Performance Driven, Poetically Crafted Architecture

At SNHA we harness our strength in diversity of projects, collective intelligence, and genuine curiosity to bring architectural solutions to life. We provide impactful design solutions that architecturally express the individual goals, values, and needs of our clients, creating a deep connection between people, information, ideas and resources and the built environment.

Our commercial, civic, institutional, and mission-critical designs embody performance driven, poetically crafted architecture.

Designing Wellness, Renewal and Refuge in Teen Spaces

September 2, 2021
by Magdalena Hebal

The teen years are a unique stage in life — and in spite of what parents of teens might see around the house, it’s not all funny TikTok dances and texting with friends. The transition from adolescence into adulthood can be riddled with anxiety, confusion, and distress; and while these issues were always present and […]

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SNHA takes on the 2030 Commitment

July 26, 2021

In 2019, SNHA became signatories of the 2030 Commitment, formalizing our support of the 2030 Challenge and its goal of carbon neutrality for all new buildings and major renovations by 2030. As a first step, we put together a core AIA 2030 Commitment team, the members of which have been the primary leaders in pulling […]

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Exploring a Silver Lining: The Challenge to Design Next-Gen Outdoor Spaces

July 13, 2021
by Amy Schmieding

As we all look for silver linings in our shared experiences over the past year, one exciting opportunity is our rediscovery of outdoor space. At home, people have invested in outdoor seating, built patios and moved indoor living outside. At school, our kids are having classes, eating lunch and socializing outside. Within our communities, restaurants […]

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5 Things Architecture School Didn’t Teach You About Sustainability

May 26, 2021
by Connie Bank

On-the-job experience is still key to understanding sustainable practices — but a few well-placed hints can point the way to the knowledge you need We have a tremendous amount of hope for the future at SNHA: we are committed to behavioral changes to help alleviate pressure on the environment, and many of our clients are building […]

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The Big Move: How Data Centers Can Translate U.S. Design and Construction Practices into a Blueprint for European Success

May 13, 2021

By Mandi Miller, Associate, Sheehan Nagle Hartray Associates London and  Jorge Torres Maestro, Associate – Program Manager, Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects Chicago We’re all familiar with 2020’s global travel shutdown, and the resulting longing to pick up stakes and explore new destinations. But what if your business travel plans include not just a trip, but […]

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Finding Joy in the Trying and Doing: SNHA Looks Forward

March 12, 2021

Wanting to spend some time looking to the future, we recently asked staff two questions: In 2021, what are you looking forward to professionally and what are you hopeful for personally? What started as a simple exercise meant to break up the work day quickly evolved into a larger conversation and positive-thinking. We’re glad to […]

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Angels and Architecture

January 26, 2021
by Don McKay

The attack on the Capitol building renewed appeals to “the better angels of our nature.” It is a popular appeal when we behave unheroically, destructively and know that we are capable of better. Appeals to our better angels are not about divine intervention, but about bearing witness as a necessary step towards something nobler. In […]

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Surfing a hurricane: How data centers weathered the pandemic’s colossal demand wave — and what other sectors can learn from that resiliency

January 15, 2021
by Duane Hill

Over the past nine months, our daily realities have shifted dramatically. Commutes to busy office buildings and schools have been replaced with work, school and personal lives centered around home — and an almost constant reliance on connectivity and content that allows us to attend meetings, stay in touch with family, get an education, entertain […]

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Dreaming Out Loud: SNHA on the Shape of Future Design

January 5, 2021

Architects and designers have the unique role of shaping the built environment – the buildings, spaces, and landscapes we interact with on a daily basis are quite literally in our hands. As another year ended, we reflect on hardships and successes, and look ahead. And while the future is unknown, the future of design is […]

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Welcome, nice to virtually meet you!

November 19, 2020

While this year has been anything from predictable, one thing remains unchanged: we love that moment of adding a new name to our staff list. Since March alone, we’ve had the pleasure of bringing on 15 new team members, giving us enough practice to adjust to our new approach to onboarding. But with staff working […]

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