Fresh Takes, Seasoned Outlook

LJC is a full-service design and architecture firm committed to enhancing the quality of the human experience and to improving how design and architecture can impact each individual’s emotional being. By harnessing the power of integrated design, including architecture, workplace strategy, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering, the company achieves its clients’ goals and aspirations.

Our Partners

Lamar Johnson Collaborative seeks to reduce the inefficiency and risk inherent in the design and construction process by leveraging the knowledge and capabilities of its development and construction partners for the benefit of its clients. Where appropriate, we introduce an enhanced integrated delivery approach in concert with CRG and Clayco. Just as frequently, we engage with contractors, consultants, and affiliates in a wide range of projects that help us keep innovating in our industry.

Our History

Forum Studio (Clayco’s original architecture practice, created in 1999) merged with technology firm Bates in 2018, creating BatesForum. In June 2019, Clayco combined the design practices Lamar Johnson Collaborative and BatesForum to create an integrated practice staffed by more than 240 professionals. The integration with Clayco’s full-service approach to project delivery allows the entity, Lamar Johnson Collaborative, to provide clients a full complement of services and remove inefficiency and risk from the design and development process.


The Lamar Johnson Collaborative attracts a dynamic and diverse group of people who work together to realize our clients’ vision. We are growing in Chicago, St. Louis and Springfield and are looking for top talent to join our practice.

Open Positions with The Lamar Johnson Collaborative


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Shelby Kroeger
Director of Communications and Marketing