Community Activities

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

Newhouse Architecture Competition Entries on Display

If you have any doubt about the design talent of Chicago high school students, you need to check out the Newhouse Architecture Competition Exhibit. Catherine had the honor of being a judge in the competition again this year, and the quality of the entries was stunning. Winners in the competition receive not only accolades and…

92nd Street Corridor Community Design Charrette

On the morning of June 12th, Jeff Bone and Jack Schroeder of LBBA led a community design charrette sponsored by the Claretian Associates focusing on a 5 block stretch of 92nd Street in South Chicago. The morning began with a brief overview presentation of the local context, neighborhood connections, and a few conceptual visual ideas…

Mosaic Tile Work for Rosa Park Apartments with archi-treasures and Bickerdike

A bunch of us went over to West Humboldt Park to help the archi-treasures and Bickerdike team work on a huge mosaic tile project that will be mounted on our recently completed Rosa Parks Apartments complex. It was a beautiful day and we had a great turn out—some folks cranked away at cutting and placing…

10th Ward Green Summit: Green Retrofit Charrette

As a part of this months 10th Ward 3rd annual Green Summit, on Saturday, May 15th, LBBA and energy consultant Jim Cavallo lead a Green Retrofit charrette sponsored by the Claretian Associates. The Green Summit’s mission statement is to offer area residents a coherent presentation of currently available green, eco-friendly and healthy initiatives designed to enhance…

Westhaven archi-treasures Design Workshop

Another productive archi-treasures design workshop took place April 24th (an arts-based community program) that was a collaboration between artists, architects, and residents of all ages to build community public spaces on a Westhaven lot that is currently vacant. Formerly the Henry Horner Homes, the site is part of the ongoing Plan for Transformation that aims…

Von Humboldt Elementary School Classroom 101: A Plan for Change

Last summer LBBA partnered with Classroom 101 of Von Humboldt Elementary School to address issues they and many other classrooms face in their school. The partnership was started when entering into the Open Architecture Network Challenge: designing a new classroom. Our approach was to focus on upgrading a first grade classroom in an architecturally significant…

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