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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Appoints Jonathan Solomon as Director

Chicago, IL—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the nation's leading art and design schools, announced the appointment of Jonathan Solomon to Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO). Effective August 1, Solomon will play a critical role in informing curriculum and programming for the department.

"I am very excited to join the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a group of exceptional colleagues working at the cutting edge of architecture and design practice," said Solomon. "The school and its Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects department are perfectly positioned to offer innovative models of design education, and as director, I want to encourage designers to take an activist approach in culture broadly, to demonstrate the relevance and necessity of design in areas such as finance, politics, ecology, and more."

As a native of Chicago, Solomon's interest in architecture and design stems from his appreciation of the city's unique qualities: the dramatic edge of the city as it meets Lake Michigan, its efficient integration of building and infrastructure, and the pride that the city takes in its development and history.

Solomon describes his vision of design education as focusing on lateral thinking; teamwork and collaboration; and iterative, problem-based learning.

Solomon previously served as Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. In 2010 he co-curated Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Solomon is the co-founder of 306090, Inc., a nonprofit arts stewardship organization dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary collaborations in architecture. He has received awards from the American Institute of Architects for his work with the Ooi Botos Gallery in Hong Kong. Solomon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture and Certificate in Media and Modernity from Princeton University.

"Jonathan's expertise, unique architectural philosophy, and wealth of experience as a designer, educator, and curator will make him an outstanding Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects," said SAIC President Walter Massey. "We are so pleased to welcome him to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago."

SAIC's AIADO department provides students with one of the most robust architecture educations in the nation. The department includes undergraduate programs (architecture, interior architecture, and designed objects) and six graduate-level degrees: Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture, Master of Design in Designed Objects, Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects, Master of Fine Arts in Design for Emerging Technologies, and the Master of Architecture and Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture degrees, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also provides adults, high school students, and children with the opportunity to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit saic.edu.

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