Since its founding in 1979, LMN has dedicated its practice to the health and vitality of communities at all scales. Our staff covers a multi-disciplinary spectrum including architecture, interior design, urban design, and design research, with project teams commonly comprising elements of each. Known for generous, enriching civic design in the public and the private realm, LMN’s projects are always different, but what they all share in common is how they work for people – in a campus, city, neighborhood, or workplace, we all have a need to feel connected. It is our deeply held belief that the best projects, places of great utility and imagination, where people naturally gravitate and feel inspired, result from open, honest, balanced communication from multiple perspectives. This extends to our relationships within the firm as well as with clients, collaborators, and the generations of users who will be the ultimate judge of our work's success.
Our culture and our approach to the design and delivery of projects are one and the same. We honor diversity and exemplary performance, and organize teams around the needs of a project, not the dictates of a studio, ensuring a rich mix of the right experience and talents. LMN’s reputation for rigorous attention to project delivery – complex assemblies, strict budgets and schedules, innovative construction delivery—is matched by what we call a “radical pragmatist” approach to design, starting with a fine-grained understanding of the unique conditions of place, program, and community that give a project its defining character. Great wholes, we believe, emerge from fully understanding and honoring the parts.
We offer the body of work presented here as evidence of both our credentials and our potential. LMN possesses comprehensive expertise in a wide variety of specific project types; at the same time we operate from a single open-plan office, sharing insights and cross-pollinating ideas across all modes of our design practice. We are voracious learners, constantly looking forward in a collective dialogue about new ways of gathering, working, enjoying music, art, or sports, studying, living, building, exercising, hanging out, changing your life or your mind, seeing the city in a new light. We look forward to starting, or continuing, this dialogue with you.