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.



Plan Commission Approves 2328 S. Michigan

The Chicago Plan Commission recently approved the development of 2328 S. Michigan, a new commercial mixed-use/256-unit apartment complex…


1016 West Jackson Blvd.

Eckenhoff Saunders is partnering with Mavrek Development on a new mixed-use/residential development in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The…


“Cor” 3D Art Display Featured on NBC 5 Chicago

Eckenhoff Saunders Principal Jeff Conner, AIA, LEED AP, was recently featured on NBC 5 Chicago to discuss “cor”…


Howard Brown Health Halsted Receives AIA National Design Excellence Award

The American Institute of Architects announced that Eckenhoff Saunders has won a 2024 AIA Healthcare Design Award for…


Howard Brown Health Halsted Wins Medical Property of the Year

REjournals announced that Eckenhoff Saunders won medical property of the year at the Illinois REjournal 2024 Real Estate…


Lutz Family Center Annex Opens for After School Matters

Eckenhoff Saunders collaborated with After School Matters (ASM) for the opening of their new 2,000 sf annex at…


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.