November 2016:  Blender Architecture has recently been commissioned to develop a master plan for the public spaces for a mid-century high-rise in Evanston IL.

October 2016:  Blender Architecture is completing documentation of the renovation and interior alteration to the Immanel Lutheran Church and Day School.  Construction is slated for the spring of 2017.

May 2016:  Maria Segal participated as a Community Respondent in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago's Action-Based Communities program.  5th to 8th grade Chicago Public Schools students engage in "civic learning through doing" projects exploring problems in their schools and communities, and proposing and implementing solutions.  Maria heard and responded to students' projects including "Depressing Bathrooms," "Onahan Garden Grows," and "Keeping Your Stuff Safe and Clean."

January 2016:  Richard Blender participated and graduated from the Goldman Sachs Small Business Program - Cohort 13. 
December 2015:  WE ARE HIRING:
See Contacts under the Studio section of the site for more info.
December 26, 2014:  On behalf of our current clients, Blender Architecture is donating funding for Lill Street's Art & Entrepreneurship Artreach: Sew/Share/Sell 2015 program.  Sew/Share/Sell is a collaborative program with Grace House that teaches women coming out of prison basic sewing skills and introduces them to concepts of marketing and sales.  Learn more about the program at
June 17,2014:  Blender Architecture along with artist Amze Emmons, designed and installed a curated show of 20 publishers from around the world, entitled Publisher! Publisher!
April 2014:  Maria Segal and Amy Freshwater co-authored an article published in Childcare Exchange entitled "Bodies in Motion".

Jan 8, 2014:  Blender Architecture is featured in the AIA Chicago magazine, with an article on the renovation of the chapel at Emanuel Congregation.  The project was a collaboration with local artisans and members of the Congregation.

Maria Segal is consulting as an Early Childhood Specialist on a project for the Holloman Air Force Base in Almagordo New Mexico.  The project entails the design and implementation of a 18,000 s.f. outdoor play landscape and education area.

May 3, 2013:  Blender Architecture received an AIA Chicago Small Projects merit award for the residential project located at 1101 N Damen.  The ceremony took place at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago.
Blender Architecture are now working with the Hamlin Park Advisory Council on the re-design of their playlot.  In collaboration with the City of Chicago Park District.

May 17-18, 2012:  Maria Segal represented Blender Architecture at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Conference, National Louis University.  Blender Architecture worked with Andy Howard of Hitchcock Design Group, discussing with participants about improving learning environments.

May 11, 2012:  Blender Architecture received an AIA Chicago Small Projects honor award for the residential project located at 2039 West Dickens.  The ceremony took place at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago.


May 11, 2012:  Blender Architecture presented its plans and feasibility study to State Senator Cullerton as part of the initiative to provide renovation and addition to the James G. Blaine Elementary School.


January 23, 2012:  Maria Segal presented "Nature Based Play and Facility Design: Using Nature and Physical Space to Engage, Support Learning and Improve Well Being" at Nature Education Workshop, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, featuring keynote speaker Claire Warden, Mindstretchers, Scotland. 

January 28, 2012:  Maria Segal presented "Optimizing Outdoor Spaces for Multi-Sensory Exploration"with Andy Howard, Hitchcock Design Group, at Opening Minds Conference, Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children.

January 2012:  Maria Segal's project for Concordia Place Community Center was featured in Chicago Architect Magazine, cover story.  Maria was the Project Designer with the firm of Holabird and Root for the completion of this building.