News, Presentations and Publications


Exhibition: Chicago Architecture Biennial, October 3, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Publication: "Projects," 30 Years of Emerging Voices, Princeton Architectural Press,
June 30th, 2015.

Publication: "Filter Island," MAS Context, Legacy Issue, 25-26, Spring- Summer 2015.

In the News: "Waters Free to Circulate," by Fabrizio Gallanti, Abitare, Issue 544 (pgs 49-55), May 05, 2015.

In the News: "Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Inaugural Lineup," by Janelle Zara, Architectural Record, April 14, 2015.

In the News: "List of architects for Chicago Biennial begins to take shape ," by Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune, April 14, 2015.

Exhibition: “College/Town Hybrids," East Lansing 2030: Collegeville Re-Envisioned, Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (open thru August 2015).

Lecture: “Softscape via Pipe,” Society of Architectural Historians Annual International Conference, The Gratz Center, Chicago, April 18, 2015.

Lecture: “Recent Work,” Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York City, March 25, 2015.

Lecture: “WET Zone,” The Calumet Collaborations, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, January 26, 2015.

In the News: "After the Spire," by Ian Spula, Chicago Magazine, Arts & Culture Section, January 28, 2015.

In the News: "Town / Gown, Architects speculate on the future of East Lansing and Michigan State University" by Chris Bentley, Architects Newspaper, January 2, 2015.


Exhibition: “Great Lakes Aqueduct," Chicagoisms Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, April 05 – January 4, 2015.

Award: AIA Chicago: Distinguished Building Honor Award, 2014, for: Morgan Street Live + Work, Chicago, IL.

Award: AIA Chicago: Unbuilt Design Award, Special Recognition, 2014, for: MoMA PS1, New York.

Lecture: Freedomland Chicago,” Princeton University, School of Architecture, November 14, 2014.

In the News: "AIA Chicago Reveals Design Excellence Award Winners," by Leah Demirjian, Architect Magazine, October 27, 2014.

In the News: "Morgan Street Live+Work," Residential Architect Magazine, October 27, 2014.

In the News: "Ancona School Planning an Outdoor Learning Space," by Daschell Phillips, Hyde Park Herald, October 29, 2014.

Book It: "AIA Guide to Chicago," edited by Alice Sinkevitch and Laurie McGovern Petersen, project included: Morgan Street Live + Work.

In the News: "A new Plan of Chicago: 12 ways to heal a city," by the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, September 18, 2014.

In the News: "Chicago’s Shane Campbell Gallery Will Move to New 8,500-Square-Foot Space," by Dan Duray, Art News, September 23, 2014.

In the News: "Exhibition Review: Chicagoisms," by Zach Edelson, Architectural Record, September 16, 2014.

Lecture: Mega Sites,” Academy of Art University, San Francisco, September 5, 2014.

On disPLAY: Great Holes of Chicago Putt-Putt Mini Golf 3-hole course, National AIA Convention 2014, #GreatHolesOfChicago

On TV: "Architectural Gems of Chicago," Blair Kamin discussing UrbanLab's exhibit at the Art Institute, interviewed on Chicago Tonight, WTTW, May 01, 2014.

In the News: "The City as a Catalyst for Architectural Speculation," by Patrick Sisson, Dwell Magazine, May 16, 2014.

In the News: Chicagoisms: a Small Gallery Stuffed with Big Architectural Ideas," by Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune, Cityscapes, April 9, 2014.

In the News: Radical Old, Futuristic New: 9 Visions for Chicago," by Shaunacy Ferro, Fast Company, April 15, 2014.

In the News: Exhibition at Art Insititute of Chicago Examines the City's Architectural Legacy and Future Potential," Art Daily, April 19, 2014.

Publication: “EcoBoulevards in Chicago," in Designing Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Integrating Rainwater into Building Systems, by Novak, Giesen, DeBusk, Wiley, 2014.

Grant: “New Realism in Architecture," Publication (Book) Grant, Graham Foundation, April 2014.

Lecture: “New Realism in Architecture,” The Design School, Arizona State University, March 19, 2014.

Jury Roundtable: Emerging Vision Competition Award Discussion, Graham Foundation, Chicago, March 13, 2014.

Jury: 2014 Emerging Vision Competition Award, Chicago Architectural Club, March 11, 2014.

Lecture: “Projecting Architecture,” Convocation Lecture, College of Arts + Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, January 8, 2014.


Presentation: “The Scale of Water in Chicago,” After the City, the City Forum, Chicago Expander at Archeworks, Chicago Architecture Foundation, December 18, 2013.

Lecture: “Collegeville Re-Envisioned," Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, November 13, 2013.

Award: AIA Chicago: Sustainability Leadership Award, 2013, for: MoMA PS1, NYC

In the News: Chicago Architect, Sustainability Leadership Awards, Virtual Water, MoMA PS1, NYC, November/December 2013, Pg 48.

Cited In the News: See the Top AIA Winners, Crain's, October 25, 2013.

Lecture: “Recent Work," University of Michigan Taubman College, October 25, 2013.

Exhibition: City Works: artifacts/ideas from the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012), Chicago Cultural Center, Expo 72 (72 E Randolph St), May 24 - October 1, 2013.

Gallery Talk: City Works: artifacts/ideas from the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012), Chicago Cultural Center, Expo 72 (72 E Randolph St), September 18, 2013.

Exhibition: Sharing Space: Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design, Art Institute Chicago, Gallery 283 - 285, April 06 - August 18, 2013.

Exhibition: Take Me to the River, Building Chicago's New Waterfront, Chicago Architecture Foundation, June - December, 2013.

