May 12th 2018

IIT Architecture Board Names Three New Members

IIT Architecture recently announced the addition of Jen Clune, Chandra Goldsmith Gray and Cierine Nicolas to the Board of Advisors.

Jen Clune is a Managing Director and the National Business Development Director at Clune Construction, a national general contractor headquartered in Chicago, where she is responsible for leading the firm’s business development efforts, and focusing on new and existing client relationships, while facilitating the collaborative efforts of the national business development team. Clune is a member of industry organizations such as CoreNet Global and IFMA. She has served on various charity boards and committees in the area including Almost Home Kids and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. In 2016, she became a mentor for HFS Chicago Scholars and recently was inducted into the Board of Directors. She is currently working on obtaining her MCR (Master of Commercial Real Estate) designation through CoreNet.

Chandra Goldsmith Gray, ASLA, formed her studio, Chandra Goldsmith Landscape Architect, in 2001 to pursue her interest in the intersection of landscape and architecture within the urban context. Her background in architecture and art history has provided the foundation for her collaborative landscape practice, and her integrated and interdisciplinary approach to design focuses on the temporal, experiential and ecological aspects of landscape. Recent projects include the Smart Museum of Art courtyard at the University of Chicago and the landscape renovation of Crown Hall at Illinois Institute of Technology. Gray taught as an adjunct associate professor in the College of Architecture at IIT from 1999 to 2014, and she now sits on the Board of Directors of the Mies van der Rohe Society at IIT. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Arts Club of Chicago and is President of the Board of Trustees of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Cierine Nicolas has over twenty years of experience managing expansive, interdisciplinary engineering teams on complex and challenging projects. She currently leads Arup’s Chicago office, prior to which she served as an executive consultant to a preeminent Silicon Valley-based tech firm. She has been active within the Chicago architecture, engineering and real estate community as a Vice President at a large consulting engineering firm. Her notable project works included: the Wrigley Field restoration and expansion project; downtown Chicago’s Block 37 mixed-use urban center; the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum and South Campus Mixed-Use Development Superblock; the Department of Homeland Security’s Headquarters at the St. Elizabeths Campus in Washington DC; FKI Tower in Seoul, Korea; and Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia.