happy holidays from lbba!


City Gardens Office Visit


teens tour ‘city gardens’

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Teens from the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s After School Matters were taken on a tour of nearly-completed City Gardens as part of their research in affordable housing!

Joined by Jason Hill of Michaels Development Company, Pete Landon and Trish Girdwood introduced the students to LBBA’s work, opportunities for them in the field, and community-based design approaches which included role-playing and brainstorming sessions to generate design implementations and programming for the new mixed-income development on Chicago’s Near West Side.

The tour and charrette will help them in their larger project to design affordable housing prototypes for the National DiscoverDesign.org Competition. We look forward to seeing what the students submit and enjoyed our day sharing our work and gaining new perspectives.

Peter Landon honored recepient of 2016 Society of Architectural Historians design excellence award


Firm founder and principal Peter Landon has been awarded for his Excellence in Design, Planning, and Sustainability from the Society of Architectural Historians. Recognized at SAH’s 7th annual Awards Gala, the event’s honorees also included philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus for Architectural Stewardship and Sarah Herda, director of the Graham Foundation, for Public Engagement with the Built Environment.

SAH members have had a long and deep interest in urban planning and public housing development and remarked on Pete’s achievement:

“Pete Landon has significantly contributed to [urban planning and public housing], as he has woven a design path that serves diverse residents and creates privacy, dignity, and community on a human scale. While public and private partnerships for affordable housing face many challenges, Peter Landon’s work has had an indelible impact on the lives of many residents and the face of Chicago.”

Congratulations, Pete!

Construction Progress: Phil B Curls Manor

Phil B Curls Manor
is the first phase of a new mixed-income, inter-generational neighborhood located in Kansas City, MO. The 4-story building will provide 54 affordable apartments for seniors and amenities that include a theater, community room, fitness, bike storage, in-unit laundry, and medical exam room.

1325_20161103_field-report-10-112The building is named after longtime Kansas City lawmaker Phil B. Curls who was instrumental in the passage of bills relating to economic development, housing, child and family services, health care, and education. He was a founding member of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and past-President of Freedom, Incorporated, and dedicated his time to increasing education opportunities for disadvantaged youth and expanding the representation of the Kansas City African American community in elective offices.

1325_20161103_field-report-10-107 The plan builds on existing connections within the community and once finished will consist of affordable senior housing, mixed senior and inter-generational infill housing, and a new inter-generational village and community hub. Sustainable, natural, and low-maintenance landscapes will facilitate passive storm water management throughout the new neighborhood.

Happy Halloween from LBBA!


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