Iker Gil is an architect and director of MAS Studio, a collaborative architecture and urban design firm based in Chicago. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the design journal MAS Context and the Associate Curator of Dimensions of Citizenship, the US Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennalethat took place in 2018. He has curated severalexhibitions, including BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicagoas part ofthe inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, a gallery as part of the exhibition Chatter Architecture Talks Balkat the Art Institute of Chicago, Shanghai Transforming at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Virginia Tech, and Synchronizing Geometry held at S.R. Crown Hall (IIT). In addition, he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was the co-director of the Chicago Expander program. He is the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club.
Exhibitions: Manhattanisms, Storefront for Art & Architecture; Imagining the Modern, Carnegie Museum of Art; Circus for Construction, New Museum; OfficeUS, La Biennale di Venezia. Publications: Public Space? Lost and Found (2017); Thresholds “Scandalous” (MIT SA+P Press, 2015); OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015); JAE; Mas Context; Uncube Magazine. Awards: Oslo Architecture Triennale; Schlossman Fellowship (MIT), Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship (Cornell), Penny White Prize (Harvard GSD), Chicago Prize (CAC), Chicago Burnham Prize (CAC), Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal, Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal (Cornell).
She has covered art, architecture, urbanism, and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, Domus, Architectural Review, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. She is a regular opinion columnist for Dezeen and former West Coast Editor of The Architects Newspaper. Zeiger is the 2015 recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in writing about landscape architecture.
Zeiger is author of New Museums, Tiny Houses, Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, and Tiny Houses in the City. In 1997, Zeiger founded loud paper, an influential zine and digital publication dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse.
She has curated, contributed to, and collaborated on projects that have been shown at the Art Institute Chicago, 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, Storefront for Art and Architecture, pinkcomma gallery, and the AA School. She co-curated Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City, which received the Bronze Dragon award at the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen.
She teaches in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design and is former co-president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. She has taught at the School of Visual Art, Art Center, Parsons New School of Design, the California College of the Arts (CCA) and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc.) She holds a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.
Atkinson’s research and teaching focus on the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, with a particular focus on the experience of artistic environments and urban spaces in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. These fields have led him into investigations of the soundscapes of Renaissance Florence and the role of the acoustic environment in the meaning of built space and the construction of social communities. Currently he is exploring ways of using new digital technologies to visualize these acoustic and spatial relationships. Two other long-term projects are now underway. The first involves a study of urban disorientation in the Renaissance city. This project comprises two trajectories, one being an analysis of the ways in which Italians encountered and navigated the topographies and monuments of foreign territories, the other a more locally based investigation of the multi-media strategies at work in the massive transformations planned for Renaissance Rome. The second project is a collaboration with Susanna Caviglia, entitled “Wandering in Rome,” which looks at the representation of the mental and physical experience representations of the city by French travelers to early modern Rome.
Atkinson is involved in two collaborative research projects supported by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society: “Interwoven: Sonic, Visual and Textual Histories of the Indian Ocean World” with Philip Bohlman, James Nye, Laura Rings and Anna Seastrand; and “Visualizing the Changing Spatial and Social Ecology of Renaissance Florence” with John Padgett. Atkinson’s book The Noisy Renaissance was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award of the College Art Association. He has held residential felloships at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.