thanksgiving office potluck


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LBBA tours the stony island arts bank

University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slides

University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slides


Johnson Publishing Archive and Collection

Johnson Publishing Archive and Collection



Frankie Knuckles Record Collection

Frankie Knuckles Record Collection







Submissions now open for Tiny Homes Competition


AIA Chicago, partnering with Landon Bone Baker Architects, Pride Action Tank, and Windy City Times, is accepting design proposals for an urban community of tiny homes here in Chicago that addresses the large population of homeless youth.

Aged 18-24, many of these homeless youth are seeking stable communities as they work to improve their lives– often holding jobs, attending college, or working towards their GED. One predictor of adult homelessness is youth homelessness, and permanent housing for homeless young adults would provide a long-term investment in Chicago’s future.

Winners receive $5,000, plus another $5,000 to produce construction drawings. A prototype of the winning design will be constructed for the inaugural Tiny Homes Summit, April 18-19, 2016 at the University of Illinois- Chicago.

Submissions are open through January 30th to all interested parties.

Information and registration is available at

LBBA to participate in Biennial Panel next Tuesday


On Tuesday, November 24th, Landon Bone Baker will be participating in “Nine Responses to the Available City” to discuss their proposal for the ongoing Chicago Biennial exhibit BOLD: Alternate Scenarios for Chicago, organized by Iker Gil.

During the panel discussion, the nine participating firms will interpret the guidelines outlined in David Brown’s “The Available City” to offer alternative propositions that address vacancy in the city and its potential to create new architectural scenarios.

Participants include 3D Design Studio, Ania Jaworska, Central Standard Office of Design, Jahn, JGMA, Krueck+Sexton, Landon Bone Baker, and Tigerman McCurry.


Limited capacity, RSVP Required. RSVP here.

Tuesday, November 24th

6:00 – 7:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

78 E Washington, Chicago

Last chance: National Public Housing Museum Biennial Exhibit


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As Blair Kamin pointed to in his recent Tribune article, housing as a public good, and the investment as such, can reinvigorate neighborhoods and create healthier communities. In its final week, you can tour three exhibits that document a history and future in public housing at the lone remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes and future home of the National Public Housing Museum at 1322 W Taylor street.

NPHM’s exhibits unpacks the complex policy of public and affordable housing, brings together academic research with lived memories and oral histories, and engages its audience in questions about the future of housing and how to strengthen collective work to influence political will and the future of housing in America.

Get a glimpse into the future home of the NPHM at this historic site and see a museum in the making.

‘Collection, Building, Action” + “House Housing” + “We, Next Door”

until Sunday, November 15th

1322 W Taylor St. in Chicago’s Little Italy

Thursday 3-7pm

Friday 3-6pm

Saturday 10-5pm

Sunday 10-4pm


Learn more on NPHM’s website.


Chicago Tribune: “Architecture Biennial’s outlying exhibits offer evidence of power of design”


The power of design to address social issues and improve people’s lives and their community is the focus of a recent Chicago Tribune article by Blair Kamin. Kamin encourages visitors to the biennial to tour peripheral sites, such as the newly-opened Stony Island Arts Bank– the latest in Rebuild Foundation’s pursuit to revitalize communities through art, culture, and engagement.

Stony Island Arts Bank, along with the Dorchester Arts + Housing Collaborative, the Black Cinema House, and more, are cultural-driven redevelopments in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood that merge adaptive reuse with artistic interventions. The spirit of reclamation, both of materials and abandoned buildings, catalyze urban change while keeping its identity.

“Here and at the Stony Island Arts Bank, a troubled past isn’t being erased but creatively recycled. Neither is a silver bullet, but each beats letting violence-plagued Chicago succumb to a hail of bullets and blood — and the cynical view that design can’t help make the world a little better.”

For hours, locations, and more information, visit the Rebuild Foundation’s website.

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





We are seeking a talented architect who will complement our existing team of exceptional staff members. The candidate should have design and technical experience in residential projects of all sizes. Projects may include urban planning and knowledge of the Chicago PD process.

The position requires skills and knowledge of all phases of the design process; zoning and code studies, schematic design, design development, permitting, construction documents and construction observation. A working knowledge of sustainability and accessibility codes is required.


Landon Bone Baker believes in collaborative work, so the ideal candidate should be self-motivated, but able to work in a team environment.


Interested candidates should submit a resume and portfolio to

Please, no phone calls or drop-ins.



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Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative is Awarded Landmarks Illinois Preservation Award for Project of the Year

Events taking place at the Art Center at DA+HC (Photos by Sara Pooley)

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) was awarded the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Project of the Year. The award recognizes projects that make possible the continued use of a historic commercial/industrial, residential, or public/institutional structure. DA+HC was recognized for its implementation of  rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization, stewardship, and sustainability.

DA+HC is a cornerstone project of Rebuild Foundation’s (Rebuild) broader vision to reactivate underutilized and abandoned buildings in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood as part of an ambitious movement of community rejuvenation. The unique partnership and expertise of Rebuild Foundation, Brinshore Development, the CHA and Landon Bone Baker Architects brought new life and meaning into the abandoned 80’s CHA public housing project – showcasing the value of existing buildings as catalysts for social change through the integration of art, architecture, and community involvement.

To register for the Awards Celebration, visit the Landmarks Illinois website.

LBBA to Participate in Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Landon Bone Baker Architects will be participating in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB), taking place October 2015 to January 2016. The Biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. LBBA has been invited to take part in an exhibition titled BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago. Curated by Iker Gil of Mas Studio, the exhibition will showcase work by Chicago-based architects and will present new ideas and alternative development scenarios for the city.

The roster of participants includes:

3D Design Studio
Ania Jaworska
Central Standard Office of Design
Landon Bone Baker Architects
Tigerman McCurry

Along with the exhibition, a panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, November 24 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Each participating team will discuss their proposals, focusing on the specific issues that the projects address and the possibilities they generate. To RSVP and for more information, visit the Biennial website.

“Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum”

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Archer Courts Townhomes and Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative are featured in Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum. The Vernacular Architecture Forum is an organization that is “dedicated to the appreciation and study of ordinary buildings and landscapes.”

In June 2015, the Vernacular Architecture Forum met in Chicago and got “Out of the Loop” to explore Chicago’s built environment through the lens of the conference’s theme, Neighborhoods in Transition. Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum Chicago is published in conjunction with the forum as a companion piece, able to expound on the forum’s programs while also answering the question “Why Chicago?”