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.

LBBA Hosts IIT Boeing Scholars on Second Annual Job Shadow Day

Yesterday, LBBA hosted four high school students for the second annual Job Shadow Day. Organized by the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, Job Shadow Day is a structured work site experience which helps the IIT Boeing Scholars–a diverse group of high-achieving Chicago-area high school students–identify possible career interests. Serena Brewer (Oak Park & River Forest HS), Layalee…

Archi-treasures Holds Workshops at the Viceroy SRO Project

Archi-treasures is working on a new art project at the Viceroy SRO Project. The arts-based community organization led two participatory workshops this month to develop concepts for an outdoor sculpture to be placed at the corner of Ogden Avenue and Warren Avenue. LBBA’s Jeff Bone and Jack Schroeder kicked-off the first workshop on December 1…

Historic Humboldt Park Murals to Be Restored

In addition to rehabbing two affordable housing properties at Borinquen Bella, the Latin United Community Housing Association has secured support to save two historic murals on the sites. The artworks, Honor Boricua and Rompiendo Las Cadenas, will be restored with help from the original artists and remain as a visible link to Humboldt Park’s Puerto…

Register for the Art of Placemaking Symposium

Join the Bruner-Loeb Forum and Rebuild Foundation this Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 for a symposium that explores the role of artists and the arts in the cultural and economic transformation of cities. The Art of Placemaking will bring together activists, artists, community residents, cultural and educational institution leaders, designers, developers, funders, and…

airLab 2.0

We’re back! Our new airLab team consists of 5 high school students and 3 college level mentors, now young Chicago civic leaders, whose mission is to research and collect data on the indoor air quality (IAQ) at the Rosa Parks Apartments in the West Humboldt Park Community. Our program goals are to educate communities, organizations,…

Pete Landon to present at June PechaKucha Night

Present twenty images in twenty seconds. That’s the simple idea behind PechaKucha Night, named after the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat.” PK Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Nine years later, the event happens in cities…

CAF’s 30th Annual Newhouse Competition

This morning at Robert Morris College’s State Street Gallery, over 150 high school students had the opportunity to showcase their work in design and the built environment for Chicago’s architecture community. More than 17,000 students have participated in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Newhouse Competition over the past 30 years. The program teaches students problem-solving, conceptual…

The ACE Mentor Program Chicago

  It’s spring time, and for Victor that means it’s the end of the season for the ACE Mentor Program. Victor joined the ACE (which stands for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program back in 2007. The program connects high school students (mostly from Chicago Public Schools) with Architecture, Construction, and Engineering industry professionals, dividing…

Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards- LBBA honored to receive first place award

The 18th annual LISC Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards were celebrated this past Tuesday at Chicago Hilton and Towers. The event marked the 15th Anniversary of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural excellence in Community Design, an annual celebration of community achievement that focuses on good design amongst Chicago’s neighborhoods that “inspire people and…

CAF Launches Web-Based Curriculum for high school students

The Chicago Architecture Foundation recently launched Discover Design: A Student Design Experience, a free web-based learning tool for teens. The interactive website provides high school students with  the opportunity to choose from a series of actual design challenges. Students work through the architectural design process to propose solutions through uploaded sketches, drawings, and digital models.…

Community Convenes for 92nd Street planning

Claretian Associates hosted 30 enthusiastic residents and other stakeholders at Loncar’s last week to plan for the future of the east 92nd Street corridor. Attendees toured surrounding blocks and shared their vision for future development that could include affordable rental housing, green space, arts space and many other possibilities. Landon Bone Baker Architects facilitated the…

Theaster Gates and LBBA Brainstorm for the Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative during Chicago Ideas Week

Hey creative brains, start firing your synapses– October 10-16 is Chicago Ideas Week! CIW will bring 100 of the world’s top speakers together for labs and discussions with Chicago’s best thinkers to create an ecosystem of innovation, exploration, and intellectual recreation. Theaster Gates, artist, planner and founder of Dorchester Projects and the Rebuild Foundation, partnered…

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