Letter from the Director

Meaning and Making: Design at SAIC

We teach design by asking questions: what is an object, a building, a space?— and by pursuing answers through a commitment to making and dedication to experimental practice, interdisciplinary study, and community partnership.

SAIC offers world-class resources, opportunities for collaboration across art and design studies, and challenging projects with a wide network of external partners.

At SAIC, you will learn from faculty with wide interests and broad experience, work with partners in Chicago and worldwide to design and launch products, create structures that impact public life, and develop meaningful interactions between people.

We will prepare you for design practice with the skills to realize ideas and for design leadership by fostering critical thinking, encouraging expression, and supporting innovation.

There is no better time than now to study design, and no better place to do it than at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a 150-year-old institution that is today’s hub for cutting-edge and collaborative art and design.


Jonathan D. Solomon
Director of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects