Tadao Ando's latest exhibition Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture featurs models crafted by SAIC students. 

alumni, art history

Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now, a new book tells the history of visual art in Chicago from before the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 to

alumni, alumni enews, faculty

EXPO CHICAGO's Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon featured interviews with SAIC faculty and alums led by Hans Ulrich Obrist. 


The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts announced the recipients of its 2018 organizational grants, providing funding to foster experimen

alumni, faculty

SAIC community members are once again an integral part of this year's EXPO CHICAGO, Chicago's international exposition of contemporary and modern art.

SAIC alums have been featured widely in upcoming fall visual arts events in publications such as artnet, Chicago Sun-Times, and ARTnews, with all three having covered the Chicago Imagists' Hairy Who? 1966–1969, which will open at the Art Institute of Chicago on September 28.

Rendering of imagery that video firm Obscura Digital might project onto the Mart. Art on theMART photo courtesy "Chicago Tribune"
alumni, faculty

Jan Tichy (MFA 2009) and Jason Salavon are (MFA 1997) among the four artists chosen to make a giant Riverwalk-facing video wall on the Merchandise Mart for Art on theMART.

Artwork by Dread Scott (BFA 1989). Photograph by Annie Flanagan for "The New York Times"
AIADO, alumni, faculty, painting and drawing

Dread Scott and Ekene Ijeoma contributed to an op-ed about the aftermath of Confederate statues in The New York Times titled Monuments for a New Era   

course, AIADO, faculty

A new exhibition space, Wrightwood 659, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Tadao Ando opens this fall, and AIADO student work will be featured as part of the openiing exhibition, Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture

alumni, Design

SAIC alum Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas (BFA 2018) was recently featured in an article in Fast Company for his project Mending Wall, a series of e

Olive Qi Ouyang (MArch 2018) awarded the First Prize Winner of the Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing.

Left to right: Naill Atkinsons, Iker Gil, Mimi, Zeiger, Ann Lui. Photo: Francesca Bottazin, courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago
Venice Biennale 2018

Chicago magazine conducted a Q&A session with AIADO assistant professor Ann Lui, for her role as a curator for the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Venice Biennale 2018

Curbed reviewed the US Pavilion's exhibition, 

The Stone Stories installation at the U.S. Pavilion; this wall image features a plan of the Memphis with the landing rendered in dark brown. Photo © Tom Harris, courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago
Venice Biennale 2018

Metropolis covered Studio Gang’s installation Stone Stories, helmed by Jeanne Gang (HON 2013) for the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale’s US Pavilion exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship. It will be installed in the William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich’s neoclassical pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale. Gang's installation, which includes a video component by architectural filmographers Spirit of Space, delves into how “infrastructural seeds that grew into great metropolises were sown by slavery.” 

Venice Biennale 2018

The US Pavilion's exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship was included in Domus' list of "5 pavilions not to be missed." 

Photo of the US pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale courtesy of Tom Harris
Venice Biennale 2018

Get a first look at the US Pavillion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale before its opening on Saturday, May 26.

In 2018, AIADO continued to make its mark on Chicago and the world. From our graduate Thesis exhibition in Chicago, to our students shows in Milan, New York, and Venice; to the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, our students, faculty and alumni are defining discourse and driving new and vital questions with their work. AIADO courses, programs, and exhibitions are leading SAIC’s mission to educate “citizen artists and designers".

SAIC ceramics at Sight Unseen

The ceramic drinkware created by SAIC students from the Designed Objects program was chosen as a standout presentation at the Sight Unseen Offsite fair by Architectural Digest

Jennifer Park Photo

Jennifer Park, lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Desig

George Aye, adjunct professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Des

The 2018 MakeWork Challenge winners have been announced. The annual MakeWork Challenge offers SAIC students and recent alumni an opportunity to present busin

SAIC continues its year-end events with an exciting line-up for spring and summer.

Venice Biennale 2018

This spring, 20 SAIC students bolstered their knowledge of curatorial approaches—how their work and critical positions intersect with questions of citizenshi

Jennifer Park, Andres Hernandez, Norman Teague

Alum Norman Teague (MFA 2016), alum and faculty member Andres Hernandez (MA 2004, Art Education), and faculty member Jennifer Park (Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects) are featured in the March/April issue of Chicago Architect magazine. 

