October 5, 2017 Interdisciplinary Trip to Chicago Celebrates 25th Year

Students visit S.R. Crown Hall, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

In late September, second-year Architecture and Interior Architecture students studied the iconic architecture in the city of Chicago.  This trip marks the college’s 25th year of helping students explore the work of top designers around the nation.

The trip was led by faculty members Brian Ambroziak, associate professor of Architecture; Alyssa Kuhns, Interior Architecture Fellow; and Darius Ammon, adjunct assistant professor of Architecture.

While in Chicago, students and faculty stayed in the heart of downtown and visited incredible landmarks across the city. Students began with a stop at the University of Cincinnati and the downtown area to see numerous buildings designed by top designers, including Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry and the firm, Morphosis.

Throughout the week, students toured historical landmarks, like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. In addition, the group received a “history of the skyscraper” walking tour led by the Chicago Architectural Foundation and a trip down the river for a visit to the top of the Hancock Tower and Mies’s Lake Shore Apartments.

Ambroziak has led the trip since coming to UT in 2002. He bragged on the group dynamic, “We are so lucky to have such engaged students that possess a common passion for the built environment. On numerous occasions, docents went out of their way to express how impressed they were with our group.”

Each year, the Chicago trip allows students the opportunity to network, learn and grow as future designers outside of the classroom. Students establish relationships with other students, faculty and professionals to foster a spirit of collaborative learning.


During the trip to Chicago, students visit the iconic Farnsworth House


Students tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio