Seashore Library

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.

Lynne Dearborn at the Danville Riverfront Project Presentation

For this outreach program with the Danville region, multidisciplinary teams of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning students collaborated on proposals for ecologically sustainable developments that would connect downtown urban spaces with the Vermilion River and offer places where people could interact with nature more directly. Community members offered input on their priorities as teams began drafting their ideas, and final presentations were given to an audience that included faculty members, classmates, and Mayor Scott Eisenhauer of Danville.

In the Blood

Illinois Theatre's 2016 production of In the Blood, written by Suzan-Lori Parks and based loosely on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, featured Maya Vinice Prentiss as Hester.

Photo by Darrell Hoemann.

Landscape Architecture Class

Critiques—from both instructors and other students—play a crucial role in landscape architecture courses. This type of feedback not only helps to refine ideas but also allows students to practice how to field questions from future clients and draw up new plans that incorporate their input.


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.

Krannert Center Interior

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.


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