Archeworks is a Chicago-based design lab and educator. Our mission is to use design as an agent of change in the public interest.
Archeworks is a Chicago-based design lab and educator that uses design as an agent of change in the public interest. We take a multi-faceted approach to design – we teach it, we analyze and critique it, we broadcast it, and we also create speculative works of our own.
Acting as a catalyst for social change, Public Interest Design addresses complex social problems that disproportionately impact underserved communities. It is guided by the belief that design should enhance quality of life for all, not just the privileged few.
Archeworks is committed to a definition of Public Impact Design that is action-oriented, simultaneously tactical and spontaneous, community-building and self-sustaining. Through a vast network of industry experts, civic leaders, award winning practitioners and successful social entrepreneurs, Archeworks students are given the tools and access to make a difference in the world, and the accountability to do so. Over the course of the Certificate Program, Archeworks students have incubated prototype solutions, brought products to market, organized community festivals and developed strategies for community and institutional growth. Our Alumni have gone on as entrepreneurs to start social impact businesses, receive advanced degrees in design and policy, lead communities and cities forward and exhibit their work throughout the world.