Upcoming Events

Opening Reception for Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute
Monday, September 11, 2017 
6:30 p.m.
Griffin Court
A&D Society members are invited to join us for a reception in Griffin Court and an exhibition viewing of the Art Institute’s new Modern Wing galleries for architecture and design prior to their public opening.
Symposium: Taking Positions—Architecture and Design Exhibitions
Friday, September 15, 2017
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fullerton Hall
Free and open to the public, registration required 
A symposium led by curators Zoë Ryan and Alison Fisher exploring the history of exhibitions in architecture and design.

Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Architectural Biennial

Curator Tour of the New Permanent Architecture and Design Galleries
October, date TBD
Tour: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reception: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Upper-tier A&D Society members are invited to explore the museum’s newly expanded, world-class architecture and design collection with a behind-the-scenes look from the curators, followed by a reception in Terzo Piano.

Lecture with World Renowned Designer Stefan Sagmeister
Monday, November 13, 2017   
6:00 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium
Free and open to the public
AIGA winner and designer provocateur Stefan Sagmeister reflects on design and practice during this special Art Institute lecture.

Presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program and Department of Visual Communication Design

Reception with Stefan Sagmeister
Monday, November 13, 2017
8:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Patron-level members are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with Stefan Sagmeister at a private Chicago residence following his lecture at the Art Institute.

Lecture: Johnston Marklee, curators of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   
6:30 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Artistic directors of 2017 CAB speak on the trajectory of their artistic vision of “Make New History.”

Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Architectural Biennial

Highlights of Recent Events

Member Events

  • Tour of Writers Theatre with Jeanne Gang
  • CHGO DSGN WEST LOOP: Design Tour with Rick Valicenti
  • 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


  • Who Builds Your Architecture?
  • Studio Formafantasma
  • Designer and Artist Max Lamb
  • Tour: Writers Theatre Tour with Jeanne Gang
  • Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien
  • Architect Jeanne Gang
  • Designer Michael Bierut in Conversation with Dana Arnett
  • Pritzker Laureate Lecture with Zaha Hadid
  • Pritzker Laureate Lecture/The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture with Thom Mayne
  • Conversation: David Adjaye and Zoë Ryan