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. Students will work with the Chicago Department Planning and Development, numerous governmental and community entities and Chicago area architects. This fall's studio 2017 will work with the City of Chicago on properties located south of the Chicago River, North of Pershing Avenue, west of Halstead and east of Ashland Avenue as mutually agreed upon by the ISoA, and the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. Our studio will interface and work alongside students in University of Illinois Urbana Champaign's Landscape Architecture Program and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.