Alumna Janet L. Attarian Named Woman of the Year by WTS Greater Chicago Chapter

Janet L. Attarian, B.S.’90, M.Arch.’92, was named Woman of the Year by WTS Greater Chicago Chapter. WTS is an international organization dedicated to excellence in transportation through the achievement of professionals in technical, policy, financial, and political sectors. The Greater Chicago Chapter provides access to top industry leaders, as well as a variety of engaging programs, professional development and networking opportunities designed to encourage and support professionals in transportation.

As Project Director for Streetscapes and Sustainability Coordinator for the Chicago Department of Transportation, Janet works to turn Chicago’s streetscapes, riverwalks, and pocket parks into great urban places. She has overseen the design and management of over 70 streetscape projects including the city’s Streetscape Guidelines, the Wacker Drive reconstruction project, and the Millennium Park Bicycle Station. Janet’s ability to meld the concepts of complete streets and ecological design led to the development of the City’s Sustainable Streets Program and Green Alley Program, which has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Chicago Innovation Award.

Janet speaks around the country on sustainable infrastructure and her work has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times. She has been honored with the South East Chicago Commission’s Special Service Award and serves in many capacities to help Chicago’s public school children. These efforts include the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Newhouse Competition, classroom partnerships with high school drafting teachers, Gallery 37 and WITS, and mentoring numerous high school and college interns.

Prior to working with the City of Chicago Janet had her own design firm and worked for several architectural firms including DLK Civic Design.