Keefer Dunn is a licensed architect based in Chicago, Illinois. He is a sole practitioner, an active member of the Architecture Lobby, a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the host of a radio show about architecture and politics called Buildings on Air.


Design. Each year I take on a small number of architectural commissions. I am available for renovations and new construction for commercial, residential, and institutional projects. A good client relationship is more important to me than project size or scope. No budget or project is too small — although a few might be too large (let me be the judge)! Architecture fees and fee structure are negotiable. Inquire via email or phone.

Freelance Support. Are you an architect in need of a ringer? As a licensed architect with experience across multiple scales and project types I am in a unique position to provide qualified assistance at any project phase to other professionals on an as-needed basis.

Project Consulting. If you are a firm principle or project leader with a project at a conceptual crossroads I may be able to help. As a practicing architect with a strong working knowledge of architecture history and theory I am able to provide a support and recommendations at the intersection of the technical, the creative, and the discursive.

Writing and Publications

“Wall Sections as Politics” Essay. Room One Thousand Issue 7: Material. Forthcoming.

Untitled conversation between Peggy Deamer and Keefer Dunn on architecture, revolution, and organizing, Co-Author. Very Vary Veri Journal. Forthcoming early 2019.

“Architect’s Debate Design’s Role in Immigrant Detention” Respondent. The Atlantic City Lab. July 2018.

“Against Employability” Essay. Room One Thousand Issue 6: Work or Sim. May 2018. 

“Employability and Professional Practice” Essay on behalf of the Architecture Lobby. Paprika. December 2017.

“First the City, Then the World!” Essay. Lumpen Magazine. Co-Authored with Marianela D’Aprile. August 2017.

“The Architecture Lobby Pocket Guide to Labor Law.” Contributing Writer and Editor. Self-published pamphlet. August 2017.

“Crown Hall Dean’s Dialogues: 2012-2017.” Student interviewer for various segments of the publication. July 2017. 

“Home in Practice.” Essay. Free Association Magazine, Issue #4. July 2017.

“AIA Convention 2017: Message Over Substance?” Article. Architects Newspaper. May 2017.

“The Architecture Lobby Goes to The AIA Convention.” Contributor and Editor. Self-published pamphlet. April 2017.

“A Response to AIA Values.” Essay. The Avery Review. Co-Authored with Peggy Deamer and Manuel Schvartzberg. March 2017. Re-published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City in the compilation “And Now: Architecture Against a Developer Presidency” in September 2017.

“Radical Praxis: Activism Within and Beyond Architecture.” Essay. Transect Magazine. February 2017.

“The Precarious Architectural Worker.” Essay. Free Association Magazine, Issue #3. January 2017.

“The Tragedy of the Commons” Essay. Free Association Magazine, Issue #2. March 2016.   

“Tafuri’s Utopia… A Primer” Essay. Free Association Magazine, Issue #1. December 2015. 

"Mining Difference.” Essay. CLOG, Rem. July 2014.


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