Catherine Baker

CWA Member Since: 2008

  • CWA AIA Chicago Liason: 2014–2015

Career Information:

Licensed In:
NCARB Certified
Eastlake Studio: 1990–1992
Midland Studio: 1993–1993
Landon Bone Baker Archtiects,: 1994–Present
Practice Groups:
Adaptive Reuse
Affordable Housing
Master Planning
Mixed Use
Multifamily Residential
Public Interest Architecture
Senior Housing
Notable Projects:
Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Completed in 2015
Woodlawn Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Completed in 2013
Legends South, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Completed in 2015
Westhaven Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Completed in 2010

- Project of the Year, Landmarks Illinois, 2015
- Vision Winner, Urban Land Institute Chicago, 2013, 2015
- Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards,
2014, 2015

Leadership Roles:

Board Member, Chicago Asthma Consortium, 2011 - present
Board Member, AIA Chicago, 2011-2015
Vice President, AIA Chicago, 2015-2017
President, College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society at Ball State



Teaching Positions:

Co-Instructor, Graduate Design Studio, IIT, 2009
Teacher, Inside Architecture, Marwen Foundation, 1999-2009

In the Media:

John Owens, “Shuttered CHA Complex Gets New Life as Artists’ Home,” Chicago Tribune, November 11, 2014

Professional Publications:

Virginia B. Price, “Becoming Black Chicago” in ‘Out of the Loop: Vernacular Forum Chicago,’ed. Virginia B. Price et al. (Agate Midway, 2015) 130-132.

Gail Satler, ‘Two Tales of a City: Rebuilding Chicago’s Architectural and Social Landscape, 1986-2005 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2006), 208-210.


  • Ball State University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1990
  • University of Chicago, Master of Arts in Social Sciences, 1993

Biographical Information:

Hammond, Indiana, United States

After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University, Catherine Baker earned a Master of Arts in Social Science at the University of Chicago. Both disciplines share some fundamental underpinnings that pertain to the work of Landon Bone Baker Architects: understanding people, understanding problems, making connections, and developing programmatic solutions. In 2002, Catherine became a Principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects where she is using these skills to develop a direct neighborhood outreach program, which fosters better-informed communities while simultaneous gathering the data that informs them.

Catherine Baker and her team at Landon Bone Baker Architects have worked alongside numerous communities and developers to help plan and create affordable, sustainable, and functional housing. Says Catherine about her office, “My interest in how people use and respond to spaces matches [my firm’s] investigative, community-engaged approach to architecture and planning.”