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Grace Kuklinski Rappe

Grace Kuklinski Rappe

Managing Principal / Vice President, HDR
Grace Rappe, AIA, LEED AP, is Managing Principal for HDR’s Chicago architecture studio. In addition to overseeing the studio’s 60 staff, Grace’s responsibilities include setting the strategic vision for the practice, developing and retaining talent, delivering design excellence and technical quality to HDR’s clients, and strengthening the firm’s presence in Chicago and the surrounding area. Grace’s 30+ years of experience includes architecture and landscape architecture projects in retail, mixed-use, education, and civic in both the private and public sector. Many of these projects are located in Chicago and the surrounding area. Grace has a particular interest in how public-private partnership and interdisciplinary collaboration can help create meaningful spaces and experiences that often defy traditional building or landscape typologies. Prior to joining HDR, Grace was the Chicago Studio Leader at RATIO Architects, Capital Architect for Chicago Public Schools and Director of Design for the Public Building Commission of Chicago. A long-time Chicago resident, she is active with both the local AEC industry and the greater community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Magnificent Mile Association, Chicago Gateway Green Association, and the Chicago Women in Architecture Foundation.