Andrew Arkell holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Immediately following graduation, he worked for a design-build firm and gained an understanding and familiarity with the material craft of architecture and building construction, all while helping to build a single-family home on Beaver Lake in Arkansas. His time swinging a hammer allows him to work through design and detail decisions both in the office and on-site with contractors.
Prior to moving to Chicago in early 2015, Andrew also worked for a local artist in Goshen, Arkansas, learning the nuances of living as a full-time artist, as well as the craft and construction of a watercolor painting. He continues to hone these skills developing paintings of his own and is always looking for new inspiration during his explorations of the city, adventures which are often focused on seeking out the best food in the city.
As a licensed architect, most of Andrew’s professional time in Chicago has been spent designing new single-family passive homes as well as energy efficient remodels/additions to historic homes in Oak Park. This previous work instilled in him a passion for building science, sustainability, and passive house principles. These are concepts he believes are relevant to the future of architectural practice and design. Coupled with LBBA’s focus on larger scale, community-driven projects, Andrew is excited to utilize the power of design to make a lasting, positive impact on the diverse communities of Chicago and beyond.