Passionate architects and interior designers, we work as one integrated team with one another and with our clients.

Together, we use the power of design to unlock value.

We believe that a successful project begins with a successful partnership, and that is why we strive to establish a long-term, trusting relationship with each client.


Established in 1996, we started Wright Heerema Architects with a singular mission: to deliver the highest level of design and service to our most demanding clients. In the first five years, our talented professionals successfully completed over 5 million square feet of projects. Our work has garnered recognition from some of the industry’s most respected organizations.

From our roots in corporate headquarters and commercial offices, we’ve expanded our portfolio to include interior architecture, hospitality, laboratories, and multifamily buildings.

Based in the historic Marquette Building in Chicago’s Loop, our open and collaborative space reflects our innovative spirit. Our interdisciplinary team of designers and architects collaborate seamlessly as we firmly believe the best ideas can surface when we work together.

Wright Heerema Architects engage closely with clients, striving not just to understand what they want but why. Through thoughtful listening, we craft creative solutions that surpass expectations, delivering spaces that inspire and excite.

Established 1996

Over 5 million square feet of projects in our first 5 years


We work hand-in-hand with our clients to design spaces that help solve their business challenges. This starts with achieving a mutual understanding of not only what they seek, but why they seek it. We bring together interior designers and architects on a collaborative team, believing best ideas always surface when we work as one.

With respect for our clients and our colleagues, we engage in thoughtful listening and value the insights we gain from working collaboratively. By considering clients’ needs, aspirations and economics, we design creative solutions that generate excitement.



  • Stephen T. Wright, AIA, LEED AP, Principal
  • Roger Heerema, AIA, Principal
  • Daniel J. Elkins, AIA, Principal
  • Ken Wardingley, AIA, Principal, Bio & Pharma Lead
  • Daniele Mannucci, Associate Principal
  • Otniel Tigu, LEED AP BD+C , Associate Principal
  • Scott Rubel, AIA, Technical Director, Associate Principal
  • Ellen Lieder, IIDA LEED GA, Senior Interior Designer, Associate
  • Luke Heerema, Director of Business Development, Associate
  • Laurel Sieber, Project Manager, Associate


We are talented. We are qualified. We are award-winning.

Our work has been recognized by some of the industry’s most respected organizations. Following are a few examples of our recent accolades.