CLUAA | Office


CLUAA [pr: clu-aa] is Clare Lyster Urbanism And Architecture, a research-based design practice in Chicago operating at the intersection of architecture, landscape and planning. CLUAA's focus is the city, with an emphasis on designing public space and intensifying urban systems as ways to productively invigorate collective life in the built environment. CLUAA has exhibited locally at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago History Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and internationally at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, University College Dublin and the forthcoming Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism.

CLUAA | Principal


Clare Lyster is an architect, educator and writer. A native of Ireland she is now based in Chicago, where she is an Associate Professor at the UIC School of Architecture. Her work explores a+u from the perspective of contemporary theories in landscape, infrastructure and globalization. She is author of Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Cities (Birkhauser, 2016); editor of Envisioning the Bloomingdale: 5 Concepts (Chicago Architecture Club, August 2009) and 306090 vol. 09 Regarding Public Space, with Cecilia Benites (Princeton Architectural Press, August 2005). Essays have appeared in Cabinet, Chicago Architect, Harvard Design Magazine, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Landscape Architecture, MONU, The Architects Newspaper, Places and Volume as as well as chapters in edited anthologies on landscape and mobility networks. Research has been funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, the UIC College of Architecture, Design & The Arts, and the Graham Foundation. Clare is a registered architect in New York and Illinois and holds a BArch from University College Dublin (Ireland) and a MArch from Yale University. She has also taught at Syracuse University, University of Toronto, and Harvard University and is the Gillmor Lecturer at the University of Calgary in fall 2017.



CLUAA | Team

Laura Bowe
Thomas DeFroy
Bruna Finimundi
Patrick Finn
Juan Garduno
Frank Gossage
Amparito Martinez
Joanna Nika
Carlyn So
Clare Lyster Urbanism and Architecture (CLUAA) 2018 — Chicago, Illinois