About Until Architecture

Until Architecture, a professional design studio in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 2006 by Douglas Pancoast. Artist, Kimberly Marshall Pancoast, joined the practice in 2010. Until Architecture examines the role of software, sensing and actuation on the planning, instantiation, performance and inhabitation of built environments. Employing a variety of conceptual, physical, and digital techniques, the studio sees architecture as an open para-material investigation—a process both virtual and tactile, leading to building appearance, behavior and form. The mission of Until Architecture: through commissioned and self-generated professional, academic and research projects, produce and disseminate sustainable new design concepts, interactive protocols, educational frameworks, technologies, objects, media, spaces, and experiences for a complex and evanescent world.


The studio currently focuses on natural systems and their interaction with culture. Data, units of measure collected from the world around us, can be used to make transactional phenomena legible, to tune behavior / activity and to inflect and extend the quality and persistence of built space. These elements combine to form our human nature and the context for architecture. An ever-appearing infrastructure, an until architecture.

Douglas Pancoast

A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design (B.Arch., 1991) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA Arch., 1995), Douglas Pancoast has roots firmly planted in the fertile soil of the American midwest. He has worked for firms including Richard Meier and Partners, 1100 Architect, BlackBox Studio at SOM, and agency.com. His work has been shown in the Chicago-based exhibitions Art in the Urban Garden, Mystique: Space, Technology, and Craft and Speculative Chicago; and in Scale at the Architectural League of New York and the National Building Museum, Washington, DC. His projects have been featured in Architectural Record, Architecture, A.P.+, and The Architectural Review, and in the book Young Architects: Scale. Pancoast has lectured widely on his own work and on the topic of trans-disciplinary education, and has served as a guest critic at such institutions as Columbia University , Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Parsons School of Design.


Pancoast taught at the Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan and The NewSchool of Architecture + Design before joining the department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. He is currently the Director of the Architecture and Interior Architecture Graduate Program at the SAIC. Identifying the need to intensify and expand the set of curricular vehicles used for design education at the SAIC, Pancoast helped to establish various partner supported research and design studio frameworks for faculty, students and staff.



Kimberly Marshall Pancoast

Kimberly Marshall Pancoast is from rural Kansas. The backyard of her childhood home blended with eighty acres of natural prairie grass and was bound by the expansive sky and the endless horizon. The environment of her youth caused her to have deep and profound connections with the beauty and intricacies of the natural world. Pancoast attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Masters of Art in Art Education. She has a BFA in Photography with an emphasis in medical photography from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Kimberly also holds a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas. Kimberly currently lives in Chicago where she teaches art and technology classes to elementary age children. She has been a collaborator and education director for Until Architecture since 2010.



Douglas Pancoast



Kimberly Marshall Pancoast




The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Lillstreet Art Center

Argonne National Laboratory

The Computation Institute at The University of Chicago

The Urban Center for Computation and Data

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Chicago

The KAVLI Institute for Cosmological Physics at The University of Chicago