Venice Biennale 2018, Citizen Artist

Details of the seven facets of the US contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale for the exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship were announced a

Ann Lui / Photo: Nathan Keay
Venice Biennale 2018

Newcity released its 2018 "Design 50" issue, which recognizes the leading voices in Chicago design.

Beginning March 10, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, kicks off a host of exciting year-end events. 

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) honors architectural educators for their exemplary work in building design, community collaborat

Newcity recently released its "Designed Objects Issue," which culminates all the best in Midwestern-modernist design and the designers maki

Wintrust Arena

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will hold its 2018 Commencement Ceremony at the new Wintrust Arena at 200 East Cermak Road.

A contest is an unlikely place to connect with new people, but that’s the exact goal of SOFA CONNECT, an annual competition at

SAIC student Ravina Puri (BFA 2018) and her teammates from DePaul University took home first prize at the Bosch Urban Mobility Hackathon.

Laura Crane via Building Design and Construction

As part of their September issue, Laura Crane (MArch 2012) was featured in Building Design and Construction magazine's "40 Under 40." Calling her th

John Szot's Mass Market Alternatives

Could designers reclaim suburban architecture for the greater good?

DNAinfo recently ran two articles detailing an exhibit taking place during the Chicago Architecture Biennial co-run by SAIC’s

Maya Jay Varadaraj, Large Chakras. Photo Credit: Jonathan Allen

Alum Maya Varadaraj (MDes 2017) is using glass bangles as weapons against patriarchy.

Several members from SAIC's community were included on Newcity’s

As one of eleven projects proposed by students of the Architecture and Interior Architecture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, CLAIRVOYANCE was chosen by a jury of professionals to be realized at the Alliance Française. 

This fall, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will launch its Museum Education Graduate Scholars Program, a joint venture between the Art Inst

SAIC is well represented on the Graham Foundation’s list of 2017 grantees.

SAIC will be out in full force at EXPO CHICAGO 2017, managing a booth while faculty and alumni present work, and c

Derar_Social Justice AIA announcement

The Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects chose social justice theses from three SAIC students as meritorious.


Cheryl Pope (BFA 2003, MDes 2010), an Assistant Professor in the School’s Fashion Desi

CHICAGO–The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, announced that renowned artist and SAIC alum Jeff Koo

Kate Barbaria Thesis Coat

Two SAIC grads were recognized in the twenty-ninth annual Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Architecture and twelfth annual Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing.

Associate Professor Pablo Garcia, who teaches in the School's Contemporary Practices and Arch

A compact cold-brewer and a tea steeper doubling as a maze caught the attention of two prominent retailers, garnering top awards for Architecture, Interior A

Design Council Awards

The Design Council Awards provide small grants to the top Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) in the programs of Master of Architecture, Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Interior Architecture, Master of Fine Studio, Designed Object, Design for Emerging Technologies and Architecture students upon graduation.  Students are invited to apply for the awards though faculty of AIADO who, with input from member of the Design Council, choose the winners.

Faculty member Linda Keane led a workshop with Chicago Public School Jameson Elementary's 6th grade girls.

Odile Compagnon, won the Pella Crafted Luxury Peoples Choice Award at the 7th Annual Small Projects LARGE PARTY.

participants of the MakeWork challenge

On Friday, April 28, students and alumni convened in room 327 of the Sharp Building to compete in the annual MakeWork Challenge.

Gaynor was recently interviewed by Régine Debatty, writer, curator, critic, and founder of

Salone del Mobile, Milan's annual furniture fair held during the city's Design Week, featured a 10th straight appearance from the School of the Art Institute

Two SAIC alumni are part of the new media installation project being unveiled at 150 North Riverside, Visual Communication Design alum Yuge Zhou (MFA 2015) a

SAIC faculty and alum Sharon Burdett (MFA 2005, Architecture, Interior Architecture, an

Thomas Kong's shortlisted entry for the Next Helsinki international architectural competition was published in the book, ​The Helsinki Effect: ​Public Alternatives to the Guggenheim Model of Culture-Driven Development​.

The Urban Orchard Project is an educational, environmental, and human initiative that changes our relationship with death.

Newcity recently released its 2017 "Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago" featuring the designers, curators, organizers, and educators who majorly influenc

Architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism collective in Chicago and New York.


