Using the city as a laboratory, Unwrapping Design and Architecture (AIADO 4932, New Arts Journalism 5240) explores critical approaches to “reading and listening” to the multiplicity of architecture and design processes active in the built environment. Readings, discussions, and lectures frame on-site investigations and assignments, exposing students to experiences that identify design’s multivariant intentions. Students take an active role in analyzing and communicating these intents from a critical, value-based perspective to involve citizens in public discourse. Architectural theory readings are critically examined in dialogue with current journalists as students develop architectural writings about Chicago.
When Martin Horner and Shea Soucie studied interior architecture together at SAIC, they never imagined it would lead to the development of a successful Chicago design firm with clients around the globe. Both Soucie (BIA 1996) and Horner (BIA 1997) were undergrads together at SAIC, and during that time, on an interior architecture study trip to Paris, their friendship solidified. Soucie Horner began in an extra bedroom and a basement and grew quickly. By 2003 they had bought space in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, and now the firm has more than 20 employees.