• We lead with creativity.

    We pursue bold new ideas by learning from and prioritizing unexpected opportunities.

  • We challenge the status quo.

    We disrupt inequitable biases and traditions in ourselves, our practice, our discipline, and our city to cultivate social impact and progressive design methodologies.

  • We listen to our partners.

    We engage with our neighbors to create design strategies that prioritize the needs and experiences of the communities we serve.

  • We steward more connected futures.

    We nurture spaces that reflect the shared visions and aspirations of our communities.

  • We anchor excellence in our process.

    We hold ourselves to the highest standards of architectural excellence, industry knowledge, and community engagement.

Who We Are

Latent is a progressive Chicago based architecture firm working at the intersection of design and community development to create social, economic and environmental impact. We define the context surrounding a project before we design the content of architecture. We offer innovative design solutions to those in resource and budget limited environments through a participatory approach that leverages local assets to directly generate project opportunities. Our collaborations range from small-scale tactical interventions, new construction community buildings, adaptive reuse, neighborhood master plans and design speculations. 

If you are interested in leveraging your project for greater impact, contact us.

Our Story

Latent is an award-winning architecture firm and strategic planning consultant founded in 2010 with a commitment to equitable community development. We are architects, planners, data analysts, strategists, and creative problem solvers who work to understand a context, and plan with your community in mind. Latent is founded on the belief that great spaces belong to our most vulnerable populations. Whether planning for and designing public plazas and parks, community centers, or large-scale corridors, our approach leverages the contributions of public and private partners to create spaces that promote community wellness.

Latent has extensive experience working with public clients on plans and civic projects, providing you expertise implementing community-led visioning and designs that involve myriad stakeholders. Our interdisciplinary team is ideally suited to provide an integrated approach to the built environment that addresses accessibility, sustainability, and economic viability.

As planners and architects, we are equipped to synthesize common interests and solutions. As a small business, we innovate on resource management strategies and entrepreneurial spark. As community members, we value shared spaces.


Latent is a registered Benefit Corporation in the State of Illinois. The firm has architecture licenses in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin with NCARB certification to support reciprocity in other states and maintains international alliances for global work. Latent is a Minority and Women Owned Business and certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.


  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago
  • Chicago Park District
  • Department of Planning and Development
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heartland Alliance
  • IFF
  • JDL Development
  • Lendlease
  • Mayo Clinic - Destination Medical Center
  • Related Midwest
  • Public Building Commission
  • University of Chicago