The 2021 Docomomo US National Symposium is a collaboration of Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Chicago.


The Chicago Symposium would not be possible without the generous support of the following partners and sponsors.

Century of Progress

Perkins & Will

Perkins and Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm, was founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives. Guided by its core values—design excellence, diversity and inclusion, research, resilience, social purpose, sustainability, and well-being—the firm is committed to designing a better, more beautiful world. Fast Company named Perkins and Will one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Architecture, and industry rankings consistently place Perkins and Will among the world’s top design practices. With an international team of more than 2,700 professionals, the firm has over 20 studios worldwide, providing services in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape architecture.

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TAWANI Foundation

The TAWANI Foundation is committed to preserving and protecting our architectural and cultural heritage. We support organizations whose goals are to ensure that national treasures, from significant physical structures to museums and arts organizations, are available for the enrichment of generations to come.

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Harboe Architects, PC

Harboe Architects is an award winning architecture firm specializing in the preservation of historic structures. Located in Chicago, Harboe Architects have completed significant restoration projects on over a half dozen National Historic Landmarks and National Register Properties. Harboe Architects recently prepared the Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West.

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Mills + Schnoering Architects

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC is a full service architectural firm dedicated to design that contributes meaningfully to the built environment, and to the preservation of significant historic structures that reflect their time, place, and cultural associations. Our work is focused on cultural buildings of all types, including theatres and museums; public buildings; campus planning and design; and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, with a particular focus on the restoration and adaptive use of mid-century Modern structures. We look for projects that inspire and challenge us, and clients who share our commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

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Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates is a global firm of engineers, architects, and materials scientists committed to helping clients solve, repair, and avoid problems in the built world.

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Bauer Latoza Studio

Bauer Latoza Studio is recognized for its work in architecture, planning, historic preservation, and hospitality design. Established in 1990, the firm maintains a diverse portfolio of projects in the local, national, and international markets, and has received more than 30 design awards.  The firm’s interdisciplinary portfolio serves clients in federal, state, and local government, as well as private and nonprofit entities.

Bauer Latoza Studio maintains a strong commitment to Sustainable Design, and has been a member of the United States Green Building Council since 2002.  The Studio is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois, a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with CTA, METRA, IDOT, CDOT, and Pace, and a qualified Small Business Set Aside (SBSA) vendor with the State of Illinois.

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Berglund Construction

Berglund Con­struc­tion is a fourth-gen­er­a­tion, family-owned and operated con­struc­tion and building restora­tion firm. We draw from over a century of expertise to deliver projects for clients with highly technical requirements.

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Central Building & Preservation

Central specializes in tuck pointing, masonry reconstruction, concrete restoration, high-tech sealant and caulking applications and epoxy repairs. Central also provides expertise in façade restoration and cleaning, professional services, inspections, and reports.

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Ghafari Associates

Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

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Krueck + Sexton

Based in Chicago, Krueck+Sexton Architects is passionately dedicated to realizing architecture that embraces creativity and innovation.

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RATIO is an international, interdisciplinary design practice offering services in architecture, preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, and graphic design.

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Avison Young

Avison Young is a different kind of commercial real estate company, where principals own the company — and drive results for clients. Providing a full range of integrated services for real estate owners and occupiers around the globe, we are growing rapidly to help clients solve their most complex challenges.

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Bailey Edward

For over twenty five years, Bailey Edward has defined responsive architecture and engineering for people and communities. The success of our approach - emphasizing consensus, inventive problem-solving and responsive client service - is evidenced by our enduring client relationships and acclaimed, insightful solutions.

We believe that creativity, professionalism and responsiveness are integral to our ultimate achievement - taking care of people.

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Cultural Heritage Conservation

Cultural Heritage Conservation provides conservation design and implementation services for the preservation and restoration of modern architecture, monuments, and sculpture.

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Doyle & Associates

Doyle & Associates (D&A) is an Architecture, Planning, and Interiors firm specializing in in the restoration, renovation, adaptive reuse, and/or additions to existing and historic buildings. We also have extensive feasibility study, and master planning experience.

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Since 1992, DSGN Associates has provided architectural, planning, interior design, and graphic design services to stellar clients around the world. Our project types are diverse and include single and multi-family residential, retail and mixed-use centers, offices and work places, civic facilities, and urban planning. Our work includes both new construction and adaptive reuse of pre-war and post-war historic buildings.

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F. H. Paschen

After more than three decades working in construction, and having taken the leading role on thousands of projects in a number of different industries, we can very confidently say that we know what we’re doing. We’ve come up against and solved almost every conceivable construction challenge, we’ve succeeded through tight budgets and restricted timelines, developed strong relationships with clients, vendors, and contractors, and have always embraced and utilized new technologies, materials, and processes.

