Al Ochsner is an architectural professional working in Chicago and actively pursuing licensure as an architect.

He is enthusiastic about finding new ways that design can foster innovation, advance technology, optimize performance, create value, and improve the world around us. He brings a rigorous, pragmatic, and informed approach to his work and strives for excellence in design.

Al received his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His studies focused on technology, sustainability, and integrated design in architectural practice.

Many of his projects have received recognition and awards from groups such as the American Institute of Architects, the Association of Licensed Architects, the University of Illinois, and the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.

Professional Experience

Goettsch Partners

2014+                     Architectural Designer


University of Illinois Facilities & Services, Capital Programs Division

2010 - 2014           Architectural Intern 


StudioGC Architecture + BIM

2012 - 2014           Architectural Intern (Summers + Winters)


Ralph E. Hamman, PhD, AIA

2012 - 2013           Architectural Intern



Master of Architecture

2012 - 2014           University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies

2008 - 2012          University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduated with Highest Honors, Deans List, Edmund J. James Scholar (All semesters attended)


Selected Honors + Awards

AIA Henry Adams Medal + Certificate

Gerald K. Slawin Award for Design Construction Integration

Edwin A. Horner Graduate Fellowship

Master of Ceremonies, Illinois School of Architecture Graduation 2014

EDC Green ReScheme Graduate Award, First Place

Graduate Studio Excellence Award (x2)

Robert F. Hastings Memorial Graduate Fellowship

AIA Student Design Merit Award, Northeast Illinois Chapter

Donald E. Bergeson Award for Environmentally Sensitive Design

Edward C. Earl Prize for Excellence in Design (x2)

ARCC King Medal for Excellence in Architecture + Environmental Design (x2)

Association of Licensed Architects Student Merit Award

University of Illinois Facilities & Services Merit Award for Outstanding Performance

Pillsbury Scholarship

Krieg Scholarship

Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society Honoree