Three Oaks Montessori School provides a warm home where children from Chicago’s northwest suburbs can learn in a sustainable environment. It was important that the building has an at home feel to complement the surrounding architecture.



The three-story, 9,586 sq.ft. house design also encourages a smooth transition for children accustomed to being at home to the outside world. Sustainable features including a geothermal system, water harvesting, and locally sourced natural materials not only bring the school to a LEED Gold rating but teach students about how to conserve and save energy. The school contains ten classrooms with support spaces, a commercial kitchen, and a playground, and 18 parking stalls.



Architectural, engineering and interior design: a+ c architects

Civil: HK Consultants

Landscape: Shen Associates

Structural: UTM Engineering

Photography:  Patsy McEnroe Photography


We are a group of architects and engineers working collaboratively to make a positive impact on the built environment.  From our large light filled studio, we focus our energy on diverse projects, working together to create spaces that will inspire and hold meaning for our clients and the collective community.  Regardless of project type or scale, we see every design as an opportunity to fulfill client goals and fuel our passion for architecture.