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.


Your Neighborhood Architect. My greatest joy is bringing a thoughtfulness and passion about architecture to bear for clients embedded in their communities. I am available for renovations and new construction for commercial, residential, and institutional projects. 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.

A Critical Eye. 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.

A Helping Hand. 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.

Writing and Publications

“Wall Sections as Politics” Essay. Room One Thousand Issue 7: Material. Summer 2019.

Untitled conversation between Peggy Deamer and Keefer Dunn on architecture, revolution, and organizing, Co-Author. Very Vary Veri Journal. Forthcoming 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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Email: keefer@keeferdunn.com
: (312) 646-0432
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