The Chicago Architecture Biennial creates new opportunities every two years for emerging talent in architecture, design, and the arts. Each edition, the Curatorial Team invites architects, artists and designers from around the world to present their work to engage a wide public and global audience.

The main hub of the Biennial is at the historic Chicago Cultural Center and extends into neighborhood sites and public spaces throughout the city. The 2019 edition of the Biennial will run from September 19, 2019- January 5, 2020.

The 2019 curatorial team, headed by Yesomi Umolu of the University of Chicago’s Logan Center, is focusing their process on a holistic and grassroots approach, drawing their inspiration from the history and development of Chicago’s built environment, and tracing how these issues are manifest in cities globally. Within this process, the city serves as a starting point for exploring a wide range of new approaches to tackling topics internationally, including equitable and affordable housing; land and environmental concerns; civic places of memory (such as monuments and memorials); and the role of rights and civic participation. Through Biennial exhibits and programs next fall, the city of Chicago will be placed in dialogue with creative representatives globally to share learnings about, and celebrate progress on, common challenges. 

Additional information on how to be in touch regarding potential collaborations around the 2019 follows below:

  • Exhibition Inquiries: The 2019 edition of the Biennial is a curated exhibition and invitation only; we encourage anyone who is interested to fill out this form. We will keep a note of your interest on file and be in touch if we have any questions or would like to discuss the possibility of your involvement with the project.
  • Partner Program or Exhibition Inquiries: The Biennial will once again build a calendar of events featuring partner organizations hosting concurrent programs or exhibitions that respond and relate to the concepts for the 2019 edition. The constellation of events throughout the City will encourage audiences to engage and explore Chicago's culturally rich neighborhoods. Following the announcement of the 2019 curatorial focus, we will develop a rubric for program alignments. At this point we are interested to learn about any potential programming alignment for 2019. We encourage anyone who is interested to fill out this form.