Alumni of the School of the Art Institute have futures in a wide range of design fields and practices. Our alumni value SAIC's interdisciplinary curriculum, emphasis on experimentation, and strong culture of making. Strong relationships with faculty and comfort working in diverse contexts give SAIC alumni the confidence to pursue their interests wherever they may be.
Lucas, a licensed architect, has worked in high end residential architecture in the Chicago area at Morgante-Wilson Architects and Massey Associates Architects before joining Mike Shively Architecture in 2016 where he is now the design director of a 10 person boutique studio based in the West Loop.
Ciara is a Chicago-based Experience Designer. She applies her knowledge of games and play to design gameful and meaningful experiences to facilitate change and human flourishing in healthcare, financial services, and education.
Traci Wile is the Director of Community Engagement at OFA (Organizing for Action), in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and her Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011.
Laura Kirar is an internationally renowned designer of product and interiors. From her early beginnings in Chicago, then founding multiple creative ventures in New York City starting with a multi-disciplinary design firm in 1999, Kirar’s design work has taken her all over the globe.
Emily Pilloton is a designer, builder, educator, and founder of the nonprofit design agency Project H Design and its sister program, Girls Garage. Using architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice, she works alongside youth ages 9-18 to bring to life public architecture projects that transform lives and communities.
Jaclyn came to SAIC after receiving her BS in Architecture from University at Buffalo. She has always wanted to focus more on interior architecture and the Masters in Architecture with Emphasis in Interior Architecture program allowed her to follow that dream and pursue her specific interest within the vast world of architecture.
Jung Chei is an industrial designer based in Boston. After graduating from SAIC in 2009, Jung joined Beyond Design, a Chicago based design consultancy where he worked on various consumer products brands such as Cobra electronics, Waterpik, Fellowes, Zebra and many others. In 2013, he decided to move to the east coast to join SharkNinja as a senior Industrial designer.
Tanner Bowman is a product designer and artist working in Chicago, IL. Bowman has shown his work at Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Super Design Gallery in London. Bowman was also featured in New City's "Design 50" issue in 2016.
Eve Fineman is an award-winning designer based in Chicago. She has been a design educator since 2002, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor of interior architecture and product design at Columbia College Chicago. Eve is the owner of Eve Fineman Design, LLC, a practice whose services include custom furniture and millwork design, as well as interiors and architecture.
Sara DiNoto, IIDA is a senior interior designer and an Associate with Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation. With offices in Boston, Houston, and Phoenix, the firm provides architecture, planning, and interior design solutions for leading institutions in academics and healthcare, as well as urban development and civic organizations.
As an architect, Racquel Davey of ICON Architecture is both an optimist and a student of cultural anthropology. She approaches every endeavor with sincere curiosity and the commitment to achieve the best possible outcome. She values the human experience within interior environments and advocates for the design thinking process as well as collaborative design strategies that encompass space planning, furniture systems and technology.
Trevor Lord is a multi-disciplinary design professional living in Appleton, Wisconsin. Trevor’s design process is based upon discovering key conceptual design drivers, ensuring alignment with a project’s conceptual basis throughout its various phases.
After leaving SAIC, Caroline Keem was hired by Interwoven and was mentored in user experience. After six years she left to direct UX & research at Connect EDU, a company specializing in educational software. She currently works for Humana on the online purchase funnel for small business.