About 845

845 Design Group provides comprehensive, community-focused architectural services to public and private sector clients.

From pre-design to occupancy, and everywhere in between, we help clients through all of their architectural needs. Our metric based approach supports the delivery of innovative, informed solutions that advance client goals and position them to better serve their communities.

845 Design Group is a full-service architectural design firm dedicated to creating informed designs that contribute to our client’s success.

Incorporated in 2012 by founding principals, Megan Harte, and Jamie Zaura, 845 Design Group has a passion for opening the lines of communication, relationship building, and community-based projects that positively impact the lives of those that live, work and heal in our spaces.

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We believe in practicing what you preach and are dedicated to serving our profession and our communities. One of our founding members serves on the board for our professional organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the other is a Village Trustee in her community. 845 Design Group has over 25 years combined experience in healthcare, municipal, commercial and residential markets. 845 Design Group is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) with the State of Illinois, Cook County, City of Chicago and the National Women’s Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Our firm name comes from the address of the building where Megan and Jamie first formed their friendship; 845 W. Harrison, is the address of the architecture building on UIC’s campus. The selection of the firm name was to serve as a reminder for the role architecture plays in our lives, buildings are the stage where relationships form and life takes place.

Our Guiding Principles


This is the principle upon which our firm was founded, and as such we value connections with our clients, communities, employees, and consultants.


Being honest and accountable in all of our endeavors.

Quality of Life

Dedication to deliver innovative design solutions that enhance the quality of life.


Enthusiastic commitment to our client, community and our profession.

Meet Your Trusted Team

Chicago Architect Megan Harte

Founding Principal

La Grange Architect, Jamie Zaura

Founding Principal

Illinois Architect, Nick Bernardi

Project Architect

Chicago Interior Designer, Aisling Gray


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