LBBA is seeking a project architect with 5+ years of experience



We are seeking a talented project architect who will complement our existing team with new and rehab multi-family projects. The candidate should have design and technical experience in larger, multi-unit housing projects. Projects may include urban design and planning as well as knowledge of the Chicago PD process.
The position requires skill and knowledge in all phases of the design and documentation process and construction. A working knowledge of sustainability and accessibility codes is required.
Landon Bone Baker believes in collaborative work, thus the ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to work in a team environment.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and portfolio to
Please, no phone calls or drop-ins.

Winning Tiny Homes Entry Comes to Life

As first place winners of the Tiny Homes Competition, Terry “Vic” Howell, Marty Sandberg, and Lon Stousland worked with Price Construction to realize a prototype of their design, which is on view this week at UIC’s campus. Visitors were able to tour the model home in conjunction with the Tiny Homes Summit through efforts of both Summit and Competition sponsors. See design entry here.


left to right: terry “vic” howell, marty sandberg, lon stousland





Tiny Homes Summit to Address Youth Homelessness

Jeff and Catherine are among the 50 leading experts speaking at the upcoming “Tiny Homes Summit: New Solutions for Youth Homelessness” next week at UIC’s campus. This two-day event will focus on creative solutions to youth homelessness, estimated to be more than 20,000 in Chicago, through the lens of the Tiny Homes movement. Covering everything from research and statistics, current practices, funding, policy, planning, service, civic and social issues, case studies, and next steps, learn how Tiny Homes can provide dignified housing with services and resources for those seeking a path to independent living.
At the Tiny Homes Summit, you’ll also be able to tour the model home designed by the winners of the Tiny Home Competition and built by Price Construction. On Tuesday, join Jeff Bone and Eithne McMenamin as they present St. Paul’s United Church of Christ’s plan for a Tiny Homes development on the north side of Chicago. Immediately following, Lee Bey will be moderating a panel discussion on the Design on Tiny Homes with Catherine Baker and the three winners of the Tiny Homes Competition. 


April 18+19
Student Center East
750 S. Halsted, Chicago
3rd Floor Conference Center
See the full schedule here, and register today!
The Pride Action Tank, a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and the Windy City Times, along with lead sponsor Polk Bros. Foundation, joined by UIC’s Gender and Sexuality Center, AIA Chicago, and Alphawood Foundation, are summit hosts. Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times and co-chair of the Pride Action Tank, is chairperson of the summit.


Sounding off in Springfield

LBBA’s Terran Wilson and Emma Jasinski bused down to Springfield last week with other Chicago architects, landscape architects, and structural engineers for AIA’s annual event, Prairie Grassroots. The event, started in 2005, brings architects together with our representatives so that we may lobby for bills and policies pertinent to the field.

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In addition to the issues that AIA set to advocate, Terran and Emma talked to Illinois Housing Council and added a few issues of their own that focus on rental housing insecurity and affordable housing financing. Notably, they asked for their representatives Edward Acevedo and Will Guzzardi to support bill LIHTC Rate Increase (US SB 1442), which would finance 400,000 new affordable housing units over the next decade. As 1 in 4 renters pay more than half their income to housing and the number of extremely low-income families and the number of homeless individuals have increased over recent years, the passing of this bill will help alleviate the housing crisis and provide options for those facing homelessness.

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Terran, who is reporting LBBA’s commitment to AIA 2030, asked for the re-opening of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate program, which was suspended this year due to the State budget crisis. As part of the AIA 2030 Commitment, we are seeing that reducing buildings’ energy consumption to net zero is going to be impossible without on-site energy production. Developers have very limited budgets, so financial incentives would ensure more energy producing measures in their developments.

Many of the legislators were surprised and unaware that aspiring architects are at risk of not receiving their license because of $6,500 unpaid debt to the national certification board. In addition to this pressing issue in our field, AIA Illinois also asked for the opposition of bills ‘Small Project Threshold Increase/Architect Selection (HB 5595)’ and ‘Procurement Priorities (SB 2400/HB 4644)’ which would bypass qualified Architecture and Engineering firms during a public project’s procurement process and reduce equal opportunities for those in our profession.

