Student Work Exhibition

Group photoIt’s been a couple weeks, so I’m sure everyone has had a chance to relax and enjoy the rest of their summer, but our final exhibition of student work on August 2nd was a huge success! Each student was tasked with building a live-work space on a vacant lot south of the IIT campus.  Each student’s design was unique in many ways, and created a successful neighborhood.

More pictures to follow.

Spertus | Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Spertus | Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

On Monday we took a building tour of the Spertus Institute. Which, as one of the newest additions to the Michigan Avenue streetscape, stands out with its irregular geometric facade. The students were impressed by the interior atria and the unique glass detail that helps deal with the building’s solar heat load. Today we visited two of Chicago’s most historically significant architecture firms. We started the morning at Holibird and Root and finished with Skidmore Owing and Merrill. This afternoon has been filled with studio time as the students begin to develop their design concepts for their own projects.

Frank Gehry + Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Gehry + Frank Lloyd Wright

What a great couple of days! We had so much going on that the blog had to wait. On the beautiful sunny Thursday, we went to Millennium Park where we had a great tour from Barbra Geiger, a landscape history professor at IIT. On Friday, we all took the long journey up to Oak Park where we immersed ourselves in Frank Lloyd Wright land. We visited his home and studio, explored the neighborhood and view some of his other work, and in the afternoon we toured Unity Temple. Weekend updates will be posted in the near future.

Design Process + Site Analysis

Design Process + Site Analysis

Today was packed full of brainstorming and critical site analysis. We started off our day taking some measurements and observing the conditions at the site of the students final project. The day continued with discussing ideas and learning about the process of design at the IIT Idea Shop. In the afternoon, the students worked together to develop concepts that may help define their final project. Tomorrow we are off to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago!

An Afternoon at the Art Institute

An Afternoon at the Art Institute

You can’t beat an early morning boat cruise on a sunny Chicago day. We started our day with a little sketching along the Chicago River front and ended our morning with a great architectural boat cruise. The afternoon started with lunch at the Art Institute of Chicago where the students were able to explore the museum, including the Modern wing designed by Renzo Piano. The students had a great time visiting exhibits from Architecture and Design to Impressionist Art.

EiA 2013 Day 1!

What a great start to the EiA residential session! The morning started off with a lesson in free hand drawing and led in to a great campus tour by Prof. Sennott. The students were able to practice some of their drawing skills with some quick sketches of the architecture on campus.

This afternoon, the Model Shop teachers led demonstrations on carpentry, metal casting, and laser cutting. Finally, we ended the day with a studio session where the students were able to test out some of their structural building skills.

Tomorrow will be another exciting day filled with an architecture boat tour and a visit to the Art Institute.

Students Exhibit their work to end Commuter Session!



The pressure was on and it was crunch time! Students were working hard to finish their model and drawings on Friday. They got to experience real life Architecture school facing a deadline. Throughout these past two weeks, students were able to learn more about Chicago’s rich Architecture, the idea and concept of designing something, drafting drawings, model building, team work, and lots and lots of patience to achieve a good project. Students also had the opportunity to visit Architectural places such as the famous Oak Park visiting Frank Lloyds Wright’s home and studio and Unity Temple. We introduce students to what Architecture is about and helped them understand the types of drawings Architects do. Everyone showed great work and we hope that this EiA session really helped them to decide on their future career plans. To end this successful first session of Experiment in Architecture, this past Friday students were able to exhibit their work done for the past two weeks of the program including, some of their sketches, concept collage, concept model and drawings. Parents were able to see what their child has produced in these two weeks of the program. Certificate of program completion was given to each student. Based on student’s vote, we were happy to give 10 small gifts from Ignite Glass Studio to those who students believe had a great project. Congratulations to all of you!
Great Job everyone! On behalf of the team, Victor Jimenez, Nina Cackovic, and myself Yoetzin Diaz, we wish everyone the best, it was a pleasure to work with each one of you!! Come back and visit us!
Stay tuned for Residential Session to begin and updates and pictures coming up :)


Student’s sketchbooks exhibited.




Parents and family attended the exhibition. It was a success!


Hanging boxes done by students.


Production mode in Studio.


What a great group!


Instructor Victor and Nina, undergraduate assistant Yoetzin.


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