Cited In the News: Purdom, Gwendolyn, City Works Exhibit Presses the Issue of Our Urban Potential, Curbed Chicago, September 3, 2013

Cited In the News: Mercurio, Frank, City Works: Provocations for Chicago's Urban Future, Time Out Chicago, September 10, 2013.

Cited In the News: Hill, John, Making Architecture Public, World Architects eMagazine, September 23, 2013.

Cited In the News: Metcalfe, John, Chicago Has Loads of Surreal, Never-Built Visionary Architecture, The Atlantic Cities, August 21, 2013.

Presentation: “Bottom-up and Top-Down Actions," Educating Activists Conference, University of California, Berkeley, April 19, 2013.

Cited In the News: Ferruelo, Elizabeth, Sustainability, by Design, Forbes, April 16, 2013.

Presentation: “Free Trade Zone Urbanism," ACSA 101: New Constellations / New Ecologies, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, March 22, 2013.

Presentation: “Wet Actions," Call to Action, An Intervention of Living Sustainably, Chicago West Loop, March 05, 2013.

In the News: Coorens, Elaine, Grand Ave New Home of an Instant Building in West Town, Our Urban Times, February 06, 2013.

Presentation: “Urban Metabolism," Woltz Symposium: Quasi Objects/World Objects/Hyper Objects, New Classifications for the Urban Metabolism, University of Virginia, February 8-9, 2013.


Exhibition: Venice Biennale, the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, in Common Ground, curated by David Chipperfield; exhibit titled: Fresh Water District, @ the Arsenale, August 29 – November 25, 2012.

Exhibition: MoMA, Young Architects Program (YAP) 2012, Curated by Pedro Gadanho, June 28 – September 03, 2012.

Publication: “Too Big to Fail,” in City Catalyst, Architecture in the Age of Extreme Urbanization, Architectural Design (AD), Wiley, London, 2012.

Juror: Future Prentice, 2012 Chicago Prize, Chicago Architectural Club, November 15, 2012.

Quoted in: Grossman, Ron, “Wolf Point History Puts Scrutiny on Proposed Project,” Chicago Tribune, November 16, 2012.

Presentation: Growing Water: A Conversation with Students and Faculty,” University of Buffalo, Moderator: Laura Garofalo, November 14, 2012.

Presentation: "Vertical Farming in Chicago,” Controlled Environment Sustainable Urban Agriculture: State of Play panel discussion, Chicago Architecture Foundation & Chicago Ideas Week, October 10, 2012.

Presentation: "UrbanLab: Opportunistic Urbanism," Visionary Cities: Urban and Architectural Features, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, September 22, 2012.

In the News: Merkel, Jayne, "Preview: Americans in Venice," Architectural Record, June 19, 2012.

Presentation:“Lobbying for Urbanism,” AA/UIC Summer Program (Architectural Association/University of Illinois Chicago), w/ Alexander Eisenschmidt, August 14, 2012.

Publication: “Free Water District,” in Common Ground, Issue 13: Ecologics, A. Lawrence and A. Schafer, eds., Boston, 2012, pgs 62-65.

Presentation: "Politics of Vertical Farming," Vertical Farm Conference, University of Maryland, September 26, 2012.

Citation: Truckey, S.C., "Floating Ideas in Venice," Chicago Architect, Sept/Oct, 2012.

Intern News: "Bowdoin Senior Sees the Future of Urban Design," Bowdoin Daily Sun, July 23, 2012.

Presentation: Ecologics Mini-Symposium, Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street, NYC, June 08, 2012.

In the News: Global News (Brazil), Chicago é a terra de onde vem o primeiro presidente negro dos Estados Unidos, Reporter: Jorge Pontual, UrbanLab discusses Water/Energy ideas for Chicago, 33:00-37:00 (video timeline), May 2012.

Presentation: Manufacturing Landscapes Symposium, UIUC School of Architecture, 1414 Kingsbury, Chicago, May 19, 2012.

Award: AIA Chicago: Small Project Award, Citation of Merit, 2012
for: Art Chicago Video Arcade, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Publication: “Free Water District,” in Praxis Journal of Writing + Building, Issue 13: Ecologics, A. Lawrence and A. Schafer, eds., Boston, 2012, pgs 62-65.

Citation: Rocha, Raissa, "A Peerless Opportunity," Chicago Architect, May/June, 2012.

Citation: Finch, Lauren, "Small Projects are Anything but Ordinary," Chicago Architect, May/June, 2012.

Competition Finalist: Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Competition Finalist: PS1 MoMA, Queens, NY

Exhibition: Navy Pier Finalists, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Atrium Gallery, 224 South Michigan Ave, exhibit opens February 1, 2012.

Citation: Brake, Allan, "Navy Pier: Pier Review," Architects Newspaper, 02, March 7, 2012.

Citation: MoMA PS1, Bauwelt, 11.12, March 9, 2012.

Citation: Brake, Allan, "PS1: A Burst of Blue," Architects Newspaper, 02, March 7, 2012.

Blogosphere: ArchDaily, MoMA PS1, Virtual Water.

Presentation: The Great Pier: UrbanLab, !melk, HOK, Thirst, Terry Guen, Zoe Ryan, and Conservation Design Forum, AIA Chicago, Feb 20, 2012.

TV: Chicago Tonight (WTTW), Navy Pier Redesign, Yasmin Rammohan, Jan 31, 2012.

Presentation: The Great Pier, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Jan 31, 2012.

Blogosphere: ArchDaily, Great Pier, Re-imagining Navy Pier.

In the News: Architect Magazine, What's Next: UrbanLab, How the firm's research into Chicago's infrastructure led to a new project, Jan 17, 2012.

Juror:  2012 Steedman Fellowship in Architecture International Design Competition., College of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, April 2, 2012.


