Aimee Eckmann

Principal, K-12 Education Practice Leader, Chicago

Aimee began her practice in architecture as an interior design student. At the time, one of her college professors—an architect—noticed she excelled in design, and encouraged her to enroll in the architecture program. The rest is history. Aimee went on to achieve her master’s degree in architecture, building a career on a foundation of planning and interiors principles.

Designing spaces to support students is Aimee’s passion. She’s inspired by children’s creativity, and loves working with them to help inform the design of their space. Her proudest  moments are each time a project opens. She feels immense joy watching educators, students, and community members rally around their new school.

When she’s not designing education spaces or spending time with her son, Aimee enjoys drawing and painting—a testament to the holistic, creative approach that she applies to her practice.


Shanghai American School; High School Entry
"I consider myself lucky to be able to see the world as part of my job."
Pictured above is one of several projects for the Shanghai American School in China.
Accepting an ACE mentor award
Aimee serves on the Board of ACE Mentor Chicago and was a mentor and team leader for over a decade.
“A new school will serve its community for decades to come. For most stakeholders involved in an education project, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Campus International School, Cleveland Ohio
Working with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Cleveland State University, this campus for an International Baccalaureate program was created on a tight urban site of only 1.75 acres. Recognized by AIA Chicago with the Distinguished Building Award, 2018 Citation of Merit and Learning By Design: 2017 Grand Prize Award.
Aimee's family
Aimee is inspired by her child, and understands how kids are creative and full of surprises. She enjoys being around the energy of children, which helps her understand what they need out of a learning environment.

Aimee's Featured Work

Local Art
Dena’ina Elementary School
Wasilla, Alaska
High School Stacks
William Jones College Preparatory High School
Chicago, Illinois
Ryan Middle School
Fairbanks, Alaska
Chicago, Illinois
Ballou Senior High School
Washington, D.C.
Springfield High School
Springfield, Pennsylvania
American International School of Guangzhou Science Park Campus
Guangzhou, China