Lynne Sorkin is a licensed architect and Principal with FGM Architects in their PK-12 practice. Her 30+ year career has been primarily focused on educational, recreational, and civic projects and she has provided planning and design guidance in both traditional architectural roles and as a former owner’s representative. She offers a depth of understanding for schools planned to serve diverse, urban communities and those situated on complex sites. As the former Director of Planning and Design for Chicago Public Schools Program Management Office, she led large scale capital improvement programs, providing strategic planning for a broad range of new construction and renovation initiatives, including the Modern Schools Across Chicago Program and the Space to Grow schoolyard transformation program. Other notable experience includes GEMS World Academy’s Chicago Campus.
Lynne currently serves on The Brookings Institution’s Playful Learning Landscapes Steering Committee, which is dedicated to creating learning opportunities for children and caregivers in urban everyday public places. She has also been Co-Chair of AIA Chicago’s Education Knowledge Community and is involved with the Illinois Association of School Business Officials’ Sustainability Professional Development Committee, Illinois Green Alliance, the Association for Learning Environments, and Chicago Women in Architecture. Lynne holds both a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.