Goettsch Partners has a longstanding commitment to community involvement, both to the professional community in which we practice and to the communities in which we live.
The following is a sampling of the exceptional organizations we support.
Started in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program today is a national program that serves high school youth who are exploring careers in architecture, construction and engineering. The program is designed to engage, inform and challenge, led by professionals from leading design and construction firms who volunteer their time and energy.
Goettsch Partners is one of the founding members of the organization's Chicago chapter, and the firm has been actively involved for five years. Partner Joe Dolinar serves on the chapter's board of directors, and firm staff members lead the firm's participation in regular meetings and workshops.
Partners at GP have participated in, and chaired, AIA Knowledge Communities, as well as conducted national convention workshops/presentations and been a part of national design award juries.
GP encourages our staff to get involved in their local communities' initiatives, contributing time and effort to improve the lives of those in need.
One of our principals, Len Koroski, has served as president of AIA Illinois and continues to stay involved. Len's participation helps us have a voice informing the practice and legislative issues that shape the landscape in which we practice.
Various members of our staff have participated in and conducted AIA Chicago CEU programs, and served on the board of directors. Our staff members regularly serve on our chapter's design award juries and issue forums.
GP has been a regular supporter of this group of architects, preservationists and enlightened business leaders who, in 1966, founded an organization committed to saving H. H. Richardson's Glessner House, one of Chicago's oldest residences.
Annually, the CAF presents free lunchtime and evening lectures on a diverse range of architecturally related topics. They are famous for their architecture tours, most notably the Chicago River boat cruise (a must for out-of-town visitors) led by highly trained volunteer docents.
GP has also actively participated in helping the CAF fulfill its mission to Chicagoans by having one of our partners sit on the executive committee.
The John Buck Company Foundation was created to provide significant support to Chicago charities. The Foundation supports children and families at risk in the form of services, scholarships and financial aid.
One part of the CAF's mission that we wholeheartedly support is the Newhouse Program & Architecture Competition. The Newhouse Program & Architecture Competition has provided opportunities for talented students in the Chicago Public Schools to enter the fields of architecture and design. The program combines the dedication of teachers with the passion of architects—like many of our staff—who volunteer their time to help nurture the talent of CPS high school students.
The annual Newhouse Architecture Competition has served 13,000 students and awarded 460 internships since 1982.