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Heidrun Hoppe is recognized as a leading authority in the field of children's facility design.  She has been a guest lecturer on this topic for the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education Program, the Chicago Public Schools, the National Association fo the Education of Young Children, the Illinois Facilities Fund Building Blocks of Design Conference and for various other agencies.  She was a contributing author of The Building Blocks of Design:  A Handbook for Early Childhood Development and editor and co-author of Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places.   Heidi is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

A B O U T  H H A

H E I D R U N   H O P P E  A S S O C I A T E S  is an architecture and planning firm that has developed a speciality in working with clients to create facilities for child care, education and community projects:  children and senior centers, schools, sheltered and therapeutic facilities and many varied public and community assets.  The firm has completed over 70 projects in these fields.   HHA works with nonprofit and for-profit agencies, universities, individuals, municipalities and the US Armed Services.

We also offer design services for commercial, office, religious and residential projects of all types.

Repeat work with former clients attests to the direct and devoted attention every project receives.  Our client's mission becomes our mission and, at the same time, we bring our experience and innovative thinking to bear on looking at all options and opportunities.

HHA often collaborates with the client from the very beginning:  to provide master planning, feasibility, budget and site analysis, programming and many other tasks.  Through these initial steps the firm develops an understanding of the client's goals and restrictions and the needs of the neighborhood and site - information that then informs all design and scheduling decisions throughout the life of the project.

HHA recognizes the importance of the designed environment on every level and carries out projects of every scale:  from new facilities, additions and renovations of existing buildings and homes - including historic structures - to playgrounds, furniture and individual classroom enhancements.  We have designed extensively with the Reggio Emilia child development philosophy and have traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy, for firsthand experience at conferences and site visits.

The educational philosophy of the provider and the needs of communities and populations are carefully considered so that the building and its site will become a real asset in the lives of the students and staff, their families and their community.   Every budget dollar is wisely spent to bring the most beautiful and practical solution to each design issue.

We are committed to the integration of cost-effective sustainable design in our work, and will pursue LEED certification whenever possible.

HHA is a woman-owned business and qualifies as a small business practice.