LBBA’s Catherine Baker is featured in the most recent issue of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) AIArchitect Magazine. The article, “Catherine Baker, AIA: Linking the Social and Spatial with Community Outreach Architecture,” explores how overlapping principles of architecture and social sciences inform LBBA’s approach to community-engaged design projects.
Across all of our outreach efforts, our goal is to educate communities, organizations, and city leaders to make better decisions on improving the health, well-being, and efficiency of their neighborhoods through awareness and good design. Participating in outreach programs makes us better architects. By understanding local issues, we can apply our knowledge of the built environment in a thoughtful, productive, and positive way. Our office aims to reshape neighborhoods by aligning our goals with the community’s interests, and strong collaboration acts as a catalyst. We don’t consider ourselves as activists, but our work sometimes places us between two worlds of design practice and social engagement.