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.

The Makerspace Movement

March 14, 2019
by Scott Anstandig

8 Reasons the Makerspace Movement is Here to Stay
In an age when smartphones are designed to dominate our attention, we risk depriving young minds of practical problem-solving opportunities. Future employment opportunities will require the application of STEM/STEAM principles to roles that have yet to be created. A culture shift focused less on camping in line for the latest technology, towards a self-empowered “I could do that” attitude is revolutionizing learning across the country.

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SNHA Relocating to One Prudential Plaza April 1

February 21, 2019

Nearly double the size of the firm’s current office at 30 W. Monroe Street, the new 23,615 square-foot, full-floor office features a central communal area, views overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, and a variety of motivating yet functional work spaces for its diverse team of 80-plus employees.

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Independent School Design: Latin School of Chicago Virtual Reality Tour

January 30, 2019

Independent schools are special places. Their distinctive values and educational philosophies create a culture unique unto themselves. This resonates perfectly with Sheehan Nagle Hartray’s situational approach where individual design solutions are favored over universal treatments.
Get an immersive view of Latin School through our Virtual Tour.

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Differentiated Learning

November 9, 2018
by Don McKay

Differentiation is a useful concept across a wide range of scientific, technological and mathematical disciplines. Two forms of differentiation have gained recent cultural relevance—differentiated learning and differentiated experience. They emphasize individual differences as opposed to what we have in common. Differentiation is a common denominator between these two forms, but the values underlying them are distinct, even opposite of one another.

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Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex

November 7, 2018
by Alyx Koch

Ridgeland Common is the 100-year-old flagship facility of the Park District of Oak Park. The new Recreation Complex is a substantial remodeling and expansion of dated indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. SNHA believes that architecture becomes meaningful through interaction with people. This video captures a day in the life of the Complex and its community.

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How Libraries Are Becoming More Relevant Than Ever

October 10, 2018
by Alex Smith

Our diverse and global portfolio has equipped us with an in-depth understanding of technological, cultural, and societal change. With this knowledge, we create architecture that supports and empowers libraries to continue to be epicenters for lifelong learning both today and in the future. Here’s how we think libraries are becoming more relevant than ever. Empower […]

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Virtual Reality Tour: Fountaindale Public Library District

October 2, 2018
by Alex Smith

The vibrant character of the new Fountaindale Public Library is rooted in local community concerns and in pragmatic library design. The building’s underlying structural grid derives from standard bookstack and aisle dimensions. The building’s organically shaped exterior mediates the rational structural grid and the surrounding park environment. The local park system is a primary source […]

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SNHA to Relocate to 1 Prudential Plaza

by Alex Smith

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chicago, IL (October 2, 2018) Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects (SNHA) is pleased to announce it has completed a long-term, full-floor, 23,615-square-foot lease at 1 Prudential Plaza in Chicago. SNHA is a global architectural firm with offices in Chicago and London known for the design of award-winning cultural and educational facilities, as well […]

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A Place in the World: Towards Inclusion

September 25, 2018
by Alex Smith

By Donald McKay, Principal, Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects Finding a place in the world is fundamental to our human condition. Our earliest experiences are familial, finding a place relative to our siblings and parents. School and work expand our world and the challenges of finding our place in it. When we have children, we become concerned […]

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Element Six Breaks Ground on Oregon Lab-Grown Diamond Facility

June 29, 2018
by Jayme Gately

Originally Published by WWD, June 26, 2018 By Karl Hamanaka Element Six on Tuesday begins construction on a $94 million manufacturing facility to produce lab-grown diamonds in a bid to offer customers a more affordable jewelry option that some have dubbed a game-changer for the industry. Part of The De Beers Group of Companies and […]

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