Advance registration for educational events is strongly recommended. For events with limited capacity, as indicated by an asterisk (*), preference will be given to AIA Chicago members.

Questions: call 312/670-7770.

Note: For those driving to an event at AIA Chicago, a parking garage rebate is available at the InterPark Theater District Self Park on the southeast corner of Dearborn and Lake streets (the address is 181 North Dearborn Street). Pick up a “chaser” ticket at the AIA Chicago office and use it along with your entry ticket when paying before exiting the garage.

To view a calendar of events click here.

To view an archived list of events click here.

Wednesday / October 26, 2016 / 3:00 PM

6th Annual Under 40 Leadership Summit

Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites, 198 East Delaware Place, Chicago

Attention young AEC stars!

Building Design+Construction editors invite you to attend our 6th Annual Under 40 Leadership Summit on October 26 to 28. This year’s event will convene more than 100 current and past 40 Under 40 winners, and other young AEC superstars, for leadership training, professional development, and networking. This conference focuses on providing young professionals with practical advice, hard-learned lessons, and helpful tools for making the next leap in their career. The program includes interactive workshops facilitated by senior-level AEC professionals, including past BD+C 40 Under 40 winners.

Registration: $395

Under 40 award winner/past winner/past attendee rate: $225

AIA Chicago member rate: $275

Additional people from the same firm: $195

Click here for full details and registration.

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BD+C magazine, AIA Chicago, and others

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Wednesday / October 26, 2016 / 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Projects by Chicago Architects: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago

Friends of Downtown, in partnership with The Cliff Dwellers and AIA Chicago, present another in a series of lectures on Projects by Chicago Architects. The project team from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture - Ben Johnson, AIA, Chad Smith, AIA, and Jennie Tolfa -  will present The Yard at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. Click here for event details.


Additional Info: The club and bar open at 5:30pm. The presentation will begin at 6:15, followed by dinner. The program is free, and the price per person for dinner is $25.

Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program. Call 312-922-8080 or send an e-mail to; reservations can be made until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charged to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4:00 pm at the 17 East Adams Street garage: enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the Cliff Dwellers check-in desk.

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Friends of Downtown, The Cliff Dwellers, AIA Chicago

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Tuesday / November 01, 2016 / 12:30 PM

Building Smart Cities: Connecting, Innovating, and Sustaining with 21st Century Infrastructure

Swissotel Chicago, 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Illinois District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities - Connecting, Innovating, and Sustaining with 21st Century Infrastructure. This conference for U.S. exporters brings together trade experts, industry professionals, and U.S. commercial diplomats via panels and executive meetings to address opportunities and demand for new technologies to make cities more sustainable. Your firm will leave this conference with the critical next steps needed to transform market potential to market success in markets of interest across the world. Several AIA Chicago members are among the speakers.

At Discover Global Markets:  Building Smart Cities in Chicago, learn about export opportunities and market trends by meeting with in-country experts in a broad range of industries associated with Green Infrastructure & Smart Cities, including:

 21st Century Infrastructure                                    Waste-to-Energy Technologies

Intelligent Traffic Management                               Smart Governance & Citizen Services

High-speed Telecommunications                           Disaster Risk Prevention

Energy Efficient Buildings                                      Cyber Security

Wastewater Management                                        Smart Building Design

Intelligent Lighting                                                   Training and certification programs

Register today for the best opportunity to pre-schedule your meetings with experts from the countries listed below and obtain market knowledge. Meetings are arranged on a first-come first-served basis, so don't wait! 

Pre-Schedule One-on-One Meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from key markets:

Smart Cities Export Report Now Available: Study up to get the most out of the Building Smart Cities conference. The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, has released its “Smart Cities, Regions & Communities: Export Opportunities” report. Click here to download a copy.

