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About Joe Villanti


Joe Villanti, AIA, Founder of baselab., a full service architecture design studio, has been been practicing architecture in Chicago for over 15 years.   Mr. Villanti specializes in mixed-use urban infill projects with a focus on sustainable high performance buildings. In addition to new construction, baselab., is adept at adaptive re-use including historic renovation and commercial and retail construction.

A big proponent of BIM, building information modeling, baselab. utilizes Archicad software by Graphisoft, a leader in the BIM software arena. There has been a lot of dialogue in the industry with regards to new methods of project delivery, specifically Integrated Project Delivery. IPD as it is referred to, coupled with BIM to achieve sustainable high-performance buildings, is said to be the path to the future of our profession. As an architect and a firm leader it is issues like this that are so important to the future success of baselab.. To stay in front of the wave, or better, to know which wave to catch is of vital importance.

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The state of the State… (Illinois)

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Architect as Leader

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Prentice – just the tip of the iceberg…

As the fight to save the Prentice Women’s Hospital, designed by Bertrand Goldberg in 1972, played out I couldn’t help[Read More…]

Book Review – Clog: Data Space

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Infill in the Suburbs…

So you are probably wondering what 50 vacant lots in an unfinished subdivision in Yorkville, IL has to do with[Read More…]

baselab. goes to Springfield…

I just got back from my first AIA Illinois Prairie Grassroots Lobby Day and it definitely lived up to the[Read More…]

Joe Villanti, Citizen Architect…

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to take part in the first ever Advocacy Boot Camp sponsored by AIA[Read More…]

Seminars, futurists and other musings….

This past Friday and Saturday I was in Lisle, IL at the AIA Illinois annual conference.  This year’s gathering was[Read More…]

Chicago Ideas Week…

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Lead by Example…

My last post, Active Design to Promote Physical Activity and Health Through Design, ended with a rallying cry to architects[Read More…]

Active Design to Promote Physical Activity and Health

In this month’s Architect magazine 2011 AIA President Clark D. Manus, FAIA, writes about the nation’s health care crisis and[Read More…]

Temporary Stay of Execution for Goldberg’s Prentice

Alderman Brendan Riley (42nd) recently met with and persuaded Northwestern University officials to delay their demolition permit application plans for[Read More…]

Update: Midwest High-Speed Rail Association

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Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Releases GOTO 2040 Regional Plan

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