Megan Reineccius, Associate II (Chicago)
  • Associate II (Chicago Office)
  • Credentials: RA, AICP
  • Education: Bachelor of Architecture &International Development Studies, University of Notre Dame; Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota
  • Registrations: RA, AICP
  • Memberships: CNU, APA, NCARB
  • Dog Breed: German Shorthair Lab mix
  • Bicycle: Hybrid/commuter

Architect and certified planner passionate about placemaking and placekeeping with an impact on award-winning developments

Megan’s love of walkable, complete neighborhoods began with walks around Saint Paul, Minnesota, admiring the lively and historic architecture of the Cathedral Hill Neighborhood. While her time in Saint Paul sparked the inspiration to become an architect, urban designer, and planner, it was her stints living in Rome, Washington D.C., and the Bay Area that cemented it. Being passionate about placemaking, as well as placekeeping, Megan believes that the road to creating something meaningful for communities starts with getting the right people in the room. Collaborating and listening, the process for creating great spaces for all becomes clear and attainable. With that vision, Megan’s work with Opticos is extensive and varied. In the planning role, she has led the Neighborhood Visioning Process in South Bend, Indiana, planned Form-Based Code in Rohnert Park, California, created Feasibility Studies in San Pablo, California, and spearheaded a city-wide zoning update in Austin, Texas. Her work as an architect and urban designer can be seen in an 80-acre development in Papillion, Nebraska, a 7-unit cottage court in Healdsburg, California, and the innovative Mews Units in Daybreak, Utah.

When Megan is outside the office, you can find her running through various city parks, hiking in the wilderness, listening to local musicians, and searching for middle missing housing.