Internationally-acclaimed SAIC faculty members and alumni round out the list of architects and designers assigned to Jackson Park's forthcoming Obama Preside

Designboom presented the 2017 shortlist for the Lexus D

Ann Lui's and Craig Reschke's Future Firm's project "Rebel Garages" was awarded a grant from the City of Chicago's IncentOvate grants, through Chicago Architectural Foundation, to conduct planning to lead toward a pop-up event/festival.

Paola Aguirre recognized as one of Impact Design Hub's "40 under 40"

AIADO Fall 2016: Semester in Review


Sharing Models: Manhattanisms invited 30 international architects to produce models of their own visions for the city’s future.  


An interview with SAIC President Walter E. Massey.

alumni, alumni enews

Congratulations to Violet Forest, Norman Teague, and Gabriella Michelle Smith as the top award receivers.

Douglas Pancoast featured in New City's Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2016. 


A new committee of successful local business owners is starting a movement to support SAIC student entrepreneurs.

alumni, alumni enews

Norman Teague (MFA DESOB 2016) was featured by Metropolis Magazine for his Sinmi Stool. 


Thomas Kong has been invited by the Aformal Academy to participate in the 2015/16 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Shenzhen, China.


This fall's graduate and undergraduate critiques were an exciting end to the semester. 

Juan Garcia Mosqueda founded Chamber, a curated art and design boutique in Chelsea, NYC IN 2013.


An exhibition that runs through December 19 at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries has been featured by Landscape Architecture magazine and The Dirt blog.

Smith specializes in design curation and exhibition design, working with regional manufacturers to develop work by independent designers


The Venture Studio, with support from the Chicago Innovation Exchange and Kickstarter, examines contemporary art and design entrepreneurship.

Andrew Santa Lucia is an architect and writer based in Chicago. He is the founder of AND/OR US, focusing on architectural research, activism and design speculation; as well as ASquared Buildings and Objects, focusing on professional design-build services.


SAIC artists are invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to address issues regarding juvenile justice.

Douglas Pancoast helped coordinate the installation of eight 3,000- to 9,000-pound limestones in Millennium Park for a project called Rock.


AIADO faculty Lisa Norton was recently interviewed by Core 77 for its D-School Futures series.


Array of Things is an urban sensing instrument that will serve as a fitness tracker for the city.

faculty, Design

Sen Chang (BFA 2010) designs the world’s thinnest and lightest solar charger.


SAIC hosted the Learn x Design International Conference from June 28–30.

Nick Franco makes paintings using microscopic images from his dermatologist father’s medical books

Klecha is a former national President of AIAS and a Senior Designer at dPOP Design in Detroit, Michigan.


Charlie Klecha promotes professional licensure for architecture in "7-in-7" campaign

Steve Haulenbeek's Ice-Cast Bronze series is highlighted for experimental design.

Through a yearlong interaction and partnership with Chicago based artist and developer Theaster Gates, the studio which eventually became known as Back of the House, became a breeding ground of non-conventional approaches to being and making in Chicago.

SAIC Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects Faculty Member Thomas Kong has been recognized for his entry to the Next Helsinki international architecture competition.


L’arco Baleno features the series of designed objects that debuted recently at the gallery Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan.

SAIC students from the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects program present a collection of furniture and objects at Milano Salone


Newcity features 14 SAIC community figures in its annual Design 50 issue.

The Society for Experiential Graphic Design recently spoke with AIADO faculty members George Aye and Sara Cantor Aye about their human-centered design work.


In an ongoing collaboration with Swarovski, SAIC student work is featured in the Swarovski anniversary retrospective in New York.

New AIADO director Jonathan Solomon discusses future plans for the program.

The tech-focused website, Wired, recently ran a story on the Array of Things, a collaboration between the Urban Center for Computation and Data at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Innovation features SAIC's use of new technologies and traditional methods of making.

Fifteen full-time faculty joined the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) working across a range of departments.


On October 16 the Architect's Newspaper highlighted the Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture delivered by 2013 Pritzker Laureate Toyo Ito—co-organized by SAIC's Visiting Artists Program

NY Times writer Alice Rawsthorn highlights practical youth-oriented design courses co-founded by SAIC alumna Emily Pilloton (MFA 2005)