UChiArch, the architecture RSO, brings together students by providing community events to create, experience, and discuss architecture on campus and throughout Chicago. The group can be reached through this listserv.
Arts + Public Life
The mission of Arts + Public Life is to foster collaboration and conversation between the University and civic, cultural and artistic communities of Chicago with a focus on the South Side. Defining the role of the arts at an urban research university is a leadership priority; inviting the arts into the scholarly discourse of urban communities is a University objective. APL was launched to facilitate this direction and was charged to deepen the partnerships between artists and cultural institutions, the South Side, and the University so that combined artistic assets can serve as creative catalysts for urban transformation.
APL partners across the University with a wide range of departments and initiatives including the Logan Center for the Arts, the Department of Visual Arts, Center for Politics, Race and Culture, and the Department of Art History.
Chicago Studies is a University of Chicago center that supports students’ engagement in the Chicago community, ranging from community service to arts and culture to courses connecting to Chicago (“Chicago Studies Quarter).” Chicago Studies holds architectural and urban planning events throughout the year.
Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation
The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation will be an intellectual hub for the University’s strengths in urban scholarship and education, bringing together relevant programs in the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities, to develop an understanding of the fundamental processes that drive, shape, and sustain cities. To that end it will cultivate scholarship, foster innovation, and build interdisciplinary connections surrounding urban research through fellowships, conferences, visiting scholars and policymakers, support for multidisciplinary urban research projects, and other opportunities for sharing ideas.