Chicago Architect Magazine to Devote Entire Issue to Chicago Architecture Biennial


Chicago Architect, the in-house magazine of the American Institute of Architects Chicago Chapter, will be devoting its September/October 2015 issue to exploring the theme of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, “The State of the Art of Architecture.”

“The State of the Art of Architecture” refers to Stanley Tigerman’s 1977 polemic that is driving the programmatic theme for the biennial organizers. For Chicago Architect, the theme will be used as a diving board for contributors to riff of Tigerman’s premise.

The issue will be organized across three sections: “Looking at Chicago”; “Learning from Chicago”; and “Chicago and the World.”

Contributors will include:

Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, introduction

Looking at Chicago
Aaron Betsky
Iker Gil
Alexander Eisenschmidt

Learning from Chicago
John Norquist
Michael Sorkin
Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

Chicago and the World
Gordon Gill, FAIA, and Ben Schulman
Tatiana Bilbao

In addition, the issue will contain a photographic essay of the city, with photographers Wayne Cable, Darris Lee Harris, Kate Joyce, David Seide, John Sturdy and Michael Wolf contributing.

The issue will serve as one of the defining pieces of text documenting the biennial event, and will be published in early September 2015.

In addition to the special Chicago Architect edition, AIA Chicago will also host a number of programs set to coincide with this year's biennial. 

What’s new and noteworthy from Chicago architects? 

AIA Chicago's 60th annual Design Excellence Awards will be announced on October 23, 2015.

Two programs - dates TBA - will take place after the ceremony to bring together some of the winners and discuss:

  • Design Excellence: High Design for Higher Education - Four architects present projects at colleges and universities in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.
  • Design Excellence: Faith, Flight and Fanfare - Three architects present projects in Chicago and St. Louis.