Influenced by the working process of international architect David Adjaye, "Materials Inside and Out" invites museum visitors of all ages to discover how architects use building materials, like wood, fabric, ceramic tiles, laminates, paint, stone, and plastics to create form and atmosphere. Visitors can handle material samples, make sketches, and arrange them to create a "mood board," just as professional architects like David Adjaye and his team do in their studio. By investigating the qualities of a material, visitors have the opportunity to consider how texture, color, and cultural context create a specific feel, and how materials affect the way we experience architecture inside and out, from personal spaces, to galleries in the museum, to the buildings of Chicago.