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Peter Landon, FAIA, LEED AP · plandon@landonbonebaker.com

Founder and Principal of Landon Bone Baker Architects, Peter Landon is known for his community-based inner city planning, development, and design work. He is a champion of “social consciousness” and diversity in design, and supports neighborhood revitalization efforts across Chicago.

Peter believes that architects are essential community members. He and the firm encourage participation in community and urban policy initiatives and believe that with diligent and responsible effort, good and environmentally responsible planning and design is possible. A personal commitment through his career has allowed Landon Bone Baker Architects to successfully balance context, technology, design, environment, and economy in a variety of modest, space efficient, socially and economically mixed urban mixed-use housing developments. His work with the firm has won numerous design awards, including multiple AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Awards and Devine Detail Awards and four Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. The work has been exhibited and published widely. Peter continually participates in conferences, panel discussions, and lectures with the goal of moving the bar forward and understanding options to ultimately bring better design to our projects.

Peter is a Past President of the Chicago Architectural Club, was Chairman of the Chicago AIA Design Committee, and was an associate director at the UIC City Design Center. He was a member of the Housing Bronzeville Blue Ribbon Committee, the City Planning Taskforce, the Historic Greystone Initiative, the Advisory Group of The Affordable Housing Catalogue, and the Chicago Design Initiative. Peter is involved with citywide inclusionary zoning initiatives and the Children’s Memorial Redevelopment commission in support of local affordable and workforce housing.

Peter is also a founding board member and Past President of archi-treasures, a collective of artists, architects, educators, and community organizers who are in service to Chicago’s neighborhoods. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Art Group. Peter has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has served on various local and national award juries and he has lectured and presented material at various organizations both locally and nationally.

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Jeff Bone, AIA · jbone@landonbonebaker.com

Jeff Bone was named Principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects in 1999. Jeff and the firm had learned early on that not all clients are the same; developers are well-versed in the design/build processes whereas non-profit community based-organizations are armed with a clear vision but do not always have an architecture vocabulary. Jeff has nurtured the firm’s “grassroots” approach to help nonprofit clients translate their vision. He and his associates regularly engage the community through charrettes, community art projects with archi-treasures, and stakeholder meetings and planning sessions.

Jeff has managed the design and construction of a wide variety of affordable multi-family developments, supportive and senior housing projects, homeless youth shelters, community centers, and non-profit agencies throughout Chicago area, including the recently completed Harvest Commons Apartments, an 89-unit development that employs green strategies for the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of a 1920s-era building and incorporates an urban farm and teaching kitchen for residents. Currently, Jeff is working on the Diplomat SRO, a 51-unit development providing residential and supportive services for people confronting homelessness, and La Casa Norte’s comprehensive community center with permanent housing in Humboldt Park.

Jeff also directs Knothead Furniture Company, an ongoing collaboration with Landon Bone Baker that designs “Simple Furniture Built to Last” for single room occupancy buildings, supportive housing projects, affordable daycare centers, and residential homes. Together, with input from craftsmen and clients, the firm designed a custom furniture line with affordability in mind and regularly designs furniture into their architectural projects. The result is a warm, stylish, yet simple approach that fits into residential as well as commercial and institutional settings.

Jeff initiated and leads the firm’s participation in the AIA 2030 Commitment, a growing national initiative that provides a framework to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project’s energy performance. He is a current board member and founding collaborator with archi-treasures, a non-profit collective of artists, architects, educators, and community organizers who serve Chicago neighborhoods. He organized and led tours for the City’s Great Chicago Places and Spaces event, including “Fortifying Affordable Housing,” which looked at the collaborative effort between management, residents, architects, and artists in the rehabilitation of Barbara Jean Wright Courts on the near west side of Chicago. Jeff served on the City of Chicago Code Committee and was chair of the Chicago AIA Education Committee. He currently serves on the Design for Aging Committee and is a volunteer member architect for Home Free Home, a national non-profit providing pro bono architectural design for accessibility.

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Catherine Baker, AIA · cbaker@landonbonebaker.com

After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University, Catherine Baker earned a Master of Arts in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Both disciplines share some fundamental underpinnings that pertain to the work of Landon Bone Baker Architects; understanding people, understanding problems, making connections, and developing programmatic solutions. In 2002, Catherine became a Principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects where she is using these skills to develop a direct neighborhood outreach program, which fosters better-informed communities while simultaneously gathering the data that informs design.

