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.

Register for BuildingChicago/Greening the Heartland Conference

Next week, LBBA’s Terran Wilson will join Zurich Esposito (AIA Chicago), Arathi Gowda (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), and Marya Graff (Cannon Design) for a presentation and panel discussion during the 2nd annual BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Expo & Conference. “AIA 2030 Commitment: Creating a Culture of Change” will explore how the AIA 2030 Commitment is effecting the way…

Behind the Scenes at Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative

Last spring, Catherine Baker, Principal at LBBA, and Jeffreen Hayes, Director at Rebuild Foundation, presented Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative at Chicago Architecture Foundation’s weekly lunchtime program, Lunch Talks@CAF. The presentation is now archived online and includes a behind-the-scenes video at the construction site. Follow LBBA’s Jack Schroeder and Peter Levavi of Brinshore Development as they walk…

Local AIA Programs Advance Leadership, Mentorship Among Architects

To help architects take the extra step of being a leader in their community and engaging the public as a member of the profession, AIA Illinois and AIA Chicago are offering programs aimed at developing leadership skills and sharing experiences through mentorship. LBBA has participated in some of the local Illinois and Chicago chapters’ most…

LUCHA Hosts Eco-Charrette to Develop Affordable, Healthy Housing in Humboldt Park

Last Saturday, Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) led an interactive brainstorming session to generate and target sustainability goals for its new wellness-centered housing development, Tierra Linda. Tierra Linda, meaning “beautiful earth,” is a scattered site, affordable rental housing project located in Humboldt Park and near the Bloomingdale Trail that is being conceived to nurture…

LBBA’s cityLab Studies Urban Design at Westhaven

LBBA Community Workshop is back! This summer’s “Lab” program is cityLab; a summer workshop that will study human interaction, environmental health, and the built environment at Westhaven, the replacement housing for Henry Horner Homes in Chicago’s Near West Side. For six weeks cityLab interns will observe and survey the site, interview residents, and use their…

Chicago: City of Big Data Exhibition Opens at CAF

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s new exhibition, Chicago: City of Big Data, is launching this Thursday, May 8! Data has become a 21st century design material, and CAF’s exhibit will show how each of us contribute to the way architects, planners, and designers build our cities. Through interactive displays, recreated sections of Chicago, and views into your…

Heartland Housing Launches Health, Wellness Programs at Harvest Commons

Heartland Housing introduced residents to many of the great services at Harvest Commons Apartments at the Midwinter Garden & Health Party. Harvest Commons offers residents the opportunity to volunteer in the onsite urban farm, with Heartland’s resident flock of chickens, and to learn about nutrition and green living from Heartland Human Care Services and Heartland…

Peter Landon Participates in ‘Wisdom from the Field’ Panel

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…

Grand Opening: Buffett Place

The former Diplomat SRO reopened its doors for an open house on January 30 as the renovated Fred and Pamela Buffett Place, a 51-unit development in Lakeview that delivers supportive, affordable options to a population in need of housing, health care, employment assistance, and an array of other supportive services. “With fewer and fewer affordable…

Kickoff Community Design Charrette: What Do You Want To See Happen on 58th Street?

Last Saturday, Brand New Beginnings hosted an interactive charrette with local residents and community leaders to develop ideas for the redevelopment of 58th Street in Washington Park. The workshop focused on neighborhood development strategies and sustainable planning for the blighted four-block corridor between Michigan Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. LBBA’s Jeff Bone, Terran…

Grand Opening: The Grant at Woodlawn Park

Residents, community members, and elected officials participated last Thursday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of The Grant at Woodlawn Park. The newly built 33-unit affordable housing complex marks the second phase of the Woodlawn Park Redevelopment. Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is redeveloping the existing Section 8 complex, Grove Parc Plaza Apartments, in six…

Community Design: Trend or Change?

Join Chicago Women in Architecture tonight for the first event of the 2013-2014 membership year: In our current, existing world of single use communities, the live/work/play philosophy is catching on in the suburbs as well as being resurrected in urban areas. Through this breath of current analytical approaches, and the evolved thought-processes since the 1960’s,…

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