June 8, 2016 Buildings

The jury commented that wHY’s design proposal “The jury felt that your design proposal had a strong concept, with an intriguing shape and dramatic and compelling imagery. The civic spaces were strong, and your team demonstrated clear thinking about the multiple functions of the museum, not just the gallery spaces. The porous quality of the museum was admired, with a clear attempt made to reach out to the surrounding neighborhood through multiple entrances. The jury enjoyed the presentation style and technique – this level of engagement and enthusiasm was felt to be a particular strength.” Read more here.  

Interactive Timeline of Jackson Park

June 1, 2016 Uncategorized

Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at, was created by Project 120 and the Garden of the Phoenix Foundation. Both organizations are partners of the Chicago Park District in park revitalization efforts. See the timeline here.

WGN Radio Hosts Talk about Jackson Park’s Role in US-Japan Relations

June 1, 2016 Grounds

A project involving wHY since 2012, Robert Karr, President of Project 120 Chicago, joins WGN radio host Justin Kaufmann to discuss the efforts to develop and implement plans and projects to holistically revitalize the nationally significant, complex historic urban spaces we call Chicago’s South Parks. >>>

Travel + Leisure features Speed Art Museum in ‘World’s Most Beautiful New Museums’

June 1, 2016 Buildings

Speed Art Museum, which opened in March, is featured alongside Faena Forum in Miami, Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, SFMoMA in San Francisco, The Broad in Los Angeles, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. >>>

The Court: A Garden Within Reach

May 27, 2016 Grounds

Representing wHY Grounds’ first completed project, The Court is a 9,000-square-foot garden designed to serve as an innovative model of universal design – an architectural strategy that seeks to produce aesthetically pleasing spaces that are inherently accessible to all people, with or without disability. It is a universally accessible space for peace, beauty, and learning. “We really believe in the power of design to influence people, regardless of scale or budget,” says Mark Thomann, who joined wHY in 2014 to lead the Grounds Workshop and an increasing number of landscape and urban design projects. “Our approach was to weave the Farmhouse and the Limonaia together through people and gardening. It is perfunctory, accessible, sensory, and elegant.”


May 19, 2016 Uncategorized

WHITEWALL: What were some of your earliest interactions with architecture of importance? KULAPAT YANTRASAST: I remember very well when I was taken, or dragged, through Europe with my then-young parents, who didn’t have lots of money but wanted to expose me and my sister to the world. I remember clearly the first visit to the Pantheon in Rome—the centrality, the light, and the sound. That was so strong in my mind. Also, visiting Paris for the first time, walking and walking and seeing the city, not just the churches and museums, but city blocks, cafés, and pedestrian life was so strong to me. Read the full article here or see it in Whitewall's spring 2016 Art Issue.