University of Illinois Chicago (Matthew)

The Shape of Cool

  • A Final Post

    This will be the final post of this blog.

    It has been a long run here on the Archinect School Blog . Though my posts slowed to a near stand still in this last year, I did not want to just let it fade away without saying anything. 

    The choice of today to post my final post is not random. I finished my schooling (perhaps forever) at UIC earlier this year graduating with an M.Arch and the MAD-Crit. Today I changed sides of the desk, so to speak, and started teaching my first studio at UW-Milwaukee SARUP, my undergrad alma mater for anyone keeping track.

    So this is it. The end. But before I sign off, there are a few thank yous to take care of.

    Thank You to Archinect, its editors, contributors and readers (even the trolls). I think that what is happening here is very important as a sounding board on which the profession and academia come together, for better or for worse.

    Thank You to UIC, the faculty, administration, and students. Never a dull moment at that school. 

    And final, to my Classmates. It was a wonderful run with a class that I think will go down as one of the Vanguards of this era in UIC's history. 

    Cheers Everyone


    I'll end where we started.

    Two Weeks in the Life

  • Nearing the End

    Though I  have not been posting to this blog much lately, it is not due to lack of writing. In fact I writing is almost all I have been doing as I near the end of my Masters of Arts in Design Criticism. I have not been around the studios as much this year, leaving me less to update everyone on...

  • TONIGHT! Lecture | Steve Everett

    Brave the cold tonight, and come to see our new Dean, Steve Everett.Jan.27 20145:30pm1100 A+D Studios (formerly AA building)Reception 6:30pm 

  • Final Semester

    After four years of undergrad and nearly four of grad school , the end is nigh.As I am not around the school much anymore, I have not had as much to post on this blog in the last semester or so.  I spend most of my time at home writing, punctuated with the occasional competition outside of...

  • Spatial and Cultural Implications of The Twilight Zone

    I apologize for the long silence.  This semester has been like no other I have ever had as I am no longer working on Architecture, per se.  Currently,  I am finishing up the final coarse work for the Masters of Art and Design Criticism. What this means is that I am rarely around...

  • Lecture | Greg Lynn

    First lecture of the school year.  Be there. September 26 5:30pm • 1100 A+D Studios Greg Lynn Owner, Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles

  • Witnessing Novelty

    Witnessing Novelty is a tumblr maintained by...  I am really not sure.  But it is definitely someone within UIC.  The unexplained, untitled phone snaps, are a ground level view of the work from the school, abstractly presented.  It seems to be regularly updated with old and...

  • Fall 2013 Graduate Open House

    Come One! Come All! Come anyone interested in earning and M.Arch or MAD-Crit at UIC. October 4, 2013 4:30*–7:30pm A+D Studios Building (Formerly AA) 845 West Harrison Street "The School of Architecture promotes architecture as a cultural practice of organizing information, of intelligently...

  • The Western Town | A Theory of Aggregation

    The culmination of a long research process "The Western Town: A Theory of Aggregation" looks at, none other than, the western towns of the United States. Edited by a former UIC Faculty, currently of the ETH Future Cities Labratory in Singapore, Alex Lehnerer, the book includes a forward by...

  • AIA Chicago Student Award | Ryan Hernandez

    Close on Kevin Pazik's heels for the AIA Student Award was fellow recent grad Ryan Hernandez.  Her project focused on the oft ignored built environment of the graveyard, and was awarded an Honorable Mention. Ash Park Cemetery by Ryan Hernandez "The faceted and torquing geometry lends...

  • AIA Chicago Student Award | Kevin Pazik

    We are going to start this school year with some rapid fire posts and a look back at some events from this summer.  Perhaps of most note, where the large number of Awards won by UIC Students and Faculty in the last few months.  As mentioned, Faculty Thomas Kelly, will be shooting off to...

  • Beginning of the End

    Today was the my last first day of school.  This will be my eighth year of school in the last ten years (there was a break in there for the War).  As I am essentially done with my M.Arch curriculum, I will not have any design classes this year.  The next two semesters will be...


