Architect Steve Saunders retires

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Steve Saunders
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Steve Saunders, a founding principal of Eckenhoff Saunders Architects (ESA), has retired.

Saunders, who left on Nov. 30, is responsible for many buildings throughout Chicago and the surrounding area. He started the practice in 1983 with Walter Eckenhoff.

His work includes the Allerton Hotel renovation, the Museum of Broadcast and Communication, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association Headquarters, Westell’s Corporate Headquarters, multiple medical buildings for DuPage Medical Group, and more than 50 industrial buildings, ESA says in a statement.

Stevehas held leadership positions with the River Forest Plan Commission, AIA Chicago, AIA Illinois, Washington University and Jane Addams Hull House Association.

“Steve’s retirement is an important step in a well-planned transition plan that started 15 years ago and has evolved into a clear vision for the future leadership at ESA,” the statement said.

“Steve will continue to work with several non-profit organizations and will focus on his other passion, photography. Steve’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois State Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography as well as numerous corporate and private collections.

“Steve recently published his first book, SilverDust, available on Amazon, a collection of 52 images with a foreword by noted author and physicist, Alan Lightman,” the statement said.

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