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FEBRUARY 23, 2021 • ISSUE 31

Walking tours


Select CAC walking tours are back through February 28! Let our entertaining and expertly trained docents guide you through the Chicago you’ve been longing to rediscover. Keep an eye out for additional departures and tour options beginning in March. Tours remain limited to six attendees per departure, with face coverings and advance reservations required.


Save 20% at the CAC Design Store when you shop online from February 26–March 21, no promo code necessary. Explore a wide variety of unique, architecture-themed products and high-quality designer goods. Mark your calendars for this special sale!

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Vincent Scully class

Vincent Scully Masterclass Series: See Like an Architect
Tuesdays at 6pm, on March 2, April 6 and May 4

Refine your eye for design with Scully Series host Reed Kroloff and esteemed practitioners Carol Ross Barney, Brad Lynch, Mark Sexton and Juliane Wolf. These three entertaining classes are inspired by legendary professor, critic and author Vincent Joseph Scully, Jr. (1920−2017), who made his mark through more than six decades leading lectures at Yale University. Available à la carte or as a package, See Like an Architect is perfect for all architecture lovers. Register now to get access to all three.


Form and Composition
Tuesday, March 2 at 6pm

A well-thought-through design makes its statement simply, seemingly without effort, yet demands deep knowledge about the nature of shapes and how they interact. Learn more about the ability to focus the visitor’s attention with precision.

R+D 659, Chicago, 2009. Photo © Darris Lee Harris courtesy of Brininstool + Lynch.

Rhythm, Texture, Pattern
Tuesday, April 6 at 6pm

Traveling Chicago’s celebrated avenues and boulevards offers a masterclass in rhythm and repetition. Learn why humans are programmed to recognize patterns, and discover methods and tricks architects employ to make buildings look and feel “correct.”

Maisonette, Chicago, 2009. Photo © Steve Hall courtesy of Studio Gang.

Proportion and Scale
Tuesday, May 4 at 6pm

Reading buildings is often a study in interlocking relationships. Architects can hone in on the triumphs (and faults) of designs and, more often than not, scale and proportion lie at the heart of the matter. As the Scully Series concludes, you’ll learn to break down and analyze designs like a seasoned architect.

JRC (Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation) Synagogue, Evanston, 2008. Photo by Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing courtesy of Ross Barney Architects.

The 2021 Vincent Scully Masterclass Series: See Like an Architect is generously sponsored by Ann and Richard Carr. A member of Yale University’s class of 1961, Mr. Carr was a student of Vincent Scully.



Reflections of an Architecture Critic: A Conversation with Blair Kamin
Thursday, February 25 at 6pm

During 28 years as architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin deepened civic awareness of design. Join Kamin as he revisits three decades of skyline-shaping towers, imaginative local projects and transformations of the public realm.

Blair Kamin program

Healthy Buildings and the Workplace
Tuesday, March 16 at 8:30am

The COVID-19 pandemic puts health and safety in our workplaces to the test. Improved ventilation and sanitation have taken on special urgency among the many performance aspects of building design. Join us for a look at healthy buildings today.

Healthy Buildings program

REFLECTING ON architect John Moutoussamy

Chicago architect John Moutoussamy

Trailblazing architect John Moutoussamy was a true creative force over four decades of local practice. His designs ranged from Bronzeville’s Lawless Gardens housing complex and the landmarked Johnson Publishing Building to several schools and health care facilities and the architect’s own home in the Chatham neighborhood (pictured). Moutoussamy studied under Mies van der Rohe at IIT in the 1940s and later was the first Black architect promoted to partner at a major firm, Dubin Dubin Black & Moutoussamy.

We recently hosted a conversation exploring Moutoussamy’s career and lasting impact with his daughter Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, an accomplished photographer and activist for social change and civil rights, and IIT Professor Michelangelo SabatinoWatch the full interview.


Girls Build! Spring Break Camp


Designed to inspire middle school girls to explore and advance their interests in architecture, construction, engineering and design, our virtual Girls Build! Spring Break Camp runs Monday, March 29 through Thursday, April 1. This camp is specifically designed for first-time Girls Build! participants and includes both self-guided, at-home activities and virtual meetings via Zoom. Apply now to attend this exciting camp for free. Space is strictly limited; email education@architecture.org to learn more.

Girls Build! Spring Break Camp is a scholarship based program made possible by support from ArcelorMittal, the Herman Miller Cares Foundation, and the Turner Construction Company Foundation.


Become a member today and save on virtual programs and tours! Members also receive FREE and discounted walking tour tickets and an annual buy-one-get-one ticket benefit for the CAFC River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady—returning spring 2021. Memberships start at $80. Join today!


The Chicago Architecture Center mourns the recent passing of architect and preservationist James L. Nagle. Nagle was a founding member of the CAC/CAF connected to his efforts to restore Glessner House, and he remained a cherished part of the CAC family.

In the 1970s, Nagle joined a group of rebel architects dubbed "The Chicago Seven." Their provocative exhibitions threw a wrench in modernist orthodoxy and helped usher in a new postmodern design ethic.

Nagle has a long lineage in local architectural practice. He first joined Stanley Tigerman in his then three-person firm, striking out with Larry Booth a year later to found Booth & Nagle Architects, which became Nagle Hartray & Associates in 1966. The warmth of Nagle’s craft is notably evident in his many home designs, his 1989 Greyhound Bus Terminal and the curved saw-tooth form of Kinzie Park condo tower. Read more about Nagle’s life and work in the Architect's Newspaper and Crain's Chicago Business.


Select CAC walking tour departures are running through Sunday, February 28, with additional departures and tour options available beginning in March. Please note that advance reservations and face coverings are required for all CAC walking tours. Those who attend CAC walking tours departing through April may request vouchers for complimentary Center admission once exhibits reopen in May. Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady will resume in spring 2021 on a date to be announced. Located at 111 East Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, the Center remains temporarily closed to visitors.

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