Harvard Design: Chicago to offer series of conversations, events exploring design innovations

The Harvard Graduate School of Design will offer a series of conversations and events exploring design innovations with its Harvard Design: Chicago program on October 1 to 3.

Harvard Design: Chicago begins with the two-day “Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials Conference,” which will investigate the potential of innovative processes and technology for architecture and industry. Over 20 practitioners, academics, building scientists, and engineers will participate in the conference including Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang (MArch ’93), Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design Mohsen Mostafavi, assistant professor of architecture Eric Höweler, Frank Barkow (MArch ’90), adjunct professor of the history and theory of urban form and design Eve Blau, Monica Ponce de Leon (MAUD ’91), and other thought leaders. The rich exchange of content is reflected in the 14 AIA continuing education units offered to attendees.

Following the conference, the “GSD Alumni + Friends Weekend” will feature tours of regional alumni projects including Jones Academy Prep, Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse, Aqua Tower, Poetry Foundation, and Maggie Daley Park. The tours will provide a platform for discussing the exciting research conducted by the GSD’s extended community and how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience.

To register, and for more info on speakers, sessions, and other details, please visit

Download or share a PDF of the full Harvard Design: Chicago activities here. For more information please contact Sarah Knight at [email protected] or 617.384.5276.