Via Chicago is a small architectural studio based in Chicago and Panamá. We are dedicated, driven, and ready to get to work on exceptional design that will stand the test of time.




A classic, mixed-use building at the entry to Casco Antiguo, Portales offers an unique opportunity to be part of a historic & thriving community. This reborn structure integrates the existing calicanto walls - dating from the early 1800s - with exciting new interiors, and is topped by a breathtaking, panoramic terrace.

Marz Community Brewing


Bridgeport's collective of brilliant weirdos are crafting a new home for their community brewing empire. This brick-and-timber warehouse will soon be home to a 15bbl brewhouse and ecclectic on-site tasting room. A large third floor vault - formerly home to an illegal marijuana-growing operation - has even been re-purposed as a temperature-controlled room for aging barrels. Marty Sandberg served as lead designer & project architect for Norsman Architects, to get this "liquid dreams" center up and running.


Pearl Island, PANAMÁ

A 26-key hotel is being developed for adventurous visitors to Las Perlas. This exceptional retreat will provide a home base for fishing enthusiasts, divers, and nature-loving guests. A swooping, open-air bohio anchors the hillside, providing a memorable backdrop for evening dining and rum-fueled story-telling.

Bliss Dwellings


A modular, efficient townhome design is being adapted to increase affordable housing options within an established neighborhood. This prototype will be used to explore the viability of constructing low-cost, high-density, for-sale housing on centrally-located vacant parcels throughout the Chicagoland.



An unusual location above the shared loading dock would normally be seen as a liability, but the Acorn loft turns this into an asset. Insertion of a new mezzanine level will provide additional living space, while expanding upwards creates a private rooftop with stunning views of the Loop skyline.


la chorrera, PANAMÁ

Casa Club Mariamina is a neighborhood centerpiece. The shaded brick plaza is anchored by a bold community building housing a public pool, gymnasium, and social spaces. More than a simple recreation center, this Casa Club is soon to be a lively year-round gathering point within Costa Verde.

New City Moving


Chicago's most-trusted moving company recently marked the opening of their new HQ - a remarkable transformation of a former chrome-dipping factory. Tropical plants will mature to nearly 20ft in height, taking advantage of the long high-bay that divides two open work areas and doubles as an event space. Marty Sandberg acted as lead designer & project architect for Norsman Architects, creating an enviable new work space within what recently appeared to be a hopeless industrial relic.



Inspired by the time-tested architecture of Canal Zone "garden cities," these houses all incorporate deep overhangs and spacious terraces to make the most of their tropical location. Variety, personality, and adaptability of each model allow future residents to truly make this their home.

Townhome Renovation

Chicago, ILLINOIS (Lakeview)

Though structurally-sound, this 5-unit building was clad in an unfortunate shade of yellow siding that was quickly failing in Chicago's unforgiving climate. A series of hand-sketches helped the owners visualize an updated color scheme, and to realize the potential of new siding and a few smart trim elements.

Tiny Homes Competition


AIA Chicago sought to build on the surging interest in "tiny homes" as a possible response to the growing concern of youth homelessness. Born from the Chicago tradition of "courtyard housing," this concept prioritizes shared space while also providing a wide range of flexibility for residents.