Who We Are

We love what we do


  • design homes, gardens, buildings and other beautiful things that are attached to the ground
  • believe great design evolves from a partnership among architect, engineer, contractor and client
  • find lighting, fixtures, cabinets and doo-dads that match our clients’ tastes and personalities
  • think sensitively about the aesthetic and tangible impact of our creations on the environment
  • manage, wheedle, and occasionally cajole talented contractors, engineers and craftspeople to get jobs done well and on time
  • develop lasting relationships with our clients, contractors and craftspeople

About Sue

Sue graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Design of the Environment and then earned a Masters of Architecture at Yale.

Sue established Auerbach Architects in 1999.

Prior to this she worked for a theatrical lighting company that provided the lighting for LIVE-AID, a concert to raise funds for famine relief. She then worked for Robert Leathers and Associates, a firm that designed playgrounds and oversaw their construction by the residents of the community where the playgrounds were located. Both situations taught a lot about teamwork and the importance of “first hand” building experience.

Sue spent for 8 years with Wheeler Kearns Architects, one of Chicago’s most innovative architectural firms. In her extensive work on residential, commercial and institutional projects Sue honed her design and technical skills.

Since 2005, Sue has been a member of the Lincolnwood Zoning Board. A potent mix of politics, economics, aesthetics and emotion.

Sue lives with her husband Bill, their 4 children, and their dog, Ruger. They are her toughest critics and most loyal fans. Especially Ruger.

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