The LBBA Labs are a nationally recognized summer employment program for high school students with an interest in architecture, design, and planning. During the six-week workshop, participants do active research and develop design-based solutions to an issue or issues addressing a specific community in Chicago.


In 2010, Landon Bone Baker Architects founded the Lab program, a locally and nationally recognized summer program which employs high school students and college-age mentors. The program provides an entry point for young designers to participate in community design and empowers local residents to affect their environment through the design process. The Lab operates under the philosophy that youth excel when they are integrated in the work of professionals and are given a high degree of responsibility and leadership opportunities. The participants–their work, their idea, and their energy–are the catalyst to encourage broader community involvement and change.

Landon Bone Baker Architects has hosted six Lab programs to date: ShadeLab, airLab, airLab 2.0, and cityLab 2013-2015. ShadeLab received Jury Special Recognition by the Association of Architecture Organizations (2010) and airLab was awarded the Green Innovation Award for Occupant Engagement by the U.S. Green Building Council Illinois Chapter (2013). LBBA Community Workshop was a finalist for the Urban Land Institute Chicago 2013 Vision Awards.


  • Provide a high quality summer internship program from high school students interested in architecture and related fields
  • Promote racial and gender diversity in architecture by offering educational and career mentorship to students
  • Encourage civic responsibility and engagement amongst participants and community members
  • Deliver real solutions to issues impacting focus communities