Since graduating from the Master of Architecture program, alumnus Gong Dong has catapulted his firm Vector Architects to the top of China's ranks and has won international awards for his captivating work. His approach focuses on the relationship between light, structure, and space as in Seashore Library near Beijing.
Nick Offerman—Illinois Theatre alumnus, actor, comedian, writer, and producer best known for his roles on Parks and Recreation and Fargo—is also a carpenter and mentee of Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato. Offerman credits Sato with the discipline, mindfulness practice, and training in kabuki theatre that have enabled him to thrive as a creator and performer. In 2013 he constructed a gazebo (azumaya) on the grounds of Japan House to honor his mentor.
To celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus Beverly Blossom, her piece Brides was reconstructed by alumna Mei-Kuang Chen for November Dance: Attachment in 2015. This version included both male and female brides to commemorate the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
Photo by Natalie Fiol.
Covering two square blocks, Krannert Center was designed by Max Abramovitz, a graduate of Illinois Architecture who also was responsible for the domed State Farm Center (known as Assembly Hall when Krannert Center was completed in 1969) and the columnar David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall and originally Philharmonic Hall) at Lincoln Center in New York.