School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers students the chance to study architecture and design within the context of a major urban fine arts museum school.Trans-disciplinary work is the norm at SAIC, leading to a very wide array of full scale making activities and theoretical investigations.
SAIC's Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects is located at the geographic center of Chicago, at State and Madison Streets, with brand new studios and shops on the top floor of the historic, recently renovated 1896 Schlesinger and Meyer store by Louis Sullivan. Two state of the art studio dormitories are located within one block of the studios, and the world famous Burnham and Ryerson Libraries are located in the Museum of the Art Institute two blocks east. Buildings of the famous first and second Chicago School of Architecture form a spectacular panorama right outside the wide Chicago windows under Sullivan's beautiful cantilevered terra cotta cornice.
Students are encouraged to take chances, to work on things that might seem impossible, and ultimately develop individual voices that can offer the value of design and architecture to a wide and diverse population. We expect engagement with the most trying issues of the day, deep innovative research, and a willingness to work with partners offering leverage and opportunity. Our goal is to take design and architecture out into the world where they can offer hope in the face of environmental and political crisis.
At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO), we encourage and practice a vibrant engagement with design at all scales, from body to environment. The Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture program is founded upon the notion that different concepts of design are entering public discourse and design practices and are constantly evolving in our fast-changing world. Designers need to be comfortable with uncertainty and complexity, often having to locate their creative imagination outside disciplinary boundaries. They become agents of design, entrepreneurs developing hubs of activity linking art, design, science, business, and culture. The AIADO department responds with significant alternatives in education. Our faculty believes that future designers need to be thinking designers, practitioners willing to explore unknown territory and engage problems not yet defined. Traversing through multiple domains of knowledge will be essential, as will acknowledgement of risk taking as a path to opportunity generated from discovery-led work. Students in AIADO build dexterity through deep explorations in independent studios and collaborative partnerships. This methodology facilitates our students' ability to translate meaningful ideas into meaningful objects and environments, and challenges the fluid borderline that outlines design, opening the profession to unexpected possibilities. We take play and risk seriously. We give freedom with one hand while expecting accountability with the other. By engaging open platforms for rigorous thinking and making, we are cultivating a new kind of relevance for future designers and architects. We launch individual voices that are willing to lead, envisioning potential futures while honoring traditions and changing the field from the inside out.
- Art & Design
- Community Design
- Digital Fabrication
- Historic Preservation
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Industry Collaborations
- Interior Design
- Materials And Construction