Accompanying Programs

This fall marks the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial, billed as North America’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture. This year, the city has come together to ensure an extra special set of offerings during the opening weekend of the Biennial. 
Your 2017 Design Matters Conference registration gives you the added benefit of being a credentialed visitor, giving you access to Chicago Architecture Biennial preview events, programs by local partners, and EXPOChicago VIP access. Here you can browse some of the early highlights. Email notices later this summer will be sent to all Conference registrants, providing you instructions about how to access these events or RSVP, where required.
  • The Biennial is expanding to include architecture-related programs at six museums across Chicago. Read the early news about these Community Anchor sites—an installation by Palais de Tokyo’s Katell Jaffrès and Institute français is one to watch.
  • The EXPOChicago international contemporary art show is timed to take place on Navy Pier during the Biennial’s opening. As an EXPO VIP, you get free access to the fair plus a number of architecture and design panels and presentations. Read the early line-up of /Dialogues.
  • The Graham Foundation opens in the forest, a multi-part installation by David Hartt that revisits Moshe Safdie’s unfinished 1968 Habitat project in Puerto Rico.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago opens Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute, a major new gallery devoted to the Institute's seminal permanent holdings of architetcure and designed objects.   
It’s going to be a very exciting week of programming. We look forward to giving you VIP access and helping you make the most of your time in Chicago.