“All Plans Are Politics,” an exhibit and symposium on architectural approaches to social issues, was organized by Bill, then serving as chair of the AIA Chicago Government Affairs Committee, to bring attention to design thinking around societal problems such as the future of public housing and shelter for populations including those affected by AIDS/HIV and homelessness. The exhibit also solidified the young firm’s bent toward advocacy. “Serious designers,” Bill told Architecture magazine, “are looking at social problems both from an economic and design point of view.”
Mike Jerabek, still a relatively recent graduate working through the economic downturn, became one of a long line of young architects to gain mentoring, opportunities to explore big ideas and real-world experience at the firm. His greatest interest was in multi-family housing design, and he hoped to find a way to advance that expertise.