Accreditations, EDUCATION and Professional affiliations


Licensed Architect, Illinois and Michigan       

NCARB Certified Architect

Chicago Self Certification Architect 

LEED Accredited Professional

Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Michigan, 1993


AIA Chicago Board Director, 2016 - present

AIA Chicago DOB Working Group Member, 2015 - 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, Public Speaker 2011 - present 


about Laura


residential and commercial architecture FIRM

(c) 2010 - 2020 LAURA GARCIA DESIGN

Laura founded Laura Garcia Design in 2010, after nearly 20 years of experience in the commercial architecture world, with the goal of creating a vibrant architecture practice dedicated to client service and exceptional design.


The firm provides a full range of architectural services for the design, documentation, permitting, and construction of new buildings, additions, and renovations. Her practice consists of 50% residential projects, and 50% small commercial work, and she collaborates with her clients to develop exceptional design solutions that are delivered within the required timeframe and budget. 

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.