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 / January 24, 2017 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Energy Code Impacts on the Design Process

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

The ever-evolving energy codes require designers to stay on top of each new iteration and understand the impact early design decisions have on all aspects of a project. Allison McSherry from Klein & Hoffman will provide an overview of the major design drivers within the 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 energy codes. Key differences between the two codes and the potential impact mechanical and electrical requirements have on the overall design process will be the primary focus.   

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Speaker: Allison McSherry, RA, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, serves as Project Engineer for Klein and Hoffman on a variety of projects and specializes in the restoration, rehabilitation, and energy modeling of building envelopes. Her professional experience includes the investigation and restoration of existing commercial and residential buildings with exterior envelopes consisting of architectural terra cotta, brick, concrete, and modern curtain wall systems.  She applies lessons learned from her energy modeling, retro-commissioning, and restoration projects to all new enclosure projects.  Allison has developed energy modeling and energy code expertise including: developing IL DCEO BITE training programs, LEED energy modeling, LEED facilitation, retro-commissioning investigations, and EPAct 179D energy modeling and analysis. 

   

 

Sponsored By

Environment, Design, and Technical Issues KCs

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

$15.00




Wednesday / January 25, 2017 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Understanding the Volatile Construction Market in the 2015 – 2018 Rebound

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 250

Current economic trends influencing construction costs will be discussed from a global, national, regional, and local
level. Indicators for major construction sectors will be projected through 2020 to illustrate the key risks facing
owners / architects. Contributing factors affecting escalation will be examined as well as the impact escalation can
have on different project types.

Differentiating between Cost Management and Cost Estimating, this course describes the merits of using Cost
Management as a design tool to maximize efficiency and improve performance in volatile and rebounding market
conditions.

Learning Objectives:
-Describe the many influences and factors of the current economic climate which are causing construction costs to increase (global, national, regional, local).
-Describe how escalation affects construction costs and what consideration should be given to escalation costs in current construction budgets
-Describe the differences between Cost Management and Cost Estimating as they relate to design and construction.
-Define specific advantages of utilizing Cost Management in addition to Estimating to the Architectural/Engineering Design process.

Speakers:

Daniel Pomfrett, MRICS | Regional Director

Daniel brings 20 years of industry experience to Cumming and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Currently, Daniel leads our Chicago office and is primarily responsible for servicing the company’s Midwestern clients. His focus includes libraries, museums, cultural centers, sports facilities, and historic building projects; he also works in the federal, higher education, healthcare, and hospitality markets. Daniel is currently providing cost management services for the phased renovation of Wrigley Field, one of the most historic sporting venues in the United States. 

Choudhry Muzzafar, RICS | Director, Business Development

Choudhry has 13 years of real estate experience, which includes working domestically in the Chicago area and internationally in the Middle East. Over the course of his career, Choudhry has advised or led the development of more than 3 million square feet of real estate assets covering a variety of building types, including office, hospitality, retail, residential, and mixed-use. A highly engaging communicator, he currently leads business development efforts for Cumming throughout the Midwest. Choudhry is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

 

Light breakfast provided by Cumming. 

 

Sponsored By

Cumming

Learning Units

1.0 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / January 26, 2017 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Concrete Connection Details, A Critical Element in Design

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Architectural precast concrete cladding requires connections from panels to structure to support and brace the panels. While the details of the connections are most typically developed and executed by the precast concrete supplier, the specifier should understand the materials involved so specifications can be properly developed to convey the project expectations to the precast supplier. Roger J. Becker, PE, SE, Vice President for Technical Services at the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (Chicago), will focus on the materials used in connections for architectural precast concrete.

Learning Objectives:

1.  There will be a clear understanding of the types of materials used in connections for architectural precast concrete cladding elements.

2.  The proper ASTM specifications will be reviewed for these materials.

3.  Use of proper material finishes for required durability will be reviewed.

4.  The role of communication through project specifications will be reviewed.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Sponsored By

Technical Issues KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / January 26, 2017 / 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Canada's Modern Architecture, 1886 to the Present: An Authors Event

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Authors Michelangelo Sabatino and Rhodri Windsor Liscombe will discuss their new book, Canada (Modern Architectures in History).

