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Architecture & Design Society

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.

Choose the membership level that’s right for you:

Upper-Tier Benefits

Gold ($20,000)

  • All Silver-level benefits for up to 8 people
  • Invitations to exlusive dinner receptions
  • Early access to purchase tables for Masterpiece, the Art Institute's gala

Silver ($10,000)

  • 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
Bronze ($5,000)

  • All Benefecator-level benefits for up to 4 people
  • Special access to Chicago-area exhibitions and art fairs

Benefactor ($2,500)

  • 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

Patron ($1,000)

  • All Sponsor-level benefits
  • Opportunities for off-site tours of uniquely designed spaces and architectural environments 
  • Invitations to exclusive receptions

Sponsor ($500)

  • All Friend-level benefits for 2 people
  • Special access to select exhibition celebrations
  • Invitations to exhibition openings

Standard Tier Benefits

Friend ($250)

  • 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

Hal Kugeler

Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations

Lisa Skolnik


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

Upcoming Events

Opening Breakfast for My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt
September 29
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
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
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
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

Member Events

  • 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