Born in Rockford, Illinois U.S.A. in 1980 – Virgil Abloh is an artist, architect, and fashion designer.
After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he completed a Master’s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
It was here at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was introduced to their curriculum that was built from the notions of Bauhaus, which was originally established by Mies van der Rohe, that he learned how to converge the fields of arts, craft, and design.
Those notions merged with contemporary culture make up his inter-disciplinary practice today; stemming from his last 15 years, which is summarized below.
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2020

Our next session is a distinguished mentoring opportunity featuring Mr. Virgil Abloh, a Ghanaian-American creative, architect, engineer, and fashion designer. He is the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and the CEO of the Milan-based label Off-White. In addition to running major fashion brands and consulting, he DJs under the alias Flat-White.

Earlier this year, he unveiled his collaboration with Mercedes Benz, reimagining the company’s G-Class as a streamlined racing car. His artwork has also been the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, USA. In the near future, his Ikea collaboration will be released through the brand’s international stores.

Mr. Abloh is passionate about advancing pathways in art and design for young black designers and those from non-traditional backgrounds. His long-standing initiatives support individuals on the road to ownership of their ideas and brands.

Recently, Mr. Abloh has launched an organic platform for widespread access to information and mentorship through his Post Modern Initiative with the aim of the betterment of all- access knowledge.

This event will feature a moderated discussion by Mr. Emmanuel Addo, Old Achimotan, 2002 followed by a Q&A session.


The immediate and improvised nature of the COVID shutdown in the spring of 2020 did not only bring to light systemic justice problems, but created new ones too. One such is the accelerated digitization of the judicial system. This session of the New Spaces of Justice workshop addresses real-time challenges faced by the courts and its users and rethink analog and virtual court infrastructures, buildings, symbols and artifacts through a human-centered lens.

Part 1 The Case for Law, Architecture & Paradisciplinary Design

Part 2 Five Case Studies

Part 3 Virgil Abloh in conversation with Clemens A. Landau, the presiding judge of Utah’s Salt Lake City Justice Court

New Spaces of Justice multidisciplinary workshop between Nóra Al Haider (the Legal Design Lab at Stanford University), Oana Stănescu (OS Studio) and Virgil Abloh.


New York City

COOPER HEWITT SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM
2 E 91ST ST, NEW YORK, NY 10128, UNITED STATES


VIRGIL ABLOH CONVERSE ALL-STAR CALL WITH SAMUEL ROSS
Chicago


Gwyneth Paltrow, Virgil Abloh, Tory Burch and Antoine Arnault: How Fashion’s Meeting the Moment

LVMH’s Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Conversations with Virgil Abloh

LVMH’s Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion featuring Virgil Abloh