A strategic alliance between Academia and Practice has been established in downtown Chicago. This unique ‘intersection’ of collaboration has yielded The Chicago Studio of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. This collaborative alliance has resulted more meaningful projectand a more significant experience for students and professionals compared to traditional studio approaches.

This course will develop an urban design strategy/proposal for areas which seek to harmonize with the existing structures of the city and anticipate the future needs of residents and visitors while providing a new level of quality.

The Fall 2018 Chicago Studio, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Illinois School of Architecture recently completed preliminary Affordable Housing Design Guidelines for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). Working with governmental agencies and professionals, the studio explored case studies in Chicago and around the world then crafted urban design proposals for multiple CHA properties. These proposals were used to create the Affordable Housing Design Guidelines requested by DPD.

Case Studies

Guidlines Affordable Housing Chicago


The site is located in Cabrini Green. The exact location is North of Division Ave, East of Halsted St, West of Larrabee St and South of North Ave. 


The site is located in Cabrini Green. The exact location is South of Division Ave, East of Larrabee St, West of Orleans St and North of Chicago Ave. 


The site is located south of the University Village. The exact location is South of Roosevelt Rd, North of 15th St, East of Ashland Ave and West of Loomis St.