Award: AIA Chicago: Regional & Urban Design Honor Award, 2011, for: Farming the Stockyards, Chicago, IL

Publication: “Salt-Burbs,” in Making a Case, 306090 Books, Volume 14, E. Abruzzo, G. Bodziak and J. Solomon, eds., New York, 2011, pgs 21-33.

Publication: Galindo, Michelle, “Hennepin House,” in Masterpieces, Country House Architecture + Design, Braun Publishing, Germany, 2011, pgs 228-31.

Citation: Roecker, Gretchen, “Gray, Green or In Between: Solutions to Flooding as Rain Increases with Warmer Temperatures,” Medill Reports, Northwestern University, October 18, 2011.

Juror: 2011 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, Seattle, WA, October 24, 2011.

Presentation: "Chicago's Water: Protecting Our Precious Resource," Chicago Council on Science and Technology Conference, Chicago, IL, October 13, 2011.

Discussion:Design on the Edge, Disussion with Chicago's Leading Visionary
Architects,” Fienberg Theater, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Tuesday October 4, 2011, 6-7:30pm.

Publication: “The New Neighborly,” in Design on the Edge, S. Tigerman and W. Martin, eds., Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, 2011.

Citation: Dean, Penelope, “Under the Cover of Green,” in Fast-Forward Urbanism, Rethinking Architecture’s Engagement with the City, D. Cuff and R. Sherman, eds, Princeton Architectural Press, 2011, pgs. 62-74.

Exhibition:Design on the Edge, Chicago Architects Reimagine Neighborhoods,” Chicago Architecture Foundation, Oct 4, 2011 - Jan 20, 2012.

Lecture: “Speculative Design with Water,” Urban Water, Urban Form Conference, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, September 21, 2011.

Radio Interview:Heavy rains put extra pressure on the Deep Tunnel,” Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, Eight Forty-Eight, June 21, 2011.

Podcast:Using the Grid to Get Off the Grid,” AIA Podnet, Architecture Knowledge Review, May 12, 2011.

Presentation: “Using the Grid to Get Off the Grid,” AIA National Convention, New Orleans, May 12, 2011.

Lecture: “Recent Work,” Washington University, Sam Fox School, April 25, 2011.

Lecture: “UrbanLab,” University of Kansas, April 8, 2011.

Lecture: “Growing Water,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 6, 2011.

Lecture: “Ecological Infrastructure in/around CH/IL,” Judson University, March 18, 2011.

Presentation/Exhibition: “Critical Infrastructures: New American Approaches,” The Architecture Foundation, London, March 16, 2011.

Lecture: "Civic Space Through Ecological Urbanism," Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, March 10, 2011.

Presentation: “Chicago Infra,” Where Do You Stand Conference, 2011 ACSA Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 3-6, 2011.

Lecture: “UrbanLab,” Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, February 16, 2011.

Citation: Beatley, Timothy. “Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning,” Island Press, October 25, 2010.

Lecture: “Workshopping Chicago,” with Jonathan Solomon, Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, February 7, 2011.

Presentation: “Growing Water,” Fourth Natures: Mediated Landscapes Conference, University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Canada, February 4-5, 2011.


Lecture: “Green Infrastructure,” Princeton University, School of Architecture, November 29, 2010.

Publication: “Growing Water,” in Infrastructure as Architecture: Designing Composite Networks, K. Stoll and S. Lloyd, eds., Jovis Verlag GmbH, Berlin, 2010.

Lecture: “BlueBuild,” GreenBuild @ Chicago Architecture Foundation, November 18, 2010.

Citation: Seward, Aaron. “Hustle & Flow,” Architects Newspaper, Issue 07, November 10, 2010.

Publication: “Green Infrastructure,” in Infrastructure and the Future: Assessing the Architect’s Role,” A. Lawrence and E. Christoforetti, eds., NEU Conference Series, Northeastern University, 2010.

Citation: Kamin, Blair. “Eco-Toupees and Plastic Alleys,” Green Source, November, 2010.

Presentation: “Policy, Pedagogy, and the Public Interest: Studio as Agency,” 2010 ACSA Administrators Conference, Design, Leadership & the Public Imagination, Washington DC, November 10-13, 2010.

Award: AIA Chicago, 2010 Honor Award, Interior Architecture: Hennepin House.

Presentation/Publication: “Too Big to Fail,” UIC, School of Architecture, Flip Your Field: 2010 ACSA West Central Fall Conference, October 21-23, 2010.

Lecture: “Thick Urbanism,” University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, Design, October 14, 2010.

Exhibition: Eco-Boulevards and Free Water Districts, World Design Capital, Seoul, 2010: International Design House Exhibition, Cities Reborn, at the City Design Pavilion, Olympic Stadium, Seoul, Korea, September 7 – October 7, 2010.

Presentation: “Case Study: UrbanLab,” Architect Magazine R+D Symposium, Chicago, IL, September 23, 2010.

Exhibition:Venice Biennale, the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, in Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice at the U.S. Pavilion, exhibit titled: Archeworks Mobile Food Collective, 2010.

Lecture: “Infra Urbanism,” National Building Museum: Spotlight on Design, Washington, D.C., July 22, 2010.

Citation: Brake, Alan. “Farming Out Design,” Architects Newspaper, Issue 03, June 9, 2010.

Publication: “Growing Water,” in Water / Craft, G. Torgalkar and T. Schwarz, eds., Urban Infill, Volume 3, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Kent State University, 2010, pg 42-51.

Lecture: “Growing Energy/Water,” AIA National Convention: Design for the New Decade, Miami, June 11, 2010.

Lecture: “Great Lakes Models Initiative,” Infrastructures for Change, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, June 3, 2010.

Presentation: “Eco-Boulevards,” The Buckminster Fuller Challenger, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., June 3, 2010.

