Good Design is for Everyone

LBBA is a Chicago-based architectural practice established in 1987 that is distinguished by its community-based approach. An innovative leader and hands-on champion of affordable housing and neighborhood planning, LBBA believes good design should be available to all. Together with clients and community stakeholders, LBBA co-creates inventive, inviting, and sustainable spaces and places that transform lives, revitalize neighborhoods, and regenerate cities.

Elm 551 at Parkside

As a part of the Chicago Housing Authority’s “Plan for Transformation” on the site of the former Cabrini-Green housing project, Elm 551 at Parkside of Old Town shifts the old high-rise public housing model to one of midrise and low-rise mixed-income housing. The goal of the project design was for community based, urban, sustainable, and well-designed buildings that say “housing”...

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McCrory Senior Apartments

McCrory Senior Apartments is the development of a stretch of ten vacant lots on Chicago’s Near West Side into 62 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors. The project is a transit-oriented development located in a highly desirable area, just three blocks from United Center and walkable or easily accessible to restaurants, retail shops, supportive services, and healthcare facilities.

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Ruth Ellis Clairmount Center

The Ruth Ellis Clairmount Center (REC Center) is a mixed-use development in Detroit’s Piety Hill neighborhood that will create 43 units of permanent supportive housing for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness within a larger mixed-use development offering social services, health care, and employment opportunities.

Illinois Housing council 2023 panel

2023 Illinois Affordable Housing Forum

Earlier this week we had the exciting opportunity to attend the 2023 Illinois Affordable Housing Forum. During the two-day event, panelists discussed issues surrounding affordable housing for marginalized groups, homelessness across Illinois, and the proposal for a new state tax ...
Landmarks Illinois' Preservation Forwards awards and backdrop

Landmark Illinois Preservation Forward 2023

Preservation Forward, Landmarks Illinois' annual fundraiser, was so much fun! It was hosted last week at the Old Post Office building this year, where we had a great time celebrating the 2023 Influencers who’ve helped shape and preserve Illinois’ built ...
Women on LBBA team 2023

Happy Women’s Day!

Happy Women’s Day! We’re proud to work beside talented women who are helping shape our communities with care, especially in a field that’s deficient in diversity and inclusion. Thanks for all that you do and keep inspiring us every day!
Gwendolyn Brooks smiling in front of bookshelf

Women’s History Month: Gwendolyn Brooks

Kicking off our Women’s History Month series, we highlight Gwendolyn Brooks a Chicago native and world-renowned poet. Brooks became revered for her sociopolitical consciousness in her work which conveyed the Black experience in America through language that resonated across the ...
Ruth Ellis dancing

Black History Month: Ruth Ellis

Today, we’re highlighting Ruth Ellis, a legendary activist known and loved for creating safe and supportive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community. Ellis’ home in Detroit became a source of support for those in need and a gathering spot where people ...
BUILD Opening operformance at main stairway

BUILD Ribbon-Cutting

Exciting news! BUILD Chicago just had their ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new community center, and we were lucky enough to be a part of it. We're thrilled to see all the amazing work that BUILD Chicago is doing to empower and ...
LBBA team at the Goodman Theatre

Toni Stone at The Goodman Theatre

The LBBA team had a great night out at The Goodman Theatre where we saw Toni Stone, a play about the first woman to play professional baseball. Moments of laughter, sorrow, and joy throughout her story of overcoming racism and ...