Iker Gil

Founding Partner

Iker Gil

Iker Gil is the founder and partner at MAS Studio, the founder and editor in chief of the nonprofit MAS Context, and the Executive Director of the SOM Foundation

  • Education 2006 Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • 2004 Architect, Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB)
  • Additional Education 2002–2003 Study abroad program College of Architecture, 
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago
  • 2002 Mies van der Rohe Master Class with Kazuyo Sejima, ETSAB, Barcelona
  • 2001 Mies van der Rohe Master Class with David Chipperfield, ETSAB, Barcelona
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About

Iker Gil is the founder and partner at MAS Studio. Educated and trained as an architect in Spain and the US, Iker has two decades of experience in architecture and the cultural practices around architecture and the built environment. Throughout his career, he has designed new buildings, interior renovations, and architectural installations. He has also developed his work as a curator, exhibition designer, editor, writer, educator, and an administrator.

Since founding MAS Studio, he has worked on projects of multiple scales and typologies, including single-family and multifamily residential projects in Chicago, New Orleans, and Spain; signage standards for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; architectural installations across Chicago; new bike routes linking Chicago neighborhoods; and an exploration of the potential of the Chicago Pedway. Prior to MAS Studio, Iker practiced at SOM, Carlos Ferrater, b720, and UrbanLab.

Iker is the 2024 Victor A. Morgenstern Family Visiting Chair in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) along with architect Michel Rojkind. He has also previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the Escola da Cidade (São Paulo). In addition, he was the co-director of the Chicago Expander program at Archeworks with Antonio Petrov.

He is the editor of the books Radical Logic: On the Work of Ensamble Studio (MAS Context, 2021), Chicago Concrete Map (Blue Crow Media, 2018), and Shanghai Transforming (ACTAR, 2008). In 2018, Iker co-edited the book Art in Chicago Neighborhoods (City of Chicago) documenting the 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project created by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Iker was the Associate Curator of the US Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale that took place in 2018 and the co-curator of Exhibit Columbus 2020-2021. He has co-curated or curated the exhibitions Poured Architecture: Sergio Prego on Miguel Fisac at the Graham Foundation, Nocturnal Landscapes at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago included in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, a gallery as part of the exhibition Chatter Architecture Talks Back at the Art Institute of Chicago, Shanghai Transforming at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Virginia Tech, and Synchronizing Geometry held at S.R. Crown Hall (IIT).

He 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, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grants, Ruy de Clavijo grant by Casa Asia, and PICE grant by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española). 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 named New Progressive by Architect Magazine, included in the Hall of Fame 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.” He received a Presidential Citation by the American Institute of Architects Chicago for his work as part of Dimensions of Citizenship.

Selected Awards and Publications

  • 2019 PICE grant from Acción Cultural Española AC/E
  • 2019 Included in the Hall of Fame of Newcity’s Design 50
  • 2018 President’s Citation, AIA Chicago, Dimensions of Citizenship
  • 2018 People’s Choice Award, AIA Chicago Small Project Awards, bLUMEN
  • 2014–2018 Selected as part of Newcity’s Design 50
  • 2015 Included in “Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century”
  • 2015 Citation of Merit, AIA Chicago Small Projects Awards, Elemental Kitchen
  • 2011 Suite16 award, i4design
  • 2010 Emerging Visions Award, Chicago Architectural Club
  • 2005 Recipient of the 2006 Ruy de Clavijo grant from Casa Asia
  • 2005 University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) scholarship
  • 2002 Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) scholarship
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  • Chicago Architect
  • Chicago Home + Garden
  • Chicago Social
  • Concept Magazine
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  • CS Interiors
  • Design Bureau
  • i4Design
  • Landscape World
  • Monocle
  • Newcity
  • Paisea
  • PLOT
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  • Scanorama
  • Time Out Chicago
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