Territory is a place-based urban design studio where young people are building better futures for themselves and their communities through the practice of design. Doing hands on projects, young people build connections to their communities, gain a toolkit of design skills, explore career pathways and opportunities, and develop the authority to advocate for a more equitable and just city through design. Youth lead their own projects, ranging from hyper-local to city-wide. Our home base is in the Austin neighborhood, on Chicago’s West Side.
Founded in 2016, Territory is a nationally-recognized, youth-driven, non profit design organization. Territory employs over 60 young people ages 14-21 per year in out of school programs. Territory is creating a diverse and inclusive work environment where young people flourish.