Citation: Ryan, Zoe. “Fluid Dynamics: Building with Water,” in Building with Water, Birkhauser, Basel, 2010, pg. 12-15.

Lecture: "Free Water Districts," Infrastructures For Change, Chicago, June 3, 2010.

Presentation: 3rd International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction, “Re-Inventing Construction,” Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, April 14–17, 2010.

Citation: Love, Tim. “Paper Architecture, Emerging Urbanism,” Places: Design Observer, April 13, 2010.

Exhibition: Presentation: Working Public Architecture 2.0 – Chicago Edition, “Free Water Districts,” Archeworks, April 6, 2010.

Presentation: Emerging Voices Lecturer, sponsored by the Architectural League. “Infrastructural Urbanism” talk delivered at the New Museum, New York, March 17, 2010.

Citation: Iovine, Julie. “What’s Holding Us Up,” Architects Newspaper, Issue 06, April 7, 2010.

Citation: Iovine, Julie. “Emerging Voices 2010,” Architects Newspaper, Issue 03, March 3, 2010.

Exhibition: Panelist: “UrbanLab Today,” For Better or Worse moderated conversation, Chicago Architecture Foundation, February 2, 2010.

Citation: Levinson, Nancy. “The Public Works,” Places: Design Observer, January 18, 2010.

Citation: Samuels, Linda. “Working Public Architecture,” Places: Design Observer, January 10, 2010.


Citation: Ireland, Corydon. “Landscapes of Energy: A Harvard Journal Investigates Energy’s Spatial Dimensions, Harvard Gazette, November 24, 2009.

Panelist: “Green Infrastructure,” Infrastructure and the Future: Assessing the Architect’s Role Symposium, Northeastern University, Boston, November 21, 2009.

Panelist: “Landscapes of Energy,” New Geographies round table discussion, Harvard Graduate School of Design, November 20, 2009.

Presentation: “Free Water Districts,” WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture Symposium, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., November 16, 2009.

Lecture: “Thick Urbanism,” ETH, Zurich, Swizterland, November 9, 2009.

Lecture: Conference Organizer and Moderator: Infrastructures for Change Workshop, Archeworks Conference, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Chicago, IL, November 5, 2009.

Publication: Blitstein, Ryan. “New Grass Roots: Hennepin House,” Dwell Magazine, November 2009, p 94–101.

Publication: Meyers, Tiffany, “Infrastructure Activism,” Metropolis Magazine, November, 2009.

Publication: Bey, Lee. “Design Excellence Awards,” Chicago Architect, November/December 2009, p 28 & 37.

Exhibition: Free Water Districts, National Building Museum, WPA 2.0Exhibit organized by cityLAB/UCLA, Washington, D.C., November 2009.

Presentation: “One Billion,” cityLAB, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), October 26, 2009.

Presentation: “Growing Water,” Wellsprings Eternal: Imagination and Innovation for Oil and Water, Illinois Humanities Council, Archeworks, Chicago, IL, October 24, 2009.

Keynote Lecture: “Ecological Infrastructure,” Design for Livability: Sustainable Cities Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, October 15, 2009.

Exhibition: UrbanLab Plan, Big, Bold, Visionary- Chicago Considers the Next Century Exhibit organized by Burnham Plan Centennial Committee and City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL, September–October 2009.

Panelist: “Chicago Visionaries: From Burnham to Today and Beyond,” presented in partnership with the Newberry Library, Chicago Matters, and the Burnham Plan Centennial, August 4, 2009.

Interview: re: Global Visionaries, Beyond Burnham, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Radio, June 22, 2009.

Speaker: World Future Society International Conference, Chicago, July 19, 2009.

Ho, Sally. “For today’s futurists, tomorrow never lies,” Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2009, p 18.

The Future of the Campus Planning Workshop, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, June 7–10, 2009.

Named: “Global Visionary” by Chicago Public Radio and Chicago Community Trust Foundation, Broadcast on WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Radio FM, June 2009.

Lecture: “Blue/Green Olympic Games,” Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), Forum Day on Water Sustainability, Chicago O’Hare Airport, IL, May 21, 2009.

Exhibition: Visitor Information Center, Selections from the Architecture and Design Collection (inaugural exhibition of the new Architecture and Design gallery) Curator: Joseph Rosa, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, May 2009–March 2010.

Workshop Presentation:
“The 21st Century Learning Environment: Fresh Ideas, New Contexts,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, April 13, 2009.

Presentation: “Cities of the Future,” American Planning Association (APA) National Convention, Minneapolis, MN, April 28, 2009.

Keynote Speaker: AIA Professional Development Conference, Chicago, April 20, 2008.

Lecture: “Growing Water,” Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL, April 15, 2009.

Exhibition: “Growing Water,” 10 x 10 Cities: Green Facts, Challenges, Future, American Institute of Architects and California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, April–May 2009.

Panelist: “Building Design Partnerships,” Converge/Exchange: What Communities, Activists and Practitioners can Teach Each Other, DePaul Egan Urban Center, Chicago, IL, March 19, 2009.

“UrbanLab Works,” Northeastern University, Boston, MA, March 16, 2009.

Pickering, Sarah, “The eco-friendly UrbanLab designs our future,”Chicago Weekly, March 2009.

UrbanLab Work in Progress, School of Architecture Gallery, Northeastern University, March 2009.

Lecture: “Recent Work,” School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, February 16, 2009.

Lecture: “Got Water,” Social Enterprise Collaborative and Net Impact, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, February 12, 2009.

Award: Grow Energy/Water: Using the Grid to Get Off the Grid, Latrobe Prize Research Grant from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, February 2009.

Publication: Balmond, Cecil. “UrbanLab,” 60: Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future, Luca Dietrich, ed., Thames and Hudson, London, 2009, p 98–101.

