Biennial Programs

The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s public programs explored issues at the heart of urban experience and architectural practice. These events invited dialogue about how we construct (and conceive) the world we live in.

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Late Night At The Biennial

Fantastical performances, engaging experiences, and lively presentations by architects, artists, and others activated the Biennial on select Friday nights when the Cultural Center remained open 6-9pm. Audiences enjoyed open galleries, drinks, and music.


Free shuttles transported Biennial visitors to Racine, Wisconsin, to discover the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson corporate campus and Wingspread residence. 


AIA Credit: 4 LU | HSW

Tuesday Talks

Architects, designers, curators, and scholars explored the state of the art of architecture and the future of the field through a series of lectures and panel discussions.

Pritzker Prize Laureate Lectures

This lecture series highlighted the work and philosophies of winners of the Pritzker Prize—among the highest honors in architecture. Select programs in this series were generously supported by the Pritzker Foundation.

Architects on Film

This weekly film series explored architecture through the lens of cinema. Local and visiting architects selected a film that has touched their lives and careers. A conversation among panelists and the audience followed the film screening. The series was presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

In Dialogue

In Dialogue was a program of lectures. Architects, scholars, curators, and others discussed their ideas and practices and explore the meaning of architecture historically and today.

Building Blocks

This series brought together an exciting mix of artists, makers and thinkers to explore ideas around and beyond the built environment as well as notions of what constitutes place (literally and figuratively, physically and virtually) in their work. Building Blocks was curated by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

BOLD Studio Visits

Architects whose work appeared in the exhibition BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago, on display at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, opened their studios to the public for evening tours and informal talks.


Cutting-edge artists and designers investigated architecture through dance, performance, and art. 

Opening Events

At the opening of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial performances, lectures, tours, and exhibition openings kicked off this exhilarating global event.

Biennial Events