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Tim Tracey

Adjunct Professor

Vice President, SmithGroup


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Civil and Environmental Engineering


Executive Management for Design and Construction Program

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BArch, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL


As Vice President and Office Director of SmithGroup, an international architecture group with 15 offices across the world, Tim Tracey leads project teams through charismatic and transformational leadership to uncover stories and insights that help guide design and innovation. He is intensely passionate about listening and collaborating with clients to understand their needs and objectives. As a result, Tim’s design solutions are inventive and thoughtful, with a strong emphasis on the integration of space, light and nature. Throughout Tim’s 20-year career, his ability to clearly communicate has been the foundation for his success in executing projects to the highest standards of design and durability. A consummate collaborator, Tim believes that an interdisciplinary team approach is at the heart of designing buildings that enable new experiences.

Tim has been the project architect for projects for The Arts Club of Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance, Museum of Science and Industry, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Williams/Gerard Productions, Advocate Aurora Health (Children's Hospital), Northwestern University (Jacobs Center Renovation), S.R. Crown Hall Interior Renovation, University of Chicago Admin Building, University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire (New Education Building), Western Illinois University, Argonne National Laboratories, Louisiana State University, and Promega Corportation.

Registered Architect: Illinois, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ontario, South Dakota

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Significant Recognition

  • The Transparent House II, 2010 AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award
  • The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 2008 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • The Transparent House II, 2007 SEAI Award of Merit
  • SR Crown Hall Restoration, 2006 AIA Chicago Honor Award

Courses Taught

  • PROJ_MGT 479: Advanced Business Strategies

Significant Professional Service

  • American Institute of Architects, member
  • Chicago Chapter AIA: Illinois Council, member
  • Lean Construction Institute, Chicago Community of Practice

Selected Publications

"The Impact of an Agile Office Environment on an Interdisciplinary Design Team," Chicago BUILD, September 2019

"Lean, Agility and Integrated Design" Lean Construction Institute, May 2019

"Integrated Design: At the Intersection of Lean and Agility," 20th LCI Congress, October 2018

"Design that Makes a Difference: Inspiring Healthcare," AIA Healthcare Knowledge Community, October 2018

"How to Make Sure you are Happy with your Built Space," The Constructrr Podcast, January 2017

"Advocate HealthCare: How Project Success Moved from "IPDish" to IFOA," Lean Construction Institute Annual Congress, October 2016

"Lean Round Tables: Conditions of Satisfaction," Lean Construction Institute, June 2015

"An Integrated Process with a Traditional Contract," Healthcare Facilities Symposium, October 2015

"Going Deep: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center," Healthcare Design magazine, November 2015

"Lessons Learned: A Conversation to Drive Improvement," LCI Newsletter, May 2015

"Collaboration: Let’s Talk About It," Construction Owners Association of America, November 2014