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Rachel Michelin

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Principal & Chicago Co-Office Director


Rachel Michelin is co-office director and leads an architectural group focused on building envelope improvement and renovation projects for the Renewal practice in Chicago. Rachel has extensive experience in the evaluation and repair of masonry, concrete, stone, curtain walls, roofing and waterproofing, as well as in the design and incorporation of contemporary materials for window replacement and recladding projects. She has provided forensic expertise and design solutions for buildings of all sizes, vintages and construction types. Rachel is skilled in devising cost-effective strategies for improving the energy performance of existing and new buildings. She uses her background in forensics, passion for sustainability, and building science principles to inform design decisions. A certified Building Enclosure Commissioning agent, Rachel works closely with building owners, operators, architects, and contractors to ensure that envelope systems and components achieve their performance goals.


M. Arch., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S., Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Passionate about sustainability, Rachel looks for ways to improve the performance of existing buildings.