On Friday, the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennale opened its doors to the public. The largest stateside exposition of its kind, the biennale brought over 100 international firms to the American architecture mecca, which plays home to iconic buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. The question at hand was the state of architecture today as it pertains to such monumental variables as the right to personal style, the environment, urban design, and global politics. Amongst the knowledgeable and immaculately styled participants, Beatrice Galilee, the associate curator of architecture and design at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, had an interesting perspective on the experience—having just been the head curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in 2013. Pieces she commissioned for Lisbon, including “Superpowers of 10”, a performance by Andrés Jacque Architects riffing on a Charles and Ray Eames film, which they adapted to the Chicago Athletic Association’s basement for an enclosed encore (the original was staged in a central square), appear in the biennale’s lineup. Here, Galilee shares her highlights from Chicago.