Michael W. Waechter has been the president of Waechter Architects in Ravenswood since 2005 which represents a culmination of nearly thirty years’ experience in building design and construction. After serving as a US Army infantryman for four years, he moved to Chicago in 1990 and began work as a carpenter, eventually earning a role as a construction superintendent on several projects. While in this capacity he earned both undergraduate and Masters’ degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, eventually passing the laborious architecture licensing exams.
Mr. Waechter’s extensive knowledge of construction and design has helped his firm realize clients such as the University of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and many private residential and commercial clients. Notable works include his role as the Project Architect for the new Simeon Career Academy for CPS, the design and construction of the renovated Ambassador on north State Parkway, construction of the offices for M. Pritzker Capital on the 94th floor of Willis Tower, accessibility upgrades for the Rockefeller Chapel, and his recurring roles in the ongoing developments at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Mr. Waechter is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the Arts Club of Chicago, and DANK National.
Mr. Waechter formerly resided in Neu Ulm and Heilbronn in Germany, and met his wife, Natalie, in 1988 while in Munich. Michael and Natalie have lived in Lincoln Square and Albany Park since 1993, where they raised three fantastic children.