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.

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Tuesday / June 19, 2018 / 12:00 AM

Tour: TRUMPF Smart Factory -- June 20 registration deadline!

1900 West Central Road, Hoffman Estates, IL

Join us for a June 28 tour of the TRUMPF Smart Factory which was featured on the cover of Architect magazine. This facility for the German machine and laser manufacturer showcases the precision of digital fabrication. A reception sponsored by IMEG on the patio will open and close the event.

The TRUMPF Smart Factory is prominently located along I-90’s “Golden Corridor” against the backdrop of surrounding industrial zones. The site sits in the center of the sheet metal processing industry of North America, just west of O’Hare International Airport. Architects for the project are Berlin-based Barkow Leibinger Architekten (design architect) and Itasca-based Heitman Architects (architect of record).

The building is organized within two large intersecting volumes, under a sloping roofline that connects the highway views through a sophisticated machine world to restored wetland habitats, rain gardens, bike paths, and nature trails beyond. The building exterior, with its rough cladding of corrugated COR-TEN steel and its floor-to-ceiling glazing, emphasizes both its industrial context and its display function. The design is based on eleven custom Vierendeel trusses that span 140’ across a column-free showroom. These trusses were laser-cut on TRUMPF machines and weigh over one ton each. The dense black steel structure is fondly referred to as “The Black Forest.”

See it for yourself! Register by June 20.


  • 4:30 pm            Registration and reception on the patio
  • 5:00 pm            Presentation in Trumpf Auditorium
  • 5:45 to 7 pm    Tours and reception on the patio


  • AIA members: $39
  • Non-members: $44

Event Sponsor

  • IMEG Corporation -- Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres



Sponsored By

AIA Northeast Illinois, AIA Chicago, Heitman Architects, IMEG Corporation

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1.5 LU/HSW

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Thursday / June 21, 2018 / 8:00 AM

AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Don’t miss A’18

Get ready for three immersive days of what’s new and now in architecture and design, hosted in one of the most iconic cities in the world. At A’18, some of the most creative architects, designers, and firms will share how they’re creating their own blueprint and making a difference in cities of every size all over the world.

Earn your HSW, ADA, GBCI, RIBA, and AIA LU credits for the year through 500+ sessions by top speakers that will leave you with key insights, takeaways, and new ways of working.

Explore New York City's iconic architecture through 200+ expertly curated, one-of-a-kind tours. 

Click here to learn more and register.


  • Sir David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates
  • Sheela Søgaard, CEO & a partner at BIG

Prices vary depending on schedule selected.

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Tuesday / June 26, 2018 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Atelier Ten: Project Lessons from Coast to Coast

webinar (Zoom Meeting)

For over ten years, Atelier Ten, leading sustainability experts based in New York City and San Francisco, have consulted on high sustainability-ambition projects across the United States. While closely collaborating with architects, they have been able to respond to shifting drivers for high performance buildings and master planning, on each coast and in the middle of the country. In this presentation, Nico Kienzl, Director New York, and Emilie Hagen, Associate Director San Francisco, will provide an overview of recent work to highlight the local lessons learned and how they were able to take insights derived from one projects to advance projects at different scales and varied climates across the United States.

Example projects may include the Columbia/Manhattanville campus in New York City; Mission Rock Seawall Lot 337 with Perkins+Will for the San Francisco Giants; Grogan | Dove FBI Building in Florida by Krueck + Sexton Architects; Uber Headquarters in San Francisco by SHoP Architects; SFMOMA by Snøhetta; and the Frost Museum of Science in Miami by Grimshaw.

Topic: AIA Chicago COTE webinar

Time: Jun 26, 2018, 12:00 PM CENTRAL Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :

       US: +16465588656, 343147902#  or +16699006833,,343147902#

Or telephone:

       Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833

       Meeting ID: 343 147 902

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Nico Kienzl has over 20 years of experience in sustainability consulting with expertise on the application of advanced building analysis for façade optimization, daylight and shading analysis, and optimization of building systems. As Director of Atelier Ten’s New York office, Nico has played a significant role on a variety of residential, commercial, institutional, cultural, and masterplan projects throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East where he has not only shaped the environmental performance, but also influenced the building industry in moving into a more sustainable future. His exemplary contributions to green building and significant professional achievements within the community of LEED professionals led him to be among an elite group of 43 exceptional green building professionals worldwide to be named LEED Fellow of 2012, the most prestigious designation awarded by Green Building Certification Institute. Since his appointment as LEED Fellow, Nico has continuously been an active and expert LEED consultant and advocate.

