Community Activities

The principals regularly participate in national and local conferences, panel discussions, lectures, and exhibitions with the goal of moving the bar forward and sharing ideas to ultimately bring better design to LBBA’s projects and the greater architectural community.

Peter Exley for 2021 President-Elect

LBBA believes that affordable housing is essential to a strong and equitable community. We enthusiastically support Peter Exley for AIA 2020 First Vice President/2021 President! Peter believes that a range of programs presenting choice, variety, community, and access to services are critical factors in policy development, versus any singular focus. Peter will continue his visible…
Landon Bone Baker Architects Hope Dinsmore assisting My Block My Hood My City Students with the Create Document Activity

My Block My Hood My City Exploration Program

Yesterday we hosted the My Block My Hood My City (M3) Explorers for the second time and had lots of fun showing them a brief overview of architecture and introducing them to the work we do here at LBBA. M3 explorers program provides underprivileged youth opportunities and awareness beyond their neighborhood by taking the teens…

Fairfield Innovation Plan Community Meeting

Catherine Baker and Terran Wilson joined Camiros and Blacks In Green in Huntington, WV last week to discuss the Fairfield Innovation Plan with residents. The spirited community meeting focused on dreams for what the neighborhood will become. We are excited to team with Camiros on this project and to see what the future holds for…
After School Matters class at Milennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavillion

Fun With Architecture: LBBA Labs Fall Session at After School Matters

By Destiny McClellan Last Fall, LBBA hosted our third Labs program in partnership with After School Matters. Below, one of the teens from our program shares her thoughts on the sessionDestiny McClellan is a sophomore that attends King College Prep and is 15 years old. She likes food, music, and fashion. On the first day…

On The Table: Tools to Create Affordable, Resilient, and Sustainable Neighborhoods

What are the tools or incentives to preserve affordable housing in areas with heavy gentrification? How do we ensure that the public’s voice is heard? As part of the 2017 On The Table held in May, the Lawyers‘ Committee for Better Housing brought together people interested in affordable housing and community development to map a vision for Chicago’s communities…
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 urban environment. Learn more about Place Lab’s work and the 9 Principles of Ethical Redevelopment…

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 with Heartland Housing, cityLab 2017 engages five high school students and three college mentors in…
Interior of Tiny Homes Competition first place winning entry facing kitchen and bedroom

The Tiny Report

Affordable housing developments, such as SRO’s, can have a great impact on people experiencing homelessness or low income. However, affordable housing as we know it doesn’t have a solution that addresses every issue surrounding this topic. These developments usually take 3-5 years to be completed with an average unit costing $350,000 and 30% of the…
Teens observing grills in City Gardens courtyard

Teens Tour City Gardens

Teens from the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s After School Matters were taken on a tour of nearly-completed City Gardens as part of their research in affordable housing! Joined by Jason Hill of Michaels Development Company, Pete Landon and Trish Girdwood introduced the students to LBBA’s work, opportunities for them in the field, and community-based design approaches which included role-playing and…
Venn diagram of Architects Advocate's practice and policy

Design Firms Now Featuring Advocacy Banner

Today we join 70+ Chicago firms in supporting architects advocate action on climate change, a fast-growing public initiative and online platform for architects to publicly speak out for meaningful legislation to mitigate climate change. With today’s public launch, participating firms are now displaying banners on their company’s home page and are encouraged to share stories and short videos through various platforms…

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