Contact: James Karl Fischer PhD RIBA
President, RIBA-USA
tel: 01.973.979.1984

Chicago, IL -- Just announced! The RIBA-USA, the American Region of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), presents programs as part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial! In the spirit of international cooperation and architectural fellowship, the RIBA-USA hopes to enhance international architectural education and dialogue as it fosters stronger ties between Chicago and the UK.

The Biennial features forward looking programming, officially described neatly: “The Chicago Architecture Biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. For centuries, Chicago has been at the forefront of architectural innovation…” The RIBA-USA will host three key events during the three month initiative, including a Reception at the Official Residence of the British Consul General in Chicago, A Night of Film and Theater, as well as a unique river cruise experience Liquid Happening: A Living Architecture Ball.

Aboard a private yacht, this event will break traditional molds of evening public lectures that promote excellence, diversity, as well as engaging the public about the impact and relevance of architecture and good design. Attendees will come out reenergized, as they mingle, tour Chicago through Lake Michigan and Chicago River in a private yacht, and engage in dialogue with Keynote Speaker and TED Talk Presenter, Dr Rachel Armstrong. The evening's topic centers on an ecological design and construction that work along with natural systems. The black-tie and tie-dyed evening cruise will culminate at the rooftop of a secret high rise building location (to be revealed on the day of the event) for a viewing of the Living Ball installation by Lira Luis of the Leapfrog Project, a program backed by the RIBA-USA dedicated to disaster/typhoon mitigation in the Philippines through the thoughtful integration of contextually appropriate technologies.

“The Chicago Architectural Biennial offers a great opportunity to transform public thinking about architecture”, commented RIBA-USA President James Karl Fischer. “In our programming, we hope to stress how working with natural systems in architecture leads to better understandings of our surroundings and better towards approaches in architectural design. Thoughtful architecture can be a proactive force towards building strong communities, and it is the RIBA-USA intention to draw this out during the Biennial.”

The Chicago Architectural Biennial begins on 1 October 2015, and events will continue throughout early 2016.

Details of the events can be found through the following links:

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