We are pleased to announce that Ann D’Acquisto was honored as one of the 2020 Women in Construction by The Daily Reporter. Ann is a well-respected team member and inspiring role model. Her strong leadership skills, commitment to mentorship, technical expertise and passion for the profession make her a truly worthy honoree.

Ann has a BS in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. The early years of her career included experience in project management at a construction company, work in the construction division of a residential real estate firm, and time with a kitchen and bath design company. While she was gaining valuable experience, her passion was for senior living design and her goal was to focus her career in senior living.

Ann’s passion for senior living is deeply personal. Growing up, her grandmother was a shut-in. Caregiving was part of the daily routine for the entire family, from the moment her grandmother woke up until it was time for bed. Ann played her role in meal delivery and companionship throughout this timeframe. As her grandmother’s care needs increased, she was eventually moved to a nursing home, which 40 years ago was an institution nothing like today’s standards of care. The horrible conditions, from the smell to seeing her grandmother locked into a wheelchair, left a deep impression on Ann. She vowed to make a difference, so no one else had to endure an experience like that. In architecture school, she even focused her thesis on senior living—which is an area most students don’t express an interest in.

In 1997, when she interviewed for a job at the firm that is now known as AG, the principal at the time questioned why she would want to drive from Port Washington to Elm Grove every day. She clearly expressed her story and passion for senior living. She wanted to work with a firm that focused on senior living, and she has been part of the AG Team ever since.

Over the last 23 years, she has grown in her role with AG to now being a Senior Associate and the Team Lead of one of AG’s three senior living teams. She works on a daily basis with key clients and multi-million-dollar budgets. She has served as the key point of contact on complex development projects that incorporate hospitality, residential and health care design. From intricate approval processes to construction document preparation and construction administration, Ann knows what it takes to guide and document a project from concept through construction to successful completion. AG is known for its ability to bring certainty and predictability to the construction process, and Ann is one of the reasons why.

“Ann is always an advocate for the client/owner out in the construction field. Her attention to detail and extensive knowledge of construction is evident throughout the construction process. She is able to respond to issues and answer questions that come up during construction quickly and effectively. Ann is someone you want on your team and by your side during the construction process.” Jessica Basile, Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning & Design | Franciscan Ministries (Chicago, IL)

Perhaps Ann’s greatest strength is her unwavering drive to manage the day-to-day challenges typically presented during the design and construction process head on. She has proven to be a passionate advocate of client engagement, ensuring a client’s vision is expressed in the construction documents and the end product the client receives is everything they dreamed. While she strives to achieve a finished product that is better than what the client envisioned, she more importantly aims to make sure the environments constructed are places senior living residents are proud to call home.

“Ann looks at a construction project from all angles and really cares about the customers she is working with. Her attention to detail is a cut above the rest from day one in planning to the post-construction review. She gives each project her personal touch, which is not only beneficial to her customers but also helps ease any anxiety since they know she truly cares and will give each project her complete attention!Christopher August, Corporate EVS & Safety Director | Smith Senior Living (Chicago, IL)

As a team leader at AG, Ann works with many young women in the office from the time they graduate through their professional advancement to becoming AG project managers or taking on other construction industry jobs. She is an exceptional mentor and teacher to all of the young professionals as well as a trusted advisor to fellow team members. Ann draws from her own personal growth with the firm, advancing from intern to project manager to team lead. She has a keen understanding of what it takes for a woman to succeed in the construction industry, and how to balance the demands of a successful career while prioritizing family. With 29% of AG’s office being women, Ann is a role model whose actions and attitude support the ever-expanding percentage of women in AG’s office.

“Ann is an exceptional team leader. I have never worked for anyone who cares as much as she does for both her team and her projects. Ann is excellent in both leading the big picture on a project with clients and also running the document production. She works hard to get all the details exactly right. She is also exemplary in taking projects into the field. I strive to emulate her calmness and thoroughness in approaching construction conflicts.” Megan Scott, AIA, LEED AP | AG Architecture

While Ann maintains a demanding work schedule, including travel to AG’s portfolio of national senior living projects, she is family focused. She has supported her son’s involvement in school activities over the years, volunteering, fundraising, baking and craft making for Music Boosters, Forensics, Band and Musicals. Her “Martha Stewart” talents have resulted in 100’s of creations sold to benefit Port Washington High School. During the recent COVID-19 #safeathome quarantine, she also used her artistic skills to bring comfort to senior living residents at the nursing home where her dad is residing. In addition to climbing a ladder for visits with her dad, she made over 100 cards for residents to let them know they are cared for and loved.

Ann brings this personal touch to all that she does. Her team members, colleagues and clients appreciate the heart and passion that comes along with her architectural and construction knowledge and expertise. As she celebrates 23 years with AG, it represents a successful career of making her mark on construction projects and paving the way for the next generation of women in architecture and construction. Passion, empathy, hard work and dedication, not to mention knowledge and talent, make Ann a key leader at AG Architecture and a noteworthy woman in construction.