35 E. Wacker Drive – 15th Floor

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The design of this new architecture firm’s office offers an expansive and inviting gathering space for clients while accommodating a collaborative, flexible workspace for its architecture practice.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC) combined with Clayco-owned architecture firm, BatesForum in 2019, becoming one firm of more than 210 professionals in four cities. What began as a necessary office consolidation to combine its 100+ Chicago-based employees into one cohesive location created the opportunity to set the tone for the studio and support a growing workforce and clientele base.

A neutral color palette is a blank canvas throughout the office to show off 3D printed models, pinned-up renderings, and personal design inspiration. Collaboration and flexibility extend to the south side of the office, which is focused on internal teaming. This zone is home to more impromptu meeting booths and tables, the design lab and materials library, the VR lab flex meeting room, the kitchen, and an open area for external vendor product presentations and charettes.

The studio occupies the entire 15th floor, creating a workplace that celebrates a collaborative team environment within the walls of the historic Jewelers Building in downtown Chicago. The space creates a setting for collaboration and exploration, encouraging clients and colleagues to engage in the design process as a partner with design teams.

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Lamar Johnson Collaborative


Chicago, IL


20,000 SF


  • Interior Design