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2014 AIA National Convention
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Chicago, IL, June 26–28, 2014

The 2014 AIA National Convention is coming to Chicago and will take place at McCormick Place, June 26–28, 2014. Owing to its architectural prowess and cultural heft, Chicago is one of the more highly anticipated host cities for the annual convention. The annual convention is an opportunity to elevate the presence and accomplishments of AIA Chicago, as the city plays host to the industry's most comprehensive professional event.

Check this page often for updates on the 2014 AIA National Convention.


Registration for the 2014 AIA National Convention is now open!

Join an anticipated audience of over 20,000 attendees focused on the betterment of the built environment.

Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Rates (through April 16) »

Get a head start and begin planning your schedule. Be sure to attend Jeanne Gang's, FAIA, opening keynote on Thursday, June 26.

Design with Purpose

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Sponsor AIA Chicago Events at the National Convention

In addition to the non-stop educational sessions and keynote speakers presented by AIA National, AIA Chicago will be offering more than 80 tours to show off the architectural prowess of our city. The chapter will also be hosting numerous "Dining + Design" events which will offer opportunities to relax, eat, drink and network with dedicated design and building professionals.

Download the AIA Chicago 2014 Convention Brochure for complete sponsorship opportunities

Volunteers Wanted

You can receive free access to the 2014 AIA Convention by volunteering with AIA Chicago or AIA National.

AIA Chicago is offering numerous volunteer opportunities, affording you the chance to volunteer at the level of your convenience. By supporting AIA Chicago at the Host Chapter Lounge, the information desk or tour desk, you can participate in the convention on a whole new level.

Sign up now to see the full list of volunteer opportunities and their attendant benefits »

Interesting in volunteering for AIA National? AIA National is also offering its own volunteer slots.
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AIA Chicago Volunteer Information

There are several ways to volunteer with AIA Chicago during the convention:

  • Option 1: Serve at the Host Chapter Lounge, the information desk, or with the tour desk for a minimum of 5 hours.
    Benefit: Receive a 1-Day Pass to the Expo and Keynote
  • Option 2: Serve at the Host Chapter Lounge, the information desk, or with the tour desk for a minimum of 10 hours.
    Benefit: Receive a full 3-Day Pass to the Expo, Keynotes, and Education Sessions

Volunteer opportunities are limited and fill up very quickly. Review the complete convention schedule now and confirm your volunteer preferences.

AIA Chicago Volunteer Positions:

  • Tour Departure Area Guide: Tour Departure Area volunteers will assist AIA Chicago and transport staff to ensure all tours adhere to schedule. Duties include guest check-in, crowd management, and directing guests to the appropriate tour bus areas.
  • Tour Chaperone Volunteer: Chicago requires one (1) Tour Chaperone volunteer to attend each tour and help crowds stay together. Tour Chaperones will assist the bus driver and tour guide(s) as needed (i.e. help maintain routes, schedules), and distribute tour materials, such as maps, to guests.
  • Info Booth Volunteer: Information Booth volunteers will work alongside AIA Chicago staff within the Information Booth on the convention expo floor. Information Booth volunteers should be comfortable answering general questions about the convention and the city at large. The latest edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago will also be distributed from this location.
  • Lounge Volunteer: Lounge Volunteers will assist AIA Chicago staff within the AIA Chicago Host Chapter Lounge. The lounge will contain educational sessions and exhibits. These volunteers should be knowledgeable about AIA Chicago, and Chicago in general; part of the task is to be a roving ambassador. Some assistance will be needed at the educational sessions, such as passing out hand-outs and arranging chairs.
  • Event Volunteer: Event Volunteers will assist AIA Chicago staff during evening programs hosted at various locations around Chicago. Duties include guest check-in, directing guests both within and outside of the venue, and other tasks as needed. Event Volunteers will NOT be involved with serving food and beverages.

AIA National Volunteer Information

AIA National is offering the opportunity to receive free access to the convention. In return for your commitment to serve as a session or door monitor at a minimum of four (4) CE seminars (session prefix: TH, FR, SA) (min. 8-10 hours), you will receive a full 3-Day Pass to the Expo, Keynotes, and Education Sessions.

Volunteers who act as a Session/Door Monitor will check in education program attendees on the convention floor.

Volunteer opportunities are limited and fill up very quickly. Review the complete convention schedule now and confirm your volunteer preferences.

AIA Convention Legacy Project

AEC Cares

The AIA Convention Legacy Project was created to garner public awareness of the importance of architecture and give back to the host city's larger community. This year, AEC Cares is pleased to partner with Metropolitan Family Services for the annual community service project, which will renovate a 40,000 square foot early learning center on Chicago's South Side—a center that provides care to 120+ of Chicago's neediest children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Visit AEC Cares for more information »

Wish list: paint and painting supplies, light fixtures, carpet, cabinetry, countertops, age-appropriate outdoor and indoor playground equipment.

Presented by:

  • Reed Construction Data
  • The American Institute of Architects
  • Hanley Wood

Book your 2014 housing in Chicago

AIA National has researched more than 150 hotels in Chicago to find you the best accommodations at the lowest rates.

Download the official list

Book through AIA Housing to stay at an official AIA Convention hotel and reserve a room. Your AIA Housing reservation includes:

  • The lowest hotel rates
  • Complimentary shuttle service between hotels and the convention center
  • On-site support with your reservation

Secure your room:

You must book your hotel through AIA Housing to receive the AIA Convention rate. If rooms are no longer available in the hotel or at the rate of your choice, you will be placed in the nearest hotel with comparable rates.

AIA National Convention site »