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U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago and Illinois District Export Council

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Thursday / November 03, 2016 / 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

CTBUH 15th Annual Awards Symposium

IIT - Hermann Hall Auditorium, 3241 South Federal Street, Chicago

The CTBUH 2016 Award Winners will be recognized at the CTBUH 15th Annual Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner, organized in conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology. The free Awards symposium will feature presentations from the 2016 winners. Hear from senior representatives for the client and design teams of these groundbreaking projects, as well as from the 2016 CTBUH Lifetime Achievement Award winners who have influenced the tall building profession for decades.

Winners’ and finalists’ poster presentations will be on display in the CTBUH 2016 Awards Exhibition in the Gallery Lounge of Hermann Hall.

Click here for details and to register for the free symposium.

The symposium features leading architects, engineers, and urban planners, including:

  --  Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA, Architect, Ateliers Jean Nouvel  

  --  Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, Architect Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group

  --  Wolf D. Prix, Hon. FAIA, Design Principal and CEO, Coop Himmelb(l)au

  --  Grant Uhlir, AIA, Managing Director and Principal, Gensler

  --  Ellen Lou, FAIA, AICP, Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  --  Jeroen Schipper, Architect Partner, Orange Architects

  --  Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, Hon. AIA, Chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

  --  Mark Sarkisian, PE, SE, Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Following the symposium, all of the winning projects and finalists will be celebrated and awards conferred at the Awards Dinner & Ceremony. Finally, to wrap up the dinner, one overall winner will be chosen from among the regional Best Tall Building winners and announced as the overall Best Tall Building Worldwide.

Click here to see the awards recipients.

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Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, IIT, and others including AIA Chicago (promotional partner)

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Thursday / November 03, 2016 / 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Fall 2016 Mitchell Lecture Series: Culture as Client: Architecture's Alternatives

LeRoy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 South Wabash Avenue.

A conversation on architectural practice economies between Shumi Bose and Jason Shupach, moderated by SAIC Assistant Professor Ann Lui.

Shumi Bose is a teacher, curator and editor based in London. She is a senior lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, teaching Contextual Studies in Architecture, and teaches History and Theory Studies at the Architectural Association. With Finn Williams and Jack Self, she co-curated the British Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Biennale of Venice, 2016. The exhibition and accompanying publication Home Economics explores the future of the home through a series of 1:1 domestic proposals.

Jason Schupbach is the Director of Design Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversees all design and creative placemaking grantmaking and partnerships, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA's Federal agency collaborations.  He has written extensively on the role of arts and design in making better communities, and his writing has been featured as a Best Idea of the Day by the Aspen Institute.

Moderated by Ann Lui, Assistant Professor at School of the Art Institute, and a founding partner of Future Firm, a Chicago-based architecture office. Future Firm works at the intersection of architectural spectacle and landscape territories, investigating how the built environment can serve as an infrastructure for discourse.


The SAIC Mitchell Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

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Friday / November 04, 2016 / 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fundamentals of Construction Law: Learning from the Pros

American Bar Association National Headquarters, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago

On November 4, the ABA Forum on Construction Law will present, in four cities across the country, "Fundamentals of Construction Law."  The concepts covered apply to projects ranging from a single building to complex infrastructure improvements.

Taught by leading construction lawyers in each locale, this program presents a unique opportunity for new construction lawyers or experienced lawyers who occasionally practice construction law as well as non-lawyer and construction professionals to learn the essentials from those who practice it daily at its highest levels. The program concisely covers the gamut of construction issues including the roles of the key participants in a project, the structure of project delivery systems, the bidding and construction process, insurance and bonding, government construction contracts, and dispute resolution. This affordable, conveniently-located program provides an excellent way for firms and companies of all sizes to provide an exceptional training opportunity to their lawyers and construction professionals. 

Tuition includes the Fundamentals of Construction Law (2nd Ed.) book and lunch.

Schedule: registration at 8:00 – 8:30am, opening remarks 8:30 -8:40am, class begins at 8:40am. 

AIA member discount price is $350 with promotion code FCLAIA.

Click here for details, brochure, and registration.