    Cloudz Watching, is a new tumblr started by those with interests in the young  Midwest Architecture scene centered around the faculty and students of UIC, UK, Michigan and Ohio State, with a little love from the LA crowd.  Cloudz Watching is a mix of theory, unbuilt work, and general...

  • DOUBLE STORY | Nayereh Pater-Rov

    Some Work DOUBLE STORY | Nayereh Pater-Rov The size of the suburban house has grown in various ways and for many reasons throughout the development of the suburb. This project is interested in the growth of interior walls in such that it creates spaces which are beneficial for a specific...

  • Breaking the Silence

    Please do not misconstrue my long silence as a lack of activity.   Among other things since the end of the school year, about 4 weeks ago, I have moved to LA for the summer to work with a friend.  I am enjoying the sun (I work outside in everyday).  Especially considering that it...

  • 2013YES

    And we're done! With final reviews wrapping up today another year of school has closed.  Much more on that soon. After a long silence I will be starting a long series of post on projects from this semester, and perhaps a retrospective of the past three years. Until then, everyone should stop...

  • Rome Prize | Thomas Kelley

    UIC at it again with the Rome Prize! Congratulations to Thomas Kelley.  His work can be found here.  Here is a quick look at Thomas' recent undergrad students' works at UIC.   Exactly Wrong - Robert Becker This is the Second Rome Prize won by SOA@UIC Faculty in the last three...

  • Lecture | Michael Webb

    Lecture April 16 6pm • 1100 A+A Michael Webb Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union New York

  • Open House

    I just wanted to give a shout out to all of the Accepted Grads that came (an didn't come) to the Open House this last weekend.  It was great to meet you all, and I hope every had an enlightening time.  I always enjoy the open houses as they help me reflect on why I go to UIC. For any of...

  • Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship | Candidate Public Presentations

    The UIC School of Architecture is proud to announce the three finalists in the inaugural search of the Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship for the 2013–2014 academic year. Named in honor of architect and educator Doug Garofalo (1958–2011), this newly established nine-month teaching...

  • Lecture:Mirko Zardini

    MONDAY NIGHT Mirko Zardini Director and Chief Curator, Canadian Centre for Architecture Montreal Lecture March 11 6pm • 1100 A+A

  • The Risk of Failure

    In a recent article of our Interim Dean Robert Somol posses a question to an OSA architectural network workshop and students from the Manchester School of Architecture.  Somol asks, "How do we mobilize the risk of failure in a world that demands...

  • FreshMeat/Possible Mediums

    There has been a flurry of activity over at the FreshMeat website this year, and in the last week a handful of interesting articles have popped up. First is the Possible Mediums: Rapid Reactions. "This post will consist of our experience and interactions at Possible Mediums."  In the...

  • FreshMeat + Knowlton + Archizines

    OHIO PEOPLE! Fresh Meat, UIC's Architecture Journal is coming your way! "Fresh Meat has been invited by One: Twelve, the Knowlton School of Architecture’s student journal, to join them in a panel—titled Little Architectures: Publishing, Prose, and Practice—that will prelude the...

  • Portfolio Day 2013

    Come One, Come All Friday, February 1 6-730pm

  • Studio Zago

    And we are back, and this is our last semester of Architecture school, ever. After a long semester of research into the form and techniques of Incusion, we start our journey into the application of those  technique to achieve "Novel Effects." What exactly those Effects are... I will let you...

  • Looking In Climbing Up

    I don't believe I ever posted this project. This was a competition entry for the ComEd Powerful Design Competition here in Chicago.  The brief was to design a new Lineworker training facility for ComEd, a power distribution company.   This was our Second Place entry. Team...

  • Studio Berlin 2012

    In true Studio Berlin fashion, this last summer's group has put together a short film on their escapades throughout Europe.  Enjoy!

  • A GO GO

    As promised here is a look at the final product from Sam Jacob and Jimenez Lai's Repitition Studio. But First.  I wanted to thank everyone for reading this blog and making it one of the Top 12 blogs on Archinect.  Very Awesome.  Thank You.   For the mid-term I investigated the...

  • Final Push

    Only a few days left in the semester. Finals one Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Third Year Grad finals will be all day Wednesday.  Mine in the Afternoon. Stop by and take a look. Here is a peak at one of my drawings.

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