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MAS Context has received the support of several institutions and individuals and its content and design have been awarded by prestigious organizations. We are very thankful to all of them.
Society of Typographic Arts STA 100 2017 – Bold issue
Society of Typographic Arts STA 100 2017 – Hidden issue
50 Books | 50 Covers: Design Observer 2016 – Bold issue (Cover)
50 Books | 50 Covers: Design Observer 2016 – Bold issue (Book)
Society of Typographic Arts STA 100 2016 – Debate issue
50 Books | 50 Covers: Design Observer 2015 – Debate issue (Cover)
50 Books | 50 Covers: Design Observer 2015 – Legacy issue (Book)
50 Books | 50 Covers: Design Observer 2014 – Repetition issue (Book)
Society of Typographic Arts Archive 14 2014 – Boundary, Improbable, Trace, and Narrative issues
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grant 2016 (one year)
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grant 2015 (one year)
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grant 2013 (two year)
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grant 2012 (one year)
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grant 2012 (two years)
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grant 2011 (one year)
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grant 2010 (one year)
Exhibitions & Permanent Archives
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago)
Chicago Design Archive (Chicago)
La Casa Encendida (Madrid)
National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London)
Studio NOCK (Gothenburg)
“Iker’s view is broad, geographically and intellectually. His approach is interdisciplinary and stresses enquiry, research, and criticism. Each issue of MAS Context links design disciplines via a shared topic, and all are marshaled in support of urban design — but in an unusual way.
Architectural urbanists tend to see urban design as large-scale architecture. Their thinking on cities is limited to ideas within architecture and, when faced with urban issues they ask “What did Corbu (or Zaha) do?” Iker’s contributions suggest much broader thought spans and wider possibilities to help build urban design as a discipline.
An architectural subspecialty now, this field will not become its own discipline until it establishes a body of scholarly, artistic and professional knowledge and opinion, related to but different from architecture. This would not merely be nice, it is necessary. We pay dearly in cities for gaps in architects’ thinking about urbanism. For example, an urban design thought system is needed to argue, when necessary, with the individual project in the interest of the broader community — its present needs, but also its history and future. If lack of strength in the philosophies and processes of urban design lie behind some important urban architectural failures, then we clearly need what Iker offers.”
Denise Scott Brown
Architect and principal at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates
“MAS Context is a quarterly gem that inevitably embodies design’s response to the zeitgeist… and with a simple click the download is all mine!
Thank you MAS Context.”
Founder of Thirst
“Since it’s founding, MAS Context has grown into an innovative read with an interdisciplinary scope that enriches the perspectives of architecture and urbanistic practices. The journal is intelligently thematically conceived with a lens to view architecture and the city through the eyes of contemporary culture, politics and the environment. Iker’s accomplishment to develop this publication, exhibitions and events is very impressive and a testament to his rigor, creativity and brilliant use of graphic materials to present key topics. This kind of thoughtful approach is needed more than ever to further expand the discourse in contemporary spatial practices.”
Antonio Petrov, DDes
Editor of New Geographies
“There is a resurgence in independent architecture publishing and MAS Context is at the forefront of the new generation of editorial projects. Through an international network of contributors, digital distribution and themed issues, MAS Context is an important voice in architectural criticism and commentary.”
Independent curator, writer, editor and consultant
“Within the rise of blogs becoming increasingly mainstream in the past ten years and the architectural scene discussing the lack of criticism and importance of the editorial task to create quality contents, we found the work of MAS Context incredibly refreshing and deeply focused on architecture communication as means of creating forward-thinking architecture.
Bringing together different tools and experiences, as the web, printed magazine and live events, MAS Context is creating an important data base in the architectural arena of the current times.”
Ethel Baraona Pohl
Architect and founder of dpr-barcelona
“MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG fuses the energy and ambition of youthful thinkers with the insights of highly seasoned innovators, harnessing a range of artistic, design, and architecture practice. The event’s carefully considered cross-disciplinary programming, along with its articulate and thoughtful audience, make it a fertile resource for Chicago. I hope it’s able to grow and thrive, becoming a treasured means for motivating and challenging the city’s art and design community.”
Cheryl Towler Weese
Graphic designer, founder and partner at Studio Blue
“MAS Context is one of the rare collections, be it online, in print or as an event, that tackles issues from a critical and multifaceted perspective. This notion of critical content is hugely important given the overwhelming amount of unfocused, shallow content on the internet that exists today. MAS Context is the only platform of its kind where it takes people from various fields and looks at a singular topic to put it into context and perspective providing a contemporary pulse that is extremely valuable. Having attended MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG in fall, I was not only hugely impressed by the massive undertaking of non-stop, 12 hour lecture series but by the high level of content, participants, and attendees. This type and level of event is normally found only at large, established institutions, once again demonstrating the need to support these types of undertakings. It provided a rare opportunity for those of us in Chicago to get a glimpse into nationally recognized practitioners and their practices who are based in Chicago. The event provided a setting which fostered informal discussions, sharing of ideas, and an understanding of the depth of the creative, critical, and theoretical work going in Chicago.”
Designer and founder of fferrone design
“There are lots of architectural websites and blogs. Most of them, however, are essentially PR outlets for developer projects. With this issue [ABERRATION] MAS Context has become one of the best showcases for innovative architectural work.”
Writer and author of One-Way Street
MAS Context has collaborated with multiple institutions and individuals to organize their ongoing series of public programs as well as to design each issue.
American Institute of Architects Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Bruce Mau Design
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago Design Museum
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Hyde Park Art Center
Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
JNL Graphic Design
Marshall Brown Projects
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Society of Architectural Historians
Society of Typographic Arts
Soho House Chicago
Studio Gang Architects
The Logan Share
JNL Graphic Design
Leo Burnett Department of Design
Board of Advisors
Ethel Baraona Pohl
Architect and co-founder of dpr-barcelona.
Alberto Campo Baeza
Architect, founder of Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza and Professor at the Madrid School of Architecture.
Architect and Director of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon.
Architect and founder of G. Goldberg + Associates.
Founder of JNL Graphic Design Studio.
Architect and founder of rojkind arquitectos.
John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, Department of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago.
Founder and design director of Thirst/Chicago, and winner of the 2011 National Design Award: Communication Design by The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Critic, editor, curator and instigator.
We’re based in Chicago, but our reach is global. We’re a platform for the sharing of relevant proposals, ideas and experiences that help advance the world of design.
Our approach is simple and profound. Each issue asks people to think of new possibilities. Leading all of us to collaborate in new ways. This unleashes a great debate. And asks designers everywhere to act in new and unimagined ways.
Think. Collaborate. Debate. Act.
Every issue expresses the core ideas of the journal:
Focus on a single topic and address it from a range of design fields: architects, photographers, writers, industrial designers, musicians, graphic artists, urban planners …….
Combining the techniques delivers a comprehensive overview.
Then, share the insights and outlooks via different media types to reach a global audience.
We like things in Context.