Trisha Girdwood, AIA, is a Principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects. As a designer and project manager, she has a wide range of professional and personal experiences that tackle the challenges of creating affordable housing in both new construction and rehabilitation. Since joining LBBA in 2002, she has managed the rehabilitation of over 730 senior housing apartments and has been the project manager on over 800 subsidized, affordable, and market rate housing residences including the redevelopment of Parkside of Old Town (formerly Cabrini Extension North), Hansberry Square (formerly Robert Taylor Homes), Westhaven Park (formerly The Henry Horner Homes), City Gardens (formerly Maplewood Courts), and West Town Housing Preservation.
Trisha’s expertise and on-going research in accessibility and universal design, as well as construction detailing and sustainable building techniques, has contributed significantly to the firm’s growing repertoire of best practices that seek to optimize improvements in energy efficiency and construction costs. As project manager for Rural Studio’s 20K House, she was responsible for reviewing HUD Property Standards for FHA loans and local code compliance, identifying accessibility design opportunities, and streamlining details that local contractors and home builders could utilize.
In addition to her work with the firm, Trish is a member of the Village of Oak Park’s Housing Programs Advisory Committee, whose mission is to develop and preserve affordable housing for an economically and racially diverse population, and is a neighborhood liaison for Green Community Connections.