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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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Happy Women’s Equality Day from all of us at LBBA!


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:



Please join bikeLAB for a presentation and conversation about bike and biker friendly housing in Humboldt Park. This summer, a group of four high school interns at Landon Bone Baker Architects spent six weeks doing research and designing repair stations and indoor and outdoor bike storage areas for LUCHA buildings. Now, we want to share our designs with you and get your feedback

2016 LBBA Lab interns will be giving two presentations of their work produced for bikeLab. Both are open to the public.


The first will be a lunchtime presentation at LBBA ‘s studio. Lunch provided– please RSVP to

Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 1:45 pm
Place: LBBA, 734 N Milwaukee Avenue


The second will be to the LUCHA residents and the West Humboldt Park community. Light refreshments available.

Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Time 6:30 – 7:30pm
Place: Community Room at Humboldt Park Residence, 1152 N Christiana


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8/1: AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards Webinar

Learn more about the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards and the design and construction of the awarded projects during AIA Housing Knowledge Community’s webinar taking place this coming Monday at 1pm. Catherine will be presenting LBBA’s work on Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, which was recognized for its incorporation of housing within other community amenities for the purpose of either revitalization or planned growth.


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Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative. Photo: Barry Rustin

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will learn about the AIA Housing Awards, including specific selection criteria for the three different award categories for homes and housing that promotes physical, social and mental well-being.
  • Participants will learn about the AIA/ HUD Secretary’s Awards, including specific selection criteria for the four different award categories for homes and housing that promotes physical, social and mental well-being.
  • Participants will learn more about the 14 projects that were awarded in 2016, including some jury comments, their site design and context, environmental systems, and materials and methods.
  • Participants will learn about specific design and construction of two award-winning projects that relate to accessibility, affordability, community connectivity, and physical, social and mental well-being.

Organizer/ Moderator: Jamie Blosser, AIA, 2016 Jury Chair for AIA Housing and AIA/ HUD Secretary’s Awards; Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute

Catherine Baker, AIA, Principal, Landon Bone Baker Architects, Award Winner for the Dorchestor Art + Housing Collaborative Project – AIA/ HUD Secretary’s Awards, Creating Community Connection Category

Jim Cutler, AIA, Principal, Cutler Anderson Architects, Award Winner for the Newberg House – AIA Housing Awards, One and Two Family Custom Homes Category

Denise Everson, Assoc. AIA, 2016 Chair, Housing and Community Development Network; Consultant, Connecticut Green Bank

Rachelle Levitt, 2016 Juror, AIA/ HUD Secretary’s Awards; Director of the Research Utilization Division of the Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Register here. 


Parkside of Old Town Featured in The Architect’s Newspaper

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‘This Place, Displaced’ (The Architect’s Newspaper, Issue 3, July 27, 2016), written by Matthew Messner, outlines the history, plan, realities, and current state of CHA’s redevelopment of Cabrini Green into a mixed-income neighborhood.