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Michael Pfeffer

Managing Director, SOM in Chicago

Mike Pfeffer, AIA Chicago member and winner of the 2014 national AIA Young Architect Award, has spent almost three months in the air flying between Chicago and China in the past six years.  He talks about what this entails in his job as Managing Director of SOM in Chicago.


Light, Structure & Space

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

From cribs to cathedrals and sun shades to research facilities, Eric Keune AIA, architectural historian, author and Design Director of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Chicago office shares his vision from the persepctive of student and practitioner of architecture's Modernist idiom.


Bicycle Transit in the City

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Recent School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate and AIA Chicago member Kristen Moreau discusses bike transit and commuting in Chicago, making proposals for the future of bike infrastructure and urban transportation. 


Aliens Might Have Claimed My Sisters

@ VOL 29 ON MAR 04, 2014

Leah Ball's childhood fascination with outer space and cosmic thinking informs her research, inquiry and design process.


Design, Living and Loving

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Puerto Rican architect Miguel del Rio AIA reflects on a great deal in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds, including fainting on a plane, living to the fullest, childhood, flying saucer conventions, David Byrne, rock n roll, and just generally how awesome life is.


The Mind of the Architect

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Professor Linda Nelson Keane AIA leverages the mind of the architect and advocates for a curriculum supporting participatory design opportunities for schoolchildren.


Light is the Theme

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Chicago based artist Petra Bachmaier wows the audience at PechaKucha Night during the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Chicago. She shares her husband/wife collaboration Luftwerkwhich plays with projections on icons of modern architecture after the sun sets.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 10, 2014.


What Tea to Buy When You're a Minimalist

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Architect Carl Sergio travels the world listening to U2, channeling George Carlin and carrying a small backpack. He suggests everyone should try the challenge of breaking all of your belongings down, and only keeping 100 things. He is very indecisive when it comes to what kind of tea to buy in the supermarket because there are just too many choices. 


My Name is Dan, and I Have an eBay Problem

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

AIA Chicago architect Dan Wheeler, FAIA has an eBay problem -- but he seems to have put it to exemplary use in the home he shares with his wife Julie.



"I Want to be Ordinary"

Young God and Old God playing table foosball on the ocean. Gifting an ice sculpture of the Ten Commandments to the public. A Bust of Obama composed entirely of butter.
Industry of the Ordinary is a two-person art group that aims to explore and celebrate the commonness of everyday life as well as challenege the derogatory notions of the ordinary.
In "I Want to be Ordinary" from PKN Chicago Vol. 25 Listen as they humorously speak about a few of their inane projects and encourage us to reconsider what it means to be ordinary. 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Peter Exley

    Advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley FAIA has created an internationally recognized architecture and design practice, which elevates the standards of design for public space and learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools' Day 1994. He is an adjunct Professor in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago and was the 2013 President of AIA Chicago.

  • Thorsten Bösch

    President and Co-Founder of visualizedconcepts inc. in 2003, he arrived in Chicago 1996 via Hamburg, Passau + Konstanz.

  • Sharon Exley

    Procurer of Beautiful & Curious Stuff

  • Tess Landon

    Tess Landon is the Director of Education and Outreach for ART WORKS Projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from Bard College with a focus on museums and education and has worked in the collections at the Field Museum and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Tess has taught in a range of arenas, including her many years as a children’s art teacher at Lill Street Art Center. She is currently teaching poetry at a correctional facility in Illinois and previously taught a reading and writing seminar at a facility in New York. She is in charge of the ART WORKS arts education initiative Workshop to Change the World.

  • Steven Haulenbeek

    I am a Chicago based designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, experimental/process-based objects and events.

  • Michael Genge

    I'm a bike obsessed designer and master of all things wheeled.

  • Dana Crawford

    Dana Crawford is a career changer with an MA in Interior Design, and a former intern at Architecture is Fun. Currently she is getting her feet wet at Harley Ellis Devereaux. Bursting with enthusiasm and tenacity, she is a wholehearted believer in the value of play, the spirit of volunteerism, and cats.