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

Lakota in the Tribune: Niles Arts+Culture Plan

By Siraj Asfahani  |  February 20, 2017

On February 16, the Lakota Group led a Community Workshop for the Niles Arts + Culture Master Plan. The event drew a huge crowd and was covered by the Chicago Tribune. Check it out! Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, In The News

Governmental Policy and the Creation of Vibrant Rural Communities

By Cade W. Sterling, MLA  |  January 25, 2017

How does the government define rural, and how can allies of the built environment challenge the incoming administration to continue and advance programs and policies that have strengthened and maintained rural character and sense of place? The U.S. Census Bureau simply defines rural as, “areas that are not urban–that is, after defining individual urban areas,... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research

Empower your Community with These Three Strategies

By Cassandra Ann  |  January 11, 2017

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” — Margaret J. Wheatley As communities’ Allies in Place, we strive to help our clients and their constituents discover those things they care about most, and develop plans that make them come to fruition. We continually look to add to... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, Project Stories

The Newsiest of News Around Lakota

By Becky Hurley  |  November 20, 2016

Out with the warm weather but in with more new hires at Lakota! We are absolutely thrilled to announce the newest additions to our growing Team: MARISA SHULZ, an experienced urban designer, planner, and writer, joins us as our first Marketing + Brand Director.  Marisa was most recently on the faculty at DePaul’s Chaddick institute... Read More

Categories: Uncategorized