Good Design is for Everyone

Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA) is a Chicago-based architectural practice established in 1987 that is distinguished by its community-based approach. An innovative leader and hands-on champion of affordable housing and neighborhood planning, LBBA believes good design should be available to all. Together with clients and community stakeholders, LBBA co-creates inventive, inviting, and sustainable spaces and places that transform lives, revitalize neighborhoods, and regenerate cities.

Tierra Linda

LBBA has been working with Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) for over 25 years to transform empty lots and rundown buildings into safe, decent housing close to schools, parks, and other services. Together, we have built and...

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Carling SRO

The Carling Hotel was an existing 155-unit single-occupancy hotel that was preserved for low-income residents in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. It is one of 65 remaining licensed SROs in Chicago and was the first SRO sold under the 2014 SRO...

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Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT)

ChiCAT is founded on the principles that creative endeavors can build enterprises and expand human possibility, that environments shape lives, and that everyone deserves a beautiful, respectful, safe space in which to learn. Underserved communities have little access to job training and employment opportunities, which leads to hopelessness, poverty, and disenfranchisement. ChiCAT strengthens the community by providing innovative youth art and adult vocational training in a life-affirming, supportive center.

BUILDLab 2019

BUILDLab, in partnership with the Chicago nonprofit BUILD, is the 10th year of LBBA Labs. BUILD focuses on neighborhood health and wellness issues for youth—encompassing ideas of violence reduction and prolonging the lives of neighborhood youth. Our team of 6 high school interns and 2 mentors (1 college student and 1 MARC post-grad) researched and prototyped elements for the design of BUILD’s expanded facility in the neighborhood of Austin. The team’s final designs are informed by site visits, interviews with potential building users and members of the community, and meetings with stakeholders and partners. BUILDLab’s goal was to produce efficient, cost-effective, and well-designed components that will not only satisfy the programming needs but also create a place of belonging in the community of Austin.

LBBA Labs selected for the AIA 2020 Diversity Recognition Program

Our summer internship program, LBBA Labs, was honored by AIA's Diversity Recognition Program! The program aims to encourage diversity by providing an entry-point for high school students interested in architecture. NCARB reported that in 2019 only "1 in 5 new ...
Miriam Apartments Finalist in AHF Readers Choice Awards!

Miriam Apartments Finalist in AHF Readers Choice Awards!

Miriam Apartments, developed by Mercy Housing Lakefront​, made it as a Best Preservation Development finalist in Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) Readers Choice Awards! Visit AHF's article to vote for your favorite projects.
LBBA is hiring!

LBBA is seeking a Project Architect / Designer with 5-7 years of experience!

JOB DESCRIPTION We are seeking a talented Project Architect / Designer with excellent design, communication and technical skills to join our team. The candidate should have experience working on larger, multi-unit housing projects and knowledge of the Chicago Zoning Code ...
Affordable Housing Finance: Nonprofit Modernizes 1920s Chicago SRO Building

Affordable Housing Finance: Nonprofit Modernizes 1920s Chicago SRO Building

Affordable Housing Finance published this good read about the recently rehabbed Miriam Apartments. We're thankful to collaborate with Mercy Housing Lakefront in modernizing this SRO in a gentrifying neighborhood.
Ruth Ellis Corner View Rendering

Michigan State Housing Authority: Ruth Ellis Center

Michigan State Housing Authority interviewed the Ruth Ellis Center to learn more about the organization and their upcoming development. We couldn’t be more proud to be partnered with this amazing organization on the Ruth Ellis Clairmount Center in Detroit. Construction ...