In 1996, three architects, Richard Lehner, John H. Catlin, and Douglas Mohnke founded LCM Architects. The core practice was architecture; however, these three visionary architects saw a need within our industry and made an intentional choice to offer a specialty service – accessibility consulting.
Douglas Anderson brought his extensive experience to the firm in 1998, and cultivated LCM’s industry-leading expertise in strategic accessibility planning for a variety of clients from Fortune 500 companies, Ivy League Institutions, and a variety of multi-site retail stores, restaurants, and renowned international hotel and resort chains.
architecture, design, and
Our award-winning architecture practice brings life to the imagination of our clients. Our accessibility consulting focuses on making buildings work for everyone. A unique blend of skills in architectural design and accessibility consulting serves a wide variety of needs.
Central to our philosophy is the understanding that the built environment should be engaging, light-filled, and should provide everyone an opportunity to enjoy the benefit of excellent design.
Our architectural practice is focused on meeting our clients' needs, providing efficient, attractive and well-planned projects. Our deep understanding of the accessibility standards and regulations informs our designs, we integrate them within the overall design, not as afterthoughts.
Our accessibility practice is informed by our architectural skills, including our knowledge of construction practices and cost. LCM focuses on practical, useful, and attractive solutions to the integration of accessibility standards. At LCM we believe that buildings should adapt to people rather than people having to adapt to buildings.
working towards an
For clients who are looking to exceed minimum accessibility standards, we design and consult on universal design principles. Seamless interaction between a person and their environment is the best evidence of a successful inclusive, or universal, design solution.
Since LCM was founded in the 1990s, we have held the belief that our efforts toward an accessible built environment, which serves a wider majority of people, is a critical component to a more inclusive society.
committed to making a difference
Our people come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Their many talents collectively shape the firm’s work. We welcome these multiple perspectives as they enrich our problem-solving approach and lead to more creative, inclusive solutions.
Many of us at LCM have a personal and/or professional connection with disability. This connection binds us in our passion and commitment to make a difference in people’s daily lives. Through our insight into accessibility requirements and interpretations we channel this passion in tangible ways to help our clients be part of the difference.
Over the years, our leadership has served on prominent boards and committees responsible for establishing and revising federal, state, and local accessibility guidelines, standards, and codes. Due in part to this specialized experience, the Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, municipal agencies, offices for people with disabilities, clients, attorneys, and other architecture firms trust LCM as a leading resource on design and construction related accessibility matters.
In the last 26 years, LCM Architects has grown to a staff of sixty-plus dedicated professionals. Together, We share in the mission to create built environments that support an inclusive society.
John H. Catlin Appointed to U.S. Access Board by President Clinton (1994 -2003)
Catlin serves as Chair of the US. Access Board
Richard Lehner, John H. Catlin, Doug Mohnke form LCM Architects
Catlin appointed to Code Review Committee-Accessibility Chapter by Mayor Richard M. Daley
Catlin appointed to the CTA Board by Mayor Richard M. Daley
Doug Anderson becomes Partner
Anderson appointed to the U.S. Access Board by President Bush (2003 - 2011)
LCM moves in to 819 S. Wabash – The 1900’s building situated steps from Grant Park.
Catlin appointed to The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates Board by Mayor Richard M. Daley
The Access Living Headquarters earns LCM three awards: PVA Barrier Free America Award, AIA Honor Award for Sustainability, and Driehaus Foundation Architectural Excellence in Community Design
Anderson serves as chair of the U.S. Access Board
LCM becomes Program Manager of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program. (2011 – 2021)
LCM is certified as a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise
Catlin appointed to the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates Board by Mayor Rahm Emanuel
AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award for the University of Chicago Cobb Gate Restoration
Driehaus Foundation Adaptive Use Merit Award for IIT Incubator Project
LCM expands 819 S. Wabash office to accommodate growth.
Anderson selected by the American Hotel and Lodging Association as their representative on the ANSI A117.1 Standards Committee
Catlin co-chairs the Chicago Community Trust Leadership Committee
LCM expands 819 S. Wabash office and becomes a full floor tenant
Lehner sits on the Pace of Change Task Force
LCM wins Distinguished Access Living “Lead On!” Award
Casey Burch and Mark Small become Partners
LCM Cares is established – an employee led initiative to promote change and improve lives in our community and communities we serve nationwide.
Todd Douglas becomes Partner
AIA, LEED AP, PMP
AIA, LEED AP
Mary Beth Armstrong