Matthew E. Novesky

Associate Principal


Since joining WJE in 2000, Matthew Novesky has been involved in numerous assignments related to the inspection, investigation, and repair of distressed conditions in existing buildings. He has performed evaluations of brick, terra cotta, stone masonry, concrete, and glass facades. Mr. Novesky has conducted numerous condition surveys and prepared documents for the repair of both contemporary and historic landmark buildings and structures. He is a senior member of the WJE Difficult Access Team, which utilizes industrial rope access techniques to perform inspections, evaluations, and investigations.

Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Novesky worked with Kellermeyer, Godfryt, Hart (KGH), an architecture and engineering firm specializing in facade evaluation and repairs. While with this firm, he was responsible for construction observation and documentation as well as preparation of repair drawings.


Cathodic Protection

  • Marshall Field's State Street (now Macy's) - Chicago, IL: Design and installation of a cathodic protection system on twenty-three terra cotta clad columns


Difficult Access

  • AT&T/USG Building - Chicago, IL: Facade inspection of granite-clad facade
  • Book Cadillac Hotel - Detroit, MI: Facade evaluation of historic terra cotta, limestone, and brick masonry facade
  • Tribune Tower - Chicago, IL: Facade inspection of historic limestone facade


Field Inspection

  • Mallers Building (5 South Wabash) - Chicago, IL: Condition and explosion damage assessment
  • Navy Pier - Chicago, IL: Collapse assessment of precast double-tee parking deck
  • 65 East Goethe - Chicago, IL: Condition assessment and leakage investigation
  • 900/910 North Lake Shore Drive - Chicago, IL: Condition assessment


Historic Preservation

  • Chicago Symphony Center - Chicago, IL: 1900s masonry theatre
  • Kentucky State Capital - Frankfort: Limestone office building
  • Marquette Building - Chicago, IL: 1890s terra cotta skyscraper
  • Page Brothers Building - Chicago, IL: 1880s cast iron office building


Masonry and Terra Cotta Evaluation and Repair

  • 11 South LaSalle - Chicago, IL
  • 35 East Wacker - Chicago, IL
  • 219 East Lake Shore Drive - Chicago, IL: Reconstruction and repair of terra cotta cornice
  • Tribune Tower - Chicago, IL
Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI)


Architect in IL


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1998
Master of Architecture, Structures Option, 2000