we are cotter

Our team is our greatest asset

In 1990 Anne Cotter founded Cotter Consulting Inc., a woman-owned firm in Chicago, that provides comprehensive program management, project management, and construction management services for diverse corporate, public and institutional clients. Cotter is a purpose-driven organization that contributes to project success and provides value to its clients through leadership and results.

Our team is our greatest asset. Our experts include 95+ architects, engineers, construction managers, and LEED AP’s. We tailor our services and staffing to meet the needs of each client, organization, and project. From preconstruction to closeout, our project leaders provide the expertise and dedication to achieve each client’s vision for success.


We are purpose-driven.

We embrace your project vision as our own.

We build relationships.

We deliver projects that support your goals.

Cotter Culture

We are proud to be a certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE)

Cotter is certified as a WBE firm by the City of Chicago and also as a WOSB by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Cotter is recognized as a WBE by the Women’s Business Council – Southwest.


We are committed to providing meaningful project opportunities for diverse firms in the AEC Industry

Cotter has evolved into the firm we are today because of the opportunities provided by larger firms to gain experience and build a professional staff with the capabilities to serve as prime consultant on projects. Since then, we have actively provided up-and-coming firms with the same opportunities. We are proud of our average engagement of over 80% MBE/WBE/DBE participation on our prime contracts. We are committed to supporting these firms so that together we can build a broader pool of experienced and diverse professionals in the AEC industry.

the cotter way

Dedicated to our rich professional culture

For the past 33 years, Cotter has built a firm centered around integrity, expertise and a rich, vibrant company culture. Our commitment at Cotter is to provide an environment and culture that offers our team members the freedom and confidence to do their best each day and to grow in their professional lives. Our creative and diverse team is always curious and driven to deliver the best project solution.

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Ownership Mentality
  • Respect for Others
  • Engagement with our World
  • Purpose Driven
Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement

We relentlessly pursue improvement in our work processes and the delivery of our services.

Ownership Mentality

Ownership Mentality

We own the results of our firm, the experience our clients have with us, and our own experience in the firm. We own our future.

Respect for Others

Respect for Others

Always having respect for others, we make every effort to understand one another and to build trust. We inspire both personal and professional growth through the work that we do. We are constantly seeking opportunities to further teamwork on projects.

Engagement with our World

Engagement with our World

We are guardians of our community resources and stewards of our client’s resources. We actively engage in our communities.

Purpose Driven

Purpose Driven

We personally embrace each client’s vision as our own. Our professional experts are relationship-driven, learning-oriented and adaptable. We are problem solvers that deliver quality work, seamlessly.

LEAD Approach

Our recipe for achieving client success


We help clients define the project by listening and establishing goals. Together, we will answer the big questions and form a plan.


We partner on successful projects that are the result of collaboration and strong relationships among the project team.


We guide clients through the continual and complex decision-making involved in the design and construction process.


We ensure that the design meets all program requirements and that the work is completed on time and within budget.

cotter community way

We take pride in giving back to the community

Cotter’s core DNA is based upon engagement with our world and giving back. Our team actively supports a wide variety of charitable causes that help to improve lives in the communities we serve.

community cotter
Cotter Gets Involved: Repacking for the Greater Chicago Food Depository
Cotter Participates in Chicago River Day
cotter academy

We empower our people to solve complex problems

At Cotter, we champion the professional growth of our team through a rigorous training program that ensures the highest level of professional practice. Cotter Academy is our forum to foster continuous improvement, customized training and exposure to best practices in technology tools and systems.