Current participants in the Chicago ACE Mentor Program are invited to apply for an ACE scholarship, summer internship, or position in the ACE Summer Design-Build Workshop. Click here to access the on-line scholarship application. You must be an active participant in the ACE Chicago 2014-15 program, and have the e-mail and password you used during initial […]

Site Analysis…Inspirational Site Visit “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the world exist. Be curious.” -Stephen Hawking   Week 9 was very successful. We learned about how architects think in site plan/aerial view, floor plan, section, and […]

This week in Ace the students presented their preliminary ideas to our “clients”. Each group discussed their organization or space, site, building for and inspiration.  While all projects were interesting and creative, the “Little City” project was ultimately picked to continue with in these last couple of weeks. Next week students will be breaking into […]

This week Team 2 worked on developing the final project concepts. Through hand drawing and the 3D modeling in SketchUp, the students were able to mass out the selected concepts and program. It was a great chance for students to dive into the ideas they discussed in Week 7 and vet out how the overall concepts […]

Concept… Design… Make a Wall Brainstorm…Words.. Images.. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol So we missed week 7 because it was freezing outside but… Week 8… We had some great presentations including a very interesting look into Biophilia by VOA’s Jose Barajas and great information about […]

This week’s meeting focused on branding environment, interiors and beginning design process. Students engaged in a visual listening activity where they placed stickers on images that either had an interesting architecture or interiors that appealed to the students in some way. Many images will then be used as inspiration for the students as they begin […]

Upon return from the holiday break, Team 2 students were excited and eager to get back to work! We did a quick recap of our meeting with the client in Week 6 then parred down the programmatic concept list to the following: – Performance space – Job Opportunities – Mural – Garden – Synergy   […]

Team 2 is moving right along! Before the Winter Break we met with our client, representatives from Focal Point as well as the lead designers and project managers from their team. The students finalized their preliminary ideas for the site and presented these concepts. What followed was a great discussion and feedback session which have […]

  This week Team 3’s ACE meeting began with a brief overview of ARUP’s sound lab and structural engineering. ARUP’s sound lab showed students the importance of the acoustics of a space.  And the structural presentation gave a brief overview of structural concepts and materials.  Concepts such as how live loads and dead load contribute to the total load of […]