NLa Studio is a building and interior design firm currently based in Chicago, Illinois. The principal of the firm is Nathan Lentz who founded the practice in 2002 in Los Angeles, California. Nathan Lentz has worked for such prominent architects as Michael Maltzan, Barbara Bestor and Fred Fisher. Our focus has been on single family residential, creative workspaces, retail and exhibition spaces. Our philosophy is that each project is a specific situation that requires careful synthesis of site, client need, climate, program and budget. The space or building is the container not the content and as such its main role is to support the institution or individuals who use it. The belief of the firm is that while architecture is the creation of artifacts that are brought about by technical means its chief value lies in its ability to extend the culture through useful habitation.