We design on behalf of the secret lives of cities.



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Chicago, Illinois 60608




Future Firm is a Chicago-based architecture and design research office. We design on behalf of the secret lives of cities, in collaboration with changemakers and dreamers.

Founded by Ann Lui and Craig Reschke 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 novel approaches towards community and belonging when 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, Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of ArchitectureUrbanism, New Museum’s Ideas City, and the Chicago Architecture Center. The practice has been 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. 


• Challenge the status quo.

• Collaborate with compassion and empathy.

• Cultivate anti-racism in ourselves, our practice, the discipline, and the city.

• Prioritize the unexpected.

• Build better buildings—for everyone.