Adam Lund - President adam.lund (at) perkinswill.com Adam is a licensed Architect with Perkins + Will in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, he came to Chicago inspired by the city’s rich architectural and urban history. Adam has extensive experience designing and managing award winning architectural and planning projects at varying scales, from small rooms, to entire neighborhoods and is committed to maintaining and improving Chicago’s urban fabric. Adam was awarded the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Young Architect Award in 2014.


Adam Lund - President

adam.lund (at) perkinswill.com

Adam is a licensed Architect with Perkins + Will in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, he came to Chicago inspired by the city’s rich architectural and urban history. Adam has extensive experience designing and managing award winning architectural and planning projects at varying scales, from small rooms, to entire neighborhoods and is committed to maintaining and improving Chicago’s urban fabric. Adam was awarded the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Young Architect Award in 2014.

Lydia Lazar - Vice President lydialazar (at) gmail.com Lydia Lazar trained as an urban geographer and as an attorney, and has worked in the private, public and academic sectors. She focused her early career on water, waste and energy resource management, and has more recently served as a dean and lecturer in law and public policy at Chicago-Kent College of Law and at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. 



Lydia Lazar - Vice President

lydialazar (at) gmail.com

Lydia Lazar trained as an urban geographer and as an attorney, and has worked in the private, public and academic sectors. She focused her early career on water, waste and energy resource management, and has more recently served as a dean and lecturer in law and public policy at Chicago-Kent College of Law and at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. 

Dora Moore, AICP - Secretary djmoorechicago (at) gmail.com As a planning consultant in Chicago and in the Washington D.C. area, Dora's projects ranged from downtown revitalization to analyses of federal housing programs. Her diverse experience has also included lecturing and teaching English at universities in China. Dora returned to Chicago in 2009, after 16 years in the D.C. area and in Montreal, Quebec. She has a passion for urban Chicago and the vitality of its neighborhoods. While excited about recent development, Dora is also concerned about preserving and enhancing Chicago’s unique character.


Dora Moore, AICP - Secretary

djmoorechicago (at) gmail.com

As a planning consultant in Chicago and in the Washington D.C. area, Dora's projects ranged from downtown revitalization to analyses of federal housing programs. Her diverse experience has also included lecturing and teaching English at universities in China. Dora returned to Chicago in 2009, after 16 years in the D.C. area and in Montreal, Quebec. She has a passion for urban Chicago and the vitality of its neighborhoods. While excited about recent development, Dora is also concerned about preserving and enhancing Chicago’s unique character.

Martha Frish Okabe - Treasurer martha_frish (at) yahoo.com Under Friends of Downtown’s auspices, Martha was the founding City Organizer of Jane’s WalkCHICAGO in 2013. She is an Instructor in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute, teaching classes in urban planning and real estate development. In addition to serving as a Senior Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, she worked as a real estate development consultant in New York and Chicago. She has extensive experience in nonprofit strategic planning, fostering new partnerships, grant-writing, advocacy, market analysis and financial analysis. She holds an A.B. from Vassar College, an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and an M.S. in Management of Non-Profit Organizations from the Wagner School at New York University. Talking, thinking and writing about cities are among her favorite things.


Martha Frish Okabe - Treasurer

martha_frish (at) yahoo.com

Under Friends of Downtown’s auspices, Martha was the founding City Organizer of Jane’s WalkCHICAGO in 2013. She is an Instructor in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute, teaching classes in urban planning and real estate development. In addition to serving as a Senior Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, she worked as a real estate development consultant in New York and Chicago. She has extensive experience in nonprofit strategic planning, fostering new partnerships, grant-writing, advocacy, market analysis and financial analysis. She holds an A.B. from Vassar College, an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and an M.S. in Management of Non-Profit Organizations from the Wagner School at New York University. Talking, thinking and writing about cities are among her favorite things.

