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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 conscious” 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 revitalization 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 AIA, is a Senior Associate at Landon Bone Baker Architects.  She received her accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a licensed Architect in Illinois. Trish’s design sensibilities are greatly influenced by her research in accessibility and universal design as well as construction detailing and sustainable building practices. As a designer and project manager she has a wide range of professional and personal experiences that tackle the challenges of creating affordable housing. Trish is a member of the Housing Programs Advisory Committee for the Village of Oak Park whose mission is to develop and preserve affordable housing and attract an economically and racially diverse population.

Trish has managed and designed a wide range of architectural and planning projects including West Humboldt Place, a new housing development that will serve families with histories of homelessness in which a family member suffers from a disability. The ground floor provides supportive services for its residents and 200 low-income children and caregivers from the larger community. She has also worked with the Rural Studio on their 20K House project which addresses affordable housing in Hale County, Alabama, and was responsible for reviewing HUD Property Standards for FHA loans and local code compliance, identifying accessibility design opportunities, and streamlining details that local contractors and home builders could utilize. Trish has managed the rehabilitation of over 630 affordable senior housing apartments and has been the project manager on over 500 subsidized, affordable, and market rate housing residences including the redevelopment of Parkside of Old Town (formerly Cabrini Extension North), Hansberry Square (formerly Robert Taylor Homes), Westhaven Park (formerly The Henry Horner Homes), and City Gardens (formerly Maplewood Courts).

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Dominik Soltys, LEED AP · dsoltys@landonbonebaker.com

Dominik Soltys is a Senior 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
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Tyler Brown is a Senior 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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Terran Wilson · twilson@landonbonebaker.com

Terran Wilson is an Associate at Landon Bone Baker Architects. She 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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Josh Mings, AIA · jmings@landonbonebaker.com

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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 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 renovation of Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative and is currently involved in the design of The Burnham, a senior housing building in Woodlawn and the Cleveland Heights Senior Apartments in Kansas City, Mo.

Josh volunteers with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and with Architecture for Humanity – Chicago Chapter on their yearly Rebuilding Together house. In 2014, Josh participated in AIA Chicago’s Bridge 5.0 Leadership program for Young Architects.

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Hope Dinsmore ·hdinsmore@landonbonebaker.com

LBBA-101(2)Hope 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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Philip Schmidt, AIA, LEED AP · pschmidt@landonbonebaker.com

Philip Schmidt received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. His architecture background includes education design projects in Chicago, multi-family residential work in France, and designing and making custom furniture pieces. Currently, he is working on two multi-family projects at LBBA: the renovation of Lafayette Terrace and new construction affordable housing at Park Place.

Phil co-founded the Chicago chapter of Architecture for Humanity in 2007 and is an active member of the sustainability-focused Passive House Alliance Chicago. He is a licensed architect in Illinois.

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Cameron Acheson · cacheson@landonbonebaker.com

20161104-101 Cameron Acheson received a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Auburn University in 2010, where she participated in Rural Studio’s 5th Year Program. After graduation, she joined the Rural Studio staff as an Instructor, where she taught 5th Year and Outreach students with Studio Director, Andrew Freear.

Prior to joining LBBA, Cameron’s experience included working on the 20K House Project, a series of single-family affordable house models, which are designed to be reproduced on a large scale. She also served as the Rural Studio liaison to the City of Greensboro, Alabama, where she worked on establishing a Parks and Recreation Department, new comprehensive zoning documents, and a long-term master plan for future city development.

At LBBA, Cameron is currently working on the renovation and new construction of small multi-family residences.

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Joseph Altshuler, LEED AP · jaltshuler@landonbonebaker.com

LBBA_JA-101 Joseph Altshuler received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Rice University where he also assistant taught architectural history and theory. At LBBA, Joseph is currently working on a single room occupancy rehab project in Chicago’s near north side.

Joseph is fascinated by the role of storytelling, humor, and emotion in architecture. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of SOILED, a periodical of architectural stories that makes a mess of the built environment and the politics of space. Each issue of SOILED seeks to engage a broader public in architectural ideas from discourse to action. Always eager to make others excited about architecture, Joseph speaks about design at PechaKucha Nights in Chicago and Houston, and his writings have appeared in wide variety of publications. He is also a former board member and volunteer for Architecture for Humanity – Chicago Chapter.