We’re an industry leader in infrastructure construction and rehabilitation, renovation and repair work, as well as in alternative delivery methods such as Design-Build Construction, Job Order Contracting and Construction Manager as Contractor. Serving both the public and private sectors, we have extensive construction experience in heavy civil transportation (including major highways, bridges, and mass transit systems), public works projects, municipal buildings, commercial properties, and private institutions.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Ask the average citizen to name a famous American architect and you can bet that their answer will be Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright gained such cultural primacy for good reason: he changed the way we build and live. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation seeks to inspire the world through beautiful spaces that are thoughtfully designed and experienced by preserving Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations and inspiring society through an understanding and experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, architecture, and design.

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Klein & Hoffman

Since 1953, Klein and Hoffman (K&H) has provided architectural restoration and structural engineering services for the assessment and rehabilitation of some of the most impressive and well-known buildings and structures. We work closely with owners, developers, managers, architects, engineers and contractors to achieve creative, effective solutions built to last.

Our team of technically astute engineers, architects and field services teams work to preserve & honor architectural heritage and are dedicated to improving building integrity, safety and sustainability.

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Landon Bone Baker Architects

Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA) is a Chicago-based architectural practice established in 1987 that is distinguished by its community-based approach. An innovative leader and hands-on champion of affordable housing and neighborhood planning, LBBA believes good design should be available to all. Together with clients and community stakeholders, LBBA co-creates inventive, inviting, and sustainable spaces and places that transform lives, revitalize neighborhoods, and regenerate cities.

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MacDonald & Mack Architects

MacDonald & Mack has been a leader and innovator in the historic preservation movement since our founding in 1976. In our forty-plus years of practice, we've worked on iconic structures across the USA, including more than a dozen National Historic Landmarks and over 500 properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

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McGuire Igleski & Associates, Inc.

Organized in 2001, McGuire Igleski & Associates, Inc. is a certified WBE and DBE architectural firm offering the full range of professional services with a special expertise in historic preservation serving governmental agencies, public entities and private clients. Our skilled staff includes architects, historic preservation specialists, and LEED Accredited Professionals, giving us a wide base of knowledge for working with all building types. We integrate the needs of the modern user, providing state of the art design and technology solutions while respecting the building traditions, historic materials and qualities of the past which contribute to the historic character of the building or site.

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NSG Pilkington North America

Pilkington North America manufactures and markets glass and glazing products for the architectural and automotive markets. Its sales are made up of 70 percent automotive products (57 percent Original Equipment and 43 percent Automotive Glass Replacement) and 30 percent architectural.

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Page & Turnbull

Page & Turnbull is a full-service architecture, design, planning, and preservation firm that transforms the built environment. Founded in 1973, our firm has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, bringing together architects, planners, architectural historians, and conservators to build new structures or imbue new life into existing structures by adapting them to meet contemporary needs.

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Thomas Jefferson University Center for the Preservation of Modernism

Jefferson’s Center for the Preservation of Modernism and M.S. Historic Preservation support initiatives that foster the protection and conservation of modern buildings and sites, including: research; an archive for scholars and students; and lectures, symposia and workshops.

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Vinci Hamp Architects Inc.

Vinci | Hamp Architects Inc. (VHA) is a full service architectural practice, registered as an Illinois corporation, with a professional staff of thirteen, located in Chicago. We have an established reputation for design excellence in new construction, historic preservation and design for arts institutions and have received numerous national, state and local design awards. Our clients include governmental agencies, educational and cultural institutions, private corporations, and individuals.

Unifying our diverse client base are the buildings these institutions occupy: structures with architectural and/or historic significance, typically landmarked or of landmark caliber. While many are in excess of a century old, much of our practice is involved working with significant designs by acknowledged modern masters. Regardless of chronological age, we understand the challenge of upgrading out-of-date, yet significant buildings to modern standards; our goal is to enhance the essence of the historic envelope, key interior features or the site. We determine the character-defining elements of a building and work with careful regard for these features. We partner with owners to understand how they operate and determine the programmatic needs, keeping in mind the client’s overall project goals as well as budget.

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Wheeler Kearns Architects, Inc

Based in Chicago, Wheeler Kearns Architects is a collective practice of architects devoted to creating spaces that embody their clients’ purpose, energy, and vision. The 18-person firm designs award-winning projects that range from single-family residences, schools, museums, galleries, theatres, and non-profit institutions. Since its founding in 1987, Wheeler Kearns has twice been named by a national jury as AIA Chicago’s Firm of the Year. The award honors sustained outstanding achievement and excellence in a body of work produced by a firm over time. Learn more at

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Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

Woodhouse Tinucci Architects is an innovative design and idea practice specializing in architecture, interior design, programming, and planning projects. We are a tight-knit group of professionals who are deeply involved in and engaged with our work from the earliest idea stages through the final details of construction. Our projects span small and large, from public to private: all are critically important to us. In each, we search for the most appropriate, inventive, and relevant solutions by evaluating all criteria and by treating every constraint as an opportunity.

