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

SAIC Alum Dan O’Brien’s Churches of Chicago


Dan O’Brien (MS 2012) is no stranger to the city.  As an architect and preservationist, Dan has a keen interest in Chicago’s neighborhoods.  As a student at SAIC, Dan and classmate Christen Sundquist Martin (MS 2012) were selected as research assistants for Geoffrey Baer at WTTW. But even before that, Dan’s love of Chicago history and its neighborhoods was evident to his classmates and teachers, as he was affectionately dubbed “Mr. Chicago”. 

On April 11. 2017, Dan returned “home” to WTTW and was featured on Chicago Tonight, with his study of Chicago’s neighborhood churches.  Read more here: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/04/11/during-lent-chicago-architect-turns-lens-neighborhood-churches

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in East Garfield Park (Courtesy of Dan O'Brien)