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Encounters with Architecture

About the program

Program Location

This is a virtual program.

Association of Architecture Organizations

111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1321 Chicago, IL 60601

If architecture is to matter in the world, then we need clear information and many more outlets to learn about architecture and design. We need life-shaping experiences and conversations to reach young people.

In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, join AAO for a virtual symposium sharing recently completed and still emerging education projects with the power to change our field.

This FREE, 3-hour program includes projects and perspectives contributed by architects, artists, educators, and writers imagining and making new forms of design education.

Maya Bird-Murphy | Mobile Makers and the Chicago Architecture Biennial Youth Council
Frédéric Chartier | School Building as Pedagogy
Sarah Hanson | Redefining Redlining by Amanda Williams
Joaquim Moreno | Classroom: Architecture of Adolescence
Sanjive Vaidya | The Case for a Public Design Education

Encounters with Architecture is part of the Association of Architecture Organizations’ broader efforts to connect, support, and advocate for organizations and individuals around the world devoted to advancing the role of architecture, planning, and design in service to society.


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Image by: Nicolas Krief IDEAT


Paris, France


ChartierDalix is a French architectural office whose objective is to offer generous spaces, quality of life, and pleasurable places in which to be. For several years, the office has been working on the integration of life and biodiversity in architecture, wherein architecture is apprehended as a built system combining life, poetry, and the commons. Since its creation, ChartierDalix has completed over twenty-five buildings. The office has grown steadily since its creation in 2008 by Pascale Dalix and Frédéric Chartier, and now hosts 86 collaborators and has ten current projects in process.The office has received numerous French and international awards, including the Moniteur Première Œuvre Award in 2009 and the European Young Architects Award “40 under 40″ in 2012. In 2022, the new headquarters of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux in Paris awarded ChartierDalix the Équerre d’argent Award in the “Lieux d’activité” category. The office was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015 and received the “Le Soufaché” prize in 2017, awarded by the French Académie d’architecture for the whole of its work.In 2019, Frédéric Chartier and Pascale Dalix were appointed Chevaliers des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. They are frequently invited as teachers, lecturers or jury members in several schools of architecture, in France and abroad.


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Amanda Williams, Artist and Architect, 2022 MacArthur Fellow, Chicago, IL

Amanda Williams

Chicago, United States


Amanda Williams is an artist and architect who re-imagines public space to expose the complex ways that value, both cultural and economic, intersects with race in the built environment. Williams’ creatively uses color to visualize the ways urban zoning, land use, and disinvestment impact the lives of everyday residents, particularly in African American communities. Amanda has been widely recognized for her work including as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a USA Ford Fellow, a Joan Mitchell Foundation awardee and Public Art Dialogue awardee for achievement in the field of public art. Her work is in several permanent collections including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art. Williams received a BArch (1997) from Cornell University.

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