Functional Objects by Architects (FOBA)


In conjunction with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, AIA Chicago presents a pop-up exhibition of Functional Objects by Architects (FOBA).

What is FOBA?

FOBA is a pop-up exhibition at the Chicago Design Museum's CHICAGO DESIGN MARKET. AIA Chicago has transformed one storefront on the third floor of the Block37 shopping center into a gallery inspired by the concept of open storage. The 27 individual objects on display were designed and submitted by AIA Chicago members ranging from Fellows to AIAS student members, showcasing a range of talents from furniture design to textiles and lifestyle accessories.


Recognizing the contributions that architects and designers make in the commercial, private and institutional worlds, it became important to showcase smaller-scale projects that are tactile, aesthetically intriguing and grounded in utility. 


Objects will be on display:
September 7–28, 2017 | HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm
CHICAGO DESIGN MARKET @ Chicago Design Museum
108 N State Street, 3rd floor (across from the Chicago Design Museum, next to Latinicity)

Who will FOBA?

We're thrilled to present objects designed by: 

  • Adrian Smith, FAIA and Gordon Gill, FAIA of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
  • Bita Zenouz, AIAS
  • Cheryl Noel, AIA + Ravi Ricker, AIA of Wrap Architecture
  • Chris Emens, AIA
  • Craig Cernek, AIA
  • Emily Handley, Assoc. AIA
  • Julia Mosqueda, AIAS
  • Mark Weber, AIA
  • Margaret McCurry, FAIA
  • Mason Pritchett, AIA of RANGE Design + Architecture
  • Michael Schur, AIA
  • Nicholas Proia Cecchi, AIA
  • Odile Compagnon, AIA
  • Perimeter Architects
  • Perkins Eastman
  • Ryan Fiebing, Assoc. AIA
  • Stanley Tigerman, FAIA
  • Stuart Cohen, FAIA
  • Thaddeus Zarse, Assoc. AIA + Clare Olsen, AIA
  • Tyler Hopwood, Assoc. AIA
  • Vladimir Radutny, AIA
  • Vojo Narancic, FAIA
  • Walaid Sehwail, Assoc. AIA with Kayleen Kulesza, Assoc. AIA and Michael Zimmerman 

The exhibition is designed by Peter Exley, FAIA, and Sharon Exley of Architecture is Fun, Inc.