Architecture in Canada has been fashioned by the nation’s immense size, as well as its concentrated and diverse geography and demography. This richly informative history reveals how the country has contributed in no small measure to the spread of architectural modernity in the Americas and beyond.

During the twentieth century, a distinct Canadian design attitude coalesced: a liberal, hybrid, pragmatic mindset intent less upon the dogma of architectural language than on thinking about the formation of inclusive spaces and places. Taking a fresh perspective on design production and its context, Canada maps the unfolding of architectural modernity across the country, from the completion of the transcontinental railway in 1886–87 to the tumultuous interwar decades, the period of Reconstruction post-1945, and the politically conflicted era of the late 1960s and ’70s. It also examines the broad pattern of Canadian political, industrial and socio-cultural evolution, urban–suburban expansion, and the technology of building.

Special guest! Canadian Consul General in Chicago Steve Brereton will make brief remarks.

The book will be available for purchase and signing at a special price of $25 (including tax; suggested retail price is $30 + tax).

Speakers: Michelangelo Sabatino is Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is the author of Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011) and co-editor of Arthur Erickson: Layered Landscapes (2013). Rhodri Windsor Liscombe is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. His books include The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver, 1938–1963 (1998) and Architecture and the Canadian Fabric (2011).

 

Canada is a unique critical account of modern and contemporary architecture in a country once defined by Voltaire as “a few acres of snow.” This book views Canadian modern architectural history in terms of its underlying social, political and economic forces. Through its focus on public buildings, and by extension public life, it reflects Canada’s social democratic traditions. This communitarian ethic distinguishes the nation from its US neighbours to the south. It stems from the mixing of Canada’s founding Aboriginal, French and British cultures; and their respect for our vast and often intimidating natural landscape and climate.

     ---  Brian MacKay-Lyons, Partner, McKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Tuesday / January 31, 2017 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Path to Success: Architects Working Abroad

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

Ever wonder what it is like to work abroad? Or how designers from around the world end up in the US? Join us for this FREE panel discussion!

The AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum (YAF) is an informal group of architects, design professionals and students who are interested in furthering the discussion of design, professional development, community, and collaboration. If you are a "young" (licensed 10 years or fewer) architect, join us for intriguing educational & social events! For updates and announcements, subscribe to our Meetup page.

Sponsored By

Young Architects Forum and SAIC

Learning Units

1.0

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / February 02, 2017 / 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Taliesin: Preservation Process and Achievement

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

The Victorian Society in America Summer Schools present a talk on preservation at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin estate, Taliesin.

During the last two decades work at Taliesin has progressed steadily as its preservation team has completed projects ranging from the augmentation of foundations and the replacement of mechanical systems to the restoration of interpreted spaces and the conservation of historic objects.

John Waters, AIA, a consultant to Taliesin Preservation, Preservation Programs Manager at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and co‐director of the Victorian Society in America Chicago Summer School, will present an overview of work at Taliesin and discuss the preservation team’s approach. In particular, the team seeks to learn from the buildings at Taliesin themselves and follow the cues they give in their development of solutions to meet preservation goals in the unique environment created by Wright at his Wisconsin home and studio.

This talk, which begins at 6:00pm, will include a short presentation on the VSA’s Summer School programs located in London, Newport, and Chicago.

(photos courtesy of John Waters)

Sponsored By

Victorian Society in America Summer Schools and AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Tuesday / February 07, 2017 / 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Thermal Performance of Concrete Masonry Systems

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Join us for MASONRY TUESDAY - “IMI IN THE CITY”

Increased energy efficiency in both new and existing construction is continuing to play a larger factor behind the design decisions we make and materials we choose to integrate into our buildings. The International Masonry Institute presents Steve Hunt from Northfield Block who will introduce the basics of energy efficient design using concrete masonry construction. The concepts of thermal mass, insulation strategies, thermal bridging, code compliance options and control of air in-filtration/ex-filtration are reviewed.

     11:30 am to 11:55 pm        Check-in & Seating

     11:55 am  to 1:00 pm         Seminar & Lunch

Learning Objectives:

  --  How to utilize the advantages of thermal mass to achieve code compliant walls with less insulation than other wall assemblies.

