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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.

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 ...
Landon Bone Baker

LBBA is Hiring!

Landon Bone Baker Architects is seeking an architect/project designer with 5-10 years of experience. We are seeking a talented architect who will complement our existing team of exceptional staff members. The candidate should have excellent design skills and technical experience ...

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 ...

Curbed Chicago: “Supportive housing development for young adults, families heads to Humboldt Park”

La Casa Norte Pierce House was featured in a Curbed Chicago article by Jay Koziarz, highlighting the multi-use building’s amenities and sustainability. “More than simply a housing project,” the supportive housing facility and community center will have a food pantry, ...
AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, April 27-29, Orlando

Catherine Baker Presents at the 2017 AIA Conference

On Friday, April 28th, at the 2017 AIA national conference, LBBA's Catherine Baker and Tracy Baim, publisher at Windy City Times, will present tiny houses as a possible solution to youth homelessness. “Tiny House in a Big City: Competition/Construction Case ...
Peter Landon, Kim Coventry, and Dennis Rodkin talk community redevelopment live on Chicago Tonight

Live on ‘Chicago Tonight,’ Pete Talks Community Redevelopment

"We design buildings that try to respond to the positive idea of who people are." On Monday night, Peter Landon joined Kim Coventry, executive director of the Driehaus Foundation, and Dennis Rodkin, real estate reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business, to talk about ...