Please join us for A Generational Conversation on Sketching with Stanley Tigerman, John Ronan, and Design With Company moderated by Thomas Kelley at Volume Gallery.

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Stanley Tigerman
A principal in the Chicago architectural and design firm of Tigerman McCurry and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Stanley Tigerman has thus far designed over 450 buildings and installations around the world throughout his 51 years in private practice. He was the founding member of “The Chicago Seven” as well as the Chicago Architectural Club. In 2008, Mr. Tigerman was named the recipient of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education as well as the AIA Illinois Gold Medal in recognition of outstanding lifetime service. This year, Stanley Tigerman was honored by AIA Chicago with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. The author of seven books, he recently completed an essay on “erring” for Perspecta, Yale Architecture School’s journal due out in the fall and is currently working on his next manuscript on “Aura: Unattainable Architectural Longings.”

John Ronan
John Ronan FAIA is founding principal of the firm and serves as Lead Designer on all projects the office undertakes. He is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. John holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. In 1999, he was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm was the winner of the prestigious Perth Amboy High School Design Competition in 2004, a two-stage international design competition to design a 472,000 square foot high school in New Jersey. In December 2000, he was named as a member of the Design Vanguard by Architectural Record magazine, and in January 2005 he was selected to The Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices program. John has lectured widely and his work has been exhibited internationally, including the Art Institute of Chicago and The Architectural League of New York's Urban Center. His work has been included in numerous publications on design and covered extensively by the international design press. A monograph on his work, entitled Explorations, published by Princeton Architectural Press was released in 2010. His firm has been the recipient of two AIA Institute National Honor Awards (for the Poetry Foundation and The Gary Comer Youth Center, both in Chicago).

John is currently Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, where he has taught since 1992. His interests include drawing, writing and fly fishing. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

Design With Company
Design With Company was founded by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer in 2010.

The work of Design With Company explores the territory between the architectural and the literary, real and unreal, mundane and fantastic. We think these qualities can coexist in a type of work we call fabulous architecture. We like buildings that have a story; that look like they might get up and start walking around. We want our constructions to be characters in the theater of everyday life, not just settings or passive containers of activity. Therefore, the architectural fabulous should be understood to include both the everyday sense of the term, as well how architecture might relate to fables: the genre of literature that makes characters of animals and plants through anthropomorphization. In our work, we borrow primordial, vegetal and bestial forms from nature for their mythic and narrative capacity. Our design interventions suggest hidden realms within the everyday world through textual and visual stories, speculative urban scenarios, installations and small-scale interactive constructions. We don’t limit ourselves to what the world should be, thus repeating what we already know. Instead, we produce what could be, exploring and expressing new potentials and opening up possibilities. Things built and things imagined go into rendering the world wondrous, and full of mystery and surprise by bringing spectators together in a seemingly endless and pleasurably indeterminate creative process. We set out to reveal the “construction” of reality while giving everyone a good show.

Thomas Kelley
Thomas Kelley received his M.Arch from Princeton University and his B.Arch from the University of Virginia. Thomas is the recipient of the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo and the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture.

Volume Gallery
Volume Gallery focuses on American design, with a strong emphasis placed on emerging contemporary designers. The Volume Gallery releases editions, publications and organizes exhibits that showcase the work of American designers to regional, national and international audiences. We are asking critical questions of what it means to be an American designer in a culture that is rapidly becoming more global, while simultaneously examining the American experience.