Chesney is an architectural designer, landscape urbanist and artist. Since 2005, Chesney has worked as a project manager and associate for William Duff Architects in San Francisco, where he managed the firm's residential architecture studio from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, he completed an exhibit for the Center for Land Use Interpretation entitled Acequia Space: Water Democracy in the Middle Rio Grande, documenting the history of New Mexico's historic irrigation communities. He has received awards and recognition for design competition proposals, including a re-design of the urban edge between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez on the U.S.-mexico international boundary, the adaptive re-use of post-industrial Detroit, and an urban farm/produce market in San Francisco. Chesney received his Bachelor degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley.
As a designer and thinker, Chesney draws on a background in fine art and a belief in the importance of craft. His commissions and works have included ink landscape drawings, graphite renderings, wall-size murals in hand-mixed acrylic, oil paintings, intaglio etchings, silkscreens and woodcuts, as well as graphic art for publications. Chesney has also worked as a builder on private residences and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. These various activities ground his design approach in material properties, techniques and traditions. Chesney is an avid backpacker, and enjoys making field recordings of both "natural" and urban settings.
Jane is a Chicago-based architect and watercolor painter. From 2007 to 2011, Jane worked as an associate with Chicago Associates Planners and Architects on education, housing, and mixed-use projects, as well as architecture and planning at Tryon Farm, a conservation community, in Michigan City, Indiana. Previously, Jane was an Outreach Fellow at Auburn University's Rural Studio, working on the $20,000 House project. She has worked with community-based groups on projects aimed to improve neighborhood livability and sustainability through involvement with Architecture for Humanity, the South Bend Downtown Design Center and The Village Cooperative and Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jane is an avid watercolor painter. As an architecture student, she spent many hours sketching and painting in the piazza of Rome and other Italian cities and towns. She appreciates the pure pleasure and meditative qualities of painting, as well as the opportunity it offers to chart our course through life, our interests, our evolving abilities. She has taught watercolor painting at Rumble Arts Center and is a 2011 CAAP Grant recipient for her currently in-progress Western Avenue Series. Jane is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Nance is a steward of the earth. She is an ecological systems designer, horticulturalist, forager-grower, as well as a teacher, consultant, artist and writer. Nance is respected internationally for her work on land politics, wastestream revisioning and growing for fertility. Her business, Social Ecologies, has designed and built large-scale soil building systems, as well as systems of collection, recirculation, and biological filtration of rain, grey, and contaminated water here and abroad. For the past two decades, Nance has lectured and exhibited internationally at: The Hammer Museum, The Canadian Center for Architecture, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Temple Contemporary, The University of Cincinnati and others. She has taught university level courses at UCLA, Northwestern, Dartington College of Arts (UK) and Jutland Kunstakademi (DK) and countless community groups worldwide. She lives and grows in the middle of Little Village, a densely packed, diverse urban neighborhood in the heart of Chicago. Her house and land are daily practice in deep ecological living.
Iker Gil, Program Co-Director, Chicago Expander
Iker is an architect, urban designer, and director of MAS Studio, a collaborative
architecture and urban design firm with a multidisciplinary approach to a wide range of
projects. The studio develops its work with an emphasis in research, built work,
publications and exhibitions. Some of the recent projects include a documentation of the residents and units of Marina City with photographer Andreas E.G. Larsson, a strategic proposal for reactivating the North Lawndale neighborhood, the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago façade identity, an urban proposal for the area surrounding Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Cut. Join. Play., the first prize in the 2010 Architecture for Humanity Chicago Street Furniture competition. The office also recently organized the competition “Network Reset: Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace” with the Chicago Architectural Club. Iker is also the editor in chief of the quarterly design journal MAS Context, the director of the architecture series at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and the editor of the book “Shanghai Transforming” (ACTAR, 2008). He also curated the exhibitions “Shanghai Transforming” at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Virginia Tech, and “Synchronizing Geometry” held at S.R. Crown Hall (IIT). In addition, he is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he teaches design studio courses. Iker has received several grants and awards for his work, most recently the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club and several grants from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in support of MAS Context. Iker holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) developing his thesis about the transportation infrastructure of the City of Chicago.
