SAIC faculty member Andrew Santa Lucia’s site-specific installation, No Place like House, is on view at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Located inside of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House, Santa Lucia “transports viewers into a temple of images, objects and offerings…guided by 'Miesian Mysticism,' a fictional religion uncovered by Santa Lucia in Mies van der Rohe’s architecture,” according to the museum. Also on view is Lessons from the Fick Home— the culmination of two graduate level courses at SAIC led by Santa Lucia and Mary English. Both projects are partially funded by the 2015/2016 Graham Foundation Grant to Organizations and will coincide with the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Santa Lucia is an architect and writer based in Chicago. He is the founder of AND/OR US, focusing on architectural research, activism, and design speculation; as well as ASquared Buildings and Objects, focusing on professional design-build services. ASquared is currently completing ACRE Project’s new gallery and residency space in Chicago. In 2014–15, Santa Lucia co-taught an SAIC funded design-build studio with artist Theaster Gates to renovate a derelict sub-station into a monastery and garden in Grand Crossing.