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The Chicago Architecture Biennial provides free, educational, and creative programming to learners of all ages as a way to promote active exploration of the built environment and encourage audiences to see architecture and design as tools for change. In partnership with Mobile Makers, CAB’s Official Education Partner, and through the generous support of The Zell Family Foundation, the youth-centric programs and curriculum resources will build on CAB’s Learning Initiatives program to prioritize active engagement toward a deeper understanding of the built environment through ‘rehearsal.’ Mobile Makers, led by director Maya Bird-Murphy, is a nonprofit organization that makes design education accessible to everyone. 

We aim to:

  • Facilitate meaningful and ongoing engagements with schools, community organizations, universities, museums, and other cultural institutions.
  • Encourage connections between Biennial content and local topics and communities.
  • Reach students from populations historically underrepresented in architecture; provide opportunities for co-learning between professionals and the general public; and engage with learners of all ages and from a diversity of perspectives.


Are you an organization, school, or a caregiver or teacher looking for ways to engage young people in conversations about how they can play a role in shaping our cities and world through architecture and design? Join our Learning & Engagement mailing list here. Contact us at

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