2018 Promotions

By The Lakota Group  |  May 11, 2018

The Lakota Group is excited to announce the promotions of two of our long-time team members: KEVIN CLARK, PLA AICP  joined Lakota in 2005 and has been serving as our Director of Design since 2015. As a newly-promoted Principal, Kevin will continue to oversee all design aspects of the firm, as well as lead urban... Read More

Categories: Around the Office

25 Years of Awards

By The Lakota Group  |  April 25, 2018

As we look back on the work we’ve done since our early days in 1993, we find projects that have been recognized again and again for their creativity and innovation in planning and design. Below is a list of 25 awards given to some of our favorite projects. North Center Senior Campus  City of Chicago... Read More

Categories: 25 Lakota, Awards + Accolades

25 Years Since 1993

By The Lakota Group  |  March 26, 2018

For the Lakota family, it’s all about the people – in 1993, it all started with a dream to make great planning accessible to all communities. This year marks our 25-year anniversary. Join us in celebrating innovation, great work, and inspiring communities through a series of blogs on the 25th of every month. Follow us... Read More

Categories: 25 Lakota, Uncategorized

Biomimicry & Community Engagement: What Nature Can Teach Us About Building Strong Communities

By Rachael Smith  |  February 13, 2018

Here at The Lakota Group, we’ve been talking about how to best engage communities so that the projects we work on are truly community driven. This conversation has been happening simultaneously with a personal exploration of biomimicry and how it can be applied to urban planning. Biomimicry is the practice of looking to nature to... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research

New Year | New People | New Work

By Marisa Schulz  |  January 10, 2018

We are beyond thrilled to welcome MORGAN HARTY to our growing team. Morgan is a landscape architect with an expertise in green infrastructure techniques focusing on stormwater management and water conservation. The New Year also brought new projects… We are kicking-off our work on CHICAGO’S GREEKTOWN MASTER PLAN, which seeks to maintain the cultural identity... Read More

Categories: Uncategorized

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