Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today
May06

Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today

While you were sequestered in your micro apartment exchanging accusing stares with your cat (she totally ate the last Yoplait), the boffins down at bKL Architecture have been fighting the good fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. And now their part is done. The Loop designers of glassy things that scrape the sky have completed their mission of banging out protective face shields with a stable of 3D printers.  Face shield production at...

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Chicago Architecture Firm Joins Fight Against COVID-19
Apr14

Chicago Architecture Firm Joins Fight Against COVID-19

3D printers aren’t new, but they aren’t exactly household appliances yet.  The COVID-19 pandemic may change that, as the once-exotic gadgets have finally found their killer application: Filling in when the supply chain falls down.  Face shield production at bKL Architecture (Via GoFundMe) We’ve seen everyone from computer companies to casino moguls venture into the medical merchandise making milieu. And...

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Architecture School Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright to Shutter
Feb03

Architecture School Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright to Shutter

The architecture school started by one of the giants of his discipline will soon be no more.  The School of Architecture at Taliesin, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright, will close at the end of this coming June.   Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1925. More than 1,200 people passed through the school’s programs over the last 88 years at both the Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona locations.  There are currently...

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“My job is done” — Stanley Tigerman: 1930-2019
Jun04

“My job is done” — Stanley Tigerman: 1930-2019

One of the elder statesmen of Chicago architecture has died.  Stanley Tigerman passed away Monday at the age of 88. Stanley Tigerman (Courtesy of Tigerman McCurry Architects) Born in Chicago, and educated at MIT and the Yale School of Architecture, his first job was for modernist architect George Keck, known for the House of Tomorrow, and his tenure at IIT. Tigerman is best known for the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. But he...

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Hancock Highlighted as Google Honors Fazlur Khan
Apr03

Hancock Highlighted as Google Honors Fazlur Khan

Google has honored thousands of events, celebrities, scientists, and others over the years with its “Google Doodles,” the cartoons that often replace its logo when people search for things. Today, Chicago gets a two-fer. The primary beneficiary is Fazlur Khan, the legendary structural engineer who worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s Chicago office until his death in 1982. Today would have been his 88th birthday....

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A Photo Tour of Legat Architects’ New Gurnee Studio
Feb21

A Photo Tour of Legat Architects’ New Gurnee Studio

We’ve toured the offices of dozens and dozens of architecture firms in Chicago over the last 14 years.  A few look just like any other office churning out widgets and paperwork. But most are clearly designed to inspire their employees, impress their investors, and demonstrate that architecture is a both a creative art and a science. Legat Architects recently opened a new studio in north suburban Gurnee.  It’s about 15...

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TBT: Designing Architecture for Magic Space Wizards
Dec15

TBT: Designing Architecture for Magic Space Wizards

It’s not exactly a secret that there is considerable overlap between the group of people known as “architects,” and the group of people known as “Star Wars enthusiasts.”  Chances are you know someone who is going to see the new Star Wars Rogue One movie either tonight at midnight, or at least over the weekend. With that in mind, we set the wayback machine to August of 2015, when the architect of the Death...

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Former Chicago Spire Site Gets an Architect
Sep07

Former Chicago Spire Site Gets an Architect

We don’t do a lot of news about architects moving from one firm to another.  If we did, we wouldn’t have time for anything else. But some moves are bigger than the Iron Mountain box used to transport a favorite T-square, bobblehead hula girl, and “Architects do it with models” coffee mug from one office to the next.  They signal change coming. Such is the case with Michael Pfeffer.  Crain’s Chicago...

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Chicago Artist Does an Architecture and Video Game Mashup
Aug31

Chicago Artist Does an Architecture and Video Game Mashup

We don’t play a lot of video games here at the Chicago Architecture Blog, and when we do it’s generally on a funky-smelling Atari 2600 hooked up to a 65-inch display just to prove we can still kick ass at Asteroids. But a new game soon to come from Chicago artist William Chyr might make us actually plonk for a PlayBox 9 or whatever the kids are mashing buttons on these days. It’s called Manifold Garden, and throws...

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Passings: Alan F. Bombick 1955-2016
Jul06

Passings: Alan F. Bombick 1955-2016

It’s always sad when we have to report that Chicago’s creative community has lost a member.  Legat Architects‘ Alan F. Bombick has passed away. Mr. Bombick grew up in suburban Brookfield, and went to school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Among his projects you might have seen are the ABC7 State Street StudiosHyatt Place Chicago-South/University Center. Mr. Bombick was just 61 years old.  You can...

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