  --  Understand which insulation technologies to specify to achieve energy efficiency goals.

  --  What is thermal bridging, and why masonry construction is inherently energy-efficient.

  --  Why controlling and limiting air movement through concrete masonry assemblies is just as important as insulating and minimizing thermal bridging.

 

Seating is limited to the first 35 professionals who reserve through IMI. There is no charge to attend, but registration is essential. Lunch is provided by Northfield Block.

Click here to register with IMI.

Questions? Contact Scott Conwell, FAIA, at sconwell@imiweb.org or 630/396-3144.

Sponsored By

IMI and Northfield Block

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / February 09, 2017 / 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Edgar Miller, The Architect: The Radical and Transformative Architecture of Edgar Miller

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Please join us for the second of a five-part series on Edgar Miller. Panel of experts on Chicago’s architectural and cultural history will bring to life the story of Edgar Miller, Chicago’s not-so-forgotten genius of art, design, architecture, and philosophy of everyday creativity. Miller was a self-taught artist and master craftsman, a true “Renaissance Man” of the modern era, who transformed old buildings into modern works of livable art. Please join us for this exciting, in-depth conversation.

Beverages and snacks provided by AIA Chicago.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER WITH THE EDGAR MILLER LEGACY.

Speakers:

Zac Bleicher, Director, Edgar Miller Legacy
Todd Palmer, Executive Director, Chicago Architectural Biennial
Michelangelo Sabatino, PhD, Professor and Director, PhD Program in Architecture, IIT College of Architecture

Sponsored By

Edgar Miller Legacy, Terra Foundation, and Historic Resources KC

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Saturday / February 11, 2017 / 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tour: Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Under Construction

660 North Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest

The new Lake Forest Hospital, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, with Gensler (inpatient designers) and HDR (outpatient designers), will be a destination for health, wellness and civic enjoyment. The state-of-the-art hospital will provide our patients with access to quality care, medical experts and exceptional service as well as a seamless pathway to Northwestern Medicine specialty care. The thoughtful design of the 160-acre campus integrates medical care with health and wellness through walking and biking trails as well as a new common area for community activity and enjoyment. The facility's design seeks LEED Silver certification from the USGBC. Turner is the general contractor for this three-year undertaking.

The new hospital will contain 114 private inpatient beds, 72 outpatient care spaces, 8 operating rooms, and 499,605 square feet of new construction. The redesigned 160-acre campus will include 116 acres of open space and more than 7,000 feet of pedestrian and bicycle paths.

Dress for a construction site: wear close-toed, hard-soled shoes, sturdy pants, and long sleeves. You are welcome to bring your own hard hat and safety goggles, but the hospital will also provide PPE.

Limited to 50 participants.

Sponsored By

Healthcare KC

Learning Units

2.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

$15.00




Thursday / February 16, 2017 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Wabash Lights: The Process and the Power

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

“The biggest piece of public art in Chicago's history - an interactive light sculpture under the Wabash L tracks, designed by you.”

The Wabash Lights is an art installation of light fixtures on the underside of the elevated train tracks on Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Using over 24,000 programmable light emitting diodes (LEDs) to transform an iconic piece of Chicago infrastructure and history, The Wabash Lights will create a publicly accessible canvas for a dynamic, interactive and creative experience that will in turn re-energize Wabash Avenue and redefine the Chicago Loop.

Once fully installed, The Wabash Lights will be programmable by anyone with a phone through app or text: the first work of public art to marry light, technology and community. 

  --  Kickstarter campaign

The creators of the Wabash Lights project, Jack Newell and Seth Unger, will give an overview of their project: what it has taken to bring the project to its current point, discussing  issues they’ve encountered along the way, as a way of educating the audience on how grassroots projects such as this come about and how that path differs compared to the standard client process. They will explain where they are currently in the project and what needs to happen to complete the final phase, which they just entered with their recently successful second round of Kickstarter funding.

Lastly they will be bringing in one of the LED light strips and their newly completed app, as a first live show and tell of how the final installation will work with the app and the public. The presentation will then be followed up with a Q&A and possibly the ability to interact with the app and light bar.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

$15.00




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