Earlier this month, AIA Chicago’s Community Interface Committee welcomed the 2011 Latrobe Prize-winning authors of “Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice” to discuss what makes today’s public interest practices work. LBBA’s Peter Landon, an interviewee during their research, was a featured speaker in the afternoon session. He later joined John Syvertsen (Cannon Design), Katherine Darnstadt (Latent Design), and Mark Jolicoeur (Perkins + Will) for a panel discussion on strategies for engaging in public interest design. Moderated by Latrobe Prize recipient Roberta Feldman, the group of practitioners was asked to compare each firm’s work to conventional architectural practices and reflect on the growth of public interest design over several decades.
The Chicago Architecture Blog recounts how each panelist described the impact of their work in the article “When Doing Good for the Community is Good for the Architect.”
Peter Landon summed up the feelings of his peers when he said his firm isn’t mission-driven, “but we’re a firm with a mission.” He pointed to one rehab project he’s particularly proud of: Harvest Commons Apartments. “To get people off the streets and to a place where they can feel proud of their home is good work to do,” Landon said.