Edward Deegan Architects is a full-service design firm specializing in traditional architecture and interior design. We provide an intentional and time-honored approach for fully custom new construction, renovations, historic preservation, design finishes and furnishings. Our reputation for excellence garners a portfolio spanning the North Shore of Chicago and beyond.
Our projects draw inspiration across time and genre, honoring historical context while modernizing and designing spaces to reflect our unique lifestyles. Our work is honest and original, yet comfortably familiar. We strive to marry the everyday needs of our clients with a desire to create something truly exceptional.
In January 2014, EDA began as a full-service design firm offering both architecture and interior design services. Our office is based just north of Chicago, but our work stretches across multiple states including Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. While we are first and foremost an architectural firm, Ed has always maintained a holistic approach to design, considering the interiors from each projects’ inception. Our in-house designers help to bring the architectural spaces to completion by introducing the final touches that reflect the personality of the client and EDA’s own style. The interiors team has now expanded enough to take on its own interior design projects, independent of our architectural services.
We take on a limited number of custom projects per year, in a range of needs and scope, in an effort to maintain personal attention to detail and high caliber creative execution.
Furnishings & Accessories
Cabinetry & Millwork
Who are we?
The team at EDA is uniquely positioned to offer impeccable, individualized attention to each project with a select group of talented designers and architects. We value and foster a collaborative environment both internally and with our trusted vendors. As an intentionally small firm we offer a boutique, full-service experience to our select clientele. Our Principal, Ed Deegan, is directly involved in all aspects of a project from start to finish; overseeing the team while championing their talents.
Ed Deegan, NCARB, AIA
B.Arch from Drury University. Master’s of Architecture from The University of Notre Dame.
Licensed in: IL, MI, WI, MA.
Ed lives in Lake Bluff, IL with his wife and three daughters and is an active member of the community. He loves spending time with his daughters as they ride horses, dance, and play with the family golden doodles. His family and work keep him well occupied, but he tries to stay as active as possible, and enjoys the occasional swim on his lunch break.
Senior Design Associate
B.S. in Interior Design from The University of Alabama.
Katy is the head of our interiors team and lead project manager. She was born and raised in Lake Bluff, IL but has since moved down to the city where she lives with her fiancé. When she’s not busy travelling, you can find her cheering on the Tide from home; and you’ll rarely catch her without a fresh manicure.
Barbara Ankenman, CPA (Non-Practicing)
B.S.B.A. in Accounting from The Ohio State University.
Barbara manages our office in Kenilworth, taking on many roles including but not limited to: accountant, payroll manager and general administrative wizard - always with a cup of tea in hand. Barbara lives in Lake Bluff as well, and loves travelling to new places, exploring nature and local histories.
B.S. in Architecture & Masters in Architecture from Andrews University.
James hails from Hutchinson, Minnesota and now lives in Chicago. He spearheaded EDA’s launch out of the dark ages and into the 3D world of Revit. Outside of work he loves a good cross country road trip on his motorcycle and he plays just about every musical instrument you can think of.
Bachelors in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mike currently lives in Grayslake, and is pursuing licensure. While attending IIT, he cultivated his passion for model-making and furniture design. He works on his car religiously and has been saving up to buy a house for what seems like an eternity.
B.A. in Interior Design from Miami University
Cristin moved to Chicago from the vast, never ending cornfield that is Ohio. As part of our interiors team, she specializes in cabinet drawings and helps with finish & furniture selections. She is counting down the days until she can get a dog.
Erin Welch, NCIDQ
B.A. in Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
A.A.S. Interior Design, Arapahoe College