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ABA Forum on Construction Law

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Monday / November 07, 2016 / 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Forest Preserves of Cook County Workshop

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

How well do you know the Cook County Forest Preserves?  With nearly 80,000 acres of land, the Preserves are truly a great environmental, recreational and educational resource for our region. This event will provide an overview of the Forest Preserves history and resources, and an opportunity through a workshop session to provide conceptual ideas to assist CCFP in the implementation of several mini-projects stemming from the Forest Preserves' The Next Century Conservation Plan.


  --  Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

  --  Richard Wilson, AICP, Assoc. AIA, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

  --  Edward Torrez, AIA, LEED AP, Bauer Latoza Studio

  --  Terry Guen, FASLA, Terry Guen Design Associates

  --  APA-IL Representative



3:00pm                              presentation

3:30 to 5:30pm                  small group breakouts

Limited to 40 participants.


During its 2015 centennial year, the Forest Preserves sponsored an hour-long documentary, Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County, to capture the sights and sounds within the Forest Preserves. Watch a trailer for the film here.



Sponsored By

Regional & Urban Design KC; Allied Organization Sponsors: American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois chapter, and American Planning Association, Illinois chapter

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Wednesday / November 09, 2016 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Creating Patient-Centered Environments

Herman Miller Healthcare, Merchandise Mart, Suite 330, Chicago

With reimbursement models now based on patient-reported experiences, patient-centered care has become top-of -mind in many healthcare organizations. At this program, participants will learn about the principles and evolution of patient-centered care, the associated measurable outcomes when these principals are applied, and why design matters when creating healing environments for patients and caregivers.

Speaker: Phyllis Goetz, EDAC, PVDN, National Director, A&D Healthcare, Herman Miller Healthcare. She is a founding member of the Planetree Visionary Design Network and served as the chair for its first four years.

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Design for Aging and Healthcare KCs

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Thursday / November 10, 2016 / 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Fall 2016 Mitchell Lecture Series: Assemble - Jane Hall and Alex McLean

LeRoy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 South Wabash Avenue

Jane Hall and Alex McLean, members of the firm Assemble, will discuss their recent work.Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 20 members. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realisation of the work.

Jane Hall is the inaugural recipient of the British Council Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013) and founding member of the architecture collective Assemble. Jane’s own projects within the collective focus on collaborative practice between artists and architects, explored through exploratory installation and exhibition design. Alex McLean co-founded Assemble before completing his formal training at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. His work with the collective focused on two projects, The Cineroleum (2010) and Folly for a Flyover (2011). Alex is a recipient of the Architectural League of New York’s Deborah J. Norden Fund (2013) and currently practises in New York City.

The SAIC Mitchell Lecture series is free and open to the public.

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Saturday / November 12, 2016 / 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

ARE Review 2016: Session 5 -- ARE 5.0 One-Day Review

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

8:30am - 9:00              Coffee and informal discussion

9:00 - 10:30                 Lecture 1 – How it works, What is different, How to approach it

10:30 - 10:45               Break

10:45 - 12:15pm          Lecture 2 – Project Management and Practice Management

12:15 - 12:45               Lunch and Questions

12:45 - 2:15                 Lecture 3 – Programming & Analysis, Project Planning & Design

2:15 - 2:30                   Break

2:30 - 5:00pm              Lecture 4 – Project Development & Documentation, Construction & Evaluation


Course coordinator and primary instructor: Mike Newman, AIA (SHED Studio; SAIC AIADO).

Refreshments: Saturdays: light refreshments will be provided in the morning; beverages provided for lunch and breaks. Since the lunch break is short, please bring your own food.

Materials: hand-outs will be sent to participants before each Saturday class.


On September 8, 2016, NCARB published the ARE 5.0 Handbook. This document provides in-depth information about the structure of each division, explains the objectives you will be assessed on, and provides references to additional resources.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for this class ends Wednesday, November 9. If registration does not meet the required number of participants, the class will be cancelled. 



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AIA Chicago

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