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.

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To view an archived list of events click here.

Tuesday / October 15, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

LGBTQI+Allies -- Story Social - FULL!

Bulthaup showroom, 313 West Superior Street, Chicago

This event is now full, AND A WAITING LIST HAS BEEN STARTED.

Join us for a riveting, hilarious, and at times heartbreaking night of storytelling:Out in the Workplace: Stories of Telling (or Not Telling) the Team /Client /Contractor of Our Sexual Orientation, and Lessons Learned. Featuring winners from The Moth | Radio Hour and friends from Earshot.

The Bulthaup showroom opens at 6pm for food and drinks. Arrive before 7pm to hear the story series tailored for the LGBTQI+ architecture community! 

Organized by AIA Chicago's LGTBQI+ Alliance.

Sponsored By

Bulthaup, with support from SCB

Hosted By

LGTBQI+ Alliance of AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / October 16, 2019 / 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Quebec is Quality: Innovative Building Solutions from North of the Border

Conference center adjacent to AIA Chicago office, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 260, Chicago

Join leading Canadian companies for a complimentary day-long opportunity to learn how manufacturers from Quebec are developing innovative building solutions for differentiated design and better sustainability. 

  • Open to: Architects, LEED APs, Engineers, Specifiers, and other Building Professionals
  • Breakfast, lunch & refreshments provided.
  • Continuing education credit: up to 6 AIA LU/HSW and up to 2 USGBC/GBCI hours.

Get Inspired! Design Smarter, Safer, and Greener with Innovation in Wood Structural Systems     Presenter: Andrew Dingman, LAMCO

Wood is a frequently overlooked building material for light-medium-commercial construction including mid-rise, multi-family, and mixed-use projects. This course features several North American examples that highlight the surprising capabilities of this natural resource. Many architects, engineers, and project owners often default to steel and concrete instead of wood for wall, floor, and roof assemblies.

Bird Friendly Building Design with Acid-etched Glass     Presenter: Danik Dancause, Walker Glass

Fundamental to a building’s design is its seamless integration with the natural landscape. In many settings, the need to reduce bird collisions calls for innovative approaches to making building glazing safer for birds. This course provides in-depth knowledge of acid-etched glass solutions in bird-friendly building design. We will provide the most up-to-date and detailed information to help you understand how the risk of bird collision against building facades can be significantly reduced with appropriate acid-etched glass solutions. This session will cover critical aspects, such as bird migration and behavior, risk factors, key research findings, product testing, standards and guidelines as well as types of acid etched glass solutions and a comparative analysis with other options, to facilitate and improve the decision-making process.

Acoustic Separation using Motor-Driven Operable Partitions     Presenter: Don Davis, Skyfold

In this seminar, design professionals, general contractors, owner or facility managers will gain a thorough understanding of the available motorized acoustically rated movable partitions used for space division in interior applications.

Making Sense of Sealants     Presenters: Dan Garnett & Christian Guerard - Adfast

Participants will learn the different families of sealants and how to choose the correct product for each application.

Glass Partition Design     Presenter: Jen Delmonico - Muraflex

This course is designed to inform design professionals on acoustical, aesthetic, functional and safety features of glass partitions.

Digital Experiences in the Built Environment     Presenter: Conor McGill - Float4

Take a deep dive with Float4 as we explore the proliferation of responsive environments and showcases how physical spaces are evolving to become more interactive through the emergence of myriad technologies.

Click here to register

  

The Québec Delegation Chicago represents the interests of Quebec in 12 states across the Midwest. This mandate involves working on a wide range of commercial, economic, political, environmental, and cultural matters pertinent to Québec and this region of the United States.  

 

Sponsored By

Québec Government Office in Chicago / Délégation du Québec à Chicago

Learning Units

6 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$0.00



Thursday / October 17, 2019 / 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

AIA CEU DAY HOSTED BY HYDRO

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 541 North Rush Street

Hydro is hosting a full-day of CEU (Continuing Education Unit) courses for architects, designers and construction professionals. We will be presenting five CEU topics throughout the day that fulfill AIA continuing education requirements. In addition to Hydro presenters, you will hear from Vitro and Sherwin-Williams.  Topics include:

  • The Aluminum Advantage
  • Energy & The Fenestration Industry
  • Architectural Window Technology
  • Hi-Performance Architectural Coatings
  • How Low-E Coatings Work

Each course is one hour and accredited by AIA for 1 Learning Unit. Additionally, all courses except for "The Aluminum Advantage" qualify for 1 Health, Safety, & Welfare (HSW) credit.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Networking Reception from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

 

Registration

Registration is free. Space is limited.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER THROUGH HYDRO

Sponsored By

Hydro

Hosted By

Hydro

Learning Units

5 LU/4 HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / October 17, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Chicago CAN - cocktail reception + awards + after party

Merchandise Mart, Chicago

​Canstruction is a unique worldwide charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food.​

Now in its thirteenth year, ChicagoCAN is a celebration of the more than 50 Chicago architectural, engineering, and construction firms that donate their time and talents toward Canstruction Chicago’s annual design-build competition. It is the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s largest single-day food drive of the year. Our 2019 event will showcase 19 works of art that our teams have been planning for months. Canstruction Chicago will be on display in the Merchandise Mart from October 11 through November 3.

