Archeworks is a Chicago-based design lab and educator that uses 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 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.