WEATHERS is a Chicago based office founded by Sean Lally that builds teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and researchers to explore new opportunities for how we design and build the environments we live in.

The greatest challenge facing architecture and our broader society today is the need for advancements in harnessing energy. Rather than continue to focus on maximizing efficiency for its conservation and consumption we must provide an architecture with lifestyles for the future that give us new worlds to strive for and realize. In our projects we test the social, organizational, economic and aesthetic implications of these new architectures.

Without this fundamental rethinking between architecture and energy, both will remain to be seen as distinct; architecture as a building of walls and energy as a fuel for filling it. Instead, architecture is at a unique and adventurous stage for questioning and reinforming our definitions of architecture and the environments and lifestyles they foster.

Photo credit: EOS Series / Untitled One, Sean Lally, 2014 ©

The Monadnock Building
53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1626
Chicago, IL 60604


04.02.15 - 04.03.15. Sean Lally will present at the PennDesign Non Discrete Architectures symposium

02.26.15. Sean Lally lectures at The University of Toronto - John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. "Ride the Lightning"

The speakers Sarah Dunn (UrbanLab), Sean Lally (Weathers), Andrew Moddrell (Port A+U), Stanley Tigerman (Tigerman McCurry Architects), and Frances Whitehead (ARTetal Studio) will discuss their speculative projects with Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda (co-editors of the book Chicagoisms). Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room, 5th floor.

11.15.14. Metropolis Magazine Interview,
"Three Forms of Invisible Architecture"

11.13.14 Sean Lally lectures at The University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Fall lecture series

11.01.14 Sean Lally's photographs of 'Project EOS' are on view at this years Istanbul Design Biennale, curated by Zoe Ryan.

10.15.2014 Sean Lally will be presenting at the
14th Annual SyracuseCoE Symposium

10.07.14 Very excited to have been interviewed by Joey Eschrich for Project Hieroglyph at ASU. See it here INTERVIEW
The Air from Other Planets
A Brief History of Architecture to Come
By Sean Lally

Published by Lars Müller Publishers
Available at Amazon

In The Air from Other Planets, Sean Lally introduces the reader to an architecture produced by designing the energy within our environment (electromagnetic, thermodynamic, acoustic, and chemical ). This architecture exchanges the walls and shells we have assumed to be the only type of attainable architecture for a range of material energies that develops its own shapes, aesthetics, organizational systems, and social experiences. The book is a story in which energy emerges as more than what fills the interior of a building or reflects off its outer walls. Instead, energy becomes its own enterprise for design innovation: it becomes the architecture itself.

The Air from Other Planets is a book nostalgic for the future, rooted in the belief that the architect's greatest attributes lie not only in harnessing the latest technologies and advancements in building materials, but also in exercising our imaginations through speculation and the projections of worlds and environments yet to exist. The book shows us that some of our greatest discoveries come not from seeking something new but from re-examining what we already have around us.

2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial
Venue: Chicago Cultural Center
Exhibition: BOLD: Alternative Scenerios for Chicago, Curated by Iker Gil

Team: Sean Lally, Marina Nicollier, Veronica Gomez, Angela Ngo, Maged Guerguis

Two of the greatest pressures on society today include humanity’s manipulation of the environment and the advancements in bioengineering of the human body. The first is changing the makeup of the physical spaces we occupy and the second, the very body that senses that environment. At this intersection are the physical boundaries that create architectural space. Integrating these two quickly advancing industries as the epicenter of architectural design can open the possibilities of the disciplines spatial, social, and environmental discourse.

The urban public park is the backbone of leisure, recreation, health and community engagement. Nowhere is this more apparent and clearly demonstrated than in Chicago during the summer months. Yet as climate change continues and technologies open the possibilities of how our bodies communicate with our environment, parks are still seen as passive spaces subject to local weather and an outmoded definition of the human body. ‘Second Sun’ takes street lighting as a starting point, layering additional forms of energy (thermal, acoustic, electromagnetic, chemical) in an attempt to give shape to a new architecture.

As advancements in steel, glass and concrete have shown before, new materials can do more than reproduce existing architecture--they form a dialogue with emerging social and political pressures to produce new spaces, aesthetics and social engagements. ‘Second Sun’ places architecture at the center of today’s pressures to engage and inform the industries and policies that will give shape to our environment, our bodies and the spaces we call architecture.

EOS Series / Untitled One, Sean Lally, 2014 ©

Energy Diagram / Giving Shape to Architecture

EOS Series / Untitled Two, Sean Lally, 2014 ©

Detail / EOS Series / Untitled Two, Sean Lally, 2014 ©

EOS Series / Untitled Three, Sean Lally, 2014 ©

Physical Stage Models
Los Angeles, California, USA
2006-2007, Size: 1,265 m2
Installation, as Part of the Gen(h)ome Project, 2006
Curated by Open Source Architecture, Kimberli Meyer and Peter Noever.
The MAK Center of Art and Architecture
Photo Credits: Joshua White

Site Photo

Vegetation and the accompanying qualities associated with it (micro-climates of temperature, light, scent and color) are often an immediate response when looking beyond architectural form as a means for heightening qualities within existing domestic spaces. The installation ‘Amplification’ looks to these qualities as design materials that can be quantified and acted upon during the design processes for the exploration of spatial constructs and territories beyond that of tectonic geometries. The project is an intervention that works to heighten and manipulate materials and energies often dismissed as qualitative and unquantifiable for visualizing during design innovation. Looking to the courtyard and garden of the Schindler house, the intention is to refrain from constructing or introducing
a new system within the space but instead ‘amplify’ and operate upon the materials and energies that characterize and define an existing locale.

Software simulations. COSMOS

Each unit consisted of the same varibales of heating devices, fans, water and lighting which were manipulated uniqals in each unit to produce individual designed conditions.

Construction Photographs

Fabrication components

Site Photo