At Black Locust Lumber, our commitment to excellence and sustainability has been recognized by esteemed institutions within the architecture and design community.

Our accolades are a testament to our dedication to quality, innovation, and social responsibility.


AIA Chicago: Citation of Merit + Distinguished Building AwardHonored for our exceptional craftsmanship and contribution to architectural excellence.


Architizer A+ Award Recognized for our innovative approach and outstanding contributions to the field of architecture.


AIA Award for Architecture and Urban Design Celebrated for our significant impact on urban design and architecture through sustainable practices.


AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture Acknowledged for our exemplary architectural achievements and commitment to sustainability.


LEED Silver Certification Certified for our adherence to stringent environmental standards and sustainable building practices.

Founders of Black Locust lumber
The founders

D. Stubby Warmbold, of Black Locust Lumber, has a history of working within the wood industry from his early years of forestry in Canada to his pioneering developments in urban forestry in the United States. He is a true believer in adding value to underutilized forestry sources. Maria Warmbold’s expertise in fashion and design has elevated Black Locust Lumber into an architectural product studio. Their lifelong mission is to create sustainable wood products while giving back to the communities in which both the people and trees are grown.