Parkside of Old Town (2b) and DA+HC Receive AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards


Left: Parkside of Old Town, IIB. Photo: David Schalliol. Right: Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative. Photo: Barry Rustin

Parkside of Old Town 2b and Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative were honored with Distinguished Building Awards during AIA Chicago’s annual Designight at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, October 14th.
See the winners of the 2016 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards here, or link directly to Parkside and Dorchester.

Phase 2B at Parkside of Old Town brings 106 mixed-income apartments to former Cabrini-Green Extension North– 36 units of replacement housing for former Cabrini residents, 27 affordable units, and 43 market-rate units. The buildings in this phase were designed to animate the intersection at Division and Cleveland and support a positive pedestrian experience. In turn, an enlivened street encourages activity along Division Street as the project works to integrate the larger development into the surrounding city. LBBA accepted the award alongside representatives from Holsten Redevelopment Corporation and McKay Landscape Architects.

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, the transformation of an abandoned CHA property into an Arts Center and mixed-income housing for artists and art-interested residents, received a Special Recognition Award for Adaptive Reuse as Catalyst for Social Change. The project is currently being exhibited in Quito, Ecuador, as part of the bi-decennial UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III. Since winning the 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award in Creating Community Connection, the project is being used as a case study for its use of arts programming, public/private partnerships, and adaptive reuse to revitalize neighborhoods.

Promotions at LBBA!

Landon Bone Baker Architects is pleased to announce several promotions within the firm. Tyler Brown, Dominik Soltys, and Allison Sorenson have been named Senior Associates; and Terran Wilson has been promoted to Associate.
Together with Senior Associates Jack Schroeder and Trish Girdwood, they are part of a leadership team that is dedicated to LBBA’s mission of creating comprehensive, sustainable, and progressive urban and community-based developments.



LBBA Associates. Top row: Dominik Soltys, LEED AP, and Tyler Brown, LEED AP; Bottom Row: Terran Wilson, Associate AIA, Trish Girdwood, AIA, Allison Sorenson, Jack Schroeder, AIA, LEED AP.


Drone Shot over Roseland Village Grandfamily Apartments. Courtesy Mercy Housing Lakefront.

A Grandfamily Story

A grandmother raising her four grandchildren at Roseland Village Grandfamily Apartment is part of ‘Mercy Housing Lakefront’ annual video update. Hear how Roseland Village is stabilizing lives for Doris, Jacari, Jhaydon, Jaison, and Jonathon below:


Mercy Housing Lakefront Moving Forward Together 2016

Design Firms Now Featuring Advocacy Banner

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Today we join 70+ Chicago firms in supporting Architects Advocate Action on Climate Change, a fast-growing public initiative and online platform for architects to publicly speak out for meaningful legislation to mitigate climate change. With today’s public launch, participating firms are now displaying banners on their company’s home page and are encouraged to share stories and short videos through various platforms and media outlets.


Tom Jacobs, AIA, and Peter Exley, FAIA, created Architects Advocate on July 22 and plan to expand the initiative to other cities. Visit the website to learn more and to pledge your support:

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BOLD: MAS Context Issue 29 now available


MAS Context’s latest issue BOLD catalogs the projects that were part of 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial’s exhibition BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago, curated by Iker Gil. The projects respond to David Brown’s “The Available City” and offer alternative propositions that address vacancy in the city and its potential to create new architectural scenarios.

Among the work, LBBA’s speculative proposal South Chicago Collaborative develops affordable housing, job training facilities, and a maker space on five adjacent vacant lots in South Chicago. In collaboration with Claretian Associates, the goal is to create opportunities for young people and spur revitalization through a resilient, sustainable development model. Claretian Associates, a South Chicago nonprofit, has become a fixture in the neighborhood’s revitalization effort and utilizes key partnerships to create a comprehensive method of community development. Their initiatives include improvements in employment, safety, healthcare, housing, arts and culture, and environmental awareness.

In 2015, LBBA’s summer internship program, cityLab, partnered with Claretian Associates to study the neighborhood– past, present, and future–and assist in design and planning needs. The work highlighted the strength of local organizations and institutions and the opportunity to support local programming through the activation of vacant lots. Just as the U.S. Steel South Works plant provided a variety of jobs and products, this new aggregation of amenities in South Chicago can house a new generation of makers and creators.

Pre-order a copy here.


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South Chicago Collaborative


Drawing Tiny Homes Plans at SkyART

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Pete and Emma visited SkyART to talk to 7-9 year old art students about what architects do and had them draw tiny house floor plans. So much imagination packed into every square foot!

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Join us Thursday at Archeworks to see work by local architects that are “challenging conventions, approaching dilemmas, and defining new tools and methods.” Pete Landon and Tyler Brown will be presenting Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town, the newest mixed-income development at former Cabrini Green. RSVP

Vaidotas Vaiciulis – REX New York

Nicolette Stosur-Bassette and Karen MacKay – ReuseCHI and Archeworks 2016 Alumni

Pete Landon and Tyler Brown – Landon Bone Baker Architects

Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer – Design With Company

Carol Ross Barney, Huili Feng, Ross Barney, Ryan Gann – Ross Barney Architects &
Josh Ellis – Metropolitan Planning Council

When: August 18, 2016, 6-8pm

Where: 625 N Kingsbury Road, Chicago

LBBA hosts Youth Career Day for Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

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Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR), a restorative justice center on the South Side of Chicago, visited our office today with a group of 4 young men between the ages of 13-16 who are participating in their 6-week summer program. PBMR primarily serves court-involved and at-risk boys from the Back of the Yards and Englewood neighborhoods. Their center is a safe space for male youth and in addition to advocacy work in the prisons, they host weekly intervention programs for the guys, provide family counseling, and facilitate community meetings. We were excited to talk them about the profession and our work, answer questions, and introduce them to our studio and the interns of bikeLab, LBBA’s own summer internship program in its final week.

The ‘Ethical Redevelopment’ Salon Sessions Start


LBBA joins a year-long discussion on Ethical Redevelopment through a series of workshops and public convenings initiated by the University of Chicago’s Place Lab. Learn more here: