The Architecture & Design Society was created in 1981 as the support group for the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. The society’s general mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of architecture and design by making them accessible to a wider audience through a dynamic program of lectures, upper-level-member architectural tours and special events, and receptions and viewings of Department of Architecture and Design exhibitions such as Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention; Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund; and Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects. A diverse roster of speakers represents emerging practitioners at the forefront of the fields of architecture and design, individuals at the peak of their career, and the critics, curators, and scholars whose words and ideas shape these fields. Past lecturers have included internationally renowned architects Richard Rogers, Farshid Moussavi, Zaha Hadid, and Renzo Piano, celebrated designers Yves Béhar, Gaetano Pesce, and Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby of BarberOsgerby, as well as influential critics Paul Goldberger and Alice Rawsthorn, among others. These lectures provide an essential opportunity for the general public to interact with some of the most innovative leading figures that shape our interior and exterior environments.
The society also promotes the activities of the Department of Architecture and Design with fiscal support for acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and public programs. The society’s exciting biennial benefit, the Modern Ball, generates substantial contributions to the department in order to help fulfill these goals. Recent acquisitions funded by the Architecture & Design Society have included objects by Ron Arad, the Bouroullec Brothers, Matali Crasset, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Ineke Hans, and Ettore Sottsass, Jr., among others.
The Architecture & Design Society gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of Park Hyatt Chicago.
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Call (312) 443-3631.
Members of the Architecture & Design Society must also be members of the Art Institute. For further information, please contact Gibran Villalobos at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 857-7166.
Bess Tremonto Cook
Vice Presidents, Programming
Audrey Fosse Maria Smithburg
Vice President, Finance
Vice President, Membership
Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations
Heiji Choy Black
James N. Alexander* Dana Arnett Heiji Choy Black Ally Bulley Nick Cave Deborah Doyle* Ikram Goldman Stuart Grannen Phil Hamp Marvin Herman Deborah Jahn Jessica Lagrange Kate Neisser Tony Manzari Margaret McCurry Karen Lilly Mozer* 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 Associate 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
Daniel Tovar Program Coordinator, A&D Society
Michael Bierut in Conversation with Dana Arnett Schiff Juror Lecture with Heather Roberge Lecture: Felicity Scott, “Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counterinsurgency,” co-sponsored by Chicago Women in Architecture and the Architecture & Design Society
Conversation: Frei Otto—Naturalized Construction Pritzker Laureate Lecture: Zaha Hadid Thom Mayne: Pritzker Laureate Lecture/The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture, followed by a dinner for Architecture & Design Society members Van Alen International Council Panel Discussion: International Perspectives—Chicago and the Future of Urban Change
Panel Discussion: The Art of Architecture—David Adjaye's Collaboration with Artists
Conversation: David Adjaye and Zoe Ryan followed by an exhibition preview of Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye
Tour: Milton Schwartz's 320 Oakdale: An Icon of Midcentury Modernism (upper-level member event) Lecture: Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee
Chatter Chat: Constructive Communication
Gwendolyn Wright Lecture: "The Role of Play: Looking for Patterns and Crossing Boundaries," co-sponsored with the Society of Architectural Historians as part of the 68th Anniversary Annual Conference
Chatter Chat: Talking Back
Lecture: Mikyoung Kim (co-sponsored by Chicago Women in Architecture) Lecture: Jing Liu of SO-IL
Tour: TheCity Lost and Found (upper-level member event) Zoë Ryan Lecture: "A Preview of the Future," in conjunction with the Graham Foundation "Native Modernism: Chicago Architecture and Design before Mies and Moholy" with Robert Bruegmann and Thomas Leslie Exhibition Opening: The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 The Modern Ball 2014
Tatiana Bilbao Lecture Matthew Urbanski Lecture: "Chicago Parks: Landscape, Imagination, and the Livable City" and Reception (upper-level member event) Chicagoisms Panel at Graham Foundation Diana Balmori Lecture Ben Relles of YouTube Lecture CLOG Lecture Toyo Ito: Architecture after 3.11/The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture Stefan Scholten Lecture 3 in 1: Contemporary Explorations in Architecture and Design Exhibition Opening
Around the Block Tour—Chicago’s East Lake Shore Drive and Walton Place (upper-level member event) Karin Fong of Imaginary Forces Lecture Building Public Art and Public Spaces Panel Discussion: The Chicago Picasso and Its Legacy Project Projects Lecture Wang Shu of Amatuer Architecture Studio/The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture
