KTJY announces new hires

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KTGY Architecture + Planning has announced it has hired Joy DeWitt and Ralitsa Todorova as job captains at the firm’s Chicago/Midwest office. Together, DeWitt and Todorova bring more than 14 years of architecture and design experience in the healthcare, mixed-use and senior housing sectors, among others, the practice says in a news release.

Ralitsa Todorova
Ralitsa Todorova

“Joy and Ralitsa perfectly complement the team at our growing Chicago office, as they both have extensive experience within the sectors in which KTGY specializes,” said the Chicago office’s principal architect David M. Kennedy. “We’re excited to leverage their exceptional talents and continue the firm’s Midwestern expansion into the healthcare, mixed-use, senior housing and retail space.”

As job captains, DeWitt and Todorova, both 31, will oversee construction document production and building coordination for a number of national projects out of KTGY’s Chicago/Midwest office. Both will also manage design solutions, code analysis and space planning on behalf of the firm.

Joy Dewitt
Joy DeWitt

Before joining KTGY, DeWitt worked at Chicago-based PFB Architects as a project manager, specializing in healthcare and senior living developments. During that time, she was involved in a number of medical projects at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Previously, DeWitt also spent several years in Tianjin, China, working on master-planning competitions, high-rise housing and several commercial projects. She earned a master’s degree in architecture and a bachelor’s degree in design architectural studies from the University of Nebraska. Additionally, DeWitt is a certified Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) through the Construction Specifications Institute.

Todorova comes to KTGY from Chicago-based FitzGerald Associates Architects, where she spent two years working alongside architects to develop feasibility studies and designs for multiple mixed-use, mid-rise residential and single-family housing developments. She previously served in a junior architect role at SAS Architects & Planners, where she led designs for healthcare and senior living facilities. Prior to that, Todorova managed commercial tenant build-out projects, focusing primarily on restaurant and foodservice design, for Chipman Design Architecture. She graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

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