Walter Eckenhoff, FAIA, ACHA | Founding Principal

Walter Eckenhoff

Walt co-founded ESA in 1983. In the past 25 years he has overseen the design and construction of $1 billion in new healthcare facilities. These include four hospital campuses for the NorthShore University HealthSystem—Evanston, Highland Park, Glenbrook and Skokie—as well as three outpatient family care campuses for Ingalls Health System and two research structures in the Evanston/Northwestern University Research Park.
Walt’s planning and design experience also includes banking, education, hospitality and industrial projects.
His diverse portfolio includes two Unicom Thermal Technologies cooling plants (both of which won design awards from AIA Chicago), the Northern Trust Company Canal Center (900,000 s.f. of banking back-office space), the $52 million Southgate Market retail center, and the 26-story Dana Hotel.
Walt has been chair of the board of trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and currently serves as the chair for the development of the new Chicago Architecture Center. He has chaired the Design Review Commission and the Sustainable Working Group for the Village of Glencoe, Illinois and served on its Plan Commission.
He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and was awarded Distinguished Alumni status in 2009.