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2030 Commitment Chicago Working Group meeting
Tuesday, April 22, 5 pm- 6 pm
Everyone is welcome to join us and learn more about the AIA 2030 Committment and the 2030 Challenge.
This event is sponsored by 2030 Commitment Chicago Working Group
Learning units: Not Available
Location: AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Member price: 0 Non-member price: 0
Logan Square Bicentennial Improvement & Cattail Streetlight Project
Tuesday, April 22, 7 pm- 8:30 pm
Edward Torrez, AIA, principal of Bauer Latoza Studio, will explain the history of Logan Square, with its Illinois Centennial Monument (1918) and historic boulevards, with an update on the proposed Cattail Streetlight design. What is the process on designing a new prototype fixture and how is such infrastructure funded? Limited to 40 participants.
The Comfort Station is a turn-of-the-century structure turned multi-disciplinary arts space in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square. Originally a shelter for trolley riders in the early 1900s, the building was eventually became defunct and was used to store the City’s lawn equipment for decades. The space was adapted and restored in 2010 by Logan Square Preservation and opened as a community-focused art space in 2011. The only structure of its kind still standing along the entire boulevard system, Comfort Station now hosts exhibitions and events that promote the neighborhood today.
This event is sponsored by Historic Resources KC
Learning units: 1 LU/HSW
Location: Comfort Station Logan Square, 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Trabaja con un Arquitecto
Wednesday, April 23, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Esta interesado en renovar o remodelar su hogar pero no sabe donde empezar? Las sesiones de AIA Chicago "Trabaja con un Arquitecto" reúne a arquitectos especializados en residencias y al público en general para platicar sobre escoger un arquitecto, navegando zonificaciónes y regulación de permisos y evitar sorpresas costosas. Al terminar la sesión, los participantes tienen la oportunidad para consultar uno-a-uno con un arquitecto por un periodo de 15 min. Se anima a los propietarios a traer fotos, planos o dibujos de sus hogares.
This event is sponsored by Small Practitioners group
Location: St. John Berchmans, 2517 West Logan Blvd., Chicago
Thursday, April 24, 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Canstruction® is a unique charity that hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of canned goods. After the structures are built, the creations are displayed to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food items used for the structures are donated to local hunger relief organizations. Canstruction events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia. 2014 marks the 8th year that the Chicago chapter will participate.
JOIN US FOR THE INTERESTED TEAMS MEETING TO LEARN ABOUT CANSTRUCTION CHICAGO 2014
Looking for design/build teams to take on a fun and rewarding challenge. Show off your company’s skills while helping stock local food bank shelves.
Chicago ranked #1 among the top 25 cities that participated in Canstruction around the world during 2012-2013 in the amount of food raised (150,000 pounds) and meals provided (291,000). Let’s continue to lead the way!
This event is sponsored by AIA Chicago, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Merchandise Mart
Saturday, April 26, 7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Come join us for a day of home repairs at our AIA Chicago-sponsored Rebuilding Together home in Riverdale, IL. This year we will be making the house more accessible to a family of 5 by adding grab bars and railings around the home. We will also be painting 7 rooms, making repairs to kitchen floors, and repairing screen doors. Transportation will be provided. More information on what to wear and bring will be provided to those individuals who sign up. All level of skills are welcome. IDP and community service hours are available.If you have further questions, please email Allison Freedland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is sponsored by AIA Chicago
Location: Riverdale, Illinois
Between Two Boxes: The Interstitial Imaginings of Jimenez Lai
Tuesday, April 29, 5:30 pm- 8 pm
The third installment in Clayco and Forum Studio’s Art & Science series, the exhibition will feature the work of architect, author, professor, and artist Jimenez Lai. Highlights include a site-specific “stained glass” installation and studies for the Taiwan Pavilion at the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale.
About Jimenez Lai
Founder of experimental practice Bureau-Spectacular, Chicago-based Lai is among a new generation of designers in the tradition of the architect-provocateur. His architectural graphic novel, Citizens of No Place: An Architectural Graphic Novel, was published in 2012. He is an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and was recently named as one of Chicago’s top ten designers by Newcity magazine.
