Avison Young continues to bolster US Workplace Consulting practice

Avison Young continues to bolster US Workplace Consulting practice February 15, 2023

Michelle Osburn joins as Principal and Senior Director specializing in the transformation workplace in a digital hybrid world

Chicago, IL – Avison Young today announces the addition of Michelle Osburn as Principal and Senior Director to become the firm’s U.S. Workplace Consulting team leader, based in Chicago, IL. She will lead the team to continue expanding, strengthening, developing the practice and advising clients on how to best support their people and their business.

“Michelle’s consulting background is a unique combination of workplace strategy, change management, business operations, technology and innovation – a strategic enhancement to our growing professional services practice,” said Sheila Botting, Principal and President, Americas Professional Services. “Michelle will chart new pathways to help our clients navigate the shifting dynamics of the ever-changing hybrid work environment.”

Osburn brings more than 25 years of project management, consulting and workplace realignment experience to Avison Young. Throughout her career, Osburn has delivered innovation and business growth in disruptive times through relationship development, effective cross-functional collaboration, and an unwavering commitment to providing superior client service. Osburn worked at Perkins&Will for more than 10 years, leading their Workplace Strategy practice in Chicago with a wide variety of clients including United, Underwriters Laboratories, Waste Management and KPMG.

“I’m incredibly excited to join forces with Avison Young, a firm that is transforming the industry with their approach to helping their clients create spaces that help meet their workplace goals,” said Osburn. “Avison Young’s reputation of being a nimble, people-focused company aligns with my values making the firm the perfect fit for me and I look forward to connecting my network to the firm’s opportunities within the workplace strategies practice.”  

Osburn’s appointment is part of Avison Young’s vigorous approach to grow its consultative real estate solution offerings - including Corporate Real Estate Consulting, Project and Construction Management, all part of the firm’s ongoing transformation and expansion across North America.

Avison Young creates real economic, social and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, powered by people. As a private company, our clients collaborate with an empowered partner who is invested in their success. Our integrated talent realizes the full potential of real estate by using global intelligence platforms that provide clients with insights and advantage. Together, we can create healthy, productive workplaces for employees, cities that are centers for prosperity for their citizens, and built spaces and places that create a net benefit to the economy, the environment and the community.

Avison Young is a 2022 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for 11 consecutive years.

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  • Sheila Botting, Principal & President, Americas Professional Services, Toronto: +1.416.673.4059
  • Michelle Osburn, Principal & Senior Director, U.S. Workplace Consulting, Chicago: +1.312.810.4909