An official Chicago Architecture Biennial Affiliate Partner

Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial seeks to convene the world’s leading practitioners, theorists, and commentators in the field of architecture and urbanism to explore, debate, and demonstrate the significance of architecture to contemporary society.

Organized by:

Italian Trade Agency
The Italian Trade Agency is the government organization which promotes the internationalization of the Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry of Economic Development, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Italian Trade Agency provides information, support and advice to Italian and foreign companies. One of five offices in the US, the Chicago Office is responsible primarily for machinery sectors, Publishing, and Private Label products.
MISE (Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico)
The Ministry of Economic Development is responsible for a wide variety of policies, including economic development and cohesion, energy and mineral resources, telecommunications, internationalization and business incentives.

In partnership with:

AIA Chicago (American Institute of Architects)
The American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) is the largest chapter of licensed architects, architectural interns, and allied professionals within AIA Illinois, and the second largest AIA chapter in the country. AIA Chicago offers lectures and continuing education courses; numerous award programs; specialized, issue-specific Knowledge Communities; advocacy for architects; daily communications online and through its in-house magazine, Chicago Architect; and help for consumers looking for an architect.
IIDA (International Interior Design Association)
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 15,000 Members in 10 specialty Forums in 31 Chapters around the world committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in Interior Design and advancing Interior Design through knowledge. IIDA, with respect for past accomplishments of Interior Design leaders, strives to create a strong niche for the most talented and visionary Interior Design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants, and to lead the way for the next generation of Interior Design innovators. The Association provides a forum to demonstrate design professionals’ impact on the health, safety, well being and virtual soul of the public, balancing passion for good design and strategy for best business practices. IIDA stands at the intersection of passion and strategy where designers create extraordinary interiors and experiences .

In conjunction with:

Consulate General of Italy in Chicago
The Consulate General of Italy offers consular services and is part of a wide network of the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is the cultural office of the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago. Founded in 1985, the Institute is one of five cultural agencies of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the United States. The Institute serves as a convenient source for information about Italian life and culture that showcases Italy’s classic and contemporary heritage with particular reference to art, music, cinema, design, architecture, science, and technology. The Institute is also home to a school of Italian language and culture, as well as a venue for art exhibitions and film screenings.
Italian-American Chamber of Commerce Midwest
The Italian-American Chamber of Commerce Midwest (IACC) is a non-profit organization recognized by the Italian Government with the purpose of developing commercial relations between USA and Italy.

A special thank you to our partners:

Confindustria Ceramica
Confindustria Ceramica, the association of Italian ceramic tile and refractory material manufacturers, is responsible for representing, supporting, informing and liaising between member companies. The organization also includes allied companies, Italian companies that perform industrial activities complementary to the production of ceramic tiles or refractory materials, as well as sales companies.
Confindustria Marmomacchine
Confindustria Marmomacchine is the Italian association of manufacturers and users of machinery and equipment for working natural stone. An institutional and industrial reference for the Italian stone sector, Confindustria Marmomacchine - Assomarmomacchine directly represents over 170 Italian companies.
MADE expo
MADE expo is Italy’s only biennial architecture and building construction trade show that has a genuinely international reach. Architecture, building construction, energy retrofits, refurbishment and renovation, in-home comfort, sustainability, innovation, beauty and safety have all become increasingly interwoven and MADE expo is the only place to find a broad multispecialist perspective of materials, construction systems, windows, the building envelope, finishings and surfaces. The last edition of the trade show attracted more than 208,000 visitors, including over 36,000 from countries other than Italy. The next MADE expo will take place in March 2017. is a Consortium of the Politecnico di Milano operating in the field of design acting as an interface between universities, companies, and professional organizations, institutions and bodies. It develops training programs for young graduates and professionals as well as for companies that are closely focused on innovation. It operates from the perspective of internationalization, establishing partnerships of purpose with universities, schools, bodies, institutions, enterprises, and companies on a case by case basis.
Politecnico di Milano
The Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy, with about 40,000 students.‬ It offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in engineering, architecture and design. Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan.
Chicago International Film Festival
Now in its 51st edition, the Chicago International Film Festival is a competitive international film festival. The festival was started in 1964 by filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza to provide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated the city’s theaters. In 2014, it presented more than 150 narrative features, documentaries and short films from more than 60 countries.
Sister Cities International Milan – Chicago
Chicago Sister Cities International is committed to promoting Chicago as a global city, developing international partnerships and networks, and sharing best practices through citizen-to-citizen connections.