Lessard Design has opened a Chicago office at 29 South LaSalle Street. The new office will be known as The Lucien Lagrange Studio of Lessard Design.

Lucien LagrangeLagrange is an internationally recognized architect known for his classically-inspired designs of contemporary skyscrapers. A former partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Lagrange founded his own firm in 1985. In 2010 he announced his retirement following his firm’s filing for bankruptcy.

Also well-known for his renovations, Lagrange designed the transformation of the Chicago Landmark Carbide & Carbon Building into the Hard Rock Hotel. He also designed Chicago’s Park Tower and Manhattan’s ultra luxury 535 West End Avenue, which is one of the most prestigious residential addresses in New York City.

In a statement Lessard said that partnering with Lagrange creates an opportunity for Lessard to expand its presence into the Chicago and Midwest markets. “We are thrilled to welcome Lucien Lagrange to our family and we will commit the resources necessary to support him and his outstanding work,” said Lessard Design’s founder & CEO, Chris Lessard.

“Lessard Design and their principals have a marvelous portfolio of successfully completed mixed-use, hospitality, low and high-rise multi-family and condominium projects in the United States and abroad.” says Lagrange, “With Lessard I am able to continue to work on residential, hospitality, and adaptive reuse projects which are my specialty areas.”