The Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism. Through a diverse program including exhibitions, commissions, publications, workshops, performances and more, CAB advances architectural innovation and thinking by engaging practitioners, students and the public to re-imagine the built world both globally and locally. CAB is committed to highlighting a future for architecture that is community-driven, sustainable and equitable.

The signature program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial stands as North America’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture and takes place every two years at the Chicago Cultural Center and sites across the city. CAB has hosted three editions since its founding: ...and other such stories (2019); Make New History (2017); The State of the Art of Architecture (2015). CAB programming throughout the year engages global audiences in conversations exploring critical ideas and questions facing the field, and beyond. 

Beyond the City: The South American Hinterland in the Soils of the 21st Century, Somatic Collaborative | © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Tom Harris, 2019
Tribune Tower, 6a architects | © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Tom Harris, 2017
We Know How to Order, Bryony Roberts in collaboration with South Shore Drill Team | © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Andrew Bruah, 2015


Artistic Directors

  • Yesomi Umolu, 2019
  • Johnston Marklee, 2017
  • Joseph Grima & Sarah Herda, 2015

Board of Directors

  • Jack Guthman, Chairman
  • Ambassador Louis Susman, Director Emeritus
  • Michelle T. Boone
  • Robert Clark
  • Keating Crown
  • Valerie Corr Hanserd
  • Sarah Herda
  • Helyn Goldenberg
  • Lynn Lockwood Murphy
  • Robin Loewenberg Tebbe
  • Juan Moreno
  • Mark P. Sexton
  • Theodore Weldon
  • RaMona Westbrook

International Advisory Committee

  • David Adjaye (London)
  • Wiel Arets (Chicago)
  • Elizabeth Diller (New York)
  • Jeanne Gang (Chicago)
  • Frank Gehry (Los Angeles)
  • Joseph Grima (Milan)
  • Sylvia Lavin (Los Angeles)
  • Lord Peter Palumbo (London)
  • Zoë Ryan (Chicago)
  • Martino Stierli (New York)
  • Stanley Tigerman (In Memoriam)
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist (London)

Contact & Press

Chicago Architecture Biennial 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602


For Press and Media Inquiries

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