After working at larger corporate practices on tall towers and institutional projects, domestically and overseas, Ann Lui decided to strike out on her own. In 2015, Lui and her business partner, Craig Reschke, launched Future Firm, a Chicago-based architecture and design research practice, which now employs a six-member staff and handles a broad mix of different design projects. “We started Future Firm in order to be able to have a more immediate impact through design in Chicago and the Midwest, and to be able to work collaboratively with the folks who ultimately live and work in our projects,” Lui says. “We work for changemakers,” she adds. “These are folks who are trying to do work in their own communities or different industries and have a crazy idea, a dream, or a plan to make changes that the architecture can help them achieve. We try to amplify their work through architecture.” In 2020, Lui extended the reach of her architectural practice to the academic community when she started teaching classes at Taubman College, where she is now assistant professor of practice.
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