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Food Depository - feeding the nearly 1 in 6 people who is food insecure in our area. Last year's event made Canstruction Chicago the third largest cash donor to a local food bank, out of all Canstruction competitions in North America. Let's see if we can top that this year!

  • COCKTAIL RECEPTION       5:30 to 8:00 PM in the Merchandise Mart, South Lobby
  • AWARDS PRESENTATION   6:00 PM in the South Lobby at the Grand Staircase
  • AFTER PARTY                       7:30 to 10:00 PM  at The Bassment Chicago, 353 West Hubbard Street

Tickets:

  • until October 16       $50
  • At the door               $65

Click here to purchase tickets and ticket bundles

Sponsored By

Merchandise Mart, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and many others

Hosted By

Canstruction Chicago

Member Price

$50.00

Non Member Price

$50.00



Friday / October 18, 2019 / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

What Would Pareto Do? Utilizing the 80/20 Rule to Improve Building Enclosure Quality

Gensler, 11 East Madison Street, Suite 300, Chicago

The in-situ performance of building enclosures can remain inferior to intended criteria due to inadequate detailing and incomplete specifications during the design phase, variation of installation methods and imperfect jobsite conditions, insufficient communication and collaboration between project team members, and unrealistic construction scheduling, among other issues.  Although project documents often clearly define performance requirements for individual building enclosure components, considerations of interface details often remain underdeveloped.  These interface details cannot be fully designed until subcontractors are selected, manufacturers and products are evaluated, and shop drawings are prepared and approved.  Coordination is typically left to the general contractor with respect to sequencing issues, means and methods, material compatibility concerns, etc.  The continued and accelerating use of delegated design makes timing of coordination tasks more difficult.  It’s no secret that every project includes ample opportunities to improve building enclosure quality.

The Pareto Principle, named for a nineteenth-century Italian economist, states that most items (effort, reward, output, etc.) are not distributed evenly: some contribute more than others.  A good benchmark or hypothesis is that 80 percent of results flow from 20 percent of causes.  While not immediately intuitive, the Pareto Principal suggests that few items truly matter.  With respect to the building enclosure, the potential for construction defects can be limited by thinking like Pareto – utilize limited resources on the most important decisions and details to improve overall building enclosure quality.  

Speaker: Patrick Reicher is a Principal with Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. Mr. Reicher is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of Illinois with considerable experience in forensic investigation, evaluation, and repair design of existing building enclosures; and building enclosure consulting and commissioning for new construction projects. He is also a Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC), Registered Exterior Wall Observer (REWO), Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA). He currently serves on several committees and task forces for the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) and its Chicago Area Chapter, and American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).

IMPORTANT:

  • Registration through BECC is mandatory. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  • Do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time out of respect for Gensler.
  • Do not contact Gensler regarding program specifics. Inquiries can be made to jdiqui@imiweb.org.
  • Bring your lunch.

Hosted By

Building Enclosure Council-Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00



Wednesday / October 23, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Power of Architectural Vocabulary on Behavior

Murphy Auditorium, 50 East Erie Street, Chicago

© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

As architecture evolved from a basic need for shelter and security, it became an artistic craft that activated our thoughts, emotions, and desires for an expression of beauty. The success of an outdoor space or a building interior depends on the visual relationship that is formed between parts and patterns and one’s perception of them. What holds our attraction to some forms of architecture over others? Why does this appeal remain as civilization advances? By comparing the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and S.R. Crown Hall at IIT in Chicago, Illinois, this symposium will expand on the ideas and themes of these structures through the lens of architectural vocabulary and cognitive science, providing insight into the understanding of ancient and modern architecture and behavior.

There will be a cocktail reception preceding the event at 5:15 pm.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER THROUGH EVENTBRITE

Freehand sketch by Cynthia Vranas Olsen while with the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in London, 2000.

MVDR Bacardi Cuba Column/1957, ink and crayon drawing by GRS [Gene Summers] on 40 X 30 om/Strathmore board. Drawing made to confirm column proportions. Original drawing, The Mies van der Rohe Archive © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, New York. Credit: © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Sponsored By

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Hosted By

Driehaus Museum, AIA Chicago, ANFA, the Mies van der Rohe Society at IIT

Learning Units

1.5 LU

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$0.00



Friday / October 25, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

DESIGNIGHT 2019 - Sold Out!

Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 840 East Grand Avenue, Chicago

Join us for the 64th annual Designight celebration in the Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom, celebrating AIA Chicago's 150th anniversary.

5:30 PM: COCKTAIL HOUR IN THE LAKEVIEW TERRACE
7:00 PM: DINNER AND AWARDS PRESENTATION

 

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: John Syvertsen, FAIA

AIA Chicago’s Board of Directors has selected John Syvertsen, FAIA, to receive the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. In his career, Syvertsen has distinguished himself through his work as an architect and firm leader, as a leader in community outreach, social impact, and environmental sustainability, and through his professorship at colleges and universities across the country.

For ten years Syvertsen was President of OWP/P Architects. He led the merger with CannonDesign where he co-founded the Open Hand Studio dedicated to public interest design and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Since 2015 he has dedicated his career full-time in support of several nonprofit organizations.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

 

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago

Member Price

$375.00

Non Member Price

$450.00



Tuesday / October 29, 2019 / 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Chicago's New Construction Codes: An Introduction for Emerging Architects

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250, Chicago

Knowing the local building code is essential to any design project. Have you followed what’s been happening to Chicago’s building code this year?

In April 2019, the Chicago City Council adopted a modernized code for Chicago, part of a multi-year effort to comprehensively update its construction requirements based on widely-used model codes and standards while maintaining provisions that are well-adapted to local conditions. Phase 2 of Construction Code Modernization will be phased in between June 2019 and August 2020. 

Are you ready to become an expert in your firm on these code changes? You may not have had a lot of exposure to Chicago’s previous/current code: here’s a chance to get started on learning the new code.

Grant Ullrich, Assoc. AIA, is Deputy Commissioner in the Chicago Department of Buildings, and he has led the modernization effort. Grant will explain the what, why, and wherefores of this process and its importance for your work as an emerging architect. He will also try to answer your trickiest code-related questions.

Light dinner will be provided so reservations are essential.

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago

Hosted By

Young Architects Forum

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$0.00




Wednesday / October 30, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Theatre of Work - Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA

IIT, S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State Street, Chicago

Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA, president and design director of Clive Wilkinson Architects, will discuss his latest book, The Theatre of Work (FRAME, 2019).

The Theatre of Work proposes an evolution of the relationship between office users and the spaces they occupy. As work processes and community relationships evolve, new collaborative synergies within the workplace are created. The interplay between space and people offers a new kind of theater where parallels with the archetypal theater of the street and the marketplace occur. This emerging new workspace should amplify and celebrate the activity of work and of human community, and in the process, become vital and compelling theater.

In defining this new office landscape, Wilkinson examines global developments in workplace thinking, historical antecedents, the performance touch-points for the new office, and proposes seven humanistic principles that will inform a holistic design process that can bring this concept of theater to fruition. Each of these principles is demonstrated through case studies of the work of his renowned design studio, Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWa), with rich iconography, diagrammatic strategy, and contextual ingenuity. The outcome of this process, with its multiple performative layers, effectively promotes elevating a corporate brief of basic needs and goals to a profoundly human-centered presentation of “work as theater.”

Copies of The Theatre of Work will be available for purchase.

This event was organized by MAS Context in conjunction with IIT. AIA Chicago is an official collaborator for this event; it is also a partner program of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Hosted By

MAS Context and IIT

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Wednesday / November 20, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Snøhetta: The Democratization of Knowledge

Pella Windows & Doors, Suite 100, Merchandise Mart, Chicago

 

The value of libraries is often questioned as the digital communication age has come to dominate much of our interactions. However, it is precisely because of this that the role of the library has never been more vital. Elaine and Craig will discuss their thoughts on how libraries can better support the diverse needs of a democratic society through interactive design. If knowledge is power we should never take that power away from those who might not otherwise have access.

Craig Dykers, FAIA, Int FRIBA, FRSA, RAAR, PhD, LEED AP, is a Founding Partner of Snøhetta, a design firm based in New York City and Oslo, Norway. Elaine Molinar, AIA, LEED AP, is a Partner in the firm and Managing Director for The Americas. The interdisciplinary firm covers architecture, landscapes, interiors, product design, and graphic design. The firm also has offices in San Francisco, Innsbruck, Paris, Hong Kong, and Adelaide.

Pella Windows & Doors is generously donating all ticket proceeds to the AIA Chicago Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.

Click here to REgister through eventbrite

This event is a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Image: Calgary Central Library © Michael Grimm

Sponsored By

Pella Windows & Doors

Hosted By

AIA Chicago and AIA Chicago Foundation

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

$15.00

Non Member Price

$15.00



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