Event Calendar

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

IL: Tour of Wrightwood 659, Lincoln Park

Start Date: 4/2/2019 3:00 PM CDT
End Date: 4/2/2019 5:30 PM CDT

Venue Name: Wrightwood 659

Location:
659 W. Wrightwood
Chicago, IL  United States  60614

Organization Name: Association of Licensed Architects

Contact:
Joanne Sullivan
Email: ala@alatoday.org
Phone: 8473820630

A Chicago four story apartment building from the 1920s has been repurposed. It is now an unusual art gallery designed by world-renowned architect and 1995 Pritzker Prize recipient, Tadao Ando.

ALA will be touring the gallery to offer a view of the amazing interior space and current exhibit. The gallery is an exciting exploration of inner space, sculpted within an existing Chicago-style flats building. It showcases free flowing spaces, theatrical lighting, and a recessed one-story addition. The smooth planes of concrete, stone and glass are carefully balanced in a serene composition, without being somber. The gallery hosts both permanent and visiting exhibits.

More About the Design
The design incorporates a new steel and concrete frame inside the old brick walls, bracing them to consolidate the original four floors into three. Read More HERE


Join ALA for this special tour of the space, followed by a design presentation at Burwood Tap, one of the first taverns to open on the Northside post Prohibition 1933.

We will meet at 3:00 PM for a one-hour tour with Ann Lui, co-curator of the exhibit, "Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos". Lui and her collaborators oversaw a who’s who of the country’s top names in art and design, commissioning seven original installations from the likes of Studio Gang architects, design studio DS+R and visual artist Amanda Williams. The work highlights themes of citizenship, inclusion and belonging. 

After the tour, we will walk to Burwood Tap, for a presentation by Michael Murphy, Project Engineer. Michael will address the structural challenges of creating an elegant and finely controlled modern art gallery within the shell of a run-of-the-mill 1920s apartment building by demolishing and replacing everything but the perimeter masonry walls.

Our Presenters:
Michael Murphy, AIA, Project Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti 
Michael is a project engineer with Thornton Tomasetti’s Renewal group. Michael joined Thornton Tomasetti’s Chicago office in 2012 after graduating with his Masters of Architecture (Structures Option) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In his position, Michael has worked on a number of adaptive reuse, renovation, repair, and investigation projects utilizing his structural and architectural background. He is passionate about adaptive reuse because it allows the design team to breathe new life into old buildings. 

Ann Lui, Co-founder and prinicpal of Future Firm; Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ann holds an SMArchS from MIT in History, Theory & Criticism and a B.Arch from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Charles Goodwin Sands Medal and the Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal. Previously, she practiced at SOM, Ann Beha Architects, and Morphosis Architects. Recently, Ann co-edited Public Space? Lost and Found (SA+P/MIT Press, 2017). She is co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 titled "Dimensions of Citizenship".


Earn 2.0 CEU / HSW, Approved by the ALA and AIA
Cost: $50 Members / $70 Non-members includes a drink ticket and appetizers.