Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017

Presented for just the second time, the Chicago Architecture Biennial has quickly cemented its position as the leading gathering of its kind in the United States, corralling design thinkers from home and abroad to showcase new perspectives in architecture.

This year, Biennial Artistic Directors, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee urged over 140 participants to respond to an invitation to ‘Make New History,’ reflecting on the past as a means to envision the influence built environments might wield in the future. Conceived as a means to showcase the transformative power of architecture in contemporary society, the theme’s influence asserts itself both literally and figuratively. The pair’s exhibition design, for instance, promises to redefine the Chicago Cultural Center, with viewing experiences that shift from open arcades to maze-like galleries.

Among its varied program, projects include a contemporary reimagining of the 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower Competition, experimental architectural photography and a feast of installations, performances, and talks that span the city. We also anticipate the inclusion of work from long-term Aesop collaborators, including Johnston Marklee, who created Aesop Platform and Aesop Santa Monica Place; Frida Escobedo, designer of Aesop Wynwood and Aesop Oxford Exchange; and Norman Kelley, our collaborator for Aesop Bucktown and Aesop TriBeCa.

Aesop is pleased to partner once again with the Biennial, showing from September 16, 2017, to January 7, 2018.

To vie for a double pass to the preview held September 13 - 14, respond with your answer to the question below. Passes are strictly limited and they will be awarded to those who most swiftly provide the correct answer. Successful respondents will be notified via email.

Who are the Artistic Directors of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial?