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's top 9 posts of 2019

2019 Year In Review

With 2020 well underway, here’s a look back at some of LBBA’s top posts from 2019! 1) La Ca Norte’s LEED Gold certified comprehensive community center in Humboldt Park was completed.   View this post on Instagram   La Casa ...
Rendering of National Public Housing Museum from the corner of Adams Street and Taylor Street

CityLab: The National Public Housing Museum Eyes a 2021 Opening

Here's an exciting read from CityLab about the National Public Housing Museum's (NPHM) plans to encapsulate the complicated history of public housing. LBBA has been working with NPHM on their vision to house the brand new museum in the only remaining building of ...
All that now remains of the original public housing are the scarcely-occupied low rises.

Terrace 459 Biennial Partner Program

Biennial Partner Program 459 West Division: A Story in Images Channeling Chicago’s complicated history, the title for the 2019 edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial is …and other such stories. Landon Bone Baker explored the theme of Appearances and Erasures ...

Chicago Architecture Biennial Tour & Talk at 459 W Division

September 28th LBBA is partnering with the Chicago Architecture Biennial for its third edition, themed "...and other such stories." The tour and talk of Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town, located in the former Cabrini Green neighborhood, will be focused on ...