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  • Slump Blog

    Students of Kelly Bair's elective have started a blog to document their findings.  Check it here! "Slump examines the formal aesthetics and material sensibilities that result in the pairing of rudimentary form making methods (casting, carving, drape forming etc.) with the precision of...


  • Clumsy Forms

    Instead of thesis, UIC uses a system of directed research during one's final year of our M.Arch program.  The first semester of the final year includes a Research Seminar and the second semester, a studio that formalizes that research into an Architectural Project. An final example of this...


  • Lecture | Marlon Blackwell

    I truly hope that some Archinect readers were able to make it to the Michael Maltzon Lecture this past Monday.  Maltzon eloquently layed out convinsing arguments for his experience based formal practice and its ability to be socially conscious while stunningly beautiful.   Next on the...


  • Plastic Politics

    From the begining of this blog my goal has been to highlight the work or my class and document the Graduate school experience at UIC.  I am going to take a quick brake from showing last semesters projects (there will be a handful more coming soon) to talk about the school a little bit. Last...

    Dir.Somol at Taubman College



  • Taxidermy of Architecture by Nayereh Pater-Rov

    TAXIDERMY OF ARCHITECTURE [A CHICAGO MUSEUM]            Nayereh Pater-Rov          This project is a selection of architectural taxidermy. Interest lies in assigning program to a collection of plans and...


  • Assemblage City by Mark Cunningham

    Mark Cunningham's Interior Urbanism project "Assemblage City" for ARCH553 with  Prof. Alexander Eisenschmidt    


  • Michael Maltzan Lecture

    Come one, Come All Not gunna lie, I'm kinda excited about this one. Lecture January 23 6pm • 1100 A+A   Michael Maltzan Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture Los Angeles  


  • Old Work: Parallax

    These are some of my final results from Spring 2011 semester studio with Penelope Dean and Andrew Moddrell. read more about it in these older posts.   Or check out my updated website for full imagery and more drawings! www.matthewmessner.com Parallax An exploration through iterative...


  • The Work of Adrianne Jørgensen

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    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Adrianne Jørgensen


  • SEM3

    I am finally awake after a three week nap following last semester which ended in early December.  I though that I would show at least a few images of my project as it ended up.  Read the earlier post on Interior City to get the low down on this project. Here. Interior Viewing Apparatus...


  • Three Weeks

    So as some may have noticed, I have neglected this blog a bit more then I would have preferred this semester.  In my defense this semester has been a non-stop production/review/sleepless string of interior urbanism,  Dubious Desires, sheer/moment diagrams and building...


  • Ed Dimendberg

      Ed Dimendberg Professor, University of California, Irvine Lecture November 11 6pm, 1100 A+A  


  • John McMorrough

    be there


  • Interior City

    Interior City is an investigation into interior shape, space, and form.  The project is manifested in a series of specialized spaces that agrigate through normative Typical Plan floor plates.  Those plates conversely are affected by those spaces. The initial interest...


  • Playing a Little Catch Up

    OK...   So I have not been as active on here as last semester.  As professed by former students, this semester has been one of the most demanding of my collage career.   Here is what has been happening...   The classes... ARCH573 Structures ARCH563 Tech III w/ Andrew Moddrell...


  • Never Too Much UIC

    For those that have not noticed yet there is a new School Blogger from UIC on Archinect.  BW GUSTAFSON is a first year M.Arch student.  Welcome Welcome BW GUSTAFSON.     I have been a bit behind on here, but will be making some very large updates up on here soon. 


  • Graduate Open House

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    Come and see it for yourself! Graduate School Open House! Arts & Architecture Building Oct.7 2011 4:15-7:00pm


  • DuptUS Open Forum

    The Department of Urban Speculation cordially invites all interested parties to attend an open forum introducing the Department and our next phase of speculation. Thursday, the Twenty-Ninth of September, 2011 at six-fifteen in the evening. DeptUS Office, Henry Hall, Room 106, University of...



  • Graduate Open House

    Come and see it for yourself! Graduate School Open House! Arts & Architecture Building Oct.7 2011 4:15-7:00pm


  • DuptUS Open Forum

    The Department of Urban Speculation cordially invites all interested parties to attend an open forum introducing the Department and our next phase of speculation. Thursday, the Twenty-Ninth of September, 2011 at six-fifteen in the evening. DeptUS Office, Henry Hall, Room 106, University of...



  • UIC Lecture Series Fall 2011

    wow new blogging platform .   Fall has arrived in Chicago (and everywhere else with the solstice I guess), and with that the SOA@UIC Lecture Series. 28 September- Michelle Addington (YSOA) 21 October- Kees Christiaanse (KCAP Architects & Planners) 24 October- John McMorrough (TCAUP...


  • UIC Lecture Series Fall 2011

    Fall has arrived in Chicago (and everywhere else with the equinox I guess), and with that the SOA@UIC Lecture Series. 28 September- Michelle Addington (YSOA) 21 October- Kees Christiaanse (KCAP Architects & Planners) 24 October- John McMorrough (TCAUP, University of Michigan) 7 November- Freek...


  • Sexi Plexi

    Jason Mould's Artifact from today's review. Quote of the day. (In reference to Eric Hoffman's presentation) "so... your project is... what?"- Jimenez Lai


  • Copenhagen Wrap Up

    Here we go. I am back in Chicago after a summer in Copenhagen and other various Nordic lands. (I actually have been for a bit, started school on AUG22). I thought I would take a second to thank all the people that made the summer what it was. So... Thank you to the Danish Institute of Study...



  • Pavilioning

    Here is a look at the final product from StudioBerlin2011. Video by Spirit of Space. Stay tuned for highlights from my Denmark Studio. Cheers



  • Copenhagen Design Exhibition 2011

    The Public Exhibition for our work here in Copenhagen for the Danish Instatute of Study Abroad. A lot more on this with project posted soon. hope to see you there if you are in CPH! Thursday August 11th and Friday August 12th 11:00 - 20:00 KARCH Danneskiold Samsøes Allé 51, Entrance...


  • Insights from the StudioBerlin

    Another more in-depth look at what drives StudioBerlin... Insights from the StudioBerlin team about our inspirations for the architectural installation at Tempelhof in Berlin. Many thanks to Spirit of Space for producing this great film.hello my name is studioBerlin 2011 from Spirit of Space on...



  • Introducing Studio Berlin

    Meet the funky Studio Berliners.



  • Studio Berlin

    What happens when you send a group of UIC Architecture students to Berlin for the summer? Well... The world is about to know. Here is what we know so far... "StudioBerlin is a workshop based in Berlin in collaberation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Universität der...



  • A Great Loss at UIC: Doug Garofalo

    This is a letter sent out by our Director Robert Somol "It is with deep sadness that I convey the news of Doug Garofalo’s passing on Sunday July 31, one day before his 53rd birthday. As many in the College and professional architectural community were aware, Doug had been...


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