In 2007 Matt Kramer and George Olson combined firms to form the Kramer + Olson Architecture partnership. Prior to that time Matt Kramer and George Olson over the years have collaborated on numerous projects including, commercial, residential and religious.

The architectural studio traces its beginning back to 1965 when George Olson established the firm of George Olson Architect in 1965, and Matt Kramer was employed from 1975 to 1985.

Matthew Kramer Architect

Matt Kramer started the MKA Design Studio in 1995 with the purpose of primarily focusing on places for religious service while also continuing to offer quality professional services in other areas such as commercial buildings, single family residential, town homes, and lofts.


  • BFA - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Architecture, Painting, Illustration
  • Engineering Program - Illinois Benedictine College
  • Distinguished Graduate - Cartography - United States Army Corp of Engineers School, Fort Belvoir , Virginia

Professional Affiliations:

  • Illinois Chapter, Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)
  • Chicago Chapter, USGBC (United States Green Building Council)
  • Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce
  • Hillside Berkley Chamber of Commerce
  • Institute for Liturgical Consultants
  • Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois

In addition to his professional activities, Matt Kramer has provided design services and on-site construction skills for Habitat for Humanity, the Appalachian Service Project, and participated in the renovation of a Franciscan Shelter for the Homeless in Chicago. Has been an active Board member at Friendship House, Chicago, and Community living experiences include residency with St. Anselms Monastery in Washington, D.C., a community member of St. Francis Catholic Worker House in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, and a continuing relationship with the Trappist Monastic Community of New Mellery Abbey.

Additional Professional Activities:

  • Stage Set Designs - North Central College, Naperville, IL
  • Published Articles: Environment & Art Newsletter, Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Published Illustrations: Chicago Architecture Foundation Calendar