Chicagoâ€™s topÂ art school announced big changes in its design department this morning.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Thursday announced their selection of Jonathan Solomon as the new Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO).Â Solomon, who comes from his position as associate professor and associate dean at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, assumes the job officially on August 1.
The Illinois Institute of Technology announced last weekÂ that they will break ground next year on a 5-story â€œinnovation centerâ€ at the universityâ€™s Bronzeville campus in Chicago. The new 100,000-square-foot building will overlook the Dan Ryan Expressway and will house academic classrooms as well as resources for entrepreneurs.
â€œIt will combine the power of higher education,â€ said IIT President John Anderson, â€œwith Chicago-style imagination, determination and boldness to fuel innovation.â€
The center will house IITâ€™s Interprofessional Projects Program as well as high-tech workshops and computer labs. IIT will also provide space for companies at University Technology Park.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was present for the announcement, eager to tout Chicagoâ€™s growing business community.Â City support will provide cost savings that Anderson said will translate into twice as many Chicago Public Schools students in its summer programs for high school students.