Imagining a better, safer community

Architects worked with students and adults to imagine better, safer communities and schools at Chicago Ideas Week. Architects lead two separate design-based public workshops: one for students and another for adults. Both were held at Gensler’s Chicago office, where groups spent a few hours of their day looking critically at the world around them to prioritize pressing issues faced by communities and build a path forward using design thinking. Through these workshops, students and adults were encouraged to explore their own power in the built environment, to discover ownership and civic engagement in different ways.

Designing the future

Solving civic issues locally for national change

Read more about AIA's involvement in Chicago Ideas.

Jeffrey Ferweda, AIA

explains how good design affects communities.

Joycee Black

reacts to learning about architects' role in her community.

Peter Exley, FAIA

explains how architects' roles span far beyond builders.

Jake Bowman

reacts to learning about architects' role in his community.

Verity Frizzell, FAIA

explains that architects do more than just design buildings.

Ryan Gann, Assoc. AIA

explains how architects are working to inspire people.

Patricia Natke, FAIA

explains that architects are visionary people.

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