24 W. Washington





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The Future of Design.
Integrated. Delivered.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative is a pioneering architecture and design practice creating exceptional outcomes for complex projects through emerging technology and integrated delivery methods. We believe our work is a fundamental expression of optimism in the future, and that design is a means to effect positive, enduring change.

A National Footprint

We design for projects anywhere in North America, including adaptive re-use & re-positioning, commercial office buildings, civic and cultural institutions, education, entertainment, financial services, government, headquarters, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, mission critical, mixed use, not-for-profit, public realm and open space, professional services, residential, retail, retail centers, technology, transportation and workplace.


We have invested in top talent and leading-edge technology to establish a streamlined design collaborative capable of generating more informed, higher quality decisions regardless of a project’s complexity. In addition to design and architecture expertise, our partner companies provide comprehensive real estate development and construction services that allow LJC to bring resources and integrated solutions to our clients’ projects.


Featured Projects

The LJC in the Community

Lamar Johnson Collaborative is the lead sponsor of the Big Ed Bowl, an annual industry event that has raised more than $2 million in support of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Our firm has partnered with Austin Coming Together, a convening organization seeking to build community in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, to envision the repurposing of Emmet School, a closed CPS facility in the heart of the community.

A team from Lamar Johnson Collaborative joined with the women of Bulley & Andrews in Women Build, a program of Habitat for Humanity providing permanent, affordable homes for women-led families.

Anezka Gocova and Shuying Wu from our design group teamed up with Metro Academic and Classical High School and won 1st place in the Project Design Challenge! The challenge, hosted by M Property Services, is for teams of local students and their mentors to explore the conceptual design of an interactive urban park and produce 3 poster boards, 3-D models. The students’ submittals were judged by a jury of individuals in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction, plus neighborhood liaisons. Thank you to our design team for fostering a love of designing and building in the next generation!

Our landscape architecture team is dedicated to crafting artistic horticultural solutions for our clients. Delivering with a hands-on approach, they brought their designed, biodiverse plant community to life at one of our local jobsites.

A team from Lamar Johnson Collaborative has rode in the Pedal the Cause bike challenge since the fundraiser began in St. Louis. Pedal the Cause provides critical funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital through its annual cycling challenge.

Members of our design team recently participated in the 2019 Canstruction charity event at the St. Louis Science Center. Our team built the Pokémon Butterfree by utilizing over 2,600 cans of food and brought home the “Best Meal” award! A total of 28,000 cans were donated to Operation Food Search to help fight hunger in Missouri, Illinois and the city of St. Louis. We’re proud of our team for designing beyond these walls!

Jackie Otto and Shuying Wu from our design team were both winners in the Tiny Art competition! Every year, TOC Artwork, a local St. Louis art consulting firm holds the competition, challenging designers to create on a small canvas. The top three winners get to select a piece of artwork from local artists. Congratulations to you both and thank you for helping bring the art to the Art & Science of our buildings!