Good design is for everyone.
This belief has guided our practice for over 30 years. As gentrification in Chicago swept northwest and pushed affordability southwest, the goal of providing architecturally significant, yet affordable options to as many people as possible expanded.
Founder and Principal of LBBA, Peter Landon is known for his community-based inner city planning, development, and design work. He is a champion of “social conscious” and diversity in design, and supports neighborhood revitalization efforts across Chicago. Peter believes that architects are essential community members.
Jeff Bone was named Principal at LBBA in 1999. Jeff and the firm had learned early on that not all clients are the same; developers are well-versed in the design/build processes whereas non-profit community based-organizations are armed with a clear vision but do not always have an architecture vocabulary.
In 2010, the firm founded LBBA Labs, a locally and nationally recognized summer program that provides an entry point for young designers into community design and empowers local residents.
The LBBA Labs program operates under the philosophy that youth excel when they are integrated in the work of professionals and are given a high degree of responsibility and leadership opportunities.
For six weeks, the teen architects partner with a community organization to address a question or issue within a current LBBA project. The participants—their work, their ideas, and their energy—have a direct effect on the work of the firm and are the catalyst to encourage broader community involvement and change.
The office regularly participate in national and local conferences, panel discussions, lectures, and exhibitions with the goal of moving the bar forward and sharing ideas to ultimately bring better design to our projects and the greater architectural community.
Knothead Furniture is an ongoing collaboration with LBBA that designs furniture for single-room occupancy buildings, supportive housing projects, commercial spaces, and residential homes.
Together, with input from craftsmen and clients, LBBA designs with affordability in mind and regularly integrates customized furniture into new and rehab architectural projects.
As soon as you walk in here, you feel warmth. The proportions, the lighting, the color, the energy...everything about this speaks love.
— Mark Ishaug on Buffett Place, CEO, Thresholds
MORE AND MORE WE REALIZE THAT LBBA SHARES OUR MINDSET — WE BOTH THINK ABOUT HOUSING, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND DIGNITY.
ANGELA HURLOCK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR