Iker Gil is an architect, urban designer, and director of MAS Studio. Some of the recent projects of the office include the MC01 project in Marina City with Ellipsis, the bLUMEN pavilion in Chicago with Luftwerk, the signage standards for the Oneida with JNL Graphic Design, the documentation of the residents and units of Marina City with photographer Andreas E.G. Larsson, a prototype for a single-family home in New Orleans, an urban proposal for the area surrounding Lambeau Field in Green Bay, and Cut. Join. Play., the first prize in the 2010 Architecture for Humanity Chicago Street furniture competition and exhibited as part of the US. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale.
Iker is also the editor in chief of the quarterly design journal MAS Context and the editor of the book Shanghai Transforming (ACTAR, 2008). He curated the exhibition BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago included in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, a gallery as part of the exhibition Chatter Architecture Talks Balk at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the exhibitions Shanghai Transforming at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Virginia Tech, and Synchronizing Geometry held at S.R. Crown Hall (IIT).
In addition, he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he was the co-director of the Chicago Expander program, and has taught studios at the School of Architecture at UIC and Masters Project Preparation at the College of Architecture at IIT.
Iker has received several grants and awards for his work, including the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grants and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grants in support of MAS Context. He has been selected as one of “Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century” by a jury composed by Stanley Tigerman, Jeanne Gang, Qingyun Ma, and Marion Weiss. He has been included three times in Newcity’s annual Design 50 as well as in i4design Magazine‘s 5th annual Suite Sixteen that recognizes “the Midwest’s most innovative design pros who are pushing old boundaries, exploring new concepts and making a difference in design with the work that they do.”