Ann Lui, AIA is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan and founding principal of Future Firm, a Chicago-based architecture and design research practice. Future Firm designs spaces for clients who are changemakers in their own communities. The practice spans diverse scales including residential, commercial, and cultural buildings and civic policy proposals. Future Firm's design research work on landscapes and cities has been exhibited at the Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Storefront for Art & Architecture, New Museum’s Ideas City, and the Chicago Architecture Center. Future Firm also operates The Night Gallery, a nocturnal exhibition space for film and video works located on the sidewalk in Chicago’s South side.
Lui was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 titled Dimensions of Citizenship. She co-edited, with Gediminas Urbonas and Lucas Freeman, Public Space? Lost and Found (MIT/SA+P Press, 2015) on aesthetic and spatial practices in the civic realm and was assistant editor of OfficeUS Atlas, a survey of U.S. architectural practice in the last century. Her writing has been published in Log, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, and Mas Context. Previously, Lui practiced at SOM, Ann Beha Architects, and Morphosis Architects.