and seeks to incorporate these skills into the preservation field. Anney’s experience bolsters the team’s capabilities in historic preservation documentation and planning.
Marty’s concrete and masonry restoration experience and expertise in the repair of high-rise building enclosures expands over three decades. Marty was employed at several of the most prominent restoration contractors in Chicago. He has previously supervised the concrete and masonry restoration work at several projects designed by AltusWorks and has an established relationship with our staff. Marty’s attention to detail, commitment to quality control and safety makes him an asset to our practice.
Chelsea’s experience in restoration and rehabilitation of building envelopes for multi-family residential and commercial buildings demonstrates her advanced skills in architectural design and detailing, historical research, site inspections, field documentation, preparation of construction documents, cost estimating, and project management. Her background and passion for historic preservation inspires her to provide inventive solutions to preserve and sustain our built environment.
David R. Periolat
David approaches each project collaboratively to ensure the highest quality results. David has been responsible for the planning, design, and construction administration for new construction and interior renovations of residential, educational, and commercial projects. With a focused attention to detail and an understanding of building systems and integration, he fosters strong working relationships with clients and the construction team and has the capability to successfully manage various project needs.
Katherine earned her Master’s Degree in Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from SAIC, gaining knowledge of historic and contemporary building design and technology. She applies this knowledge in all her projects, from small renovations to extensive façade rehabilitation, providing critical support and leadership. Katherine enjoys the technical challenges of preservation and adaptive reuse. Her curiosity drives her to conduct comprehensive archival research, building assessments, and historic assessments which result in accurate drawing plans and reports. She is inspired by team collaboration and always looks forward to growing relationships with clients, consultants, and coworkers with each new project.
Melissa graduated with a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Kansas where she completed the University Honors Program, was Vice President of Architecture Student Council, and earned certificates in Historic Preservation, Health & Wellness, and Global Awareness. Melissa studied sustainable design and adaptive reuse in Copenhagen, Denmark and won the 2020 Architects Foundation / John McAslan + Partners Fellowship. Her professional experience is based on large scale multi-family projects. Melissa was part of a team that published a study about the benefits of a hybrid community hospitals in rural American towns.
Kesha received her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her experience includes a wide range of projects focused on the construction and deterioration of historic buildings, which has enabled her to become highly proficient in building pathology. Kesha is additionally gifted in performing historical surveys, archival research, and writing Historic Structure Reports, Section 106 Evaluations, and HABS documentation. As a Historic Preservationist and licensed Architect in India, Kesha augments our team to support building preservation, adaptive reuse, and renovation.