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AIA Illinois

AIA Illinois, established in 1946, is a state component of the American Institute of Architects. Empowered by members to champion the profession of architecture.

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Barbara Campagna

BAC/A+P is an architectural firm rooted in the belief that historic preservation values equal the best of green building practices. Our firm’s work demonstrates that the artistic, scientific and cultural aspects of remaking and greening historic and existing buildings are crucial to a sustainable future.

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 As specialists in complex renovation, Blinderman Construction’s refined skillset is best suited for the challenges presented by renovation and preservation of historic buildings in urban landscapes. We are a second generation, family-owned general contracting firm serving the construction needs in the Chicagoland area and beyond since 1971 – our expertise is broad, varied and valuable. With Blinderman you get hands-on, committed ownership, and a dedicated and accomplished staff with the wherewithal, skill and urgency to get the job done.

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Building Conservation Associates, Inc.

Building Conservation Associates, Inc. is a consulting firm that specializes in both the technical and historical aspects of restoring buildings and works of art. BCA also assists clients in the preparation of federal rehabilitation tax credit applications. BCA's approach to conservation is pragmatic, combining field documentation, archival research, materials testing, and scientific research to satisfy project requirements without compromising quality.

Since its founding in 1985, BCA has maintained an experienced staff of preservationists, conservators, scientists, architects, historians, planners, and artisans. BCA has developed a reputation for its practical approach in the fields of historic preservation and materials conservation.

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David Fleener Architects

David Fleener Architects, Inc. is a full-service architectural practice founded in 2000 with a focus on sustainable design. The type and scale of projects executed ranges from single family residential to full block urban multi-use developments. Services available include: space programming, master planning, architecture, interior design, and sustainable design. Providing our clients with attentive and professional service is a top priority of the practice.

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Hubbell Incorporated began its journey in the late 1800’s when its founder, Harvey Hubbell, developed tooling and equipment to serve the growing demand for new assembly and manufacturing machinery during the industrial revolution. The commercial availability of electric power and advent of the light bulb created additional opportunities for Hubbell. With early patents for the “pull chain lamp socket” and “separable plug and receptacle,” Hubbell stepped into an era of creativity, inventing new ways to serve its growing customer base of businesses, manufacturers, utilities and homeowners.

Today, we continue the tradition of growth and innovation that Hubbell was built on more than a century ago. We are focused on delivering high quality, dependable products. Internally, we are supported by our knowledgeable customer care teams. In the field, we work with our channel partners to deliver our product to market. Our network of distributors and retailers provide sales support, local inventory and expertise for the end-consumer. Together, they form a partnership with Hubbell that has played an important role in supporting our growth throughout our history.


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Hydro-Thermo-Power, Inc.

HYDRO-THERMO-POWER, Inc. is a growth-oriented, multidisciplined, geographically diverse, licensed engineering consulting firm, which provides consulting, professional and specialized engineering services for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, Health Care, and Residential projects.

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MacRostie Historic Advisors

MacRostie Historic Advisors is the nation’s leading specialist in historic tax credits. We help developers navigate complex tax application processes and ease the path to additional equity for historic rehabilitation projects. After successfully completing thousands of historic tax credit projects, we have the expertise and the relationships within the historic tax credit community to help projects draw every available dollar. At MHA, we make historic rehabilitation profitable.

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MTH Industries

MTH Industries is now in our third century of creating and preserving Chicago’s architectural heritage by offering glazing, structural and ornamental metal, renovation, and maintenance services. As industry leaders with a history of service to the real estate and construction industries, we dedicate ourselves to client service and providing the highest quality of work.

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Nia Architects

Nia partners with community developers, leaders, groups, and members to create purpose-driven design solutions. Our team has created various award-winning multi-family, education, healthcare, community, and mixed-use projects over the past 20 years.

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Pittsburgh Modern Committee

The Pittsburgh Modern Committee of Preservation Pittsburgh celebrates and explores the region's 20th-century modern and postmodern architecture and design as groundwork for preservation.

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Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized design firm that has earned a reputation for Theatre Planning and Architectural Lighting Design. Our work ranges from epic to intimate, transcendent to practical, and across all project types on nearly every continent. What unites our work in these two disciplines is a collaborative spirit and a commitment to compelling, innovative and sensitive designs distinctly and masterfully tailored to the needs of the project.