Bonnie McGrath bonmcgrath (at) aol.com Bonnie  is a Chicago lawyer and an award-winning journalist. She writes a blog for ChicagoNow.com called "Mom, I think I'm Poignant." She has lived in downtown Chicago since 1981, both in the Central Loop, and now in the South Loop-- and has written extensively about living in both areas for 30 years. She is on the board of the Dearborn Park Advisory Council, Project Onward, Art Encounter and is on the Chicago Bar Association editorial board and Public Affairs Committee. She is also a docent at the Glesser and Clarke House museums at 18th and Indiana, and is involved in a number of South Loop activities.


Bonnie McGrath

bonmcgrath (at) aol.com

Bonnie  is a Chicago lawyer and an award-winning journalist. She writes a blog for ChicagoNow.com called "Mom, I think I'm Poignant." She has lived in downtown Chicago since 1981, both in the Central Loop, and now in the South Loop-- and has written extensively about living in both areas for 30 years. She is on the board of the Dearborn Park Advisory Council, Project Onward, Art Encounter and is on the Chicago Bar Association editorial board and Public Affairs Committee. She is also a docent at the Glesser and Clarke House museums at 18th and Indiana, and is involved in a number of South Loop activities.

Charles Hasbrouck chasbrouck (at) bklarch.com Charlie Hasbrouck joined bKL Architecture after serving as Director and Project Manager at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Over the course of his 30-year career, his experience has encompassed every aspect of architectural services, from initial proposals through construction administration, on a variety of project types ranging from new large-scale mixed-use buildings and master plans for new cities, to the adaptive reuse and historic preservation of existing buildings. Charlie leads project teams, acts as the firm’s liaison with clients and consultants, and ensures that the firm’s services are accomplished in a timely and professional manner. He takes a collaborative approach to architecture and is known for his ability to understand and address different aspects of the building process, while delivering buildings that maintain a standard of design excellence. Charlie has used his expertise far from home, in countries such as Oman (Al Duqm Master Plan), Qatar (Nozul Lusail Marina Hotel), Kuwait (Kuwait Economic Zones Master Plan), Moscow (OKO Tower, a 4.5 million square foot mixed use complex) and India (Wave Noida Master Plan). In addition to his professional memberships in the American Institute of Architects and Lambda Alpha International, Charlie is the past president and a board member of The Cliff Dwellers Club, secretary and a board member of The Glessner House Foundation, and a member of the University Club of Chicago. He earned a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois.

Charles Hasbrouck

chasbrouck (at) bklarch.com

Charlie Hasbrouck joined bKL Architecture after serving as Director and Project Manager at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Over the course of his 30-year career, his experience has encompassed every aspect of architectural services, from initial proposals through construction administration, on a variety of project types ranging from new large-scale mixed-use buildings and master plans for new cities, to the adaptive reuse and historic preservation of existing buildings.

Charlie leads project teams, acts as the firm’s liaison with clients and consultants, and ensures that the firm’s services are accomplished in a timely and professional manner. He takes a collaborative approach to architecture and is known for his ability to understand and address different aspects of the building process, while delivering buildings that maintain a standard of design excellence.

Charlie has used his expertise far from home, in countries such as Oman (Al Duqm Master Plan), Qatar (Nozul Lusail Marina Hotel), Kuwait (Kuwait Economic Zones Master Plan), Moscow (OKO Tower, a 4.5 million square foot mixed use complex) and India (Wave Noida Master Plan).

In addition to his professional memberships in the American Institute of Architects and Lambda Alpha International, Charlie is the past president and a board member of The Cliff Dwellers Club, secretary and a board member of The Glessner House Foundation, and a member of the University Club of Chicago. He earned a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois.

Patricia Gallagher pattigal7171 (at) me.com Patti is a recognized leader in urban policy, planning and development, serving government, corporate, nonprofit and institutional clients. She served as Executive Director of the National Capital Planning Commission in Washington, D.C., where she led the agency in producing national award winning plans, including the National Capital Urban Design and Security Plan and the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital. Prior to relocating to DC, Patti had a successful career in Chicago as a public and private sector urban planner, where she directed a citywide open space planning and development program and authored several award winning plans, including the CitySpace Plan, State Street Development Plan, Chicago Arts District Plan and the River North Urban Design Plan. The State Street and River North plans were recognized by Friends of Downtown as Best Planning Projects in 1997 and 1987, respectively. Patti served on the FOD’s Board of Directors and was a leading contributor to the Brown Bag Lunch and Annual Awards programs.