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Emma Jasinski · ejasinski@landonbonebaker.com

EmEJ-102ma Jasinski received her Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. Her architecture education and work experience has focused on an impact oriented design approach that effects broader environmental, social, political, and economic change. Emma led the design of a community toilet facility and anaerobic digestion system in rural India. Her work explores the intersection of architecture and public health balancing both technical and cultural considerations of sanitation infrastructure, sustainable systems, and community participatory design process.

Her time in New Orleans at the Tulane City Center provided design services to marginalized populations with a platform for social engagement and activism within their communities. She is actively involved in public interest design initiatives including, speaking at universities and teaching at Archeworks in Chicago. She has participated in DELL Social Innovation Challenge, Clinton Global Initiative, Buckminster Fuller Challenge, Global Citizen Award and Tulane Business Plan Competition.

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Ashley Wendela · awendela@landonbonebaker.com

AW-101Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and Masters of Architecture from The University of Pennsylvania. Her past architecture experience ranges from small gallery renovations to complex, large scale corporate projects. Together with her partner, she recently completed a gut renovation of a small industrial workshop into their single family home.

Ashley is fascinated by the connection of architecture to memory and finds beauty in a building’s utility and its past. She believes architecture should strive to make cities more humane, beautiful, and sustainable, and is excited to pursue these ideals with LBBA.

Ashley has volunteered with Marwen, City Year, and Urban Habitat Chicago.

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Morgan Martinson · mmartinson@landonbonebaker.com

MM-101Morgan Martinson is the Communication and Outreach Coordinator at Landon Bone Baker Architects. She received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Fairmont State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, she co-founded via books and edited its first edition Occupation, a 187-page interdisciplinary volume that went on to receive the AIA NY Douglas Haskell Award for Student Publication. She was also the recipient the Alpha Rho Chi Medal of Honor for leadership and service.

Dedicated to community-building and collaboration, Morgan helped to start, build, and manage a community garden and monthly market in East Garfield Park, and has volunteered her time to cross-disciplinary projects, including art direction for short films and the production and curation of installations and programmed events.

Morgan’s experience includes work as a landscape designer, where she aided in the design and documentation of several award-winning Chicago projects, notably 31st Street Harbor, Judge Fisher Apartments, and Near North Montessori School. Her passions in the field include design as a catalyst for social change, sustainable solutions with collaboration across fields and ways of thinking, and contemporary processes and modes of fabrication.

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Michelle Chlebek, AIA, LEED AP · mchlebek@landonbonebaker.com

MC-101Michelle’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University in 2004 and a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008.  Her professional experience spans a variety of project types and scales, from small renovations and rehabs of single family homes in Chicago, to large commercial projects across the globe.  At LBBA, she is excited to pursue work in housing throughout the Chicago area.

Michelle is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois and a LEED accredited professional.  She has volunteered for Rebuilding Together, City Year, and Ronald McDonald House.  In her free time, she loves spending time renovating her century old 2-flat in Logan Square along with her husband.

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Jungsik Kim · jkim@landonbonebaker.comJK-101

Jungsik Kim graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2015, and began full-time at LBBA after six months of student internship. As an intern, Jungsik contributed toward the design visualization of a variety of projects, which greatly attributed to the successful communication within the design team and with the client.

Jungsik was a key member of Urban Activators 2015 which designed and built an award-winning business accelerator in Englewood, Chicago. The positive energy from the people whom Jungsik met on this project fascinated him and led him to pursue a career where he can stay close to the local community. Jungsik believes that architects can become truly happy by directly interacting with users of design.

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Taylor Holloway · tholloway@landonbonebaker.com
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Taylor has focused upon employing design as a tool to aid in the proliferation of equity within the built environment. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, where she was recipient of the 2006 Berenice Lapin Fellowship for Architecture. Upon graduation, she joined the exhibition teams of the inaugural Prospect 1: New Orleans International Art Biennial and the SITE Santa Fe 7th International Biennial “Lucky Number 7” as a welder and preparator. While pursuing her Master of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she spent a summer in Leogane, Haiti, planning and building elementary schools with All Hands Disaster Response. Also during her graduate studies, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at YouthBuild USA where she developed a LEED for Homes and LEED Green Associate exam preparation course for high school students.

