Apr 11th 2018

On Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 from 5-9PM, the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture (IIT), the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, and En Mi Cuadra Pilsen La Cultura Vive will host a conversation in Hermann Hall.

IIT Architecture, the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, and En Mi Cuadra Pilsen La Cultura Vive are excited to host a conversation about Arte, Arquitectura, y Cultura from Pilsen. IIT’s Campus is a part of the fabric of the Pilsen community. Pilsen is a neighborhood located in Chicago’s Lower Westside. Pilsen is rich in Art, Architecture, and Culture. Every corner of Pilsen embraces these elements that address the life of the neighborhood. The spaces in every “cuadra” (block) in Pilsen has allowed for new design strategies that respond to the multidimensional character of the community. The proposed En Mi Cuadra Pilsen La Cultura Vive project by student, Julio Reyes and team will in the near future produce a publication. You’re invited to hear directly from our community leaders through a roundtable conversation that address Art, Architecture, and Culture from Pilsen.

The goal of the roundtable is to capture the conversation around community murals, development, and architecture among leaders in these areas. This discussion among panelists will inform our research regarding the development of Pilsen and how murals reflect the neighborhood development. Overall, this project looks at murals as a reflection of the events, people, and history of Pilsen and we consider that the current discourse around these topics will inform our view of the overall development of Pilsen since its inception; in other words to give us a more complete understanding of the development of Pilsen throughout history till today.

Julio Cesar Reyes, En Mi Cuadra Pilsen La Cultura Vive Founder and Program Curator



5PM – Reception & Networking

5:30PM – Introduction

Moderator: Anjulie Rao, Editor, Chicago Architect Magazine; Communications Director, AIA Chicago

Michelangelo Sabatino, Dean, College of Architecture; The Rowe Family College of Architecture Endowed Chair; John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow

Anijo Punnen Mathew, Academic Director, Ed Kaplan Family for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor, Institute of Design

Mark Kelly, Commissioner, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

6-7PM – Conversation

Panel I: Development + History

1.) Patricia Saldaña Natke, AIA (Design Principal & Founding Partner-Urban Works, Ltd.)
2.) Byron Sigcho (Executive Director, Community Organizer-Pilsen Alliance)
3.) Rebeca Fernandez (President-Rework Heritage, LLC)
4.) Carlos Tortolero (Founder and President, National Museum of Mexican Art)
5.) Lauren M. Pacheco (Co-Founder, Chicago Urban Art Society and the Chicago Lowrider Festival)

10 minute Break

7:10-8:10 PM – Conversation

Panel II: Muralism + Architecture

1.) Sam Kirk (Multidisciplinary Artist)
2.) Hector Duarte (Muralist-Pilsen)
3.) Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA (Architect, President & Founder-JGMA)
4.) Edward Torrez, AIA, LEED AP (Principal-Bauer Latoza Studio LTD)
5.) Cesar A. Santoy, AIA (Principal-Studio ARQ, LLC)

Closing remarks

8:10-9PM – Reception & Networking


Illinois Institute of Technology
Hermann Hall (North Upper Level Core)
3241 S. Federal St. Chicago, IL, 60616





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