EVENTS

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.

Tuesday / August 30, 2016 / 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Chicago-CAN: Canstruction Awards + Reception

Merchandise Mart, South Lobby, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

Celebrate the incredible achievements of the sixteen Canstruction Chicago teams at a reception in the first floor lobby of the Merchandise Mart. Network with the participating teams and toast to the winners while enjoying light appetizers and refreshments among the colossal works of art!

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.     ChicagoCAN Reception (First Floor Lobby of the Merchandise Mart)

6:00 p.m.              Chicago Canstruction 2016 Awards (Grand Staircase)

Click here to get your ticketS! Early bird discount through August 14.

Click here to see photos from the 2015 reception - and this year's Build Night.

 

What is Canstruction?

Canstruction is a unique world-wide charity that hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of canned and other non-perishable foods. 

Canstruction Chicago is a design/build event which benefits the Greater Chicago Chicago Food Depository. Teams comprised of professionals from the AEC industry fundraise for, design, and build structures composed of non perishable food items. These “Cansculptures” are on display for the public as a giant art exhibition. The “Cansculptures” are judged in various categories by a celebrity chef and prominent members of the AEC industry. Canstruction Chicago culminates in an awards presentation and cocktail party at the Merchandise Mart.

In 2015, Canstruction Chicago collected over 106,000 lbs of non-perishable items for the Food Depository’s network of 650 hot-meal kitchens, food pantries, shelters and programs throughout Cook County. Canstruction Chicago is the Food Depository’s largest one-day food drive that helps to put food on the table for the 1-in-6 men, women, and children who turn to the Food Depository annually.

Sponsored By

Groupon, Walgreens, Great Chicago Food Depository, Merchandise Mart, AIA Chicago

Member Price

Non Member Price

$40.00



Thursday / September 01, 2016 / 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Tour & Social: CannonDesign & BIG Bar

CannonDesign, 225 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1100, Chicago

AIA Chicago’s Young Architects Forum will be hosting a tour of CannonDesign. Please arrive promptly at 6:15 pm at the firm's office. When you enter the building, take the escalator up to lobby level to check in, and then take an elevator up to the 11th floor.

Afterwards, join us for drinks at BIG Bar in the Hyatt Regency, 151 East Wacker Drive, 2nd floor, where tables and space near the bar has been reserved for our group. (Everyone pays for themself.) Those unable to attend the office tour are encouraged to arrive at Big Bar around 7:30 pm. 

Let us know you'll be there by signing up at our Meetup page.

Sponsored By

Young Architects Forum

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free






Wednesday / September 07, 2016 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Community Interface Committee Quarterly Meeting

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 250

Are you interested in strengthening the link between architects and the greater community? Join the Community Interface Committee for our next planning meeting. We’ll provide an update and plot next steps for the ongoing Architects in Schools pilot program (our volunteer initiative to integrate design skills into elementary school classrooms in partnership with CPS), as well as discuss current and new endeavors relating to this year’s Housing theme. Refreshments are provided; please bring your enthusiasm and ideas for promoting architecture’s involvement in the community.    

       

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / September 08, 2016 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Historic House on a Roll: Relocating the Harriet Rees House

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

In 2014, the Rees home and its coach house were relocated one block on Prairie Avenue, once Chicago’s wealthiest neighborhood, to make way for the expansion of the McCormick Place complex and development of its entertainment district. The house stood at 2110 South Prairie Avenue and is now located at 2017 South Prairie Avenue. Team members will discuss the project from their distinct perspectives:

  --  Dijana Cuvalo, AIA, Historic Preservation Division, Chicago Dept. of Planning and Economic Development

  --  Mark Igleski, AIA, McGuire Igleski Architects

  --  Peter Kuhn, Senior Project Manager, Bulley & Andrews LLC

They will tell us the story of moving this 1000-ton masonry structure 600 feet, reorienting it, and setting it on a new foundation without damage to the structure, the contents of the house, or any component of the route along which it was moved. The Rees house relocation is among the heaviest buildings moves in US history.

According to the Historic Preservation Division’s report on the house, 71-year-old window Harriet Rees commissioned Chicago architects Cobb and Frost to design her house in 1888, and she lived there until her death in 1892. The house was then purchased by Edson Keith, Jr.  after his marriage. Later it became a rental, then a boarding house, and in 1970, a café. It was designated a Chicago Landmark in 2012. Now it has returned to its origins as a family home.

Refreshments provided by Bulley & Andrews LLC. Presentation will start at approximately 5:50 to 6:00pm.

Sponsored By

Historic Resources KC, Bulley & Andrews LLC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Friday / September 09, 2016 / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

What’s Lurking in the Shadows? A Problem with Shadow Box Condensation

Gensler (Conference Room 10), 11 East Madison Street, Suite 300, Chicago

If you had a building curtain wall leak, would you assume it’s from rain water? Maybe.  But what if therehad been no rain recently AND if it was really cold?  Then it might be condensation.  If you wanted to find out the source, where would you look? In this case study, you would look at your curtain wall spandrels – constructed of shadow box design.  Here you would find ingredients that were ripe for condensation.  After finding this problem, WJE sought to figure out a fix.  Follow along with how we found the coldness lurking in the shadows – and brought it out into the warming light.
 
