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 Public Space? Lost and Found (2015) and Log 54 “Coauthoring” (2022). 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 BArch 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 founding principal of Future Firm. Previously, 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. In addition to his work at Future Firm, Craig also co-founded Hem House to bring contemporary residential projects to market with design-forward projects that reimagine the housing industry through architecture, construction, and user experience. He holds a MLA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with the Jacob Weidenmann Prize, and a BArch from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Linda Chavez Baca
Linda Chavez is Principal at Future Firm leading design for projects across scales, with a focus on civic and community driven spaces. She has developed her career in Chicago, where she has worked with Gensler, JGMA and completed award winning work for Northeastern Illinois University, Columbia College Chicago, and Northwestern University. Linda’s commitment to the community extends far beyond her project work – as a Latino, female architect – she is focused on creating democratic spaces that attend and understand the intersectionality between feminism and racism, especially for the Latino community in the US. She has been recognized as Crain's 2022 notable executives of color in construction and commercial real estate. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Tec de Monterrey, her Master in Project Management from Northwestern University and holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Arts by Columbia College Chicago.
Senior Project Designer
Donna Ryu is a Korean-American designer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Master of Architecture & Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Virginia. Gratefully, design has always been part of her upbringing - her mother went to art school and has a love for interior design; her father is a skilled tailor and has an innate aptitude for renovation and construction. Together, they run a small tailor shop and liquor store which allowed Donna the opportunities to learn through travel - her experiences have placed her in South Korea, China, and India to name a few. Her love of everything outdoors, climbing, and hip hop (particularly the glittery era of 90s hip hop) run deep. Home is wherever she is at the time but her roots are in Maryland.
Armel Sagbohan is an Illinois and California licensed architect. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from California State University Bakersfield and a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He is also an Adjunct professor at the College of Architecture at IIT where he teaches a third-year studio in the bachelor’s program. He was the project architect on the 138,000 sq. ft. Pullman Community Center which brought much-needed recreational and educational opportunities to the Pullman Neighborhood. He seeks the illumination of underrepresented spaces and the proposal of new spaces that are tailored to the specific local. Whether through documentation or design, he strives to bring attention to traditionally overlooked neighborhoods.
Andrea Hunt is a Chicago-trained architectural designer, having received her Master’s in Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alongside her design role at Future Firm, she maintains an architectonic research practice that addresses her interests in public space occupation. Through her work, she has been a grantee of the American Institute of Architects Martin Roche, Kosciuszko and John W. Kurtich Foundations for study in Venice, London, Warsaw, and Mexico City. She has exhibited in Buenos Aires, Venice, and Chicago.
Roland is an Artist and Architectural Designer from New Jersey. He began his architectural practice in Monrovia, Liberia, and has continued in New York and Chicago. After receiving his BArch 2020 from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), he has worked as a designer alongside Krueck Sexton Partners. His training has cultivated his interest in the social and cultural implications of the spaces we build. This extends into Roland’s art practice, while he works across drawing, painting, and film to propose new spatial realities.
Originally from London, Chloe Munkenbeck received her Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She began her career in set design for fashion brands and designing window displays for a global luxury retailer. She pursued her Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chloe has a creative research practice from her studio in the South side of Chicago. She creates sculptures, drawings and installations which interprets architecture as a stage set and how this can influence idiosyncratic behaviors and social dynamics. She has lived and worked in Florence, Edinburgh, Madrid, and Mexico City.
Andrew Phyfer, LEED
Andrew Phyfer, LEED Green Associate is an architectural designer passionate about the empowerment great design can bring. Outside his design role and inspired by his contribution to the North Lawndale Incubator, he and the project fellows formed a collaborative focusing on advocacy through spatial research and visualization. Topics include the ongoing forced removals in Sheikh Jarrah, Palestine and environmental justice issues in southeast Chicago. Andrew holds a BSc.Arch 2016 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and more recently, in his adopted country, a M.Arch 2020 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His thesis titled "Exurban Futures: A handbook for architectural potential on an emerging frontier" reimagines Chicagoland’s periphery.