Architecture &
Design Research

3149 S. Morgan St. #1
Chicago, IL 60608



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Future Firm is a Chicago-based architecture firm that designs spaces, big and small, for people to come together in new ways. Founded by Craig Reschke and Ann Lui in 2015, the architecture practice spans diverse scales: from exhibition spaces to residential and commercial buildings to urban and territorial speculations. We focus on using design to synthesize the aims and efforts of multiple stakeholders, catalyze transformation for individuals and groups, and create flexible space for diverse needs. We excel at working with clients who are changemakers in their own communities. Our work helps develop unorthodox approaches towards community, belonging, and public engagement in contexts where multiple stakeholders come to the table. We use technical expertise and collaborative means to create spaces which bring together diverse agendas as more than the sum of their parts.

Future Firm’s work has been exhibited at Storefront for Art & Architecture, New Museum’s Ideas City, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation and published in The Architect’s Newspaper, Chicago Architect, Mas Context and Newcity. Future Firm also currently operates The Night Gallery, a nocturnal exhibition space on Chicago's south side, which features video and film works by artists and architects from sunset to sunrise.

Future Firm is a certified Woman- and Minority-Owned Business. We also offer Self-Certification in the City of Chicago. We are pre-qualified with the State of Illinois. 


Ann Lui, AIA
Ann Lui is an architect and Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan. Previously, she practiced at SOM, Ann Beha Architects and Morphosis Architects. Ann was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 titled Dimensions of Citizenship. She co-edited, with Gediminas Urbonas, of Public Space? Lost and Found (MIT/SA+P Press, 2015) on aesthetic and spatial practices in the civic realm. Ann was recently named Newcity’s “Designer of the Moment” (2018) and Crain’s “40 Under 40” (2018). She holds an SMArchS from MIT and a B.Arch from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Charles Goodwin Sands Medal and the Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal.

Craig Reschke, AIA

Craig Reschke, AIA is an architect and Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before founding Future Firm, Craig was a project architect at SOM and RODE Architects, where he led the design of buildings at many scales in the U.S. and abroad. His research explores ‘fast matter’ in rural landscapes, focusing on precision agriculture technologies as a tool for hacking the federal Conservation Reserve Program. This work was awarded Harvard GSD’s Penny White Prize and was recently published in Codify: Parametric and Computational Design in Landscape Architecture (Routledge, 2018). He holds a MLA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with the Jacob Weidenmann Prize.


Andrea Hunt

Paul Jasper

Chloe Munkenbeck
Research & Development Director


Selected Press & Awards

(10.2020) Wallpaper, “Redesigning The Silver Room community space in Chicago”
(8.2020) Architect’s Newspaper, “Exhibit Columbus reveals 2020–2021 curatorial theme and Miller Prize recipients”

(2.2020) NewCity, “Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago—10: Ann Lui”

(2.2020) Area (Italy), “A new generation of architects paint a diverse community practicing in Chicago”
(4.2.2019) Architect Magazine, “In Planning Their 'Future Firm,' Future Firm was Born”
(4.1.2019) Archinect, “Meet Future Firm, the Chicago-Based Practice Calling on Architects to Visualize Vibrant New Futures”
(3.27.2019) Chicago Magazine, “Who’s Got Next?: The Activist Architect”
(1.3.2019) Architect Magazine, “Next Progressives: Future Firm”
(11.1.2018) Crain’s Chicago Business, “40 Under 40: Ann Lui”

(2.28.2018) NewCity, “Designer of the Moment 2018: Ann Lui”
(10.16.2017) Next City, “Chicago Firm Calls for Creating Office of the Public Architect”
(7.26.2017) The Architect’s Newspaper, “The Night Gallery projects architectural visualizations into the streets of Chicago”
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago. IncentOvate Grant (with Chicago Architecture Foundation)

Times Square Alliance with the Urban Design Forum. Times Square Valentine, Invited Finalist

(7.27.2016) Archdaily, “Manhattanisms: 30 Firms Envision New York City's Future Through Drawings and Models”
(7.15.2016) DNAInfo, “Alleys Transformed Into Main Streets: Could it Happen?”
(6.26.2016) WGN, “Re-imagining City Garages” 
(1.1.2016) Chicago Architect, “Future Firm Seeks Balance Between Innovative and Practical”

Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging. Honorable Mention for “Cooperative Arctic Hedge Fund”
(3.13.2015) Architectural Record, “Exhibition Review:
Designing a Presidential Legacy”

Chicago Prize, Chicago Architectural Club. Honorable Mention for “Obama Drone Aviary”
(7.23.2014) Architizer, “Step Right Up to This Traveling Architectural Circus“ 
(7.2.2014) ArchDaily, “Crowdfunding: Transformed Truck To Take Art & Architecture on the Road“