RESERVATIONS ARE MANDATORY. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.   

Bring your lunch.

Speaker:  Bruce Kaskel, Principal, Wiss Janney Elstner (WJE). Since joining WJE in 1985, Bruce Kaskel, Registered Architect and Structural Engineer, has investigated and designed repairs for distress conditions in existing buildings. He has expertise in exterior wall systems related to glass, glazing, water infiltration, corrosion, structural adequacy, energy performance, anchorage devices, and durability. His projects include aluminum and glass curtain walls, masonry, exterior windows and doors, and precast concrete and stone panels. Likewise, he has provided exterior wall consulting services during design and construction of new buildings, including serving as the building envelope commissioning agent (BECx). Bruce has authored papers on exterior facade materials, on glass and facade testing, on the history of glazing systems, and on structural failures of walls. He has presented seminars on aluminum and glass curtain walls, exterior wall systems design and repairs, and lessons learned from cladding failures. Bruce has guest lectured to graduate and undergraduates at Purdue University and Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

Sponsored By

Building Enclosure Council-Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Saturday / September 10, 2016 / 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

ARE Review 2016: Session 2 – Building Design & Construction, Building Systems

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250

Saturday, September 10

Session 2 – ARE 4.0 – Building Design & Construction, Building Systems

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

9:00  -  10:30              Lecture 1 – Lighting and Electrical Systems

10:30 - 10:45              Break

10:45 - 12:15pm         Lecture 2 – Plumbing and HVAC Systems

12:15 - 12:45              Lunch and Questions

12:45 - 2:15                Lecture 3 – Materials

2:15 -  2:30                 Break

2:30 - 3:30pm             Lecture 4 – Design Details and Construction Systems

 

Monday, September 12

Session 2 Follow-Up

6pm - 7:30                    Mock Exam and Review

7:30 - 8:15pm               Vignette Discussion

 

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

Additional instructors: Larry Kearns, FAIA (Wheeler Kearns Architects); Heather Heidenreich, SE, PE and David Meyer, SE (KJWW Engineering Consultants).

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. Mondays: beverages and snack items provided.

Materials: hand-outs will be sent to participants before each Saturday class. Practice exams will be distributed at Monday reviews.

 

Click here for information on ALL ARE review classes. 

Member Price

$90.00

Non Member Price

$100.00




Sunday / September 11, 2016 / 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open House: The Tiny Home is Back!

4631 South Marshfield Avenue (one block west of Ashland Avenue), Chicago

Did you miss the Tiny Home in its first appearance in April? Now you have another chance to see what everyone was talking about.

The Tiny Homes Competition was an international design competition launched in November 2015 which solicited speculative design proposals that would house Chicago’s youth experiencing homelessness in tiny homes. More than 250 submissions were received. It was organized by AIA Chicago, AIA Chicago Foundation, Landon Bone Baker Architects, Windy City Times, and Pride Action Tank. The competition was funded by the Alphawood Foundation. Price Construction built the model home which stood on the UIC campus during the Tiny Home Summit: New Solutions for Youth Homelessness on April 18-19, 2016.

The design team that won the competition will be at the tour: Terry Howell, AIA (Antunovich Associates), Lon Stousland (Antunovich Associates), and Marty Sandberg, AIA (Via Chicago Architects).

If you drive, park for free in the lot next to the tiny home.

Can't attend the live tour? Click here for a video tour of the tiny home.

Sponsored By

Chicago Area MeetUp Group on Tiny Homes and AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Tuesday / September 13, 2016 / 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Fellowship Mentoring Session

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

There will be a one-on-one Mentoring Session to review work-in-progress submissions. Each candidate who attends will be paired with a Fellow to critique the work. To attend this session, you must have been nominated by the chapter as a Fellowship candidate.

A copy of the Work-in-Progress to be reviewed should be sent to membership director Steve Riforgiato at sriforgiato@aiachicago.org by close of business on Tuesday, September 6, in order for the mentors to become familiar with it before the session. It is not necessary for the submission to be in final form at the time of the session.  

Final Fellowship Submission Deadline to AIA National: electronically submitted before 5 pm Eastern (4 pm CST) on Friday, October 14, 2016.  There is a $400.00 non-refundable application fee.

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / September 14, 2016 / 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Chicago Design Summit - with The Iconic House 2 presentation by CRAN

Merchandise Mart

“The Iconic House” returns as a session at the Chicago Design Summit. Julie Hacker, FAIA, moderates a panel of four residential architects who will discuss a house from the past that has most influenced their architectural thinking as they present images of their own built work. Hosted by Pella Crafted Luxury in their showroom on the first floor of the Mart (Suite 100), pastries and beverages will be provided. Space is limited so register now for the free Design Summit.

  --  Introduction: Stuart Cohen, FAIA, Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects

  --  Celeste Robbins, AIA, Robbins Architecture

  --  Trina Sandschafer, AIA, Booth Hansen

  --  Dan Wheeler, FAIA, Wheeler Kearns Architects

  --  Diana Melichar, AIA, Melichar Architects

  --  Moderator: Julie Hacker, FAIA, Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects

Sponsored By

Merchandise Mart, Pella Crafted Luxury, AIA Chicago, and others

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



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