Justin Banda, Associate AIA wears many hats—organizer, data collector, designer, sustainability coordinator. He helps building owners deconstruct the challenges they face, organize their thought processes, and express their stories through architecture. One of Justin’s most rewarding experiences is when a client has a “eureka!” moment about the design of a project.
Justin’s energetic approach and keen eye for design cover everything from photography and sketches to 3D renderings and campus master plans. Among the higher education providers that have benefited from Justin’s skills are Waubonsee Community College, Ohio University, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He also works with both urban and suburban preK-12 clients such as Chicago Public Schools and Medinah School District 11.
Justin has been a guest at the Mariano Azuela Elementary School (Chicago) Architecture Club. He also represented AIA Chicago as a juror for the Illinois branch of the national Future Cities competition.
In his spare time, Justin enjoys entering art and design competitions, attending AIA events, and exploring the restaurant scene around the Chicago studio’s West Loop neighborhood and neighboring Fulton Market.
Justin earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from Judson University, where he is occasionally a guest critic for architecture courses.