Abigail Chang is a registered architect and Critic at Yale School of Architecture, whose multidisciplinary practice is based in New York City. She received the Chicago Architectural Club’s Emerging Visions award for most promising talent in 2023. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in 2019 and the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2021.
Her practice is interested in subtle encounters driven by material qualities and details, and responds to currents in contemporary culture. Abigail studies how transparency, reflection, blurriness and flatness emerge through framing devices in the built environment, and have the potential to produce order and disruption.
Her solo exhibition, “Reflections of a Room” at Volume Gallery, re-imagined a collection of familiar, mirrored objects as windows viewed at night. Her site-specific installation, “Display Window,” transformed the Design Museum of Chicago’s building façade and multistory atrium into a shop window. “Skeuomorphic Screens,” a fragment of a full-scale dwelling prototype, examined how screens singularly translate apertures, portals and reflections.
Her writing, including the pieces “Screen Time” and “Double Vision,” critically observes overlaps between art, architecture, technology and photography. Her research has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and UIC College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, where she taught for six years.
Prior to starting her practice, Abigail worked in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tokyo and Basel. At firms including Norman Kelley, SO–IL and Herzog & de Meuron, she developed projects of varying scales, such as the National Library of Israel, Chelsea Football Stadium, Petchi Dream Laboratory and Versace Showroom. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from UCLA with distinction, and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the Takenaka Fellowship.