Where is Where:
The AIADO and Fashion
Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Sullivan Galleries, June 11–25
33 South State Street, 7th floor, Chicago, IL
Reception: Monday, June 13, 6:00–8:00 p.m. 

Showcasing design from the Departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) and Fashion, this exhibition brings together work by more than 50 graduate students. Through their individual approaches, they present new design solutions, situating their works within the inter-spaces of cultural and built systems. The works explore the unseen aspects of our society—many of which have been forgotten or overlooked—by reinhabiting space, challenging perceptions of interiority, and redefining values. more…

Katie Chung, “Whatnot,” variable up to 6″x6”x6”, Screenprint on paper, polyethylene foam. Image courtesy of Whatnot.

Chicago to Milan: Interviews With Students in the AIADO “Industry Projects: Milan” Course

by Emily Margosian

Young designers Andrea Chiu (BFA, Designed Objects 2014), Katie Chung (BFA, Printmaking 2014), and Jing Ouyang (BFA, Designed Objects 2014) are taking part in a rare opportunity: to present a finished product for sale at the internationally renowned Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), and establish themselves as break-out talents in the industry, all before graduating from SAIC.

The annual Milan Furniture Fair is considered a leading venue to showcase new products in furniture and home furnishings. As seniors, the three are enrolled in a special course offered by the SAIC’s Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) department that offers fourth-year undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to work within the constrains of a professional design firm. The “Industry Projects: Milan” class is part of a series of structured collaborations between SAIC’s Designed Objects program and local or international corporate entities, including product manufactures, material manufactures, and retail enterprises. For the past three years, students in the Milan class have worked with Spazio Rossana Orlandi, where they have exhibited and sold their work. Students, their products, and their Whatnot brand will travel to Milan this April to showcase their efforts alongside industry leaders.

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The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s
Open House Chicago is a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago.

This October, explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will open up the “Zero Zero” Lounge, which is situated in the top floor corner of the Sullivan Center, formerly Carsons. This space allows visitors to view to the reconstructed cornice close up, as well as overlook one of the busiest intersections in Chicago.

The space will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm on both the 19th and 20th of October.

ATTACHMENTS: AIADO and Fashion Graduate Exhibition

June 7–July 3
Tuesdays–Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Opening Reception: Monday, June 9, 6:00-8:00pm 

Curated by AIADO faculty members Odile Compagnon and Ania Jaworska with Graduate Assistant Jessica Moss (MA Arts Administration & Policy ‘15), ATTACHMENTS brings together the work of 19 graduating SAIC design students from the following departments:

Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects
Master of Design in Designed Objects
Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment
Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture
Master of Architecture

Featured designers are:

Ceyda Akosman, Kathie Chung, Tim Fates, Steve Jae Seok Kwak, Youngeun Kwun, Hao Liu, Berthold Marckwardt, Joshua McVey, Kristen Moreau, Jed Morgenstein, Fei Nie, Carlos Ortega, Zachary Pino, Christopher Smith, Lindsey Whittle, Dante Wilkins, Tyler Willis, Ah Ron Won, and Man Yuan.  

Also on view are installations from the SAIC courses whatnot, Thing Lab, and Advanced Shape and Theory, and the GFRY Studio course Publi©ity.  


Chicago, IL, August 3—The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) has conferred its initial 3-year term of accreditation to theSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Master of Architecture degree. Master of Architecture graduates in four tracks organized by SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) are now eligible to apply for professional licensure.

SAIC’s master’s degree becomes one of just five accredited by NAAB among all those granted by the 41 members of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Joining programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, SAIC is the third school in the city to offer the accredited degree.

SAIC President Walter E. Massey stated, “We are tremendously proud of SAIC’s curriculum in architecture. Our program stands as a vigorous, contemporary model for inquiry into built environments, and this accreditation is an endorsement of the excellent work by our faculty, staff, and students.”

“This initial accreditation is a testament to the hard work and creativity of our students as well as the dedication and professionalism of the AIADO faculty,” notes Douglas Pancoast, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture. “Though design education has been a part of SAIC’s mission since its inception, the accreditation of the MArch program is a milestone for the AIADO department, SAIC, and the city of Chicago—enriching them all. With this accreditation decision, the AIADO faculty is excited to transition the MArch program from outset to fully operating platform. It’s only the beginning.”

NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degrees in architecture. Accreditation involves an extensive review of a program’s curriculum and student work over the course of several years, with period site visits from an accreditation team. SAIC’s visiting NAAB review team commended the program’s dedication to the development of critical professional practices. It acknowledged SAIC’s interdisciplinary educational community as a provocative and effective context for exploring the social and cultural implications of material and technological creative work.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers a single NAAB-accredited professional architecture program with the following four well-differentiated tracks:

- Master of Architecture (102 credits; requirement: non-professional degree)

- Master of Architecture – Option II (60 credits; requirement: pre-professional degree)

- Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture (102 credits; requirement: non-professional degree)

- Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture – Option II (60 credits; requirement: pre-professional degree)


6:00 P.M.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Drive

AIADO has invited Ezio Manzini to speak on Monday, November 14th, at
6PM, as part of the Mitchell Lecture Series.

It goes without saying this is a rare opportunity on two levels, the
first being Ezio himself as an expert in sustainability in design and a
robust, personable character, and the second the dynamic panel that
will create immediate context for Ezio’s ideas in Chicago. We do not
want our students to miss this.

While the intellectual stimulation is more than enough enticement, we
are also providing AIADO students (and you!) a little nosh immediately
before the lecture. There will be pizza and soda served in Columbus 201
from 4:30-5:30pm.