Chicago, IL

Licensed Architect in Illinois
# 001.023613


As a Design Architect, Olia Miho works to establish and develop the overall design direction for the project. She is experienced in designing commercial, residential, mixed-use, hospitality and sustainable building projects as well as master planning in Asia, and North America. Olia brings together project vision, creativity, goals, objectives, client needs, and constraints into unique and successful design solutions.


An award winning designer, Olia has been an integral asset to several competitions, including the Living Building Challenge Collaborative in Chicago. Her work has been features in publications and expositions including the Venice Biennale. 


University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Master in Architecture with Distinction 09.2009 -07.2012

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
08.2005 - 05. 2009

École Nationale Superieure d’Architecture
Versailles, FR
SAPV-EAV Study Abroad Program
09.2007 - 05.2008

Wheaton North High School
Wheaton, IL
08.2001 - 06. 2005



TH+P | Todd Halamka + Partners Chicago, IL
04.2015 - present 

Confidential Master plan
Verona, Wisconsin
64 acres mixed use master plan – 750 residential units, 275 hotel rooms, 1.1 million gsf of retail space, and 2.7 acres of recreational public park.
Role: Planning, Building Design and Documentation

Confidential Hotel Chicago, IL
206,692 gsf, 640 room micro-hotel urban infill project
Role: Building and Interior design

123 East Cermak Chicago, IL
379,500sf, 466 room select service hotel and mixed use development
Role: Planning and Documentation

2215 South Michigan
Chicago, IL

Hilton Hotel management office within a historic Motor Row District structure
Role: Planning, Design and Construction Documentation

Flower Tower
London, UK
760,000 gsf, 58 story residential high-rise design development to achieve Passivhaus Classic and Passivhaus Plus standard.
Role: Planning and Design

Weber Tower
Frankfurt, Gr

330,500-square-foot, 52 story residential development to utilize state of the art mechanical controls combined with natural ventilation and integrated four-sided planted garden terraces for every resident.
Role: Planning and Design


HOK | Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum
Chicago, IL
Design Professional
01.2013 - 03.2015

Vaikunth Residential Development
Mumbai, India
32-Acres mixed use master plan – 1,500 residential units, 657,000 gsf of office and commercial space. 1.1 acres of recreational Public Park.
Role: Planning and Design

Vaikunth Residential Development Phase 1

Mumbai, India
438,000 gsf multi-family development - four 30 story towers consisting of 280 residential units, 90,000 gsf community center and 30,000 gsf clubhouse

Role: Planning, Design and Design Development Documentation

Obama Public Library Proposal
Chicago, IL
New presidential museum and library re appropriating the former Michael Reese Hospital site and expanding the Museum Campus south to Bronzeville
Role: Planning and Design

Tucson Memorial Competition
Tucson, Arizona
Master plan and plaza design concept for El Presidio Park as a permanent memorial for the events of January 8 honoring the six individuals lost and the 13 wounded

Role: Concept Design

Kentucky International Convention Center
Louisville, Kentucky
340,000 gsf of renovation and expansion

Role: Planning, Concept Design and Schematic Design Documentation

Consumers Office Headquarters
Madison, Wisconsin
Three-story, 80,000sf office/work-place within a forested 22-acre site

Role: Planning, Concept Design and Schematic Design Documentation


AS+GG | Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Contract Junior Designer

08.2012 - 12.2012

Kingdom Tower Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The next tallest building in the world, 5.2 million square foot multi-use Tower to feature luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory

Role: construction documentation of the tower and spire

Nanjing Financial Center
Nanjing, China
710,000 gsf bank headquarter competition entry
Role: Design

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Graduate Assistant
09.2010 - 07.2012

GP | Goettsch Partners Chicago, IL
Architecture Intern

Al Hilal Bank Office Tower Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
24 stories, 942,600 gsf bank headquarter

Role: Construction Documentation

Baker & McKenzie
Chicago, Illinois
8 floors, 260,000 gsf of office space accommodating approximately 700 attorneys and staff
Role: Construction Documentation

Musho Architecture New York, NY
Architecture Intern
01.2010 - 04.2010

Michael Aragona Architecture Barrington, IL
Architecture Intern
05.2008 - 08.2008


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign James Scholar
08.2005 - 05.2009
Prestigious honor program that recognizes the highest academically achieving undergraduate students at the University of Illinois.

Frank B. and Jennie M. Long Traveling Fellowship
Supports students in the Illinois School of Architecture who have demonstrated outstanding potential for future achievement in the field of architecture.

SAID Graduate Assistant Fellowship
09.2010 - 07.2012
Award funding in exchange for research at the School of Architecture & Interior Design, University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Graduate Research Award
09.2010 - 07.2012
Competitive award designed to assist graduate students in furthering their research endeavors.


SAID Distinguished Design Research Awards
The award recognizes exemplary scholarly pursuits at the School of Architecture & Interior Design, University of Cincinnati

Tirana Architecture Week Poster Competition Winner
International Competition bringing new global reflection regarding urban and social issues in Tirana.

Chicago Living Building Challenge Competition Winner
Competition hosted by LBCCC- a community based group of Living Building Challenge Ambassadors that aims to encourage the development and construction of a fully certified Living Building in Chicago.

AIA Chicago Bridge Program Participant
08.2016 - 11.2016
Competitive Mentorship Program where participants are selected by a committee made up of members of the AIA Chicago Board of Directors and representatives of the College of Fellows


IN HERITAGE | Pavilion of Albania at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
08.2012 – 11.2012
Project featured: “Concrete Cathedrals- Reinterpreting, Reoccupying, and representing the Albanian Bunkers”

AIA Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition
Annual exhibit of architectural work, design, and art from the rising generation of architecture and design. Project featured: “Living Building Challenge – Eli Whitney Elementary School Addition”


Concrete Mushrooms. Reusing Albania’s 750,000 Abandoned Bunkers
Authors: Gyler Mydyti and Elian Stefa
Contributors: Niku Alex Mucaj, Alicja Dobrucka, Olia
Miho, Vera Sacchetti, Bunkerfest

Concrete Cathedrals:
Reinterpreting,Reoccupying, and Representing the Albanian Bunkers

Author: Olia Miho
Electronic Thesis. University of Cincinnati


*Revit, *Rhinoceros, *AutoCAD, Grasshopper, Ladybug, *Sketch Up, *Adobe Creative Suite, *V-Ray, Vasari, Laser Cutting, GIS

*Advanced User


English Fluent
Native Speaker

Spanish Elementary Knowledge
Elementary Knowledge 


United States


Albania, Belgium, France, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Montenegro,Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey

References upon request.