About Joseph Altshuler
Joseph Altshuler is cofounder of Could Be Architecture, a Chicago-based design practice, and an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture. He is also the director of the Architectural Companionship Laboratory, a design research lab that works at the intersection of architecture, public art, environmental graphics, adaptive reuse, and tactical urbanism. His teaching, practice, and scholarship explore architecture’s capacity to build lively audiences, initiate serious play, and amplify participation in civic life.
Could Be Architecture’s work has been exhibited at Art Basel | Miami Art Week, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Elmhurst Art Museum, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. In 2020, the practice was featured in Architect magazine’s “Next Progressives” series and ranked #1 in Newcity magazine’s “Design Top 5.”
Joseph’s first book, Creatures Are Stirring: A Guide to Architectural Companionship (Applied Research and Design Publishing, 2021), prompts readers to develop more intimate friendships with architectural companions through a collection of essays, flash fictions, and case studies that illustrate solidarity among humans, nonhumans, buildings, interiors, and the broader environment. Joseph has also co-authored book chapters published in The Artful Plan: Architectural Drawing Reconfigured (Birkhäuser, 2020) and Drawing Futures (UCL Press, 2016) and has contributed essays to publications including Log, MAS Context, CLOG, Pidgin, PLAT, and the Chicago Tribune.
Joseph is the editor-in-chief of SOILED, a periodical of architectural storytelling positioned between a literary journal and a design magazine, and a founding board member of Chicago Mobile Makers, a nonprofit organization that offers design-thinking and fabrication-focused youth workshops in Chicago communities.
- Master of Architecture, Rice University (2015)
- Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)