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Matthew McGrane


Matthew is a multi-faceted Senior Project Architect at LBBA. Matthew’s career thrives at the intersection of multiple modes of practice including user-centered design, research, and advocacy. In his current role, Matthew is pushing the boundaries of sustainable, equitable architectural practice on projects and initiatives aimed at preserving the environment and multiplying the impact of design for underserved populations.

Matthew is a recognized leader in sustainable design. Matthew is a LEED AP BD+C, a steering committee member for the Chicago Living Building Collaborative, and a certified PHIUS consultant (CPHC®). Matthew is also a contributing member of the International Living Future Institute's Affordable Housing Pilot program. The pilot program assembles a cohort of practitioners across the country to research ways to make certification through the Living Building Challenge an attainable goal for affordable housing projects. The group's findings are compiled and shared in the Living Building Challenge: Framework for Affordable Housing publication - a living document that openly shares best practices and lessons learned for the benefit of future affordable housing development teams. Finally, Matthew is a strong advocate for transparency in practice, helping develop and implement tools for reporting for the AIA 2030 commitment, and pushing for greater transparency in business practice through ILFI's JUST program.

Outside of the office, you can find Matthew taking in his children's little league games in Humboldt Park, working on his rowhouse in the North Lawndale neighborhood, or riding his bike around the city. Matthew was recently recognized as the AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect of the year in 2018.

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