5:30 pm Artist talk hosted by AIA Chicago
6:15 pm Exhibition Reception hosted by Clayco and Forum Studio
RSVP by April 24 to F. Philip Barash at email@example.com. Space is limited, especially for the presentation at AIA Chicago.
This event is sponsored by Clayco and Forum Studio; AIA Chicago; Chicago Architecture Foundation; Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Location: 35 East Wacker Drive - 2nd floor and 13th floor
Sustainability in the Built Environment: Trends, Opportunities, and Your Practice
Tuesday, May 6, 1:30 pm- 5:00 pm
MEET OUR PANEL
Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+CSustainable Design Leader, HOK and Resident Fellow, AIA National on Sustainability and Design for HealthMary Ann will highlight emerging sustainability trends, as well as market and leadership opportunities for architects.
Rand Ekman, AIA, LEED FellowVice President and Director of Sustainability, Cannon DesignRand will share insights on the AIA 2030 Commitment program and its ambitious goals to deepen architects involvement in energy benchmarking, tracking and more.
William Sturm, AIA, LEED AP, CPHCPrincipal, Serena Sturm ArchitectsWilliam will share his perspective on the AIA National Committee on the Environment’s work to advance design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.
Tate Walker, AIA, LEED AP BD+CSenior Project Manager, Energy Center of WisconsinTate will moderate the panel discussion. He served as president of AIA Wisconsin, member of the USGBC Technical Advisory Group that worked to develop the energy and atmosphere credits for LEED v4, and ComEd and Nicor Gas New Construction Service project manager.
Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.
This event is sponsored by This event, hosted by AIA Chicago and the Energy Center of Wisconsin, is sponsored by the ComEd and Nicor Gas New Construction Service.
Learning units: 2.25 LU/HSW
Location: Roosevelt University, Wabash Building, Room 1111 (11th floor)
425 South Wabash Avenue
Member price: $10.00 Non-member price: $20.00
Tour & Social: Ratio Architects/smdp studio & D4 Irish Pub
Wednesday, May 7, 6 pm- 8 pm
Join us for the first double-firm studio tour of 2014. Ratio Architects and smdp studio will open their doors for YAF members. Each firm will give a brief overview presentation and guided tours of their office. Please arrive promptly at 6pm.
Afterwards, we will head to D4 Irish Pub and Café for happy hour on 345 East Ohio Street where we will have a reserved area and enjoy $5 small-plate specials.Visit our Meetup page to let us know you’ll be participating.
This event is sponsored by Young Architects Forum
Location: 455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Suite 1800 (NBC Tower) -- tour
345 East Ohio Street -- happy hour
Strikingly Modern: Residential Architecture of the 1930s-1960s
Thursday, May 8, 12 pm- 1 pm
"Strikingly Modern" unquestionably defines Chicago’s great residential architecture of the 1930’s-1960s. Susan will talk about the development of the modern house in Chicago, illustrated by the work of its stellar Modernist architects--explaining why our City’s residential architecture of this period is "strikingly Modern." Arguably every important Mid Century architect in Chicago reverberated off of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, and they talk pointedly about how and why. Wright and Mies were the "elephants in the room."--their ideas and work accepted or rejected but never ignored.
At the turn of the 20th century, Wright established the Prairie School, which embraced geometry and transformed traditional architecture. In the 1930s and 1940s, Wright’s Usonian houses of wood and glass expanded on his earlier creativity. In 1937, Mies settled in Chicago and, drawing on his experience in Germany, created a pared down architecture of steel and glass. What evolved subsequently was an interesting synthesis that, very likely, could have taken place only in Chicago.
