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.
This semester SAIC's student chapter of NOMA won second place in the student design competition at the 2018 NOMA Conference in Chicago, Assistant Professor Ann Lui was named one of Crain's Chicago Business' 40 Under 40, Assistant Professor Pete Oyler was featured in Newcity's Designed Objects issue, student work from the Seems Real, On the Surface class was featured in Tadao Ando's latest exhibition, and more.
Commissioned by SAIC and curated by AIADO faculty, Dimensions of Citizenship exhibited at the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale from May 26 to November 25, 2018. Dimensions of Citizenship will soon exhibit at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago. It will be open from February 15 to April 27 and has been included in the Chicago Tribune's list of architectural events to see in 2019.
In Fall 2018, designers, transdisciplinary artists, architects, writers, curators, and educators from across the country visited SAIC to be part of the Mitchell Lecture Series. This included Amanda Williams, Matylda Krzykowski, John Preus, Alexandra Lange, Michael Ford, Eyal Weizman, J. Morgan Puett, and Egg Collective.
The Hallway, an exhibition space for sharing the work of students, alumni, and faculty in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects as well as contemporary work from practices in the design community, hosted four collections, including A Brief Anthology of Faculty Sketchbooks, Realizing Chambord, Infinite Games: An Extended Invitation, and 7 Degrees.
The 2018-2019 William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects is Matylda Krzykowski. Krzykowski is a designer, curator, art director, and educator focusing on collaborative and performative projects.
This Fall we interviewed a few of our current AIADO students about how they came to be at SAIC, which courses have shaped their work, how the city of Chicago influences their research and practice, what they're investigating in their current work, and more. They also shared samples of their work.