b. 1986, CHI.

Chicago Design Office is a progressive, issues-based design research firm. To create a more equitable social future, design at all scales must stake a conscious political claim, emphasizing work in and for the public realm. 

In order to think, draw, and build in ways that are both radical and responsible, we can operate differently as professional designers. Arriving at design through issues-based research liberates us from the typical client-designer-contractor triad; thus, we are able to pursue design opportunities and potentials unconstrained by sometimes arbitrary parameters.

The built environment, carefully considered, has a unique power to improve daily lived experience. We value research as an essential component of contemporary design practice. 

FOUNDER Aneesha Dharwadker M.Des.S, Harvard University; B.Arch, Cornell University 

PRESENT AND PAST COLLABORATORS Paola Aguirre Mike Albert Christopher Alton Keefer Dunn Dongsei Kim Fadi Masoud Conor O'Shea Victor Perez-Amado Avi Taranto    

INSPIRATIONS "As a profession, architecture embodies a strange paradox. In economic terms it is a largely reactive discipline, a response to pre-formulated needs. In intellectual terms it is the opposite: a visionary domain that claims the future. In this capacity architecture aspires to set the agenda and precede needs. The unfortunate thing for architects is that both conditions are equally true, making architecture a curious form of omniscience practiced in a context of utter dependency." Reinier de Graaf, 2015

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Obama, 2008