Nico is a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council and Storefront for Art and Architecture. He served as a Representative Member and Peer Reviewer for the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Green Building Federal Advisory Committee and GSA Design Excellence Program, respectively, and is a High-Performance Building Design Professional under the U.S. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers. He received a Doctor of Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, holds a Master of Science in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his Diploma in Architecture from the Technical University of Munich.

Emilie Hagen, LEED Fellow, is the Associate Director of the San Francisco office and leader of the daylight practice. Her experience with resiliency, daylighting, Passivhaus, Net Zero buildings, and carbon reduction have been instrumental in the advancement and expansion of the firm’s technical expertise and research acumen. Emilie’s projects range from one of the most complex Net Zero Energy buildings in the U.S. to the largest public-private partnership project in U.S. history. As the public member of the City of San Francisco Green Building Task Force and a steering committee member of Façade Tectonics, she advocates for positive transformation for the built environment. She co-authored Urban Green Council’s “Baby It’s Cold Inside” report about the relationship between resilience and high-performance building envelopes.

Emilie studied at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, and she holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas.


Photos: Mission Rock (upper left); Columbia/Manhattanville (upper right); Grogan | Dove FBI Building (lower two).

Sponsored By

Environment KC/COTE and Illinois Green Alliance

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Tuesday / June 26, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Culture and Urbanism Tour of Argyle

Wilson stop on the Red Line L

The Community Interface Committee continues their Neighborhood Diversity exploration in the Uptown neighborhood. This hour-long walking tour on and around Argyle Street will introduce you to the area's architectural legacy and innovations, its complex history, and the dynamics eroding its celebrated diversity. Learn about Chicago's first shared street, how the pan-Asian enclave along Argyle came to be, and the challenges of designing for diversity without commodifying culture. The tour will end at Miss Saigon, 1129 West Argyle​ Street, where we will enjoy delicious Vietnamese fare in a pay-your-own-way manner.

Vitaliy Vladimirov is an urban planner, artist, and immigrant. Recent projects include a pop-up museum gathering oral histories in Uptown, organizing walking tours in honor of Jane Jacobs’ legacy, plus planning zines, and mentoring youth about urban issues.

Tour is limited to 30 people. Preference given to AIA members.



Sponsored By

Community Interface Committee of AIA Chicago

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Thursday / June 28, 2018 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

High-Rise Cladding for Safety and Sustainability

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Exterior cladding has been in the news lately, showing it can contribute significantly to large fires on high-rise buildings which may threaten life safety and continued use of the building. For those who specify, sell, or install exterior cladding, there is a misunderstanding about the code requirements and fire risk associated with exterior cladding assembly materials. Almost all exterior walls on high-rise buildings are custom designed, and many exterior walls incorporate combustible materials to meet sustainability and constructability objectives.

Complicated model building code requirements for exterior cladding, almost infinite methods of creating cladding assemblies, and confusing product literature make specifying an assembly that meets appropriate code criteria a challenge. John Mammoser, PE, and Jeff Harper, PE, with JENSEN HUGHES will walk us through these challenges and provide guidance on key specification criteria to result in achieving code-compliant exterior cladding for high-rise buildings.

Both presenters have expertise in building code compliance, fire testing, and product application related to exterior cladding. JENSEN HUGHES is the global leader in specialty engineering and consulting services for the built environment, focused on evaluating risks and diligently developing the best, most cost-effective protection and safety solutions.

John and Jeff will:

  • Provide context for cladding development and the fire risks associated with them: how did design and the energy code get us here;
  • Identify categories for cladding assemblies that relate to building codes;
  • Understand the differences between fire tests as it relates to cladding and cladding literature;
  • Discuss IBC requirements for cladding on Type I buildings.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Sponsored By

Technical Issues KC

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Wednesday / October 03, 2018 / 8:00 AM

Design Chicago - Save the date!

Merchandise Mart, Chicago

Design Chicago, the Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference, features two days of events for kitchen, bath and home furnishings for architects, interior designers, and real estate developers (trade-only).

• 39 Featured Presentations
• 25 CEU Programs
• 50 Open Houses
• 56 Product Debuts
• 14 Strategic Media Partners

AIA Chicago will present The Iconic House IV in the Pella Crafted Luxury showroom during the conference. Full schedule details will announced later.

Sponsored By

Merchandise Mart

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Wednesday / October 03, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

NCARB & You: AXP, ARE, and Certification

Location to be determined

Save the date for our annual program on becoming a licensed architect with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) staff and others.

  • How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™)
  • What to expect with the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
  • Recent changes to NCARB programs
  • The value of the NCARB Certificate

Following the presentation, our speakers will remain on-site to address questions on an individual basis.

Who should attend:

  • architecture students
  • recent graduates
  • not-so-recent graduates
  • associates
  • supervisors
  • mentors
  • principals 


Sponsored By

NCARB and AIA Chicago

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