Dr. Antonio Petrov, Program Co-Director, Chicago Expander
Antonio received his doctoral degree in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism and cultural studies from Harvard University. Currently, he is teaching at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He is also co-founder and current editor-in-chief of the Harvard GSD publication New Geographies, the founder and editor-in-chief of DOMA, a bilingual magazine published in Macedonia, and the director of WAS, a think tank located in Chicago. Antonio’s research explores new discourses in regionalism and architecture with focus on the Mediterranean; he also investigates new spatial paradigms in evangelical architecture in the United States. Published by Harvard University Press in March 2013, New Geographies ‘the Mediterranean,’ supported with grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, spatializes the Mediterranean as a larger geographic entity and recovers the region as a critical spatial model for global interaction. His research seeks to reconceptualize active processes of region making by dismantling its prevailing geographic, spatial and cultural meanings. His perspective on the Mediterranean recasts the region as a contemporary phenomenon and spatializes its formation as a larger geographic entity challenging conventional boundaries between cities and hinterlands. In his forthcoming book, ‘Superordinary: New Paradigms in Scared Architecture’ Antonio traces evangelical architecture in the United States arguing that postwar American Protestantism not only overcame the traditional signification of sacred architecture, but also its dichotomy of form, function and aesthetics. Before coming to the University of Texas, Antonio taught at Harvard University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Iowa State University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, and has received several other grants, fellowships, and won international prizes and competitions in architecture, planning and design.
2012-2013 DESIGN RESOURCES
Denise Arnold, AIA, LEED AP
Denise R. Arnold LLC
Denise is the founder of Denise R. Arnold LLC, an architectural and urban design firm specializing in inclusive environments for people of all abilities. She is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience in architecture, urban design, and public policy with a focus on meeting and exceeding the needs of people with physical and mental disabilities. As Program Director of the Architectural Services Unit of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Denise rewrote building and zoning codes to foster greater housing options for people with disabilities. She contributed innovative accessible housing policies to Chapter 18-11, Accessibility, of the Chicago Building Code. Denise has conducted instructional seminars for industry professionals and authored the Illustrated Guide to Chapter 18-11, offering readily understandable text of complex code regulations. She believes that regulations need not be restrictive, but can aid in the formation of creative design solutions if used early in the design process. She has written numerous design guidelines for complex urban environments such as mixed-income housing, accessible playgrounds and play lots, and inclusive school environments. Denise spearheaded three national design competitions funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The first competition involving the Chicago Housing Authority initiated public discourse regarding the replacement of public housing towers with mixed-income dwellings. The Universal House Charrette promoted the use of Universal Design principles for City funded affordable homes, and Intergen aimed to create an integrated learning and living center for grandparents raising their grandchildren. Each competition raised the level discourse about design in the urban redevelopment process. Denise received the Loeb Fellowship in Environmental Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and participated in environmental and planning research in Johannesburg, South Africa with funds from the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy.
Susan F. King, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Recently called a “doyenne of alternative housing” by Chicago Architect’s Dennis Rodkin, Susan has been bringing quality design to the special needs housing arena in Chicago for over a decade. Her design approach includes sustainability as inseparable from good practice and as a key component of true affordability. An advocate for attainable housing, green market and diversity transformation of the building industry, Susan is routinely invited to speak on these topics. She is past Chair of the AIA-Chicago Committee on the Environment, Past Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee for AIA Illinois, where she authored their current housing policy and Past President of Chicago Women in Architecture. Susan also participated in the City of Chicago Dept. of Environment’s Green Residential Standard Work Group, which provided peer review for what has become the City of Chicago’s Green Residential Standard, and is utilized as part of the Expedited Green Permit Process. As a principal with Harley Ellis Devereaux she is the firm’s National Sustainable Design Leader, developing and implementing nationwide design policies in regards to sustainability.
Wayfinder, Perkins + Will
Anthony Prince is a project designer currently working with the Branded Environments team of Chicago Architectural firm Perkins+Will who likes helping people ‘find their way’. With 12 years’ experience as a wayfinder he has led the design and implementation of user based wayfinding strategies and systems that assist people to orientate themselves with their surroundings and navigate their environment. Originally from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Anthony studied Industrial Design at the University of Canberra and has worked across a diverse range of project types that include hospitality, retail, commercial, healthcare, education, aviation, residential and urban master planning. With itchy feet and a desire to experience and understand different cultures first hand Anthony has lived and worked throughout Asia, Australia, Oceania, North America and the Middle East.
