Archeworks is a Chicago-based design lab, educator and media outlet dedicated to using design as an agent of change in the public interest. We take a multi-faceted approach to design – we teach it, we analyze and critique it, we broadcast it, and we also create speculative works of our own.

Since our founding, Archeworks has offered a postgraduate certificate focused on the skills, techniques and implementation of Public Interest Design: identifying opportunity, engaging a collective audience, convincing and testing ideas, and making design an agent of change. Through a vast network of industry experts, civic leaders, award winning practitioners and successful social entrepreneurs, students are given the tools and access to make a difference in the world, and the accountability to do so.

In 2015, Archeworks launched Chicago Complex, a satellite campus for national and international universities. This academic consortium for advanced urban studies utilizes the Chicago metropolitan area as a laboratory for contemporary cultural production. Students from diverse areas, nationalities and backgrounds bring a balanced and unbiased dialogue around some of Chicago’s most pressing social dilemmas, often exposing latent challenges and finding promising solutions.

In addition to educational programming, Archeworks now curates and manages Impact Design Hub (IDH), an online journal, resource platform, and growing community devoted to supporting and advancing the use of design for social and environmental change. IDH provides rigorous content and contributes to the discourse around the exciting field of social impact design.

Archeworks operates as a multidisciplinary think-tank, conducting research in areas beyond design that influence the social climate that we design within: education, policy, media, technology, waste streams, energy. The think-tank deepens the focus, precision and impact potential for our projects.