In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, visual artist, trained architect and Art Center board member Amanda Williams invited two promising young architects to join the Jackman Goldwasser Residency program and exhibit their process in the gallery. The inaugural Architects-in-Residence, Ryan Gann and Karl Ochmanek, will present their research and document the transformation of common building materials to make new histories for public sites as part of this exploratory exhibition. Gann and Ochmanek will give their first public presentation to discuss their process and pedagogy on Sunday, November 12 from 2 – 3 p.m.
“The project will address the social, cultural and economic value of familiar building materials,” said Williams. “In keeping with the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s 2017 theme, ‘Make New History,’ we created a unique platform for these emerging designers to consider the legacy of bricks and glass as quintessentially ‘Chicagoan’ materials with loaded histories.” Architectural objects on display in the exhibition will evolve and rotate out as the research into materials progresses throughout the run of the exhibition.