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The Chicago Architecture Biennial is currently seeking to fill the following volunteer and/or employment opportunities.

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Looking to include your program on our CAB program calendar? 
Partners propose thought-provoking programs that connect to the 2021 edition by responding to and expanding upon the artistic direction.

Included below is a link to our 2021 CAB Partner Program Toolkit and 2021 Partner Program Information Form. We encourage you to submit this form with your program details by July 15, 2021 to be included to be included on our CAB program calendar launching on August 1st, 2021. To be included on the CAB program calendar after the July 15th deadline, all details must be submitted by the 15th of the prior month of the program. For example, for October programs, all program information needs to be submitted by September 15.

2021 CAB Partner Program Toolkit
2021 Partner Program Information Form

For any additional questions, please email


Each edition, the Chicago Architecture Biennial welcomes local and international visitors to sites and programs across Chicago. CAB volunteers hold the important role of welcoming and interacting with the public and helping make the topics explored by the exhibition accessible to diverse audiences. CAB volunteers will provide essential assistance to our team through greeting visitors, leading tours, and providing program and event support.

Volunteers will be needed between September and December 2021. 

If you are interested in volunteering with CAB, please email and we will follow up about opportunities when they become available. 


Job Description
The Production Manager oversees the fabrication, production, installation and deinstallation of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial city-wide exhibition. Working closely with the Artistic Director and CAB leadership, the Production Manager manages all aspects of research related to the installation and production and realizing the installed components of the project. Manager should have experience managing multiple project timelines and complex budgets. Manager will be responsible for getting competitive project quotes from vendors, ordering supplies and equipment for installation, and managing on-site technical teams/contractors.

This is an opportunity for a candidate with proven experience at managing various complex projects and who is inspired to work within a small team in a fast-moving and dynamic environment. This position is a full-time, temporary role from May 2021-February 2022.

About the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is an organization dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism through producing year-round programs and a biennial exposition of city-wide activations for a diverse audience of designers, educators, advocates, students, and local communities. CAB’s mission is to engage and inspire professional and public audiences; highlight the transformative power of architecture; and envision a future for the field that is equitable and sustainable. In 2021, CAB’s work is focused on the theme The Available City led by Artistic Director David Brown, which presents a new approach to urban design that connects community residents and designers to collaboratively envision transformative possibilities for vacant urban spaces.


  • Manage all production timelines including design development, fabrication/production, installation, deliveries, maintenance of the site, and deinstallation; monitor the production process and adjust schedules as needed
  • Maintain and manage project budget
  • Work with contributors, Artistic Director and CAB leadership to determine the resources required for the project; evaluate and determine the resources available on the production site
  • Oversee and supervise on-site production and fabrication of the project; coordinate and oversee installation and deinstallation schedules
  • Determine the equipment and materials needed for the project
  • Schedule and oversee timely local, national, and international transport including any crating, shipping, customs and necessary storage
  • Source and hire fabricators, specialized technicians, and other production support needed to facilitate the construction or facilitation of the projects
  • Liaise with engineers and special technicians to ensure the project meets all required guidelines and safety requirements
  • Work with CAB to arrange and secure insurance coverage for exhibitions
  • Ensure that health and safety guidelines are followed at all times


  • Minimum of 3-5 years related exhibition or production management experience
  • Superior budgeting, spreadsheet and contract preparation skills are essential
  • Practical experience in the handling, transportation, installation/de-installation and display of a broad range objects and materials
  • Ability to manage, coordinate, and complete multiple projects simultaneously, working within tight deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; detail-oriented
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and SketchUp or AutoCad is necessary

The position offers a competitive fee.

Application Materials:
To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and three references to by April 26, 2021 with Production Manager in the subject.