Without people, architecture is empty buildings.
It’s how we experience architecture that matters.
Every design begins with a story.
Let us tell YOUR story.
Cinda K. Lester & Henri LamBeau, partners 12/12 Architects

Who We Are

Cinda K. Lester is an architectural storyteller, and comes to storytelling through both sides of her family tree. Though she considers herself a Chicagoan, Cinda has traveled and lived all over the US.  She and her husband Henri LamBeau met in architecture school at the University of Idaho, where they both received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch). Cinda returned home from the great American West, bringing Henri along with her, and received her Master of Urban Planning and Policy (M.UPP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Cinda and Henri currently live in suburban Chicago with their 17-year-old son Cooper and 15-year-old daughter Kellar, both architectural storytellers in their own right, with pencil, computer and LEGO. Cinda is first and foremost a Lake Girl, and treasures every minute that she can get in southern Wisconsin on her water.

Cinda and Henri began 12/12 Architects & Planners LLC with one small project 18 years ago. Since then, the size and scope of our projects have grown - everything from front porches to new custom homes. Working in our own back yard to all over the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin area - we're still growing, and happily so.


Our one-on-one design approach caters to you; and to that end, every single project is a custom design. We work with you to design the best possible places for you and your family – often creating solutions you might not have considered.


Big design ideas are great, but so are the little ones. How you and your family are going to use the space is vital to the overall design - more than just about the floors and walls. When you say that you desperately need more storage for the kids' toys, we understand. When you say that you can't stand your dining room for one more holiday get-together, we know what you mean. We can help.

Words from Our Happy Clients

From the beginning Cinda listened to us describe or need to design an addition to our home that would support multi generational living. It all starts with really listening, which allowed Cinda to design the prefect sized space we felt would support my aging mother in our home. Her collaborative style and understanding of the technical aspects yielded a perfect design. Additionally, she was readily available for feedback and to answer any questions our GC had regarding the plans during the bid process and afterward. I have to say I really value all of the time and effort she put into our project. It's a solid piece of architecture and the neighbors all say it blends really well with the...

Awards & Organizations

Best of Houzz 2021 - Design
Best of Houzz 2021 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2020 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2019 - Design
Best of Houzz 2019 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2017 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2016 - Client Satisfaction
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2000 AIA Northeast Illinois Outstanding Associate Member