2012-2013 ARCHEWORKS FELLOW
Patrick C. Cunningham
Patrick C. Cunningham fits into one single professional mold about as well as a thunderstorm into a thumbnail. An avid generalist, human-centric design opportunities drive all of his professional endeavors. Originally hailing from the plains of Oklahoma, he currently resides in the quaint village of Chicago where he is an artist, educator, designer, actor and technical consultant. Currently, he is a part of the groundbreaking design studio/art gallery Design Cloud. Having developed the first ever BioArt studio class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago affords him the opportunity to teach students the basics of genetic manipulation and biotechnology within an arts framework.
For the past two years, Patrick has served as technical consultant to Landon Bone Baker Architects developing prototype micro-controller air quality sensors as well as teaching high school students the joys of soldering and electronics. Helping out the multimedia "geek boutique" production firm Binary Artists has allowed fantastic opportunities to handle interactive projects for clients which include Fortune 500 companies, museums, startups and everything in between. On the arts side, Abryant and LiveBox galleries provide opportunities to showcase exceptional emerging and established artists. Additionally, Patrick is an artist regularly exhibiting and performing in a variety of capacities. Recent exhibitions of Patrick's work include the Sullivan Galleries Chicago, Living Arts Center of Oklahoma, Boston CyberArts Festival and the International Upgrade Conference among others. Lastly, he is an actor, producer, director and occasional stand-up comedian.
PAST FACULTY MEMBERS
Patrick C. Cunningham, Mixed Media Producer, 2011 - 2012
Ryan Wilson, Landscape Architect, 2010 - 2012
Susan King, Architect, Harley Ellis Devereaux (Design Resource 2011-12)
Anthony Prince, Wayfinder, Perkins+Will (Design Resource 2011-12)
Fereshteh Toosi, Multimedia Artist (Archeworks Fellow 2011-12)
Steve Dillon, Architect, 2010 - 2011
Catherine Muller, Architect (Archeworks Fellow 2010-11)
Mason Pritchett, Architect, 2008 - 2011
Andrew Vesselinovitch, Urban Designer & Planner, 2008 - 2011
Giles A. Jacknain, Business Consultant, 2003 - 2010
Kees Lokman, Landscape Architect, Designer 2008 - 2010
Jesse Vogler, Architect, Designer 2008 - 2010
Cornelia Ann Bailey, Web Director, Designer 2007 - 2008
Mark Buchalter, Industrial Designer 2007 -2008
Monica Bueno, Creative Director 2007 - 2008
Samar Hechaime, Designer, Project Manager 2005 - 2008
Nance Klehm, Ecological Designer 2007-2008
Elva Rubio, Architect, Designer 2007 - 2008
David Woodhouse, Architect 2006 - 2008
Lee Bey, Architecture Critic, BA 2006 - 2007
Sarah Dunn, Architect, M Arch 2006 - 2007
Martin Felsen, AIA Architect, M Arch 2006 - 2007
César Nuñez, Community Organizer 2006 - 2007
Ellen Grimes, MBA, M Arch 2005 - 2006
Edward Keegan, B Arch 2005 -2006
Randy Kober, Architect, M Arch 2004 - 2007
Pat Saldana Natke, Architect, M Arch 2003 – 2006
Daniel Towler Weese, M Arch 2005-2006
Lisa Kulisek, Architect, M Arch 2004 - 2005
Clare Lyster, Architect, M Arch 2003 - 2004
Ammar Eloueini, Architect, M Arch 2000 - 2004
Kerl LaJeune, Architect, B Arch 2002 - 2004
Jeanne Gang, Architect, M Arch 2002 - 2004
Jason Pickleman, Graphic Designer, 2002 - 2005
Brad Lynch, Architect, B Arch 2002 - 2005
Douglas Garofalo, Architect, M Arch 1994 - 2002
Michael Newman, Architect, M Arch 1995 - 2002
Ben Nicholson, Architect, M Arch 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2002
Charles Smith, Architect, B Arch 2001 - 2002
Anna Kania, Architect, B Arch 2001 - 2002
Maura Crisham, Architect, M Arch 2000 - 2001
Monica Chadha, Architect, B Arch 1999 - 2001
Kent Lawson, Architect, BA 1999 - 2000
Richard Walthers, Architect, MA 1999 - 2000
Frances Whitehead, Artist, MFA 1999 - 2000
Dian Love, Architect, MFA, M Arch 1995 - 1997
Sue Ryder, Industrial Designer, BFA 1996 - 1999
Eileen Jones, Interior Designer, BFA 1998 - 1999
Andrea (Arsenault) Reynders, Artist, BFA 1996 - 1998
Lily Zand, Architect, B Arch 1994 - 1995
Robert Somol, Educator, JD, PhD 1994 - 1997