Representative Acevedo and Representative Guzzardi were both receptive and eager to discuss ways in which architects can take an active role in addressing district issues and opportunities for positive collaboration.

Left to right: Chyanne Husar, Alex Acevedo, Emma Jasinski, Representative Edward Acevedo, and Tina Wong.

Construction Season in Bloom! 

Nelson Mandela Apartments are growing in East Garfield Park.

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From the Archive: Idema

A drawing from Idema, a single-family home in Glenn, Michigan, completed in 1991.



Photos from “confronting homelessness” panel



Left to Right: Tracy Baim, Cassi Coravos, Catherine Baker, Marty Sandberg, Lon Stousland, Terry “Vic” Howell


Left to Right: Peter Landon, Lon Stousland, Terry “Vic” Howell, Marty Sandberg, Jeff Bone, Catherine Baker

LBBA lunch with Jamie Hayes

Jamie Hayes, owner and designer of Production Mode, came to LBBA to talk to us about the slow fashion movement and her history advocating for workers’ rights—in policy, practice, and through fashion, art, and exhibition.
28-PM-women-printed-jacket-sideAs a society, we consume 400% more clothing than we did 20 years ago yet pay less than ever. The cost instead is being paid by the workers and the environment with devastating impacts. If you’re interested in learning more about this “race to the bottom,” check out the documentary “True Cost” (available on netflix).


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Instead, the slow fashion movement uses a transparent approach that prioritizes fair working conditions, sustainable production methods, and quality products. Artists Paula Wilson and Nora Renick Rinehart collaborated with Jamie Hayes in the design of Production Mode’s line of clothing.


Jamie has worked almost always collaboratively, and believes clothing should fit the person, not the other way around. Here, she worked with Chicago architect Marshall Brown for her project ‘Past Perfect.’


‘Production Mode’ is one of Chicago’s brands committed to the slow fashion movement, and was born from Jamie’s interests in fashion, art, labor, and identity. In addition to ensuring that everyone is paid a living wage, ‘Production Mode’ makes products to last, with quality materials and production that is less harmful to the environment. The vegetable tanned leather is processed locally at Horween.

LBBA Masters

Jack and Trish came back from AIA Illinois’ MasterClass bursting with new knowledge and ideas for LBBA! The Master Class is the first of a new series of intensive workshops aimed at training the best up-and-coming leaders essential business skills specific to architecture.
The workshop covered everything from finances, firm culture, and marketing. With some post-workshop homework to go, their certificates of completion will confirm what we already know– we couldn’t ask for better project managers, mentors, and colleagues.


Catherine to speak at ‘Confronting Homelessness’ panel

This coming Tuesday, Catherine, with the winners of The Tiny Homes Competition and others, join a panel discussion on how design can face the challenges of homelessness in Chicago, especially youth homelessness. AIGA Chicago‘s Design for Good has organized the event.
Tuesday, March 29
Uptake, 600 W Chicago Avenue, 3rd Floor
5:30: reception; 6:30 – 7:30 Panel
Register here
Design for Good:
Confronting Homelessness
In the 2014-15 school year, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) estimates that over 125,000 Chicagoans were homeless. According to Chicago Public Schools, more than 15% of that population were students. It’s a problem rooted in economic issues: the city’s low-wage jobs and lack of affordable housing clash with a soaring cost of living and continuously high unemployment rate. This perfect storm forces individuals to choose between food, housing and other essential expenses.
What can design do about it? A lot. Please join us for a conversation on homelessness on March 29th, in which we’ll discuss root causes and spotlight initiatives that are creating real change, including The Tiny Home Contest and The Youth Storage Initiative. Learn first-hand how thoughtful design is changing the landscape of homelessness, impacting communities—and how you can get involved, too.
Kim Hunt, AIDS Foudation of Chicago

Tracy Baim, Windy City Times and The Youth Storage Initiative
Catherine Baker, Landon Bone Baker Architects and AIA Chicago
Marty Sandberg, Via Chicago Architects and winner of Tiny Home Contest
Lon Stousland, Antunovich Associates and winner of Tiny Home Contest
Terry “Vic” Howell, Antunovich Associates and winner of Tiny Home Contest

Design for Good: Confronting Homelessness is the first panel in our 2016 series, which focuses on creating awareness for social impact organizations throughout Illinois.