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

Spring 2017 Semester in Review


Spring 2017 was a busy semester for the Department. Our collaboration with West Supply sent the 2017 Whatnot collection of Designed Objects to Salone del Mobile in Milan; while students in Chicago completed work for Kikkerland and Papersource. In Architecture and interior Architecture, thesis students worked with Center for Lost Arts to fabricate installations for the Design Show. We hosted Architects Rosanna Hu and Jeanne Gang, designers Formafantasma and Studio Swine, and others as part of our Mitchell Lecture Series, and guests from around the country and world at our public critiques of graduate thesis work in May.

The Fall of this year promises to be just as eventful; with the second Chicago Architecture Biennial opening in September. The Department will partner with the Biennial and Expo Chicago to to present programming including lectures by Gianni Pettena and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia of Superstudio, leaders of radical Italian architecture in the 1960s and 70s; Korean artist Do Ho Suh; and Hong Kong-based curator Sampson Wong. The Department will be joined in fall by Jack Craig, Visiting Artist in Designed Objects, and Ben Hooker, Mitchell Visiting Professor. New classes in fall include North Lawndale: Housing Otherwise and Post-Geographic City Workshop.