Futures in Design
Alumni of the School of the Art Institute have futures in a wide range of design fields and practices. Our alumni value SAIC's interdisciplinary curriculum, emphasis on experimentation, and strong culture of making. Strong relationships with faculty and comfort working in diverse contexts give SAIC alumni the confidence to pursue their interests wherever they may be.
Stella Shen's thesis work was recently featured in designboom, the first digital magazine to focus on architecture and design culture. Her work, "Infinite Consequences, Speculative Objects", encompasses a series of medical interventions to soothe the physical and mental side effects of a virtual reality saturated future.
Miiko Shan He's work, Cumulus Center, was recently featured on Core77.
Zhiyun (Winnie) He's, (BIA 2011) project Pinwheel Pavilion, The Collective Energy of People has been chosen as the winner of the 2016 Archtriumph summer pavilion competition.
An interview with SAIC President Walter E. Massey.
Steven Haulenbeek (MDes 2006) was featured by Newcity in their list Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2016. Steven is currently the the owner and designer of Steven Haulenbeek Design. He has also been featured by Design Boom and New York Times Style Magazine for Design for his Ice-Cast Bronze series consiting of objects such as vases, bowls, and candleholders of bronze casted in molds carved from ice.
A new committee of successful local business owners is starting a movement to support SAIC student entrepreneurs.
Smith specializes in design curation and exhibition design, working with regional manufacturers to develop work by independent designers
Klecha is a former national President of AIAS and a Senior Designer at dPOP Design in Detroit, Michigan.
Juan Garcia Mosqueda founded Chamber, a curated art and design boutique in Chelsea, NYC IN 2013.
In “Expanding the Definitions of Design,” published in the July 15 edition the International Herald Tribune and featured on nytimes.com, writer Alice Rawsthorn highlights practical youth-oriented design courses co-founded by SAIC alumna Emily Pilloton (MFA 2005). Aimed at providing practical design strategies, a design course for high school students called Studio H—as well as a design camp for young girls called Studio G—approach design as a means to increasing everyday resourcefulness.
Sen Chang (BFA 2010) designs the world’s thinnest and lightest solar charger.