A Return to Democratic Space

By Kevin Clark  |  August 16, 2017

So much discussion in recent months has focused on the division in our country; a discord that has played out across multiple platforms, including news outlets, social media, public protests, massive marches, and town hall meetings. In the midst of these events, I’ve looked back on the places I’ve visited and worked—red and blue states,... Read More

Categories: Around the Office

Welcoming the New Lakotans

By The Lakota Group  |  July 10, 2017

We are very excited to welcome the New Lakotans! Jonathan Smith – Senior Landscape Architect Siraj Asfahani – Associate Rachael Smith – Associate Our Team is growing and we couldn’t be more excited about our new additions. Read More

Categories: Around the Office

Chicago River Green Ribbon Award

By The Lakota Group  |  July 5, 2017

The Lakota Group’s Calumet & Southeast Chicago Lakefront Region Wayfinding Concept was awarded the Friends of the Chicago River Green Ribbon Award at the 2017 Annual Big Fish Ball. The Lakota team, in partnership with the Calumet Collaborative, Bluestone + Associates and sparc, inc., created this wayfinding concept to bring people together to experience the... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades

Street Marionette

By Siraj Asfahani  |  June 27, 2017

Date: Monday the 19th | Time: 6:00 pm I open the door and the show begins. I walk the usual left, right, left with brief pauses during certain turns. I make sure not to stray away from my regular 3-foot wide path on stage; I feel anxious as I take my last turn. The performance... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research

Rethinking Community Engagement

By Becky Hurley  |  April 3, 2017

At Lakota, we pride ourselves on our community engagement and we work hard at it.  Phone calls, surveys, and digital input have their place, but nothing beats walking around and talking to peoplereal—and by this, I mean busy, opinionated, complex, and completely human —people. There are hidden issues at play, ranging from how we do... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research

We’re Hiring, Again!

By The Lakota Group  |  March 27, 2017

Planner/ Designer – Senior Level Posted 03/27/2017: Chicago, IL Experience required: 10+ years The Lakota Group is a progressive, award-winning firm providing professional services in Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and Historic Preservation. Lakota’s professionals are widely recognized for their large and small scale planning and urban design projects and expertise in community engagement and... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Uncategorized

We’re Hiring!

By The Lakota Group  |  March 15, 2017

Landscape Architect – Mid to Senior Level Posted 03/14/17: Chicago, IL Experience required: +/- 10 years The Lakota Group is a progressive, award-winning planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation firm. We specialize in land use and master planning, downtown and main street planning, landscape/streetscape design, park/open space design, and wayfinding/signage programs. Our projects... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Uncategorized

Immediate Urbanism: Quicker, Cheaper & Way More Fun

By Valerie Poulos  |  February 22, 2017

Becoming aware: My daily commute is all of one hour, door to door. Within that hour, I drive, park, walk, ride the green line, and then walk the last half mile to get to the front door of my brick-faced office. If you are like me, and take the same route (or some version of... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research

Two IL – ASLA Awards

By Becky Hurley  |  February 20, 2017

Lakota is happy to announce it just received two awards from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for two very different projects.  Lakota’s work at Hubbard Woods Park received a Merit award in the General Design-Constructed Projects category. This project examined an under-utilized open space and provided improvements to help reinvigorate... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Project Stories

The Wetlands Initiative

By Becky Hurley  |  February 20, 2017

Lakota has just completed a community engagement and master planning process for the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, a spectacular 3,000-acre wetland and natural area about two hours southwest of Chicago.  After almost a century as farmland, in 2001 The Wetlands Initiative turned off the pump and began to restore the Refuge to wetlands. The Refuge today... Read More

Categories: In The News, Project Stories