In 2013 she was awarded the AIA Chicago Foundation’s Martin Roche Travel Fellowship for Architectural Research. With the Fellowship, she examined contemporary urban planning and architectural initiatives providing innovative spatial responses to the national housing shortage and rapid urbanization of South Africa. In 2015 she founded the Shared City Project, a built environment literacy and advocacy curriculum for seniors at ACE Tech. Charter High School and became a Newcity Magazine contributor.

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Tess Landon · tlandon@landonbonebaker.comTL-103

Tess Landon is the Program Coordinator for LBBA Labs, Landon Bone Baker’s high school internship program. Tess is an arts educator and administrator committed to supporting the role of the arts and design in social justice movements. She has more than ten years of experience teaching children, teens, and adults in schools, art centers, and prisons. Tess also works for Public Art Initiatives at the Chicago Park District and is part of the Teaching Collective at the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. Previously, she spent three years as the Director of Education and Outreach for ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights where she ran their youth education program, Workshop to Change the World. Tess has an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard and a BA in art history from Bard College.

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Kate Lengacher, LEED AP BD+C · klengacher@landonbonebaker.com

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Kate Lengacher earned both a Bachelor of the Arts in Architecture with a minor in Spanish and a Master of Architecture from Ball State University.  In her studies she focused on the link between architecture and social opportunity in order to discover ways in which the built environment can have a positive impact both on people and the natural environment.  Throughout her studies, she also has dabbled in photography seeking to capture interactions between the natural and built environments as well as the people who inhabit them. She is actively involved in the greater Chicago community by volunteering with the United States Green Building Council Illinois’ Community Engagement Committee that aims to partner with all of Chicago’s 77  neighborhoods to implement strategies that simultaneously address needs in each of these communities while creating a sustainable initiative to reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint.  Kate’s volunteering experiences together with her love of photography have shaped her design calling that seeks to leave a positive trail of experiences through the medium of thoughtful architecture.

Prior to joining LBBA, Kate’s work in Chicago focused on community and civic spaces, both in the commercial and residential sectors, located in underserved neighborhoods across the city.  She has volunteered with the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Chicago Architecture Foundation as well as the USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service. She is excited to continue her pursuit of meaningful architecture with LBBA working on affordable and multi-family housing projects throughout the city.

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Erin C. Sánchez · esanchez@landonbonebaker.com

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Erin C. Sánchez earned a Bachelor of Architecture with minors in Industrial Design and Spanish from Virginia Tech in 2013. While in school, Erin was a member of design/buildLAB and worked on the design and construction of the Covington Farmers Market, which won two AIA Design Excellence awards, among others. Her experience with design/buildLAB, along with her travels and personal experiences, has greatly shaped her perspective on architecture and design. Erin believes that architects have the responsibility to design with economic, ecological, and social impact in mind. Her passion for design lies in how to improve a neighborhood without fundamentally altering and displacing the people and community within it. She believes that good design can develop strong communities and create the opportunity for change.

She has volunteered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities and is currently pursuing licensure.

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Brenda Gamboa · bgamboa@landonbonebaker.com

20161010-101Brenda Gamboa is an Architectural Intern at Landon Bone Baker Architects. She earned an Associate degree from Harold Washington College and is a founding mentor for LBBA Community Workshop. Along with the firm, Brenda helps to design and manage the Lab programs in which young adults gather data and stories that help the firm, its community partners, and city leaders make better decisions about how they can improve the health, well-being, and efficiency of their neighborhood through design. She is also working on Franklin Apartments, a scattered site affordable housing project in Humboldt Park.

Brenda is an active volunteer with Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Saturday Studios and the annual Newhouse Architecture and Design Competition.  She is also a freelance photographer.

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Michelle Recker · mrecker@landonbonebaker.com

mk1Michelle Recker 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.