Chicago Architecture Center

In less than nine months from project launch to open, we worked closely with the CAC to interpret the city's architectural legacy into an accessible and captivating visitor experience.
Services Provided
It’s the latest jewel in Chicago’s architectural crown.”
Chicago Tribune

Dramatic models representing architectural marvels
The dramatically composed “Building Tall” gallery studies the evolution and innovation of skyscraper design and technology.
With a focus on Chicago’s homegrown architectural talent, stories unfold in the gallery that outline their influence on buildings throughout the world.
We arranged the exhibits programmatically into four, flexible islands that can move around to make space for events or changing content. The islands—LIVE, BUILD, WORK, IMAGINE—balance building models with interpretive graphics, to tell the story of how skyscraper building design transformed the way we live today.
Tall architectural model
Dramatic scale and exaggeration of physical models enabled us to better express to visitors the impact of particular buildings on the city.
Models of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers are expertly arranged to capture attention from outside the exhibition.
The experience we designed and implemented, illustrates how architecture becomes the urban canvas for daily life, providing a new lens for audiences to explore the city and its unique architectural fabric.”
Chicago Architecture Center

A projection mapped model of the city lights up to show which areas burnt to the ground during the Great Chicago Fire, and continues on to highlight specific segments of the city as their stories come to life on-screen.

Architectural infographic
Bold typography helps communicate the complex technological innovations and engineering breakthroughs that have evolved architectural design throughout the world.
Mapping Chicago
Chicago is a “City of Neighborhoods,” defined by people, planning, and zoning that are ever-changing.
As communities and economic priorities shift, they leave an imprint on buildings and landscapes; if one looks closely, it is possible to “see” a neighborhood’s history in its architecture.
Photography by James Steinkamp


Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Ravenswood Studio, Inc.
Exhibit Fabrication

Creative Technology
AV Integration

Four Zero One
Kiosk Development

Projection Studies

Studio Blue
Signage Design