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Meet the brains behind ACTIVATE


Kate Keleman

Kate Keleman draws upon her passion for people and places to develop surprising and engaging multidisciplinary public learning projects focused on architecture, design, and art. She is the Placemaking and Creative Manager at the Chicago Loop Alliance, where she produces ACTIVATE – a series of summertime pop-up experiences that take place in Loop alleys – as well as other public-life-enhancing programs. Kate led public programming for the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, North America’s largest survey of contemporary architecture, which attracted more than half a million visitors. The Biennial’s 70+ public programs engaged more than 14,000 people in learning about architectural ideas and our built world. Prior to the Biennial, Kate developed numerous exhibitions, web projects, and events as a curator at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. She received her M.S. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her A.B. from the University of Chicago.  


Port Urbanism

PORT is a leading-edge design consultancy whose work focuses on the analysis, visioning, design, and implementation of new forms of collective space and the public realm, ranging in scale from plazas, parks, and public waterfronts to institutional framework plans and regional planning strategies. The practice synthesizes professional expertise in urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, ecology and urban planning in order to provide the hybrid model of design services necessary to negotiate today’s complex public realm challenges.