The importance of understanding neighborhood problems and connections can be seen in the planning projects that Catherine has managed, which include various federally funded programs focusing on neighborhood revitalizations such as HOPE VI, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the redevelopment of a large Section 8 housing project in the Woodlawn neighborhood under the new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. She is currently designing several projects that will address specific neighborhood needs; Tierra Linda is a scattered site housing project located in Humboldt Park and near the Bloomingdale Trail that is being conceived and developed to nurture health and healthy living. Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative will transform a former Chicago Housing Authority townhouse project into a mixed-income residential development with a focus on artist collaboration.

Catherine is active in Chicago’s architectural education community. For over 10 years she taught an architecture class in partnership with Lane Technical High School and Marwen that concentrated on urban design and neighborhood study. She continues to volunteer and support high school programming at the Chicago Architecture Foundation; She was a member of the advisory team at the Chicago Architecture Foundation that developed “The Architectural Handbook,” an award-winning architectural curriculum for the Chicago Public Schools, acts as advisor and judge for the Newhouse Competition and is also a founding mentor for Marwen’s Art at Work program.

Catherine serves on the Board of Directors at the Chicago Asthma Consortium and is currently coordinating efforts between health experts, builders, developers, and architects to design healthier living environments. She also serves on the Chicago AIA Board of Directors. She is President of the College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society at Ball State University and also serves as a member of the Department of Architecture Chair’s Professional Advisory Committee.

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Jack Schroeder, AIA, LEED AP · jschroeder@landonbonebaker.com

Jack Schroeder is a Senior Associate at Landon Bone Baker Architects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Ball State University. With a strong commitment to community-based projects, Jack has focused on the field of multi-family housing, completing both affordable and market rate projects in Chicago and downstate Illinois. His extensive knowledge of green building practices and progressive city planning has helped the firm minimize its buildings’ environmental impact and improve the quality of life for residents. He was project manager for La Casa Norte’s Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program and the Roseland Senior Campus; two first-place winners of the Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. Most recently, Jack completed the historic rehabilitation of Harvest Commons Apartments, an 89-unit supportive housing project which includes on-site social services, a social enterprise café, and an urban farm. Since joining the firm in 2002, Jack has learned to approach each project with optimism, aggressiveness, and inspiration. He is driven by the understanding that every resident has a unique definition of ‘home.’

Jack was awarded the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Award (2012) and named a finalist in the USGBC Natural Talent Competition (2005). He regularly volunteers with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Marwen, and archi-treasures.

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Trisha Girdwood, AIA · tgirdwood@landonbonebaker.com

Trisha Girdwood is a Senior Associate at Landon Bone Baker Architects. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and is a licensed architect in Illinois. Trisha was drawn to the firm’s collaborative nature and enjoys working hand-in-hand with clients, consultants, neighborhood groups, and city organizations to create innovative and accessible spaces. She has been project manager on subsidized, affordable, and market rate housing projects, including the redevelopment of Robert Taylor Homes (Hansberry Square and Hansberry Homes) and Henry Horner Homes (Westhaven Park Phase IIC). She is currently managing City Gardens, a 76-unit, mixed-income community on Chicago’s Near West Side. Trisha is also involved in a number of rehab projects through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and continually focuses on energy sustainability and how to achieve it in the affordable market. Trisha is committed to accessibility and adaptability in residential and commercial construction.

Trish has worked with Landon Bone Baker Architects since 2002, becoming a Senior Associate in 2009. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects.

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Dominik Soltys, LEED AP · dsoltys@landonbonebaker.com

Dominik Soltys is an Associate at Landon Bone Baker Architects. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology. Since joining the firm in 2003, Dominik has focused on sensible and practical applications of technology in the context of affordable housing. Dominik is involved in a full range of projects including scattered site housing, commercial build-outs, industrial programs, and high-rise rehabilitations; each requiring thorough on-site evaluation and documentation. His inherent understanding of materials, systems, and construction is an asset to the team. His ability to communicate these technical issues clearly and concisely with all stakeholders contributes to effective and high-quality building design. Dominik is currently finishing the second phase of the Woodlawn Park redevelopment, a phased revitalization of the former Grove Parc Section 8 housing complex on the South Side of Chicago.

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Tyler Brown, LEED AP · tbrown@landonbonebaker.com

Tyler Brown is an Associate at Landon Bone Baker Architects. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. With over a decade of professional experience working for architecture and planning offices, public agencies, and in construction, Tyler has developed a particular interest the relationship between buildings and cities. He was involved in several phases of the Legends South and Westhaven Park HOPE VI projects and is currently working on the redevelopment of the former Cabrini-Green public housing site, Parkside of Old Town. Tyler’s work with the firm explores how a rich and sustainable built environment can contribute to the social, economic, and cultural health of a community.

Tyler has participated in several community-based planning processes, both professionally and as an interested resident. He is currently working toward professional registration.