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Site Design Group

Founded in 1990, site design group, ltd. (site) is an award-winning landscape architecture, urban design, and architecture firm based in Chicago, Illinois.

We are recognized by our ability to visualize and communicate innovative design concepts and spatial experiences throughout the design process. We provide professional design services to architects, engineers, municipalities, corporations, and institutions throughout Chicago, the United States, and Asia.

With every project and every client, we strive to think outside the box to engage and excite people with who we are and what we do. We are constantly looking to other disciplines and new collaborators for unique ideas, new materials, and leading-edge technologies to improve the way we work and play.

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Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Working with clients across the country, SCB creates forward-thinking design solutions that make a lasting impact on skylines, campuses, communities, and neighborhoods.

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TGRWA (Tylk, Gustafson, Reckers, Wilson, Andrews) was formed in July 2000. TGRWA evolved from the firm of Tylk, Gustafson and Associates, Inc. whose roots date back to 1979. The TGRWA Principals include Kevin Wilson, Jon Andrews, Roger Reckers, David Nickell, Michael Justice and Peter Danos.

TGRWA has an outstanding record of continuing growth, offering a broad spectrum of quality structural engineering services to its clients. The success and reputation of the firm are the direct outcome of the individual efforts and the close cooperation by all TGRWA Employees and Principals. We strive to continue these efforts and adhere to the highest professional standards and ideals. Ultimately, we provide the client with structural engineering designs and solutions that are both innovative and cost effective.

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Thornton Tomasetti Architects

Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity.

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TreanorHLis a national architecture firm providing services in architectural design, planning, interior design, historic preservation, civil engineering, and landscape architecture. Our purpose is to create places and experiences that make people's lives better.

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Partner Organizations

AIA Chicago

The American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) is the largest chapter of licensed architects, architectural interns, and allied professionals within AIA Illinois, and the second largest AIA chapter in the country.

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Elmhurst Art Museum

The Elmhurst Art Museum, established and granted 501c(3) status in 1997, is dedicated to the development of rotating contemporary art exhibitions by regional artists, ongoing educational programs that are available at no cost to interested groups, schools and individuals, and the celebration and preservation of a rare single-family home designed by Mies van der Rohe. The galleries, Education Center, and the Mies House, are complementary, working together to enrich thousands of lives annually by deepening knowledge of art, architecture and design, increasing understanding of the relevance of visual art in our times, and sparking the development of individual creativity through innovative programming.

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Farnsworth House

The Farnsworth House, designed and built in the International Style by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth from 1949-1951, is one of the world’s most widely-recognized and studied structures constructed in the 20th century. As one of the pinnacle works of Mies van der Rohe’s style and philosophy, it remains an international pilgrimage site for thousands of architecture students and professionals annually.

The Farnsworth House is a National Historic Landmark, and is currently held as a Historic Site by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. All visitors must check in at the Visitor Center. Access to the property is only available via guided tour.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy facilitates the preservation and stewardship of the remaining built works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through advocacy, education and technical services.

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IIT College of Architecture

The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology builds on a legacy of disciplined experimentation in materials and technologies to educate and inspire the next generation of architects and landscape architects. From its landmark campus and home at S. R. Crown Hall, IIT Architecture champions an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is simultaneously local and global in its impact.IIT Architecture students are educated to address complex, contemporary challenges of designing and constructing across all scales. Both faculty and students enjoy a longstanding relationship with professional practice in Chicago, a city with a vibrant history of innovation in architecture, design, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

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Landmarks Illinois

We are People Saving Places for People. Landmarks Illinois is a membership-based nonprofit organization serving the people of Illinois. We inspire and empower stakeholders to save places that matter to them by providing free guidance, practical and financial resources and access to strategic partnerships. For more information, visit

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Mies van der Rohe Society

Preserving Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s legacy and maintaining the architectural integrity of his buildings at Illinois Institute of Technology. One of the most influential architects of the twentieth century and director of IIT’s College of Architecture for 20 years, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe expressed his modernist vision in the IIT campus, which he designed in the 1940s and 1950s. As the steward of Mies’ legacy, IIT is committed to restoring his masterworks.

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Preservation Chicago

Preservation Chicago is committed to strengthening the vibrancy of Chicago’s economy and quality of life by championing our historic built environment. Preservation Chicago protects and revitalizes Chicago’s irreplaceable architecture, neighborhoods and urban green spaces. We influence stakeholders toward creative reuse and preservation through advocacy, outreach, education, and partnership.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the most historically significant accredited independent schools of art and design in the nation located in one of the greatest American cities. Our accolades are many, including recognition by Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism survey as “the most influential art college in the United States” and our consistent ranking among the top graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

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Society of Architectural Historians

Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an international nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an acclaimed research institution with 16 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge.

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