Archeworks is a Chicago-based design lab and educator. Our mission is to use design as an agent of change in the public interest. We drive dialogue, policy, and city design. We inspire a collaborative process while inventing and testing innovative prototypes that shape the future of our city.

Our public forums and partnership-based education programs propose a range of socially responsible and ecologically resourceful design solutions for Chicago communities. Archeworks advances design in the public interest and inspires collaborative action to shape sustainable, equitable, and healthy communities. Our mission has a simple premise: Design shapes the way we live. The fewer resources communities and individuals have, the more they need great design solutions to enhance their quality of life.

Archeworks’ signature design education program offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design. Our experiential learning philosophy fosters an approach to design thinking and design doing that remains at the heart of an Archeworks education. This engaged learning process allows for continuous feedback and maximum participation between our design students, faculty, and community partners.

Our public programs advance our work as an educator, incubator, and catalyst for transformational design in the public interest. Professional seminars and workshops bring together diverse groups of individuals seeking to bring greater meaning and impact to their work. These advanced forums foster critical thinking; generate proposals and working models; and develop new models of cross-disciplinary practice and civic innovation —which we believe is critical for not only seeding community-driven solutions, but generating visionary responses to society’s most complex challenges.


Archeworks was founded in 1994 by internationally known architect Stanley Tigerman, FAIA and award winning designer Eva Maddox, FIIDA. Over the past 22 years, we have collaborated with over 80 partners and completed more than 80 design projects in communities throughout Chicago. Past partners include community organizations, urban farms, advocacy groups, healthcare organizations, schools, municipalities, and cultural institutions. Our collaborative design projects have addressed subjects ranging from universal design and accessibility to community health, local food systems, and sustainable land use.

About Our Founders


Stanley Tigerman, FAIA
Principal of Tigerman McCurry Architects and the former Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, Stanley is a practicing architect and product designer whose work is internationally recognized.The author of six books, he has been a visiting professor at numerous institutions. The winner of over 125 design awards, he represented the U.S. at the Venice Biennale in 1976 and 1980.

Eva Maddox, FIIDA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Eva is Principal of Perkins & Will | Eva Maddox Branded Environments, a research-based design practice she created to identify & integrate a client’s DNA into tangible experiences. She is the recipient of Chicago Magazine’s 2002 Chicagoan of the Year; and 2000 Star Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honoring her outstanding leadership and contribution to design. In 1999, Eva was elected to IIDA’s College of Fellows and in 1992, she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.