Kahler Slater partners with universities to form Collaborative Studio

The Kahler Slater Studio will begin courses in fall 2022 with Kahler Slater staff serving as adjunct professors. (Photo courtesy of Kahler Slater)

Kahler Slater, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning have announced the formation of The Kahler Slater Studio, a new academic graduate studio offered to students at both universities. The Studio will begin courses in fall 2022 with Kahler Slater staff serving as adjunct professors.

The collective brings the three entities together to increase the collaboration between academia and practice. Students from the universities will work in partnership with Kahler Slater’s design team in its Chicago and Milwaukee offices. The immersive experience was designed to support UWM and UIUC’s enrollment growth in their architecture programs, as well as build upon the longstanding relationship both universities have with Kahler Slater.

The syllabus is structured to offer hands-on, interdisciplinary opportunities for students to work on projects focusing on corporate, hospitality, residential, health care, cultural, sports, recreation, and higher education. Students in the 2022 fall semester will begin with a project located in Chicago, following with a 2023 project based in Milwaukee.

Kahler Slater design leaders will serve as faculty, guest lecturers and reviewers and each student will be matched with a one-on-one mentor. One student will be awarded a guaranteed internship in any of Kahler Slater’s domestic offices at the end of the semester. The Kahler Slater Studio will begin with three consecutive fall semesters: fall 2022; fall 2023; fall 2024.

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