Home to the world’s first skyscraper, modernist architecture, and an innovative city plan, Chicago has secured its place as a cultural, architectural, and urban design hub. While the Windy City may have much to boast about, challenges remain, including residential segregation and a cohesive, centralized strategy. Join the Council and Graham Foundation’s Sarah Herda for a discussion on Chicago’s architectural and urban design history and future, and how practical design interventions can advance the quality of life for all residents.
Sarah Herda is the director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The Graham Foundation is the only private foundation in the United States committed to providing project-based grants to individuals and institutions working to address issues related to architecture and the built environment. In addition to the funding program, Herda oversees a public program of exhibitions, lectures, and publications produced at the foundation’s headquarters in the historic Madlener House in Chicago. Previously, she was the director and curator of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, a non-profit exhibition space in New York City. Herda is active in the design community and serves on numerous advisory boards and review panels related to architecture, art, design and related fields.