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.



Northlight Theater Returning to Evanston

Northlight Theatre was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune after receiving a $3M donation to help the organization…


Howard Brown Health Halsted – Multiple Awards Finalist

Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards in their healthcare category. The Merit Awards have celebrated Chicago’s most noteworthy projects…


345 N Morgan – Brick in Architecture Award Recipient

The 2023 Brick in Architecture Awards recently announced 345 North Morgan in Chicago’s Fulton Market placed Best In…


1616 Orrington

YIMBY Chicago recently profiled the restoration of the 5-story Fountain Square Building in downtown Evanston. Shapack Partners retained…


925 West Belmont

Urbanize recently profiled a new 11-story mixed-use residential building designed by Eckenhoff Saunders that is located at 925…


METROPOLIS Celebrates the Arch30 Chicago Cohort

METROPOLIS’s Arch30 program recognizes the next generation of leadership in architecture, with leading firms in a city identifying…


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.