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.
She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Zoning and Land Use assessment and a member of the Advisory Committee for the State of Illinois Asian American and Pacific Islander Business Collective (IAAPIBC).
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.
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.
Andrew Phyfer, AIA, LEED Green Associate
Andrew Phyfer, RA, LEED Green Associate is a registered architect 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.
Armel Sagbohan, RA
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.
Ben Janes is a designer passionate about exploring the intersection between spatial justice, sustainability, and design excellence across a wide range of scales. Stemming from his time in Minneapolis, Copenhagen, and Portland, Ben has a keen interest in ideas that balance playfulness and rigor in pursuit of meaningful architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Architecture with a specialization in Urban Design from the University of Oregon. His work, including his thesis "Missing Middle School: A Social Infrastructure Project for Portland," has been featured in Dezeen and Metropolis.'
Philana Quan is an architectural designer from Northern Virginia who is curious about design, equity, and storytelling. She is deeply influenced by having grown up playing music, creating art, and listening to her family's oral histories. While receiving her B.Arch from Virginia Tech, she spent a transformative semester studying in Chicago and returned to the city post-graduation to join Future Firm. Her undergraduate thesis titled “Suburban Cultural Infill” reimagined the suburbs, through the eyes of a Vietnamese-Buddhist temple community, as a canvas for new programming and design possibilities.
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.
Tami has over thirty years of experience in construction, with experience at all levels of office management and coordination. Tami received her degree in Business Management and has developed personal and professional growth with various sized companies. Her strength is in supporting the goals and visions of a business with emphasis on implementation and follow through.