BFA, 2009, Barnard College, New York; Master of Architecture I, 2013, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Exhibitions: On the Edge, Chicago Architecture Foundation; forthcoming Fall 2017: Souvenirs, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; Under the Dome, Chicago Cultural Center; Towers within a Tower, Hong Kong Biennale; Towers within a Tower, Seoul Biennale. Publications: Afasia, ArchDaily, Chicago Tribune, CNN Style, DesignBOOM, GSD Grounded Visionaries, Wallpaper* Magazine. Awards: Winner 2016 Chicago Prize; 1st Prize 2017 Affordable Housing New York; 1st Prize 2017 Pixel Homes Hong Kong; 2017 Forefront Fellow, New York Urban Design Forum; Chair of 2017 Burnham Prize, Chicago Architecture Club.

Personal Statement

Alison Von Glinow is a co-founder of Kwong Von Glinow Design Office along with partner Lap Chi Kwong. They formed their Chicago-based architecture practice in January 2017. Kwong Von Glinow has been awarded the 2016 Chicago Prize by the Chicago Architecture Club for their 1st Prize project Grand Lattices, exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Their office has received 1st prize for two housing projects: Table Top Apartments in New York City and Towers within a Tower in Hong Kong. Their practice has been named as an Emerging Architecture Practice of 2017 by Wallpaper* Magazine. The mission of the office is "Enjoy Architecture."

Alison Von Glinow earned her Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to opening Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, Alison worked with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, SOM in Chicago and New York, and Toshiko Mori Architect in New York, and Svendborg Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2012, Alison lived in Tokyo developing the Home-for-All project with architect Toyo Ito for post-tsunami community building.

In addition to developing projects at Kwong Von Glinow and teaching at SAIC, Alison is a 2017 Forefront Fellow for New York's Urban Design Forum. Her topic for the year-long fellowship is Design for Arrival, focusing specifically on housing in New York City for immigrants. Alison is also on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Architecture Club, and is co-Chair of the 2017 Burnham Prize granted by the Club.


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