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Related Midwest and The University of Illinois School of Architecture Pioneer Innovative Program to Increase Accessibility to Architecture and Building for Chicago Teens

Related Midwest and the University of Illinois School of Architecture today announced their partnership on an innovative program that will offer Chicago teens an opportunity to immerse themselves in the architecture and building industries. Through a sponsorship by Related Midwest, each participant will receive a full scholarship and have the opportunity to experience architectural tours, visits to area firms, and a day-trip to University of Illinois’ Urbana campus.

The weeklong Discover Architecture-Chicago program, a commuter program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors attending Chicago high schools, is an extension of the Discover Architecture pre-college program offered at the University’s Urbana-Champaign campus. Students will be introduced to architectural drawing, design and modeling, and will learn to see the City of Chicago through the eyes of an architect.

“As we continue to make critical investments in architectural education for students throughout Chicago’s neighborhood, we can build an industry that is inclusive of all voices and construct a city that is the pinnacle of architectural excellence because of its diversity,” said Ann Thompson, Senior Vice President of Architecture and Design at Related Midwest. “As an alumni of UIUC, I am particularly honored that Related is partnering with the University of Illinois to ensure that teens across Chicago who are interested in creating and designing the beautiful buildings have the tools and support to be able to do so.”

“The Illinois School of Architecture is very fortunate to partner with Related Midwest on this endeavor. It supports the greater mission of the school, the college, and the university to create opportunities for all citizens in the State of Illinois,” said Jeffery Poss, Interim Director of the School. Discover Architecture-Chicago has been conceived in conjunction with ILLINOIS COMMITMENT, the University’s new program to provide access to quality higher education for high-achieving students from all backgrounds.”

The program will be held at the Stantec Chicago Studio in downtown Chicago and will expose students across the city to the various opportunities that exist for them throughout the building trades. Related Midwest and the University of Illinois School of Architecture share a mutual commitment to increasing opportunities and access to higher education for Chicago students, supporting diversity in the building industry, and strengthening communities.