Putting design and research excellence in service of the public good remains the Illinois School of Architecture’s firm commitment to our state. The most obvious and enduring example of this commitment: a Chicago skyline shaped by the talents of thousands of Illinois alumni who have built and practiced in firms large and small over the years. Since 2014 graduate students in our master of architecture program may enroll for a semester in the Chicago Studio, a semester-long residential immersion in the Chicago architectural scene.


There, in a 2,000 square foot studio space in the historic Railway Exchange Building on South Michigan Avenue, faculty and students work together to engage clients who represent the needs of the city’s diverse population. Faculty and students benefit from close proximity to our Chicago Studio host, Stantec, Inc., a global design and engineering firm.