Chicago Complex

This year marks our 25th anniversary. We see this as an opportunity – and feel a deep obligation – to re-imagine our role as an educator. In 2018, we made a bold move — we focused our educational programs to work with CPS high school students from the South and West sides of ChicagoTherefore, Archeworks is not offering the Chicago Complex programs in 2019-2020. Stay tuned for details…


ChicagoComplex is an academic consortium for advanced urban studies and research. It operates as a satellite campus for national and international universities, utilizing the Chicago metropolitan area as a laboratory for contemporary cultural production.

Based on the interests and curriculum of its allied institutions, ChicagoComplex tailors and provides necessary components of an off-campus program, including instructors, studio space, educational resources, administrative support, and housing. Design studios, classrooms, and lecture halls are located within actively engaged architecture and design offices, civic institutions, and other interested private companies. All students remain enrolled in their university and courses are designed to provide the necessary academic content required for credit.
ChicagoComplex conducts a research-based interdisciplinary approach across the fields of architecture, urbanism, and design. Working closely with influential leaders in the public and private sector, ranging from architects and planners to government officials and social activists, ChicagoComplex creates and fosters partnerships with national and international universities to explore and test emerging forms of socially responsible cultural production.

2015/16 Participating Schools

TU Delft
The Netherlands

University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Massey University
Wellington, New Zealand

Ecole Nationale Supérieure D’Architecture de Saint-Etienne
Saint-Etienne, France

Ecole Nationale Supérieure D’Architecture de Versailles
Versailles, France

University of Utah
United States

Instituto Technológico De Monterrey
Querétaro, Mexico

Instituto Technológico De Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico

University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design
United States

Examples of Student Work

TU Delft, Complex Projects – The Netherlands
Maria Rohof releases film on Chicago Loop, TU Delft, Complex Projects – The Netherlands
University of New South Wales – Sydney, Australia
Instituto Technológico De Monterrey