2022 Annual Conference Speakers

Annual Conference,

Tempestt Hazel (Plenary Session)

Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, and co-founder of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based arts publication and archiving initiative that has promoted and preserved the practices of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists with disabilities across the Midwest since 2010. Through her work at Sixty and past work at Field Foundation and other organizations, Tempestt has worked alongside artists, organizers, grantmakers, and cultural workers to explore cultural preservation, solidarity economies, and values-based practices that are embedded at all levels of an organization.

She's produced curatorial and archival projects with University of North Texas, South Side Community Art Center, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and the Smart Museum of Art, among others. In addition to writing for Sixty, her words have been published with Candor Arts, UChicago Press, Tremaine Foundation, Prospect.4, Alphawood Exhibitions, Haymarket Books, and in various exhibition catalogs and artist monographs. She is thrilled to have upcoming projects and writings with Joan Mitchell Foundation, DePaul Art Museum, the Archives of American Art Journal, and Chicago Film Archives. Tempestt is also the 2019 recipient of the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award from the Society of American Archivists

Carol Ross Barney (Convocation Keynote)

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, HASLA, has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. With a career that spans over 40 years, Carol has made significant contributions to the built environment, the profession, and architectural education. As an architect, urbanist, mentor, and educator, she has relentlessly advocated that excellent design is a right, not a privilege. Her body of work occupies a unique place within the panorama of contemporary architecture, being composed of work primarily in the public realm.

Carol’s projects vary in type and scale, but uphold a deep commitment to the role architecture plays in life quality. This has manifest itself in design of spaces that enrich the metropolitan experience; to buildings that are environmental stewards, showcasing sustainability in an overtly compelling way; to spaces that inspire young children and the brightest minds of tomorrow to learn, invent, and break boundaries. 

Ross Barney is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Following graduation, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica planning national parks. She teaches an advanced Design Studio at IIT and serves on their College Board of Overseers.

Carol’s work has been honored with over 200 major design awards, including the 2021 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, National Design Award for Architecture, twelve national American Institute of Architects Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design, over 40 AIA Chicago Awards, two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project Awards, and the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture and the AIA Illinois Gold Medal, all for a distinguished body of work. She was named as a “Gamechanger” by Metropolis magazine in 2018. In 2021, she received the Contribution to Architecture Award from the World Architecture News for their inaugural Female Frontier Awards. In 2021, she received the Order of Lincoln, the State of Illinois’ highest honor for contributions to the betterment of humanity.

For nearly two decades, Carol’s studio has been working along Chicago’s Rivers. These efforts include the design of the Chicago Riverwalk and studies on all one-hundred-and-fifty-miles of riverfront across the city. The goal: reconnect people with the dynamic and changing life of the City’s natural resources. In recognition of her dedication to bring people back to Chicago’s rivers, the national American Society of Landscape Architects bestowed honorary membership to Carol in 2018, one of its highest honors bestowed upon non-landscape architects.

Other Notable projects include the McDonalds’ Chicago and Disney World Flagship Restaurants, Champaign Public Library, CTA Cermak-McCormick Place and Morgan Street Stations, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue, James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building, Oklahoma City Federal Building, Bloomingdale / 606 Trail Master Plan, Multi-Modal Terminal at O’Hare International Airport, the new Railyard, a park in Rogers, Arkansas and design of schools for Chicago and communities across the country, including a renovation of her alma mater, Regina Dominican High School.

Susan Benjamin and Michelangelo Sabatino (President’s Choice)

Architectural Historian Susan Benjamin, who studied under William Jordy, received her BA in Art history from Brown University and an MA from the University of Minnesota. She is head of Benjamin Historic Certifications, a firm specializing in historic preservation. In that capacity, she writes National Register nominations, Historic American Buildings Survey documentation and works with clients to receive tax incentives for rehabbing historic buildings. Three of her firm’s projects have won the coveted Driehaus Award. Co-authored with Michelangelo Sabatino, her most recent book Modern in the Middle, Chicago Houses, 1929-1975 published by Monacelli Press in September, 2020  won a national DOCOMOMO award of excellence in 2021.

She is co-author with architect Stuart Cohen of:  Great Houses of Chicago 1871-1921 and North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs, 1890-1940 (Acanthus Press, 2008, 2004).


Michelangelo Sabatino is an architectural historian, curator, and preservationist whose research and writing focuses primarily on modern architecture and the built environment. He is Professor of Architectural History and Cultural Heritage at IIT’s College of Architecture where he directs the PhD program and is the inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow. Since arriving in Chicago in 2014, Sabatino co-authored Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929–1975 (with Susan Benjamin, 2020), which recently won the “Modernism in America Award” from Docomomo US. 

He is currently editing a book that will offer fresh perspectives on the history of IIT’s campus and the Bronzeville neighborhood. The book will also serve as the basis of a new exhibition that will be located on the IIT campus. 

Sabatino’s first book, Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011), won multiple awards, including the Chicago-based Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock Award. More recent books include Canada: Modern Architectures in History (with Rhodri Windsor Liscombe, 2016), Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony (with Ben Nicholson, 2019), Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone (with Barrie Scardino Bradley and Stephen Fox, 2020), and Carlo Mollino: Architect and Storyteller (with Napoleone Ferrari, 2021).

Sabatino and his partner recently restored their late 1930s modern home in the landmark Chicago suburb of Riverside.