Patricia Gallagher

pattigal7171 (at) me.com

Patti is a recognized leader in urban policy, planning and development, serving government, corporate, nonprofit and institutional clients. She served as Executive Director of the National Capital Planning Commission in Washington, D.C., where she led the agency in producing national award winning plans, including the National Capital Urban Design and Security Plan and the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital.

Prior to relocating to DC, Patti had a successful career in Chicago as a public and private sector urban planner, where she directed a citywide open space planning and development program and authored several award winning plans, including the CitySpace Plan, State Street Development Plan, Chicago Arts District Plan and the River North Urban Design Plan. The State Street and River North plans were recognized by Friends of Downtown as Best Planning Projects in 1997 and 1987, respectively. Patti served on the FOD’s Board of Directors and was a leading contributor to the Brown Bag Lunch and Annual Awards programs.

Tanvi Parikh tanvi.parikh (at) som.com Tanvi’s career has focused on the revitalization of inner cities, promoting diverse and distinct neighborhoods, sustainability and smart growth and creating thoughtful plans that integrate the needs of the users and residents with both the urban and natural environment into the cityscape. She has experience working with a variety of downtown mixed-use projects, transit-oriented developments as well as regional initiatives.    She has worked on projects across the world transforming downtowns and large urban districts into exciting mixed-use and environmentally friendly communities. She believes there is inextricable link between intelligent urban planning and high-quality design and planning. Besides the experience in design, in her current role, she has years of innovative and proactive management experience, assuming the seamless delivery of the professional services required for each project. Tanvi has lived and worked in three different continents but calls Chicago her home. She has been in the City of Chicago since early 2000 and experienced the growth and transformations within downtown and its neighboring areas. Her interest in keeping and promoting a strong downtown goes beyond her profession. It is a passion that she has lived with since a young age. Tanvi holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois & an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Center for Planning and Technology in India. It was CMAP’s Philip Peter’s fellowship that first brought her to Chicago and she says she could never leave after that.


Tanvi Parikh

tanvi.parikh (at) som.com

Tanvi’s career has focused on the revitalization of inner cities, promoting diverse and distinct neighborhoods, sustainability and smart growth and creating thoughtful plans that integrate the needs of the users and residents with both the urban and natural environment into the cityscape. She has experience working with a variety of downtown mixed-use projects, transit-oriented developments as well as regional initiatives.    She has worked on projects across the world transforming downtowns and large urban districts into exciting mixed-use and environmentally friendly communities. She believes there is inextricable link between intelligent urban planning and high-quality design and planning. Besides the experience in design, in her current role, she has years of innovative and proactive management experience, assuming the seamless delivery of the professional services required for each project.

Tanvi has lived and worked in three different continents but calls Chicago her home. She has been in the City of Chicago since early 2000 and experienced the growth and transformations within downtown and its neighboring areas. Her interest in keeping and promoting a strong downtown goes beyond her profession. It is a passion that she has lived with since a young age.

Tanvi holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois & an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Center for Planning and Technology in India. It was CMAP’s Philip Peter’s fellowship that first brought her to Chicago and she says she could never leave after that.

Fiona Royer

fiona_royer (at) yahoo.co.uk

Originally from the United Kingdom, Fiona is now a citizen of the United States, passionate about her adoptive city of Chicago. She has a particular interest in architecture and urban planning, and is a LEED accredited professional in Building Design and Construction and a member of the USGBC Illinois Chapter. She has also held an Executive Position on the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

As an Economics graduate, Fiona began her career in the London fashion industry. She then pursued her creative calling, training as an Interior Designer, writing about architecture and teaching design. As the Stewardship Manager at Lincoln Park Zoo, Fiona is proud to apply her various skills within a prestigious Chicago cultural institution. Working and living in the city, Fiona is committed to the mission of Friends of Downtown.