The Chicago Studio is an opportunity for graduate students of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign's School of Architecture to live and study in downtown Chicago while undertaking service/learning.


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.

In 2019 the Chicago Studio moved to 333 South Desplaines Street where 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 neighbor, Booth Hansen a global design firm. This firm provides individual mentoring to students. Professionals from the Chicago architecture community also mentor students enrolled in the program.