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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Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments

Situated in the heart of Logan Square, Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments provides high quality affordable rental housing, ensuring that long-time residents continue to call the neighborhood home.

Developed by Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, this equitable transit-oriented development (etod) spans from two to seven stories, the heights are staggered and the building is set back from Emmett Street so that the building fits in with the neighboring residential structures.

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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.

Open House Chicago 2023

Open House Chicago is running throughout the weekend of October 14th-15th! A few Austin buildings are on this year's list of more than 170 sites in 20+ neighborhoods, including one of our recent projects--BUILD's reimagined campus! Learn more about BUILD ...

What’s Wrong With Podcast

Check out SOUR's 100th podcast where Jack Schroeder, David Brint, and Dr. Janet Szlyk discuss their collaboration on the Foglia Residences at The Chicago Lighthouse -- an affordable, mixed-income TOD for the blind and visually impaired. You can listen to ...

AIA Chicago Lerch Bates People’s Choice Awards Finalist

Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments has been announced as a Multifamily Residential finalist in AIA Chicago’s Lerch Bates People’s Choice Awards, presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center! Click here to cast your votes: https://aiachicago.org/designight2023-finalists-peopleschoice/ As a centrally located, Equitable Transit-Oriented ...

On the Lawn: Presented by The National Public Housing Museum and WBEZ Chicago

We’re so pleased to sponsor On the Lawn: Hosted by Roxanne Shanté with Music by DJ Spinderella this summer on 8/25 in Millennium Park!  The National Public Housing Museum and WBEZChicago are presenting this FREE concert featuring artists with meaningful ...

29th Annual CNDAs 2nd Place Winner: Lucy Gonzales Parsons Apartments

We're pleased to announce that LBBA won a 2023 Chicago Neighborhood Development Award for Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments! An unbelievable amount of community support went into the development and we are deeply appreciative of everyone who advocated for this project. ...

Tierra Linda Featured at the Climate Action Museum

We're honored to have one of our projects featured at tonight's grand opening party for the Climate Action Museum! Tierra Linda, a scattered-site housing project includes the first affordable, multi-family Passive House in Chicago. The CAM is now the world's ...