Palatine, Illinois

This new educational facility provides a welcoming and sustainable environment for young learners in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The three-story “house” design encourages a smooth transition to the outside world for children accustomed to being at home. Integrated sustainable features, including a geothermal system, water harvesting, and locally sourced natural materials, earned the school a LEED Gold certification, while also serving as a tool to teach students about conservation.



  • 9,500 SF

  • 10 classrooms with support spaces

  • Commercial kitchen

  • playground

  • 18 parking stalls



Client: Three Oaks Montessori

Architecture: a+c architects

Interior Design: a+c architects

Engineering: 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.