• Forum Studio cultivates a vibrant, casual atmosphere in its offices


We are engaged and passionate participants in the communities where we work and live. We support civic causes, volunteer at local nonprofits, and contribute resources to communities and organizations in need.

Explore some of our work with community and industry organizations, as well as events and exhibitions that we host in Forum Studio offices.


Between Two Boxes: the Interstitial Imaginings of Jimenez Lai

Chicago-based Jimenez Lai is a provocateur and a negotiator. A provocateur because he challenges the architecture establishment with a sharp wit and a sharper pencil. But his brand of provocation is no mere Quixotic tilting at windmills. Lai is a negotiator, a master at finding in-between spaces from which to critique, disrupt, and produce. His work flows from the interstices between design and dream, earthbound building code and fantasy of flight, social propriety and unabashed libidinal desire.

Exhibition highlights include a site-specific "stained glass' installation and studies for the Taiwan Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.




Building Ideas: a Selection

For more than a century, the University of Chicago has been making and remaking itself as a global intellectual epicenter; its striking architectural collection has kept pace. Photographer Tom Rossiter captures the campus in its variegated, vital life. Intimate, lyrical moments. Serendipitous encounters and unlikely neighbors. Outer limits of imagination. Passions, preoccupations, and curiosities. For Rossiter, each image is a short story — compressed and evocative —about one of the world’s most fascinating places.

David Lee Csicsko: Recent Work

The inaugural exhibition of work by Chicagoan David Lee Csicsko sets the tone for what’s to come. Smart, accessible, socially aware, and deeply rooted, it’s no wonder that Csicsko’s art is a source of inspiration to people around the world. In recognition of his artistic excellence and broad public appeal, Csicsko was invited by President and Mrs. Obama to design custom holiday decorations for the White House.


Together with our colleagues at Clayco, we’re working with nonprofit organizations to support education, the arts, medical research, disaster relief and opportunities for minorities, youth and the underprivileged. Learn more about our community involvement