WORKS: Infrastructure for Change, Volume 1.

Award: AIA Chicago: Distinguished Building Award 2009 for Hennepin House, Hennepin, IL.

Award: AIA Chicago: Urban Design Award 2009 for Growing Water Toolbox, Chicago, IL.

Award: Latrobe Prize, “Grow Energy/Water: Using the Grid to Get Off the Grid,” American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, 2009.

Award: WPA 2.0 Competition, Second Stage Finalist, “Free Water Districts,” 2009, Sponsored by cityLAB and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Award: Pamphlet Architecture 30: Infrastructure Competition. Runner up, 2009. Sponsored by Princeton Architectural Press.


Urbanopolis, Musee De La Civilisation, Quebec, exhibited: Growing Water, December 1, 2007–December 31, 2008

Lecture: “Recent Work,” School of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, November 3, 2008.

Publication: Manaugh, Geoff. “Chicago, IL, Considers Options to Expand Its Future Water Resources,” Cities and Water, A Handbook for Planning, Roger Kemp, Editor, McFarland, December 12, 2008, p 66–67. 

Exhibition: Flip-a-Strip Competition Exhibition, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, October 5, 2008–January 18, 2009.

“Water, It’s in You,” Greentown Conference: The Future of Community, Aurora, IL, October 2, 2008.

Award: Unbuilt Design, AIA Chicago, for Growing Water project, October 2008.

Lecture: Aurora, Illinois, Greentown Conference, October 2008.

Professional Development Conference, AIA Chicago, September 11–12, 2008.

Sokol, David, “Momentum Grows for Futuristic Scheme,” Architectural Record, September 2008.

Keyser, Ashley, "Water Isn't the New 'Oil'," Streetwise, June 18, 2008.

Conference Presentation:
“Growing Water,” 4th Seminario Urbanismo Internacional, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico, June 16–20, 2008.

Keynote Speaker:
“Growing Water,” NeoCon, Chicago, Illinois, June 11, 2008.
Publication: “Researching Growing Water,” in Implications, Volume 6, Issue 6, University of Minnesota, June 2008, by Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen.

Weinberg, Lauren, “Bold School,” Time Out Chicago, May, 2008

Interview: re: Contemporary Architecture in Chicago, WGN News Radio, April 25, 2008.

Lecture: “Recent Work,” School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, April 11, 2008.

Speaker: “Recent Work,” School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, April 11, 2008.

Publication: Keegan, Edward. “Midcareer Choices,” Architect, April 2008.

Vedral, Valerie. “Chicago’s Tall Tales, Urban Planners: the Sky’s the Limit for the Future,” Chicago Tribune, April 24, 2008.

Petersen, Laurie. “Changes in the works at Archeworks,”Chicago Architect, March–April, 2008, p 48–49.

Panelist: “Seeking the City,” ACSA Annual Meeting, Teaching Teachers to Teach Panel, Houston, March 28, 2008.

Speaker: “Interior Urbanism,” ASID National Conference on Design, Interiors 08, New Orleans, LA, March 14, 2008.

Respondent: “Synthetic Sublime,” with David Ruy & Paul Preissner, Pro-seminar, IIT, Chicago, February 21, 2008.

Presentation: “Models, 306090,” with Eric Ellingsen & Julie Flohr, Chicago Architecture Club, Chicago, February 20, 2008.

Lecture: “Map This, Envisioning a Global City,” Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, February 6, 2008.

Publication: Ng, Henry. “Whose Vision of a Future City Will Prevail,”Architectural Record, February 2008. Architecture Competition Annual (Urban Planning Issue).

Lecture: “Beyond the Deep Tunnel,” University of Chicago, Graham School, Civic Knowledge Project Workshop, Chicago, January 24, 2008.

Publication: Kamin, Blair. “Alternative Design School to Name Team Co-Directors,” Chicago Tribune, January 17, 2008.

“Passing the Baton: New Generation of Design Leadership in Chicago,” Archeworks, Chicago, January 16, 2008.

Lecture: “Global Chicago,” Robert Morris College, Chicago, IL, January 16, 2008

Publication: Albert, Melissa. “Orientation is in the Eye of the Beholder,” Chicago Journal, January 16, 2008.

Map This, Envisioning a Global City, an exhibition about the Chicago Megalopolis, designed and executed with IIT and UIC collaborators/students, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, January 10–March 21, 2008.

Publication: “Live + Work,” in 1000x: Architecture of the Americas, Michelle Galindo, ed., Verlagshaus Braun, Berlin, Germany, 2008, p 192.

Publication: “The Rules Are: No Rules,” in aX, Nothing Says Architecture Like Condiments, Volume 1+2, David Brown, Sarah Dunn, Ellen Grimes editors, 2008.

Publication: “Growing Water,” in Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm, Volume 20, Number 2, 2008, by Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen.

“City of the Future,” Archiworld Co., 2008.

Award: AIA Chicago: Unbuilt Design Award, 2008, for: Growing Water, Chicago, IL

Award: (Martin Felsen) Excellence in Education Award 2008, American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).


Workshop Presentation: “The Next Generation of Integrated Delivery, Emerging Technology, and Practice Management,” ACSA/AIA Conference, Washington, D.C., December 2007.

Conference Presentation: “Growing Water,” Just Add Water, ACSA Southwest Conference, Austin, Texas, October 4–6, 2007.

Lecture: “City of the Future at the MSI,” Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, October 1, 2007.

Publication: Rothblatt, Amy. “Bridgeport Firm Creates Water Recycling Plan, ”Chicago Near West Gazette, October 5, 2007.

Presentation: “Procedural Modeling of Natural and Urban Activity,” Institute of Design, IIT, Chicago, IL, October 2007.

