School of the Art Institute, Graduate design Thesis exhibitions


Curation and design of the successive thesis shows of graduating students from the Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Coordinates 2015

The 41 participating students addressed the question: “Where are we?” Each work explored how people locate themselves in time and space. The answers were as diverse as their expressions, but they come together as fitting parts of one geography.”

Coordinates was curated with assistance from SAIC graduate student Allison Crowley (MArch 2016). Compagnon and Crowley collaborated with the interdisciplinary group of students to design the exhibition space and accompanying materials.


Attachments 2014

ATTACHMENTS celebrated autonomous components as well as the bonds that stitch them together. Featured works address the idea of attachment literally, emotionally, and conceptually, seeking connections within personal and public environments or pursuing interactions between traditions and emerging practices.

The exhibition was curated with Ania Jaworska—and assistance from Jessica Moss (MA 2015)—


SET OFF 2013

SET OFF was curated and designed by with independent designer and SAIC alumna Lynn Lim (MDes 2010). “Sharing a speculative and inquisitive energy, the 42 exhibited projects measure often overlooked or assumed practices, urban spaces, and morphologies. Each proposal is a spark, initiating the future movement and direction of every graduating designer.”


Tele Vision 2012 with Caroline Linder, and Lisa Smith. Tele vision, interpreted through its Greek and Latin roots, means “seeing from a distance.” The projects presented in the 2012 Graduate Design Show share this long view perspective, far-reaching in speculation, application, or duration.


GRAVITY 2010 with Felicia Ferrone. Reflecting the gravity of the issues tackled by the students, the hanging system and layout of the show, allowed the responses given by the class of 2010, to join their voices in  a meaningful conversation.


MAKING MODERN 2009 With Hannah Swart.

Using special paper donated by a French manufacturer, Procédés Chenel, the show offered a very fluid perspective of the work of the 27-student class of 2009.

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