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Chicago Architecture Foundation and Future Firm awarded City of Chicago IncentOvate grant for "Rebel Garages" Project


Ann Lui's and Craig Reschke's Future Firm's project "Rebel Garages" was awarded a grant from the City of Chicago's IncentOvate grants, through Chicago Architectural Foundation, to conduct planning to lead toward a pop-up event/festival. The IncentOvate Program, now in its third year, is part of the Cultural Grants Program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which provides more than $1.7 million annually in direct funding to artists, creative professionals and arts and cultural organizations across Chicago. "Rebel Garages"  is a proposed one-day festival in spring 2018 that will enlist local architects, designers and artists to activate Chicago’s alleyways, parking garages, empty lots and vacant industrial spaces with pop-up installations.

Future Firm is a Chicago-based architecture office. They are interested in the intersections between landscape territories and architectural discourse. Recent research explores the relationship between finance, economy, and the built environment.


Ann Lui is an Assistant Professor of Architecture/Interior Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds an SMArchS from MIT in History, Theory & Criticism and a B.Arch from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Charles Goodwin Sands Medal and the Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal. Previously, she practiced at SOM, Ann Beha Architects, and Morphosis. Ann was Assistant Editor of OfficeUS Atlas (2015) and co-editor of Thresholds, "Scandalous" (2015).


Craig Reschke is an architect interested in landscape practices. He is a registered architect in the state of Illinois. He graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, where his research focused on rural American landscapes, and he graduated with the Jacob Weidenmann Prize. He also holds B.Arch from University of Tennessee. Previously, Craig was a project architect at SOM and RODE Architects, where he led the design of buildings at many scales.

More information about Future Firm can be found here.

Additional details about the IncentOvate grant award and recipients can be found here.