Award: October 2007, Growing Water: 31st Street Eco-Boulevard Demonstration Project, Growing Water TCF Bank Student Scholarship Fund.

Publication: Babowice, Hope. “Firms Develop an Ecological Vision of a Future Chicago,” Daily Herald, September 12, 2007.

Knott, Anna. “Green House Effect, UrbanLab,”Time Out Chicago, Issue No. 129, August 16–22, 2007.

Manaugh, Geoff. “Water, the New Oil,” The Next American City Magazine, Issue No.15, Summer 2007.

Interview: re: Growing Water Project, WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago Public Radio, July 17, 2007.

Speaker: 2007 Transportation Research Board Major Cities Committee (Sustainability Conference), Chicago, IL, July 9, 2007.

Conference Presentation: “Practice, Criticism, Research and Design in Architectural Education,” Integrated Practice and the Twenty-First Century Curriculum, ACSA Cranbrook Teachers Seminar and AIA Educator Practitioner Network Institute, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, June 28–July 1, 2007.

Presentation: “Design Exposed: UrbanLab,” AIA Chicago Tour of UrbanLab, June 14, 2007.

Lecture: “Future Plans for Chicago,” Directors Meeting, Chicago Central Area Committee, Chicago, June 12, 2007.

Exhibition: City of the Future, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, exhibited: Growing Water, June 8–October 7, 2007.

Great Lakes Biennial Meeting and Conference, Chicago, IL, June 8, 2007.

Publication: “Looking for a Restaurant,” Metropolis Magazine, June 5, 2007.

“City of the Future Competition Results,” l’ARCA (Italy), no.226, June 2007, p 86.

Conference Presentation: “Sustainable Architecture: A New Era of Design,” Energy Day, Sustainability in Action, Northwestern University, May 19, 2007.

Conference Presentation: “Growing Water,” World Water Crisis Forum, DePaul University, Chicago, May 17, 2007.

Publication: Kamin, Blair. “Competing Visions, Planning the Future of Cities,” Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2007.

Publication: Libeskind, Daniel. “The City of the Future Competition,”Archiworld Magazine (Korea), Volume 143, 2007.

Publication: Henderson, Harold. “Close Deep Tunnel, UrbanLab has a Better Plan” Chicago Reader, May 11, 2007.

Conference Presentation: “Growing Water,” Richard J. Daley Urban Forum 2007, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, May 2, 2007.

Publication: Public Works Staff: “Floating Toward the Future,” Public Works Magazine, May 1, 2007.

Publication: Amadei, Gian Luca. “Reinventing a Legacy,” Blueprint (UK), May 2007, p 68–72.

Keynote Speaker: “Growing Water throughout Chicago,” Southeast Environmental Taskforce, Chicago, April 27, 2007.

Lecture: “UrbanLab Recent Work,” AIAS: Urban Renewal Conference, Chicago, April 14, 2007.

Lecture: “Process the City of the Future,” Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, March 20, 2007.

Publication: Demir, Dace. “Zala Arhitektura Cikaga,” Dizaina Studdija (Latvia), Nr. 2 (6), March–April, 2007.

Skolnik, Lisa. “The Mad Scientists,” i4design Magazine, Vol.2 No.1, Spring 2007.

Publication: Lopez, Ruth. “Loop the Loop,” Interior Design Magazine, Vol.75, March 2007, p 421.

Publication: Ranallo, Anne Brooks. “22nd Century Chicago a City of Canals?,” UIC News, Volume 25/No.23, March 7, 2007.

Publication: Rollens, Patrick. “A Vision of Chicago in 2107,” Midwest Real Estate News, February 22, 2007.

Publication: Skolnik, Lisa. “Rethinking the Bungalow,” Chicago Tribune Magazine, February 18, 2007.

Lecture: “20 Competitions,” Talk20 at IIT, Chicago, February 16, 2007.

Publication: Boehm, Mike. “Architect’s L.A. Plan Places Third,” Los Angeles Times, February 10, 2007.

Publication: Pogrepin, Robin. “Chicago Firm Urban Design Winner,” The New York Times, February 9, 2007.

Publication: Nance, Kevin. “Venice of the Midwest?,” Chicago Sun-Times, February 8, 2007, p 29, 32.

Publication: Kamin, Blair. “Water Precious for Future Chicago,” Chicago Tribune, February 8, 2007.

Publication: Topol, Samantha. “UrbanLab Voted Winner,” Architect’s Newspaper, February 2007.

Publication: Bemis, Mary. “At Home” Interview, Organic Spa Magazine, Winter 2007.

Publication: Keegan, Edward. “City of the Future,” Architect Magazine, February 2007, p 68-71.

Publication: Rollens, Patrick. “Designers Envision Chicago in 2107,” Conscious Choice, February 2007.

Publication: Becker, Lynn. “The City of the Future Competition,” Repeat, February 2007.

Publication: Smith, Nancy Ganiard. “Build Like It’s 2106,” Palisadian-Post, January 31, 2007.

Interview: re: City of the Future Competition, PRI Open Source, January 22, 2007.

Exhibition: Sustainable Architecture in Chicago: Works in Progress, Curator: Elizabeth Smith, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, September 9, 2006 - January 6, 2007.

Exhibition: Growing Water, exhibited as a Future City Model during the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, January 24–28, 2007.

Publication: David Sokol. “Prepare to Vote for ‘City of the Future’,” Architectural Record, January 2007.

Publication: Gelder, Austin. “Architecture and Art: Going Green in Chicago,” World Ark Magazine, January 2007.

Publication: Wilk, Deborah. “What They’re Reading,” Interior Design Magazine, Vol.75, January 2007.

