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, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning, and engineering, the company achieves its clients’ goals and aspirations.

Our Partnerships

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.


Our History

Clayco’s original design and architecture practice, Forum Studio, was created in 1999. After nearly 20 years in practice in 2018, Forum Studio merged with a midwest technology firm Bates & Associates Architects, creating BatesForum. One year later, in 2019, Clayco combined the design practices of Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC) and BatesForum to create an integrated design practice that today staffs 330 of the best and brightest design professionals. Utilizing the integration with Clayco’s full-service approach to project delivery allows LJC to provide its clients a full complement of design and engineering services that remove inefficiency and risk from the development process.