Eckenhoff Saunders is a Chicago-based architecture, planning, and interior design firm. Our work is defined by innovative problem-solving, client-centered service, technical expertise, and practical experience.

We collaborate with diverse organizations in the healthcare, educational, hospitality, non-profit, commercial, financial, and industrial markets to develop meaningful design solutions that enhance the lives of those who experience our buildings.



345 N Morgan – AIA Chicago Lerch Bates People’s Choice Award Finalist

345 N Morgan, a new 11-story, 230,000 sf commercial office building in Fulton Market, is a finalist for…


345 N Morgan – AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award Finalist

345 N Morgan is a finalist for AIA Chicago’s Design Excellence Awards for their Interior Architecture L category…


345 N Morgan Wins Three IIDA RED Awards

Eckenhoff Saunders received three Recognizing Exemplary Design (RED) Awards from the Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design…


2023 Crain’s Coolest Offices

345 N Morgan earned the distinction as one of the coolest offices in Chicago, per Crain’s Chicago’s Business.…


RUSH West Loop Opens

Eckenhoff Saunders proudly teamed up with Rush University Medical Center (RUSH) for the opening of their new 6,000…


Illinois Real Estate Journal Awards

Eckenhoff Saunders received the Architecture Firm of the Year and the Interior Design Award – Urban for work…


Rather than specialize, Eckenhoff Saunders relishes in a broad diversity of practice. We enjoy designing places of learning and healing, rejuvenation and play, and places of industry, worship, and work. This variety of experience and passion for what’s next keeps our professionals nimble and engaged, always learning and always growing.

Interior Design

It’s through the lens of textures, patterns, colors and materials that the built world comes into focus and its character and moods are revealed.  By the deft use of this palette and scale, by showing restraint or taking a chance, our designers coax environments to communicate their living character. With each design, we seek to partner with the architecture to provide a rich landscape infused with meaning and that expresses the message our clients place in our care.

Master Planning

Where to?– It’s with a vision of the destination that each journey begins–but in which direction do we travel, what paths must we follow to get there?  By Masterplanning, we help you methodically navigate the due diligence process that lies between Vision and Building.  Every plan will travel a unique path of survey, assessment, programming, planning, and budgeting but each will arrive at your built destination with a clear understanding of why this is where you belong and with a plan of how you can get there.

Our Clients & Partners

We work with some of Chicago’s most exciting companies, schools, and institutions. At ESA, we take pride in the level of service we provide to every project, big or small. Below are just a few of the great clients we take pride in working with daily.