Laurence O. Booth

Larry Booth-Principal/Director
Laurence (Larry) founded Booth Hansen in 1980 with the belief that spirited, meaningful, and useful buildings can be realized with an organized and open creative process. As Design Principal, he leads the conceptual development of every project at the firm, always beginning with the conviction that each client, landscape, and building program is unique and demands knowledge and creativity to achieve the best results. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Larry has been awarded numerous honors for his design work.

Larry is a Clinical Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Richard C. Halpern/Rise International Distinguished Architect in Residence at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Illinois, and a lecturer at numerous prestigious colleges and universities.

Larry maintains a strong presence in Chicago’s cultural landscape, having served on the board of over a dozen cultural institutions, including: Auditorium Theatre Council, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Goodman Theatre, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Bachelor of Architecture,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960

Harvard University,
Graduate School of Design, 1959

Bachelor of Arts,
Stanford University, 1958


Architect: California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Institute of Architects
Academician, The National Academy, New York, NY
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Commercial Club of Chicago
Reynolds Award Jury
Rome Prize Juror, American Academy in Rome
Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts
Paul M. Angle Lecture, Chicago History Museum
Visiting Committee, MIT Department of Architecture

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