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Our practice is committed to the role of housing in creating comprehensive, sustainable, and progressive urban development.

National Public Housing Museum

The National Public Housing Museum involves phased conversion of the 33,000 square-feet Jane Addams Housing Project into a museum for public housing. The shell of the building is preserved along with apartments used as exhibition rooms.

Park Place

Park Place is a Planned Development on the southwest side of Chicago that will feature 78 new units of multifamily affordable rental apartments. The project consists of 14 new construction 3-flats, 6-flats, and 9-flats.

City Gardens

City Gardens contributes to a growing neighborhood resurgence on Chicago’s Near West Side as investments in retail, public works, and housing are now filling many of the community’s vacant lots. The new mixed-income development features 76 apartments in seven three-story buildings around a large internal courtyard.

cityLab 2017

 "What is the potential impact of changing a closed Chicago Public School into community-benefit, supportive housing?"

In partnership with Heartland Housing, cityLab 2017 engages in research around the redevelopment of the former Calhoun Elementary School.  For six weeks, the Labs interns will observe the site, meet with partners, develop architecture skills, and document their work. A culminating presentation will share data and designs with local community partners.

Participants of the Woodlawn Park project and AIA Illinois representative posing for a picture with the Daniel Burnham Honor Award

Woodlawn Park and DA+HC Receive AIA Illinois Honor Awards

photo credit Antonio Dickey On October 27th AIA Illinois honored Woodlawn Park with the Daniel Burnham Award for planning, which recognizes projects for their contribution to the enhancement of a community. Woodlawn Park is a community-initiated development of affordable, market-rate, ...
McCrory Senior Apartments construction progress as of September 18th

Construction Progress: McCrory Senior Apartments makes new friends

Just west of Union Park at the SE intersection of Washington and Paulina, McCrory Senior Housing is taking shape amongst a myriad of neighbors.   Within the four blocks that meet at this corner, you can find historic mansions, contemporary ...
Photo of The Burnham with 'I look Up Film Challenge' overlay

Woodlawn Park featured in I Look Up Film Challenge

AIA recently launched their third annual I Look Up Film Challenge; a competition that encourages collaboration between architects and filmmakers to share architectural stories. This year’s theme, Blueprint for Better, focuses on projects that are helping bring positive social change ...

Grand Opening: Kenmore Plaza

Surrounded by a crowd of smiling seniors enjoying their new outdoor patio, the Habitat Company and the Kenmore Plaza Tenant Association cut the ribbon on a fully rehabbed Kenmore Plaza, an affordable senior housing high-rise in Uptown. In 1977 the ...

On The Table: Tools to Create Affordable, Resilient, and Sustainable Neighborhoods

What are the tools or incentives to preserve affordable housing in areas with heavy gentrification? How do we ensure that the public's voice is heard? As part of the 2017 On The Table held in May, the Lawyers‘ Committee for Better Housing brought ...
Seated audience gathered around presenters at the first Ethical Redevelopment Salon Session

Reflecting on the Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series

This text first appeared in "Ethical Redevelopment Salon Sessions: Written Reflections," published by The University of Chicago and Place Lab. It documents our experience participating in the year-long Salon Series and our ambitions for architects to promote equity within the ...

Chicago Reader: “The National Public Housing Museum’s long journey home”

The experiences of residents in public housing often are unheard, forgotten, or treated with similar neglect that the buildings themselves face. In a recent Chicago Reader article, written by Maya Dukmasova, the story of The National Public Housing Museum’s (NPHM) ...

Meet the newest LBBA Labs team!

  We are excited to announce cityLab 2017! In its 8th year, LBBA Labs hire high school students to research an issue facing a neighborhood and offer design recommendations through a current LBBA project. The focus of each Lab is developed in partnership with a community organization. In partnership ...
Wide view of City Garden's courtyard, community center, and apartment units

Grand Opening: City Gardens

City Gardens, a 76-unit mixed-income development in Chicago’s Near West Side, is now officially open! The new development is made up of seven three-story buildings surrounding a large courtyard, where residents have access to the community garden, picnic area, grill ...

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KRISANN REHBEIN, MANAGER OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION