Chicago Architect Joins Design Firm

August 09, 2011

A Michael Jordan of the architectural world is coming out of retirement to design some more.

Lucien Lagrange, a renowned architect who retired last year after his Chicago firm, Lucien Lagrange Architects, filed for bankruptcy protection, has taken a position with VOA Associates as its lead designer for luxury residential, hospitality and commercial mixed-use markets.

Lucien Lagrange

Lucien Lagrange

Before forming his own company in 1985, Lagrange was Senior Designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He is internationally known for his work with high-end residential, hospitality, historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects.

Lagrange has designed some of the most impressive condominiums, hotels and offices in Chicago including such award-winning projects as The Elysian Hotel Chicago and 65 East Goethe, and the adaptive reuse of the Blackstone and 208 South LaSalle.

“I am inspired and energized by the creative culture at VOA,” said Lagrange. “I look forward to integrating my expertise to expand on VOA’s diverse portfolio and craft a strong niche that will contribute to the firm’s continued growth.”

Founded in 1969, VOA Associates Incorporated is an international design firm with offices in Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C., Orlando and Highland, Indiana, as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China and Beijing, China.

“We are excited and honored to have Lucien Lagrange as part of the VOA team,” said Mike Toolis, Chairman and CEO, VOA Associates. “Lucien brings to VOA his powerful talent, knowledge, and sense of style. His work in Chicago is legendary and we look forward to bringing his classic, elegant aesthetic to other parts of the world.”

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