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.






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.




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.



Tony joined MDT as an Architectural Designer in 2016.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, before moving to Florida to pursue an M.Arch at the University of Miami.  His Career highs include being on the Design & Engineering team for a major Theme Park in Florida and working as the Associate in Charge of Cannabis Design here at MDT.  He is a roller coaster aficionado, who enjoys spending his free time outside with an iced coffee in hand.



Neeti is an Architectural Designer, with an M.Arch from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, where she earned her B.Arch degree and gained experience as a Project Architect. Over the past 3 years, she has worked with Chicago firms on projects of varied scales and types. With a keen interest and background in architecture for Health and Wellbeing, she designs for MDT’s Community Healthcare projects. She is a trained Indian classical dancer and a watercolor enthusiast and uses these mediums to stay connected to her roots.



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.



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.



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.