BA Architecture, 2008, Florida International University, Miami; M.ARCH, 2010, Florida International University, Miami; MA Design Criticism, 2012, University of Illinois at Chicago. Exhibitions: Elmhurst Art Museum; Chicago Architecture Foundation; University of Illinois at Chicago; Oakton Community College, Skokie; Miami Beach Urban Studios; Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, FL; Van Alen Institute, New York. Publications: FEEDBACK (forthcoming, editor, EVOLO, 2016); Folkcodes and the Urban Legendary (forthcoming, in Architecture of Alterity, Cambridge University Press, 2015); Superthickness (in ACSA 102 Proceedings, ACSA, 2014); Everybody loved their action figures (in Ampersand-Sites of Decline, Univ. of Michigan, 2013); Architectural Research Centers Consortium (2013); Novel or Never (in Dichotomy, Univ. of Detroit-Mercy, 2014); Fresh Meat (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 2010–2012); Luxury Home Quarterly (2011–2013); Making Waves. Awards: Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal, 2010; AIA Miami Architecture Student of the Year, 2006.

Personal Statement

Andrew Santa Lucia is an architect and critic in Chicago. Through highlighting opportunistic and optimistic exchanges between interiors, cities and people, his design and criticism create plastic propositions for lifestyle to change the way we receive and experience architecture. Currently, his interests are within the vernacular peculiarities of American lifestyles—home altars, domestic punk venues and hoarding—and their reflection within the culture of the interior—lavish ornament, interior infill and clutter. 

Andrew is the co-creative director of AND/OR US Architecture Collaborative, based in Chicago and New York. He is also a founder of ASQAURED Buildings and Objects that focuses on design-build interiors and furniture. He recently co-taught a design/build studio with internationally renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates to re-mediate a derelict Com-Ed Substation into a Monastery in Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago. 

Andrew is currently curating an exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum entitled "Lessons from the Fick Home", which looks at the sociocultural realities and myths associated with Mies's McCormick House (1952). In addition to the exhibit, he is also creating a three room intervention of DIY altars inside the McCormick House called "No Place like House", which will be a space to misuse the building through ritual and sonic performance.


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