Susan will present Chicago’s place in Modern residential architecture, discussing other influences (Japanese, Scandinavian, etc.) In addition to talking about Mies’ Farnsworth House, Wright’s Usonian houses and Keck’s solar houses, she will illustrate her talk with homes by Paul Schweikher, Edward Dart, Bertrand Goldberg, Edward Humrich, Harry Weese, Jim Speyer, David Haid and Larry Perkins. The Paul Schweikher Home and Studio, the Wilmette house Harry Weese designed for his sister Sue and Jim Speyer’s house for Ben Rose and the adjacent auto museum by David Haid -- as well as Susan’s own Late Prairie house by Lawrence Perkins --will be featured.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.About Our SpeakerSusan Benjamin is an architectural historian with 35-plus years of experience in the world of historic preservation. Her firm, Benjamin Historic Certifications writes National Register nominations, historic resource reports and helps clients who rehab income producing buildings receive historic tax credits and those who rehab their homes receive a 12 year freeze on their property tax assessment. Three of her tax projects projects: The Power House for the Chicago & North Western Railway, the Hairpin Lofts and the Louis Ancel House in Glencoe, have won Driehaus Awards.
Susan is in the final stages of completing a National Register nomination for Chicago’s Park and Boulevard System: 26 miles and over 3000 buildings. She frequently lectures and has written two books, with architect Stuart Cohen on Chicago area architecture: Great Houses of Chicago: 1871-1921 and North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs 1890-1940.
Member price: 0 Non-member price: $15.00
Thursday, May 8, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
This event is sponsored by
Location: NHS Back of the Yards, Homeownership Center,
(ubicado en el Park Federal Bank)
West 47th Street
Small Project Awards Reception
Friday, May 9, 5 pm- 8 pm
Presented by the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group, the goal of this award program is to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence. All firms in the competition have 9 or less licensed architects & architectural interns.
Come and celebrate the winners of the fourth annual AIA Chicago Small Project Awards.
This event is sponsored by Small Practitioners Group
Location: Architectural Artifacts, 4325 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago
Chicago Parks: Landscape Imagination and the Livable City
Monday, May 12, 6:30 pm- 8 pm
The 606 and Maggie Daley Park will be major new Chicago Parks. The 606, formerly called the Bloomingdale Trail, is a linear trail and park system that will be created within interstitial urban spaces that are not necessarily “park-like” at first glance. Maggie Daley Park, will replace existing park spaces, building new value and contemporary program into an existing network of parks. Although very different in many ways, the guiding principles of each project reflect an increasing awareness of the essential contributions that landscape makes to the quality of daily life in cities. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) is leading the design team for Maggie Daley Park and is the landscape lead for the 606, seeking out opportunities for these parks to build on and expand Chicago’s great tradition of park-making.
Matthew Urbanski, a Principal at MVVA and a lead designer on both projects, will discuss how landscape imagination has guided the development of each park. He will discuss the influence of existing conditions, and foreseeable changes on each site and discuss the way that these have been leveraged to create experiential and programmatic diversity. Journalist/photographer Lee Bey, who handles urban planning and government affairs work for the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life initiative with artist Theaster Gates. will moderate a Q&A with Matthew following his presentation.
There is no charge to attend, and reservations are not required. AIA and ASLA continuing education credit will be offered. Learn more about A+DS programs here.
This event is sponsored by Architecture + Design Society of the Art Institute, Walsh Construction, AIA Chicago
Location: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 North Michigan Avenue, Fullerton Hall
Thursday, May 22, 5:30 pm- 7:45 pm
Location: North Pulaski Chicago Public Library, 4300 North Ave., Chicago
AIA National Convention and Expo
Wednesday, June 25, 8 am- 8 pm
Registration is open! Early-bird registration rates end April 16. Join AIA and get free convention registration!Interested in host-chapter sponsorship opportunities? Visit our convention page or call us at 312/670-7770.
This event is sponsored by The American Institute of Architects
Location: McCormick Place-on-the-Lake
BUILDINGChicago /Greening the Heartland Conference & Expo
Monday, September 29, 9 pm- 5 pm
Save the date for the second BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Conference & Expo, jointly produced by Building Design+Construction magazine, published by SGC Horizon, along with the U.S. Green Building Council — Midwest Chapters, the Greening the Heartland Committee, and AIA Chicago, with additional support from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Builders Association (AGC).
This event is sponsored by Building Design + Construction, USGBC-Illinois, AIA Chicago
Location: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
Friday, October 24, 5:30 pm- 10:30 pm
Location: Grand ballroom at Navy Pier