December 1, 2011
The Chicago architect—and 2011 MacArthur fellow—fills out our questionnaire.
We’re in design on the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Michigan; City Hyde Park and the Writers’ Theatre in Chicago; a Mexico City high-rise; the MoMA exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream; and a book, Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways.
WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
FIRST STEP ON PROJECT
Assemble the team, dive into research, and visit the site.
LAST STEP ON A PROJCT
Projects never end. After a building is finished, work continues on energy monitoring, post-occupancy studies, or just giving tours.
HOW DO YOU BREAK A CREATIVE BLOCK?
Divert the mind or body.
Master of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois; Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, ETH Zürich
Making cities ecological and exciting
My MoMA team collaborators
A recycled Saarinen executive armchair by Knoll (on rollers, of course)
MOST USEFUL TOOLS
BEST PLACE TO THINK
Orange foods like Doritos
LEARNED THE HARD WAY
Fifty percent of calendar items
A project in Rio