A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

AIADO Semester in Review: Fall 2018


This fall, our students, faculty, and alumni, continued to bring the work of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects to the world, and to bring the world to the classroom and studio. Embodying President Tenny's vision that citizen artist and designers "recognize that their work in the studio and the classroom is not separate from the culture we live in, the politics we negotiate, and the society we build together;" AIADO was proud to share the work of our Department in panels at Artists/Designers/Citizens, the 2018 AICAD symposium. Held at the School this fall, the symposium was a US Program of Dimensions of Citizenship, which the School commissioned and AIADO faculty curated in the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Scholarship and programming connected to the exhibition, which was open May 26 - Nov 25, explored the roles of architects and others in crafting and responding to themes of citizenship and belonging today. These themes were echoed in the Mitchell Lecture Sereis this fall, and in the Hallway Gallery, which featured the work of Chicago artist John Preus and many of our faculty working with furniture from shuttered Chicago Public Schools. 

New studios in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects included pro-bono design consultancy for residents of Chicago's North Lawndale, and a summer course that developed models for an exhibition of the work of Tadao Ando at Wrightwood 659, a new Chicago gallery designed by Ando that opened this year. Students, faculty, and alumni continued to be recognized for their work inside the School and out.