Chicago Schools: Authors, Audiences, and History

“Chicago Schools” is an international, peer-reviewed graduate student symposium that explores the interplay between the individual and collective in the process of making history. The symposium, hosted by the IIT College of Architecture Ph.D. Program, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will engage with and enhance the dialogue around the Biennial theme, “Make New History,” by highlighting graduate student contributions in architecture, design, humanities, and architectural and urban history. Papers may revisit past and present Chicago Schools—from Henry van Brunt’s “School” and William James’ “Chicago School of Thought” to Sigfried Giedion’s “Chicago School of Architecture,” and beyond—as well as the emergence of new historiographic and architectural traditions within a global context.


Please email a 300-word abstract to by Monday, July 10, 2017. Speakers will be invited to present their papers (approximately 20 minutes) for a post-conference publication. Students who are accepted but unable to travel to Chicago are encouraged to present via Skype.

Submissions must include:

  • Paper title
  • Author(s) full name
  • Author(s) credentials (250 word bio)
  • Author(s) affiliations (i.e., university name, company name, etc.)
  • Contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number)


Graduate students (Doctorate or Master) in any field of architecture, design, humanities, and social sciences from all countries.


Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: July 10, 2017
  • Speakers informed of abstract acceptance: Monday, July 17, 2017
  • Complete paper draft submission: Monday, August 28, 2017
  • Speakers receive feedback: Monday, September 11, 2017
  • Final paper submission: Friday, November 10, 2017


  • Opening event: Friday, November 17, 2017
  • All-day paper sessions: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Chicago architecture tour for symposium participants: Sunday, November 19, 2017

Scientific Committee

Steering Committee

  • Michelangelo Sabatino (Ph.D.)
  • Dan Costa Baciu (Ph.D. candidate)
  • Daniel Whittaker (Ph.D. candidate)

Peer Review Committee and Respondents

  • Robert Bruegmann (Ph.D.)
  • Alexander Eisenschmidt (Ph.D.)
  • Alison Fisher (Ph.D.)
  • Michael Golec (Ph.D.)
  • Kevin Harrington (Ph.D.)
  • Bradford Hunt (Ph.D.)
  • Sean Keller (Ph.D.)
  • Thomas Leslie
  • Jonathan Mekinda (Ph.D.)
  • Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (Ph.D.)
  • Eric Mumford (Ph.D.)
  • David Van Zanten (Ph.D.)
  • Christopher Vernon (Ph.D.)
  • Claire Zimmerman (Ph.D.)
  • John Zukowsky (Ph.D.)