“Field Theory, Netsch’s Design Methodology,” in Walter A. Netsch: Sourcebook & Bibliography, Russ Clement, editor, Northwestern University Press, 2007, by Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn.

Publication: “Growing Water,” in Just Add Water (Austin, Texas: University of Texas, 2007 ACSA Southwest Conference Proceedings), by Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn, p 161-169.

(Martin Felsen) Emerging Visions Competition, Sponsored by AIA Chicago + Knoll, Chicago, IL, 2007.

Award: Dubin Family Young Architect Award, 2007. AIA Chicago.

Award: AIA Chicago: Divine Detail Award, 2007 for: Hannah’s Bretzel, 233 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.

Award: City of the Future Competition, 2006-7, Sponsored by The History Channel, IBM, Infiniti, Chicago Winner (2006) and National Grand Prize Winner of The City of the Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge (2007)

Award: (Sarah Dunn) AIAS Excellence in Education Award. Sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students, 2007.

Juror: (Martin Felsen) AIA Houston 2007 design awards.


Rosa, Joseph. “Young Chicago: Contemporary Ideologies,” A+D Series, The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Press, 2006.

Publication: Nance, Kevin. “Building the Future,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 31, 2006.

Publication: Nance, Kevin. “The Year of the Picture,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 24, 2006.

Interview: re: City of the Future Competition, DnA Design and Architecture, December 19, 2006.

Publication: Fritz, Tanya. “Hannah’s Bretzel Inspires More than Just Lunch in the Loop,” Conscious Choice, December 2006.

Nance, Kevin. “Chicago’s Designing Minds,” Chicago Sun-Times, November 30, 2006.

Publication: Kamin, Blair. “What Connects a Tiny Cell Phone and Skyscraper?,” Chicago Tribune, November 29, 2006.

Interview: re: City of the Future Competition, WBEZ - 91.5 FM, Chicago Public Radio, November 24, 2006.

Publication: Rollens, Patrick. “City of the Future,” World Changing News Service, November 21, 2006.

Publication: Brandon Glenn. “UrbanLab Wins ‘Slam’,” Crain’s Chicago Business, November 17, 2006.

Interview: re: City of the Future Competition, WMAQ, NBC 5, Chicago, WBBM, CBS 2 Chicago, WLS, ABC 7 Chicago, November 17, 2006.

Interview: re: City of the Future Competition, WGN 720 AM, Chicago, November 17, 2006.

Interview: re: City of the Future Competition, WBBM, CBS All News 780, Chicago, November 17, 2006.

Publication: Kamin, Blair. “’Works in Progress’ Exhibit Gives Rise to a Greener Chicago,” Chicago Tribune, November 17, 2006.

Lopez, Ruth. “Building a Design Community,” Time Out Chicago, Issue 90: November 16-22, 2006. 

Publication: Brandon Glenn. “Architecture ‘Slam’ to Imagine 22nd Century Chicago,” Crain’s Chicago Business, November 16, 2006.

Publication: Skolnick, Lisa. “Urban Visionaries,” Chicago Tribune Magazine, November 12, 2006, p 20.

Exhibition: Young Chicago, Curator: Joseph Rosa, The Art Institute of Chicago, exhibited: Visitor Info Center, November 18, 2006–April 29, 2007.

Publication: Lincoln, Bradley. “Lab Partners,” Chicago Magazine, November 2006, p 19-20.

Publication: Topol, Samantha. “UrbanLab Takes Chicago,” Architect’s Newspaper, November 2006.

Conference Presentation: "Urban Complexity + Emergence: Procedural Modeling of City Activity and Form," Surfacing Urbanisms, Recent Approaches to Metropolitan Design, ACSA West Conference at Woodbury University, Pasadena, California, October 12–15, 2006.

Publication: Becker, Lynn. “Refreshingly Grounded in the Here and Now,” Chicago Reader, October 13, 2006.

Publication: Salles, Andre. “Vision of Aurora Exhibit comes to Aurora,” Fox Valley Villages Sun, October 12, 2006.

Publication:"Research: Building from the Web Up," Illinois Institute of Technology Magazine, Fall 2006, p 12.

Publication: Salles, Andre. “Seeing a Beautiful Future of Aurora,” Beacon News, October 06, 2006.

Publication: Peregrin, Tony. “The Radar Culture,” Chicago Social Magazine, October 2006.

Publication: Presto, Greg and Andre Salles. “View of Aurora’s Future,” Beacon News, September 16, 2006.

Skolnik, Lisa and Barbara Ballinger. “What’s Next Right Now,” i4design Magazine, September 2006.

Publication: Griffin, Jake. “Form and Function: Museum to Display Renderings of Aurora Revitalization Efforts”, Daily Herald, September 20, 2006.

Publication: Nance, Kevin. “Green Ideas Ready to Bloom: Sustainable Architecture in Chicago, Works in Progress,” Chicago Sun Times, September 7, 2006.

Publication: Adler, Tony. “Young Chicago: Architecture and Design Showcased at the Art Institute of Chicago,” i4design Magazine, September 2006.

Presentation: “Morgan Street Live + Work,” College of Arts and Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 18, 2006.

Publication: Ostberg, Kristin. "Morgan Street Modern," Chicago Journal, Volume 6, No.16, February 2, 2006, p 1.

Exhibition: New Schools: 30 Selected Projects from the Perth Amboy High School and Robbins Elementary School Competitions, Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, February 2006, collaborative project with Robertson/McAnulty.

Publication: "Urban Complexity + Emergence: Procedural Modeling of City Activity and Form," in Surfacing Urbanisms: Recent Approaches to Metropolitan Design (Pasadena, California: Woodbury University, 2006 ACSA West Conference Proceedings), by Martin Felsen, Ben Watson, Uri Wilensky, p 261-265.

“UrbanLab: Visitor Information Center” in Young Chicago, Joseph Rosa, ed., Yale University Press, 2006, p 28–33, by Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn.

“Procedural Modeling of Urban Land Use,” ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 conference, co-authors: Lechner, T., Watson, B., Ren, P., Wilensky, U. and Tisue, S.

Conference Presentation:
“Urban-Ecosystem of Aurora, Illinois,”Mayor’s Institute on City Design, Big Picture: New Architecture for Metropolitan Transportation, Chicago, IL, December 1–3, 2005.

Keegan, Edward. “The 20 Coolest Houses: A Steely Mix of Work and Play,” Crain’s Chicago, September 26, 2005.

“Architectural Research,” University of Illinois @ Chicago, School of Architecture, March 9, 2005.

“Greener Actions,” School of Architecture, University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, January 31, 2005.

Juror: Emerging Visions Competition, Sponsored by AIA Chicago + Knoll, Chicago, IL, 2005.

Publication: "Modeling of Urban Activity and Form," Annual Research Report from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2005), by Martin Felsen.

"Walter Netsch: Field Theory," in Charles Waldheim, ed., Chicago Architecture: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives, University of Chicago Press, 2005, p 253-261, by Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn.

“Recent Speculations,” School of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, November 18, 2004.

“Recent Research and Work,” Chicago Architecture Foundation, November 3, 2004.

Publication: Kamin, Blair. "Century of Progress World’s Fair Planners Dreamed in Color," Chicago Tribune, Arts and Entertainment, October 7, 2004, p 1.

Publication: “Ford Calumet Environmental Center,”Competitions Magazine, Volume 14 Number 2, Fall 2004.

“Unsolicited Actions,” College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, September 22, 2004.

Keynote Speaker:
“A Culture Where People Care about Architecture,” AIA Tennessee Convention, August 6, 2004.

Lecture: “Recent Research and Work,” AIA National Convention, Young Architects Forum, New Voices: Remarks on Design in the 21st Century, June 9, 2004.

Publication: Czarnecki, John. "Young Firms Bring a Breath of Fresh Air to the Windy City" Architectural Record, May 2004, p 90–93.

Exhibition: Big & Green/Chicago Green, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL, May, 2004

Lecture: “,” Archeworks, Chicago’s Alternative Design School, April 14, 2004.

Kamin, Blair. "Ones to Watch: These fresh-faced architects are sketching tomorrow's Chicago, and the view looks great," Chicago Tribune, Arts and Entertainment, March 28, 2004, p 6.

Publication: Kamin, Blair. "Environmental Center Site Finalists Named," Chicago Tribune, Arts and Entertainment, February 24, 2004, p 2.

Ford Calumet Environmental Center Competition, Chicago, IL, 2004, Second Phase Finalist.

aX, Publication Grant from the Graham Foundation, 2004.


Award: October 2003, Procedural Modeling of Urban Activity and Form, Research Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with Ben Watson and Uri Wilensky, Northwestern University.

"," in Open Dialogue: Thoughts on Chicago Architecture, Brian Hammersley, editor, Fall 2003, by Martin Felsen.

Juror: Year End Show, University of Illinois @ Chicago, School of Architecture and the Arts, May 9, 2003.

“Digital Parametric Technology in Architecture,” Chicago Architecture Club, I-Space, April 24, 2003.

Lecture: “Urban Land + Lab + Build,” University of Illinois @ Chicago, School of Architecture and the Arts, April 8, 2002.

Discussion of Speculative Chicago Exhibition, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, March 27, 2003.

Kamin, Blair. “Exhibits Draw on Different Images for City’s Future,” Chicago Tribune, March 26, 2003.

Domystique: An Exhibition Exploring Technology, Space and Craft, A+D 11th Street Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, exhibited Morgan Street Facade, March 21, 2003.

Exhibition: Speculative Chicago, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, exhibited and Figuring the Ground, Co-curator and exhibitor, February 26, 2003.

Interview: re: Contemporary Architecture in Chicago, WBEZ - 91.5 FM Chicago PublicRadio, February 23, 2003.

Exhibition: Emerging Visiosn Competition, 2003, Knoll, Chicago, Presented by the Chicago Architecture Club, Chicago AIA Young Architects Committee and Knoll International.

“Procedural City Modeling,” 1st Midwestern Graphics Conference (St. Louis, MO), 2003, co-authors: T. Lechner, B.A. Watson, U. Wilensky.

Award: Perth Amboy Public High School Competition, Perth Amboy, NJ, 2003, Second Alternate Selection, collaboration w/ Robertson/McAnulty.

Award: Emerging Visions Competition, 2003, Sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Club, AIA Chicago and Knoll. First Place Winner

Blackpool Swiveling Wind Shelters Competition Entries, Gallery at the Globe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, England, July 2002

“UrbanLab Recent Work,” University of Nebraska, College of Architecture, March 12, 2002.

Conference Presentation:
“Figuring the Ground: Re-urbanize the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Plaza,” Architecture: Landscape, ACSA Conference, Lawrence KA, September 2001.

“Figuring the Ground: Re-urbanize the Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza,” Architecture: Landscape, ACSA Conference, Lawrence, KA. September 2001, by Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn.

Exhibition: Green Homes, AIA Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL, 2001

Brock, Tom. “Resurrecting the Anti-Building: Three Projects by UrbanLab” Ten By Ten, Space for Visual Culture, “Plastic,” Volume 1 Number 2 Fall/Winter 2000.

Exhibition: Emerging Visions, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL, March 2000.

Gallery Talk: “Transit Stop,” Material Evidence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, February 2000.

Publication: Transit Stop,” in Cynthia C. Davidson, ed., Material Evidence: Chicago Architecture at 2000, (Chicago, IL: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999), by Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn.

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