Eva Castro Iraola of Plasma Studio Lecture Inside Studio Gang Architects Tour and Reception (upper-level member event) The Modern Ball 2012 Inside Studio Gang Architects Exhibition Opening Fashioning the Object Tour and Reception (upper-level member event) University of Chicago Post-Panel Discussion Reception (upper-level member event) University of Chicago Panel Discussion: The Grey City Transformed University of Chicago Tour: The Grey City Transformed Poetry Foundation Tour (upper-level member event) Exhibition Opening: Fashioning the Object—Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund Craig Dykers of Snøhetta/The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture Yolande Daniels Lecture Bertrand Goldberg: Marina City and Astor Tower Tour (upper-level member event) Irish Architecture Now Lecture and Panel Discussion Bertrand Goldberg Tour and Reception (upper-level member event) Harbor Country Tour of Margaret McCurry Homes and Farm-to-Table Lunch (upper-level member event) Exhibition Opening:Bertrand Goldberg—Architecture of Invention
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA Lecture/The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture David Adler Architectural Tour and Luncheon Francois Roche Lecture Matali Crasset Lecture Dominique Jakob Post-Lecture Reception (upper-level member event) Dominique Jakob Lecture Hyperlinks Tour and Reception (upper-level member event) Hyperlinks Opening Eric Owen Moss Lecture The Modern Ball in the Modern Wing 2010 Crab Tree Farm Tour (upper-level member event) Jurgen Bey Lecture Architecture & Design Society Appreciation Party
Aqua Tower Tour (upper-level member event) Jeanne Gang Lecture Reception at Studio Gang-designed Maisonette (upper-level member event) Stanley Greenberg and Highlights from the Department of Architecture and Design V2.0 exhibition reception Looking after Louis Sullivan exhibition reception MOS Lecture: Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample Zoë Ryan in Conversation with Alice Rawsthorn Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby: Work in Progress Farshid Moussavi: "The Function of Form" Michael Yannell Net to Zero Green House Tour (upper-level member event) Lindy Roy Lecture Dialogue: Joseph Rosa in Conversation with Paul Goldberger Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design Opening Reception
Corporate Office Tour at Hyatt Headquarters and Sidley Austin (upper-level member event) Burnham Pavilion Panel Discussion featuring Ben van Berkel, UNStudio, Thomas Vietzke, Zaha Hadid Architects, Donna Robertson, Illinois Institute of Technology, Robert Sumel, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Joseph Rosa, Art Institute of Chicago Phyllis Ross, "Gilbert Rohde: Innovations for Modern Living" Monica Ponce de Leon, "Disciplinary Transgressions" The Modern Ball in the Modern Wing 2008 Kengo Kuma Lecture Architectural Boat Tour with guest moderator Geoffrey Baer (upper-level member event)
Xefirotarch Opening Reception Design by Living (upper-level member event) Hernán Díaz Alonso Lecture Joseph Rosa and Zoë Ryan in Conversation (at Wright) Figuration in Contemporary Design Opening Reception The Spertus Institute: A Private Reception and Tour (upper-level member event) Graphic Thought Facility Opening Reception Sulan Kolatan lecture Richard Rogers Lecture, Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lecture/The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture Montgomery Apartment Tour (upper-level member event)
Julius Shulman Lecture Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Prizker Architecture Prize Laureate Lecture/The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture Young Chicago Opening Reception Winka Dubbeldam, “From HardWare to SoftForm” Greg Lynn, Richard Solomon Lectureship Annual Lecture Edward Mazria, “Resuscitating A Dying World” Yves Béhar Lecture Andrew Rebori and the Gold Coast House Tour (upper-level member event) Avi Lotham House Tour (upper-level member event) Lincoln Schatz Studio Tour (upper-level member event)
Edgar Miller and His Influence in Old Town Home Tour (upper-level member event) Bernard Tschumi Lecture Brad Cloepfil Lecture James Cuno and Joseph Rosa, “New Vision for Architecture and Design” Steven Holl, “Urbanisms” Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, “Facing in Opposite Directions” Thom Mayne, Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lecture Roberta Feldman, “Innovation by Necessity: The Mid-20th Century Factory Home” Ralph Johnson/Contemporaine Home Tour (upper-level member event)
Barbara Barry, “Design Inspiration” Charlie Rose, Ada Louise Huxtable, Frank Gehry, and Renzo Piano “Museum Architecture in the 21st Century” Panel Carma Gorman Lecture Antoine Predock, The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture Marion Weiss, “Constructed Sites” Robert Ivy, “Focus on Chicago Architecture: Ten Visions” James Cuno, new president of the Art Institute of Chicago, “Meet and Greet” (upper-level member event) Gaetano Pesce, “Gaetano Pesce: Contemporary Architecture and Design” Neil Harris, “The Burnham Plan, Built and Unbuilt” Helmut Jahn, 2004 Auxiliary Board Legacy Lecture Belmont Freeman, Cuban Architecture Lecture Zaha Hadid Lecture Daniel Libeskind Lecture