Principal Larry Kearns will discuss key projects and initiatives that the firm has been involved in Chicago.

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Wheeler Kearns is an award-winning collective practice of architects based in Chicago, Illinois. Their office is devoted to a critical pursuit and practice of architecture. They believe in the search for spaces which define a full, rich, and dignified way of life.  

Kept purposefully small, their office endeavors to focus attention on every detail throughout a project, no matter how small. Exercising this discipline is essential to the creation of Architecture.  

Relying on the participatory atmosphere of a studio, their process involves clients, engineers, consultants, and contractors in the development of structures which respond to desire, function and budget. After devoting their efforts to finding the "emotional center" of a project early on, they collaborate to develop solutions that reinforce it. Simple, direct solutions are held in high esteem. Their work ranges in scale and type; from the design of a door lever to a theater arts center for a college; from an elementary school to an indoor ice rink; from a children's museum to a painter's studio.

Their work includes residences of various scales, programs, budgets for all walks of life. They remain committed to the optimistic pursuit of architecture in the design of buildings, interiors, landscapes, furniture, and urban design to ensure the realization of unified projects, regardless of their magnitude.

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This event is organized by Iker Gil as part of the exhibition “BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago” on display at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.