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Ann Lui

Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture

Ann Lui, AIA is a registered architect and founding principal of Future Firm, a Chicago-based architecture and design research practice. Future Firm designs spaces, big and small, for people to come together in new ways. The practice's work spans diverse scales including exhibitions and events; cultural and commercial buildings; and urban and territorial speculations. Future Firm's research on public space in landscapes and cities has been exhibited at Storefront for Art & Architecture, New Museum’s Ideas City, and the Chicago Architecture Center. In 2019, the practice was featured in Architect Magazine’s “Next Progressives” series and has been published in The Architect’s NewspaperChicago Architect, and Mas Context. Ann was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 titled Dimensions of Citizenship. She co-edited, with Gediminas Urbonas and Lucas Freeman, Public Space? Lost and Found (MIT/SA+P Press, 2015) on aesthetic and spatial practices in the civic realm. Currently, Ann also organizes 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. Ann was recently named Newcity’s “Designer of the Moment” and Crain’s “40 Under 40.” Previously, Ann practiced at SOM, Ann Beha Architects and Morphosis Architects. She holds an SMArchS from MIT and a B.Arch from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Charles Goodwin Sands Medal and the Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal.