Unifying an urban campus to support a vision of collaboration
A diverse community with collective aspirations, the School of the Art Institute Chicago demands placemaking which reconciles the spirit, rigor, and quality of the art it creates. Strategically located, a network of collaboration spaces form a system of identifiable spatial events throughout the campus path that creatively optimize facilities.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) engaged a team at Cannon Design to analyze their urban campus with the goal of uniting a loose collection of buildings into an integrated academic and artistic community. At the heart of this process was the definition of program and conceptual ideas for a student union and fitness center. We conceived a network of spaces supporting SAIC’s vision of teaching, learning, collaborating and inspiring within the context of the school’s leased and owned facilities.
Cannon Design researched peer institutions to benchmark space requirements and assist in prioritizing individual projects. The urban setting of the school drove major design elements and spaces to engage the energy of the city. The conceptual strategy fosters a sense of community by defining active, multi-use activity zones and creating common signature features within the those zones.
Role: principal investigator, vision and technical design support, co-facilitator of Master Planning process
Location: Chicago, IL, US
Additional Credits: project work completed with Cannon Design, all images copyright Cannon Design