JLG Architects

About JLG Architects

On a 20-below January day in 1989, Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen opened the doors to JLG Architects with little more than a stack of bumwad and a burning desire to truly make a difference through great design (and probably a space heater, because brr).
Thirty plus years later, we are one of the country’s 50 Most Admired Companies (MSN Money), 50 Best Places to Work (Inc. Magazine), and Architecture Giants (Building Design+Construction). That two-person firm may have grown to 150 professionals in 11 offices, but our driving force remains the same.
Every day at JLG is a new day for creating, inspiring, and solving challenges. The team – from our Intern Designers to our Construction Administrator and Marketing staff – are the heart and brains of the process, and we work closely, because together, we find the inspiration to go further. We live and work with passion; never stopping at “good enough” when it comes to our own expertise and aptitude. We are innovative, creative, and resilient in seeking out new ways to actively participate in the experience of being a JLGer.

In fact, our JLGers are so important, that we became a 100% Employee-Owned ESOP in 2014—because the best place to grow your career is at a business of your own design. Within the structure of an ESOP, in-house competition is eliminated, and unified collaboration reigns – encouraging all to equally succeed. We start with a competitive salary and fantastic benefits, plant your roots with employee ownership, and keep the doors wide open for endless advancement possibilities. If you are someone who wants more from you career, and the support to soar, you’re someone we want to meet.


Architectural Intern

May 2019 Brookings, SD
“JLG is an amazing company to work for.”
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