Overall coordination of all projects from proposal stage to completion
Communicate with clients, engineers, contractors, sub-contractors regarding project issues

Draft specifications for clients

Attend project site, measure interior space and prepare preliminary designs for projects
Observe construction work by contractors and report to client owners on workmanship issues
Design projects and prepare project blueprints for owners
Assist clients in preparing project cost estimates and cash flows
Provide project leadership and direction to Client
Plan and coordinate project budgets
Meet with zoning and building departments to obtain building and zoning permit reviews
Hands-on client communications regarding project work

Troubleshoot project issues and concerns and implement solutions
Review and analyze invitations all request for proposals (RFP), request for qualifications (RFQ),
Statement of Interest (SOI) and respond to all client inquires for work
Review contractor bid proposals and make recommendations to owners
Respond to contractor inquires on scope of work and specified materials on behalf of owners
Review contractor requests for change orders and make recommendations to owner
Review contractor payment applications and make recommendations to Owner
Prepare punch list for clients regarding outstanding contractor work and warranty issues
Construction Management – large & small projects
Policies and Procedures Small Churn – minor construction, furniture, voice & data
Space Planning
Maintenance and distribution of monthly capital project reports
Small move management
Manage general maintenance requests

A Elizabeth Ortner, AIA, LEED AP




Interior Design





Customer Service         

State of Wisconsin Certified Licensed Architect

State of Illinois Certified Licensed Architect
State of Colorado Certified Licensed Architect
LEED AP Operations + Maintenance
WBENC Certified
City of Chicago WBE Certified

Illinois Business Authorization
City of Chicago Business License

In 2010 the entrepreneur in me decided to start Studio 31a and it is under this umbrella that the latest award for Preservation Excellence was received from the City of Chicago.  I am dedicated to the restoration of old buildings, renewing the purpose of that building and reviving the community surrounding the building.  The eclectic spirit in me selects what appears to be the best in various doctrines, methods, styles and eras to restore, renew and revive a building. 

My dedication to my profession also transfers to the community outside the office.  I am a certified yoga instructor and volunteer teaching for Girls in the Game Summer Camps.  I also donated time and effort to Team in Training for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help train others for marathons and triathlons. Three words every runner lives to say, “I Finished Boston!” I am a competitor and finisher 2 Ironman’s and15 marathons including Boston.