University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Alumni Awards Evening

 Lora A. Strigens

Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning `02 from the University of strigensWisconsin-Milwaukee; BA Architecture `99 from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Associate, Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, Inc.

Lora possesses a strong understanding of the synergy between architecture, landscape, and urban design.  She has played a prominent role, and been an integral member of, the design team of many important projects in the Milwaukee community such as award-winning Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, the Harley Davidson Museum, and St. Anthony's Parish church expansion in Menomonee Falls.  Each of these projects has had a significant impact on surrounding environments, and served as a catalyst for continued urban planning and architectural improvements.

Lora has served as HGA's lead planner in a pro bono partnership with the Milwaukee Main Street Program for the SoHi District in Milwaukee's central city neighborhood along 27th Street south of Highland.  She has demonstrated a personal commitment to help this neighborhood revitalize its commercial district while assessing property owners to preserve the historic buildings that contribute to the unique character of the area. 

In addition, she has been HGA's project manager and lead planner on the UWM Master Plan, a major project of importance to both the future of the University as well as the economic future of Milwaukee.  In that role she has worked closely with UWM administrators as well as more than 800 stakeholders ranging from neighbors and students to CEO's, funders and research partners.

Lora received an accreditation from the United States Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  She has served on the Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission, and is a board member of the Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women's Network, chairing their Showcase Awards Committee.  In addition, she mentors Milwaukee high school students and participates in a job shadowing program.