A hands-on professional who applies deeply rooted, cross-disciplinary architectural insights and expertise to every project. Lucien adapts and responds to client needs, exceeding expectations and sparking the imagination of surrounding communities. The result is the distinctive design of high-value projects that stand the test of time.
For the past 35-plus years, Lucien Lagrange has built a legacy as one of the most respected architects of his generation.
Born in France and schooled in Montreal, Lucien has designed contemporary skyscrapers, classically inspired commercial mixed-use structures, and sophisticated renovations. Many of these define the local Chicago cityscape and others gracing cities around the globe – all of which have earned international renown.
Before founding his firm in 1985, Lucien Lagrange was with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he designed major office tower and retail projects, among others, across the nation. Some of Lucien’s most notable projects include the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 2550 Lincoln Park, 840 Lake Shore Drive, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, 65 East Goethe, Park Tower, Erie on the Park, and Chicago Union Station.
Design That Endures
With a legacy grounded in quality and value, Lucien’s projects do more than stand the test of time; they increase in value as decades pass. This value is a testament to the relevance and resonance of his enduring design. It’s the little things that craft a memorable experience. He focuses intensely on color, materials, and fixtures, ensuring each selection reflects the project’s greater vision.
Artistry in architecture
Lucien values thoughtful building design. His buildings are recognized for fine details, elegant proportions, exquisite craftsmanship, and timeless quality. They are truly memorable with purposeful architectural achievements, distinctive in appearance and design.
Thoughtful design provides added value to client properties. Lucien understands the psychological impact of transitioning from space to space: guiding a vacationer from a luxurious hotel to the ocean or a CEO from the city, to a motor court entrance, to her private residence.
The design invites captivating, inspiring experiences. A sense of home, artistry, and comfort are all apparent while simultaneously building value and retaining marketability. His buildings are recognized for fine details, elegant proportions, exquisite craftsmanship, and a certain timeless quality—distinguishing them as truly memorable, purposeful achievements.