what we do

We help our clients design or remodel their homes, businesses, and buildings. We provide architectural design services, permit and construction plans, and technical specifications. We get building permits, and assist during construction.

(c) 2010 - 2020 LAURA GARCIA DESIGN

residential and commercial architecture firm

about Laura

Laura is a licensed architect who has lived and worked in Chicago since 1995. She has a broad range of experience in many project types and scales, from commercial high rises to small residential interior remodels. She founded her architecture and consulting firm Laura Garcia Design (LGD) in 2010 and provides a full range of architectural services for the design, permitting, and construction of new buildings, additions, and renovations. Her firm focuses on residential and small commercial projects, primarily in the Chicagoland area and surrounding Midwestern states.

Laura is active in her professional community and has served on the AIA Chicago Board of Directors since 2016, first as a Director and currently as Secretary. She has been an active member of the AIA-DOB Working Group since 2015, which meets monthly with the Chicago Department of Buildings, and she co-chaired the DOB Small Residential Code Modernization Group earlier this year. She has been active in AIA Chicago’s Small Practitioners Group (SPG) since 2010, and has served as co-chair of the SPG since 2015. She also gives presentations to the public through the SPG ‘Working with an Architect’ program and regularly speaks at professional and industry events.

Laura is an enthusiastic problem solver who enjoys unique challenges and unusual project constraints. Her approach is framed around carefully listening to her client’s goals, desires, and concerns, so that she can guide them to successful project completion.

Accreditations, EDUCATION and Professional affiliations


Licensed Architect, Illinois and Michigan       

NCARB Certified Architect

Chicago Self Certification Architect 

WBE-MBE Certified Firm, City of Chicago

LEED Accredited Professional

Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Michigan, 1993


AIA Chicago Board Secretary, 2019-2020

AIA Chicago Board Director, 2016 - 2018

AIA Chicago DOB Working Group Member, 2015 - present

AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group Chair, 2018 - present

AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group Co-Chair, 2015-2017

AIA Chicago Working With An Architect / Ask An Architect Program, Chair 2013-2014

AIA Chicago Working With An Architect / Ask an Architect Program, Presenter 2011 - current