Chicago Architecture Biennial features Princeton Faculty and Alumni

The School of Architecture is proud to congratulate Princeton University faculty and alumni contributions to the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened October 3rd.

Titled The State of the Art of Architecture, the biennial set out to explore the ambitions, challenges and possibilities fueling the architectural imagination today and steering the future of the field.  In total, over 100 architects and artists—representing more than 30 countries—were selected by Biennial Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, who are supported by an advisory committee comprising David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lord Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman. The Biennial’s full roster of participating architects and artists is the outcome of intensive research on contemporary architectural practices and issues around the world, which included visits to Beijing, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mexico City, and other cities.

“During our research, we have had conversations with hundreds of architects working in radically different cultural, social, and economic conditions,” Grima commented. “The Biennial is an occasion to explore the inspiring work that a new architectural generation is producing.”

Princeton alumni included Carrie Norman (M.Arch. '10) and Thomas Kelley (M.Arch. '09), of Norman Kelley; Bryony Robers (M.Arch. '11), of Bryony Roberts Studio, and Urtzi Grau (Ph.D., 2012), of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism + University of Technology Sydney.  Yasmin Vobis (M.Arch. '09) and Aaron Forrest (M.Arch. '08), of Ultramoderne, collaborated with Brett Schneider (M. Eng., '00, M.Arch. '01) and won the Lakefront Kiosk Competition for their lakefront kiosk, "Chicago Horizon."

Irene Sunwoo (Ph.D. '13) served as the Associate Curator of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Assistant Professor Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample (M.Arch. '03), co-founders and principals of MOS Architects, built a prototype of House No.11 (Corridor House). This 500 square foot house is the size of corridors in many suburban single family houses.  On their website, they describe House No.11 (Corridor House) as resembling "suburban vernacular corridors...with the openness of a Miesian courtyard house."

Recent SoA visiting faculty exhibiting at the Chicago Biennial included Andrés Jaque, Liam Young, and Junya Ishigami.

The 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial is on view until January 3, 2016.


Note: Paragraph 2 and 3 above were taken from the Chicago Architecture Biennial's Press Release, "Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Final Roster of International Participants for Inaugural 2015 Edition," dated August 13, 2015.  More info.