Explore architecture and design in the city that pioneered them—join the Architecture & Design Society today.
The Architecture & Design Society is a group of professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to making architecture and design available to a wider audience through a dynamic program of lectures, tours, special events, receptions, and viewings. Member benefits include:
Invitations to all of the society’s educational events. The society has recently hosted Michael Bierut, David Adjaye, Zaha Hadid, and Jeanne Gang.
Opportunities to connect with esteemed practitioners and thinkers in architecture and design at exclusive receptions.
Access to private tours of notable sites both inside and outside of Chicago.
Opportunity to support the Art Institute's Department of Architecture and Design and to engage with its curators.
Early access to purchase tables for Masterpiece, the Art Institute's gala
All Bronze-level benefits for up to 6 people
Recognition as a supporter of the Architecture & Design Society's annual event
Private curator-led tour opportunites
All Benefecator-level benefits for up to 4 people
Special access to Chicago-area exhibitions and art fairs
All Patron-level benefits
Unique access to the museum's permenent collection
Special opportunities to engage with the chair and curators of the Department of Architecture and Design
All Sponsor-level benefits
Opportunities for off-site tours of uniquely designed spaces and architectural environments
Invitations to exclusive receptions
All Friend-level benefits for 2 people
Special access to select exhibition celebrations
Invitations to exhibition openings
Standard Tier Benefits
Invitation to Architecture & Design Society annual event
Special access to select Architecture & Design exhibitions at the Art Institute
Opportunities to receive AIA credits at lectures
Join the A&D Society:
Sign up online (for those purchasing or renewing their Art Institute membership at the same time) or call (312) 443-4751.
Bess Tremonto Cook
Vice Presidents, Programming
Audrey Fosse Maria Smithburg
Vice President, Membership
Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations
Heiji Choy Black
James N. Alexander* Dana Arnett Heiji Choy Black Ally Bulley Nick Cave Dirk Denison Deborah Doyle* Ikram Goldman Stuart Grannen Philip Hamp Marvin Herman Deborah Jahn James Jankowski Jordana Joseph Jessica Lagrange Eva Maddox Tony Manzari Margaret McCurry Karen Lilly Mozer* Kate Neisser Maria Pinto Yumi Ross Thomas Rossiter Alice Young Sabl* Pauline Saliga* Bruce A. Simons* Maria Smithburg Dana Terp Martha Thorne* John VanderLinden* Steve Wiesenthal Paul Zucker* John Zukowsky*
* Denotes Life Director
Department of Architecture and Design
Zoë Ryan John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design
Alison Fisher Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator
Maite Borjabad Neville Bryan Assistant Curator
Kim Chin Assistant to the Chair and Research Assistant
Lori Boyer Department Exhibitions and Collections Manager
Elizabeth Mescher Manager for Inventory and Assessment
Christopher Rosenberg Department Technician and Collection Coordinator
Trevor Schmutz Program Coordinator, A&D Society
Opening Breakfast for My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt September 29 10:30–1:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite Canadian David Hartt’s photographic series of iconic contemporary buildings explores the dichotomy between the daily experience of a building and the architect’s original design concept. A&D Society members are invited to a breakfast and a conversation between the artist and Neville Bryan Assistant Curator Maite Borjabad.
The Butler VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture featuring Tadao Ando Thursday, October 11 6:30 Rubloff Auditorium Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando returns to Chicago to discuss his body of work, noted for its visual simplicity and sensitivity to the surrounding environment.
Patron Member Tour of Wrightwood 659 Wednesday, November 14 6:00 The recently completed Tadao Ando–designed exhibition space formally opens this fall. Members of the A&D Society at the Patron level or above will have the unique opportunity to experience the opening exhibition, Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture, on the evening of November 14.
Lecture: Christien Meindertsma Thursday, December 13 6:00 Fullerton Hall Artist and designer Christien Meindertsma discusses her work and previews what will be featured in her upcoming Franke/Herro Design Series exhibition, set to open March 2019.
Highlights of Recent Events
Screening and Panel: Stanley Tigerman
Symposium: Taking Positions—Architecture and Design Exhibitions
Upper Level Member Curator Tour of Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago
Lecture: Designer Stefan Sagmeister
Pritzker Laureate Lecture with Zaha Hadid
The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture with Thom Mayne
Conversation: David Adjaye and Zoë Ryan
Exercises in Seating Conversational Tour and Reception with Zoe Ryan and Max Lamb
Reception with Stefan Sagmeister
Opening Reception for Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute
Reception in Pritzker Garden with Michael Bierut
Reception at Chicago Athletic Association with Studio Formafantasma
Exhibition preview of Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye