Top Multifamily Architects in Chicago

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The Second City’s Busiest Architects 

When one thinks of tech hubs in America, your mind will usually go straight to Silicon Valley or San Francisco.

Chicago usually isn’t too high on the list, but the Windy City is finally drawing more tech jobs and people into its limits. 

In 2017 and 2018, the city’s tech labor force grew 8% higher than 2015 and 2016.

That’s one reason why there’s so many multifamily construction projects being built in the Loop. 

In addition to tech jobs, Chicago also attracts top-notch architecture talent.

We’re going to be looking at four of the top multifamily architects with the most residential units in their pipelines.  

The first architecture firm on our list is the 2018 AIA Chicago Firm of the Year:

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

BuildCentral’s research shows that there are 2,794 units in either planning or construction. Let’s look at three of HPA’s current projects.  

AMLI 808 

Schedule 

Work is expected to start in spring 2020 and be completed in spring 2022 

Details 

17 stories 

297 apartments 

Ten percent of the units will be affordable 

6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space 

Bicycle parking 

 

MDA 2 

Schedule 

Planning, and a re-bidding will take place later in 2020 

Details 

Seven stories 

5,500 square feet of retail space 

Rooftop pool, amenity space and sixth-floor bridge 

81 units 

 

One Chicago 

Schedule 

Work is underway and should be completed in August 2022 

Details 

Two luxury high-rise towers 

Whole Foods grocery store 

Life Time athletic club 

45,000 square feet of office space  

74 condominiums 

795 apartments 

 

bKL Architecture LLC

According to BuildCentral’s research, there are a combination of 2,696 units in either planning or construction. 

bKL is one of the city’s youngest firms, established in 2010, but don’t let that date fool you.

They’re one of the busiest and most well-respected architectural firms in Chicago.

Here’s three multifamily projects: 

3300 N Clark 

Schedule 

Building permits have been issued and work should be completed in early 2021 

Details 

Nine-story building 

Ground-floor retail and parking podium 

Landscaped roof terrace 

140 units 

 

Cascade 

Schedule 

Under construction and work should be completed in late 2022 

Details 

37-story tower 

New park and pool deck 

Multiple communal lounges and shared fire pits 

503 apartments 

 

300 North Michigan Tower 

Schedule 

Under construction and work should be completed in late 2021 

Details 

47 stories 

25,000 square feet of retail space 

Top-floor amenities 

280-room CitizenM hotel 

290 residential units  

 



Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, Inc.

According to BuildCentral’s research, there are a combination of 2,121 units in either planning or construction. 

SCB is working on projects from Boston all the way to Oakland and is one of the most respected firms in the country.

Here’s three of their multifamily projects in Chicago

Ogden Commons Phase I 

Schedule 

Sitework is underway and work should be completed in early 2021 

Details 

Three stories 

50,000 square feet of commercial space 

Space for Sinai Health systems 

111 apartments with 90% being affordable 

 344 North Canal Apartment Tower 

Schedule 

Planning, and public hearings are scheduled all through 2020 

Details 

33 stories 

124 spaces in a parking garage 

Small retail space 

1,800-square-foot dog run 

343 apartments, with ten percent being affordable 

 

Fremont Square 

Schedule 

Still in the planning stages 

Details 

40-story tower 

Three stories of commercial space 

500 units 

 

Pappageorge Haymes Partners

According to BuildCentral’s research, there are a combination of 1,746 units in either planning or construction. 


In addition to commercial projects, Pappageorge Haymes often will design private residences.

Here’s three of their multifamily projects in Chicago. 

North Union Apartment Tower 

Schedule 

A building permit has been issued and work should be completed in summer 2022 

Details 

Thirty stories 

170 parking spaces 

Pedestrial bridge 

373 apartments, with ten affordable units 

 Peabody School Redevelopment 

Schedule 

A building permit has been issued and internal demolition and cleaning is underway 

Details 

Conversion of four-story former school 

54,000 square feet 

23 luxury apartments 

Attached parking garage with an elevator and rooftop terrace 

 

800 N. Milwaukee 

Schedule 

Planning stages, and a building permit application has not been submitted 

Details 

Seven stories 

Ground-floor commercial space and 23 parking spaces 

97 apartments 

 

We’re positive that these top multifamily architects will continue to help shape Chicago’s skyline.

 

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Andy Jerrick
Andy has been a part of BuildCentral since 2014 and is currently supervising the MultiFamily research team. He has his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from Olivet Nazarene University and can be found disc golfing when not engrossed in construction.
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