In October 2015, the City of Chicago will launch the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, North America’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture. The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a vision of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a major international architectural event and an outcome of the comprehensive cultural plan developed by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and program of events, it will invite the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field. The installations will feature the work of both established and emerging architects and address the major concerns of our time: the social, environmental, aesthetic, technological, and economic issues that shape the world we live in.

Chicago Architecture Biennial, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation charged with executing the inaugural 2015 Biennial and subsequent biennials. Chicago Architectural Biennial, Inc. is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism through the production of exhibitions and public programs. Chicago Architectural Biennial, Inc. seeks to convene the world’s leading practitioners, theorists and commentators in the field of architecture and urbanism to explore, debate and demonstrate the significance of architecture to contemporary society.