Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the roster of more than 60 participating firms and artists in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will run from Oct. 3, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016. The participants were chosen by Biennial co-artistic directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, who were backed by an advisory council that includes David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA; Elizabeth Diller; Jeanne Gang, FAIA; Frank Gehry, FAIA; Sylvia Lavin; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Lord Peter Palumbo; and Stanley Tigerman, FAIA.
Titled The State of the Art of Architecture, the exposition “is an occasion to explore the inspiring work that a new architectural generation is producing,” Grima said in a press release. The biennial, which will be the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, grew out of Mayor Emanuel’s vision for showcasing the city’s architecture and Chicago’s 2012 cultural plan developed by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and its commissioner, Michelle Boone.
The architecture and design firms listed below will present their work as part of the Biennial exhibition in the Chicago Cultural Center and at iconic sites throughout the city, including Millennium Park, City Gallery in the historic Water Tower Place, 72 E. Randolph St., and the Stony Island Arts Bank. The final list of participants will be confirmed in the coming months.