Jimenez Lai is currently an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and the Leader of Bureau Spectacular. He graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto. Previously, Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin, and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Lai’s drawings and installations have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Athens, Los Angeles, Columbus, Lexington, Louisville, Chicago and Toronto. His short stories have been published in various magazines and journals around the world, including 306090, Conditions, Beyond, Pidgin, Candide, PLOT and Log.
"Aaron is neither an inside or outsider, despite having populated almost every level of that spectrum: the “totality” of high- and low-brow doesn’t exist in his world. He will use puke, the history of Detroit, and Danny Brown to make the same point. It will probably blow your mind and/or make you pee your pants. If there is a future for architecture as a method of inquiry into culture at large, then Aaron may be one of its sole explorers."
- Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan / Architizer
Joseph Altshuler is an architectural designer, cartographer, and people-watcher, always on the lookout for social phenomena to map and for maps of social phenomena! His work investigates the role of the built environment in activating public spaces and in celebrating healthy community food culture. He works as the director of CARTOGRAM (a multi-disciplinary architecture and urban design studio), the editor of
SOILED (an architecture publication that employs narratives, manifestoes, mappings, ephemera, and live events to engage the broader public), and as a designer for ArchitectureIsFun, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Architecture for Humanity Chicago.
Jeff Carter (b. 1967) is a sculptor who lives and works in Chicago. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Media and Design at DePaul University. Both of his daughters are pretty good with scissors.
Jeff has exhibited his work in Chicago at the MCA, the Renaissance Society, and the Chicago Cultural Center. His work has been shown at Museum 52 (London), the Kunsthalle Hamburg (Germany), the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), and the Hayward Gallery (London). His solo shows include Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago and Leipzig, Germany), and Spencer Brownstone Gallery (New York).