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Claudia Rodriguez, AIA · crodriguez@landonbonebaker.com

Claudia Rodriguez is an Associate at Landon Bone Baker Architects. She received a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed architect in Illinois. Claudia’s interest in socially conscious and eco-friendly design led her to Landon Bone Baker Architects. With the firm, she has completed affordable housing and rehab projects in Uptown, Humboldt Park, Lawndale, Woodlawn, and Englewood. Claudia was project manager on A Safe Place, a supportive housing development for victims of domestic violence, and Spanish Coalition for Housing Offices, an adaptive reuse project which converted a garage warehouse into a two-story office space for the local non-profit group. She was project manager and architect on the Diplomat SRO project up until construction and is currently working on the South Chicago Art Center. In addition to her responsibilities as a project manager, Claudia has facilitated community charrettes on ‘Green Design.’

Claudia is an active member of the American Institute of Architects.

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Terran Wilson · twilson@landonbonebaker.com

Terran Wilson received a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and completed her thesis work at the Rural Studio. Since joining the firm in 2011, Terran has worked on affordable rehabs and new construction projects, commercial build-outs, and college dormitories. She leads the firm’s ongoing involvement with Rural Studio’s 20K House Project, a program to design and build a model home that can be reproduced on a large scale by builders across the country. She believes it is an architect’s social responsibility to pursue good design for all.

Terran co-leads the firm’s participation in the AIA 2030 Commitment. She has been a juror at the Illinois Institute of Technology and CPS High School Studio at the School of the Art Institute. She was a guest instructor at After School Matters, mentor for the IIT Boeing Scholars program, and featured artist at Chicago Women in Architecture’s a.DOT exhibit. She volunteers with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, archi-treasures, The Night Ministry, Cru, and Breakthrough Urban Ministries.

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Maggie Jarr · mjarr@landonbonebaker.com

Maggie Jarr is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Landon Bone Baker Architects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Maggie leads the firm’s locally and nationally recognized Community Workshop. The 6-week summer program employs high school students and college-age mentors to study building design and initiate change in their neighborhood through environmental assessment studies and community asset mapping.

Maggie is a Masters Candidate in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She volunteers with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Consortium for Careers in Design and Construction.

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Josh Mings · jmings@landonbonebaker.com

Josh Mings graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane University. Throughout his studies at Tulane and abroad, Josh focused on the ways new projects can be incorporated into a historic setting and also speak to the culture of a given area. At Landon Bone Baker Architects, Josh has worked on both new construction and rehab projects across housing, commercial, and neighborhood planning schemes. He contributed to the recently completed renovation of LUCHA’s Borinquen Bella Apartments and is currently involved in the design of a senior housing building in Woodlawn.

Josh is currently working toward professional registration. He is an active member of the Tulane School of Architecture Chicago Alumni group.

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Hope Dinsmore · hdinsmore@landonbonebaker.com

hope-dinsmoreHope Dinsmore earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture from University of Virginia. Her perspective in design has been deeply informed by her time studying and working in Southern Africa and Northwestern India. Hope is fascinated by the intersection of culture and ecology, and the need for architecture and landscape design to mediate the two.

Prior to joining LBBA, Hope’s work in Chicago was centered on the design and construction of custom single family residences and small commercial spaces. At LBBA, Hope is working on the renovation of small and large multi-family residences, as well as new construction affordable housing. She has volunteered with Converge:Exchange and Architecture for Humanity and is pursuing professional accreditation.

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Elliot Schwarz · eschwarz@landonbonebaker.com

elliot-schwarzElliot Schwarz received a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University along with a double minor in Business and Construction Management. His desire to understanding construction methods and materials in order to create innovative design solutions that are affordable has led him to take courses in welding, furniture building, and plywood cabinetry construction. Elliot has previously worked as an assistant carpenter and metal fabricator, and traveled to Honduras to help with the design and construction of a rural bank and library. Currently, he is documenting as-built conditions for Villages of Westhaven and assisting in the construction administration of both Legends South C-3 and West Humboldt Place.

Elliot is pursuing professional registration and LEED certification.

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Abdul Samad · asamad@landonbonebaker.com

abdul-samadAbdul Samad received a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and a Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Before moving to the States, he worked with a small architectural firm in Pakistan on commercial and residential projects. With LBBA, Abdul is working on the schematic design of Lafayette Terrace Apartments, a moderate rehabilitation of a senior midrise building and seven townhouse buildings located in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. He is interested in learning how affordable housing is developed alongside the most current issues in sustainability.

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Michelle Krepp · mkrepp@landonbonebaker.com

mk1Michelle Krepp is the Office Manager at Landon Bone Baker Architects. She is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations, procedures, and resources to facilitate efficiency in front and behind the scenes.

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