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Manske Dieckmann Thompson, is a professional design firm with offices in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, registered in the State of Illinois. We have extensive experience in all phases of practice, design, and construction and our projects have ranged in scale from small-scale renovations to multi-million dollar new construction. 


MDT has frequently collaborated with and is now the successor firm to Manske Architects of St. Louis, Missouri, founded in 1927 by Larry's grandfather. We offer architectural, interior design, and planning services, with consulting engineering services provided by experienced consultants with whom we have long standing relationships.


Our work ranges in type from modest residential renovations to large scale industrial projects. We have significant experience in design for non-for-profit and community health organizations as well as residential and commercial architecture and interiors. In addition, we regularly work with industrial and agricultural clients from concept through construction administration. Working with a diverse group of clients to realize their design goals is what MDT is all about. 


MDT has worked on numerous projects in Chicago and the surrounding area, as well as a number of projects across the United States. Our firm has led projects in several states including Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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Larry Dieckmann, AIA, is a LEED-AP and partner in MDT. He was a principal in the Hawkweed Group and a co-author of The Hawkweed Passive Solar House Book. Over the course of his career as a principal or employee of prominent Chicago-area firms he has gained wide experience in a broad range of building types and sizes, from single-family homes to high-rise housing to large institutional projects. Larry has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was an instructor in the Energy Professional Development Program of the American Institute of Architects and participated in an evaluation of PC-based CAD software, also for the AIA, for a series of articles in Architecture magazine. He has served as a Technical Assistance Consultant for the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



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Patrick Thompson, AIA, is a LEED-AP BD+C and partner in MDT and has been a principal or employee of prominent Chicago-area firms since 1984. A graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Pennsylvania, he has extensive experience with health-care and not-for profit clients and has been a Technical Assistance Consultant for the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Patrick currently serves on the Boards of Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) and Uptown United as well as the Leadership Council of the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture.  When not minding the shop at MDT he enjoys spending time at his Iowa farm.



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Kate joined MDT after completing her Masters Degree at the University of Virginia. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and worked as a paralegal for several years before returning to school, first studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then in Virginia where she earned her M.Arch. In addition to being an illustrator and sculptor she is also a musician who loves engaging with our clients about their creative aspirations.



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Kathy was born and raised in Chicago and calls Lincoln Square home. She graduated with a B.Arch. from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2015 and spent five years designing residential projects all over the city before joining MDT in 2020. She is the proud daughter of two Polish immigrants and likes to spend her paychecks on live comedy and house plants.



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Rocío is from Santiago, Chile where she was born, raised and studied to be an architect.  She graduated from Universidad Del Desarrollo, working independently and always searching for new opportunities, taking the challenge of moving to a new job, in a new country.  Rocío is endlessly curious, connecting with local networks and communities, leveraging tools and information sources and exploring the language and culture.  Rocío joined MDT in December 2022, and since has been discovering the outstanding architecture of the Windy City and surroundings!



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Max is an architectural designer who joined MDT in 2023. He received his B.S. Arch from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he participated in a year-long exchange program at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallès in Barcelona. Upon finishing undergrad as the Covid-19 Pandemic took way, Max headed to Washington University in St. Louis where he completed his Masters in Architecture. In his free time, Max enjoys photography and being disappointed by Chicago sports teams.




Darius joined the MDT team in August 2023 as an architectural designer.  Darius grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he earned a Bachelors of Architectural Studies in 2018 and a Masters of Architecture in 2021. After graduating he moved to Lakeview where he currently resides. Outside of work, Darius enjoys portrait photography, going to movie theaters and traveling. Through school and beyond he has been an active member of the National Architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, where he currently serves as the National Events Coordinator. 




Monica joined MDT as an architectural designer in 2023 after completing her Masters Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. While at WashU she had the opportunity to work as a teaching and research assistant. Prior to WashU she received her Bachelors in Architecture from University of Illinois in Chicago. She comes from a proud Polish immigrant household and in her free time she likes to draw and paint. Additionally enjoys spending her time outdoors with a map, hiking and rock climbing in geologically interesting places.



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Selma joined MDT in February 2023 after working in the cannabis sector for several years.  Selma grew up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago and currently resides in Humboldt Park with their loving mother, Lillian, and doting dog, Buddy.  They create a safe, welcoming space for their friends and family to enjoy by hosting events in their backyard and many a dinner party.  Selma loves to bowl, play tennis, make art, and is an avid video gamer.  Selma is beyond grateful to have joined the MDT team and looks forward to what the future holds.




A disciple of the late great Jane Jacobs, Zuzu keeps a watchful eye on the 4600 block of North Broadway. When she’s not busy staring down offending canines, leering at the postman, or mugging for children and other passersby, her office responsibilities include shredding, lounging, attending client meetings, and providing loud commentary.


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