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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Tuesday / January 22, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Environment KC/COTE Planning Meeting

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Whether you have participated in Environment KC/COTE activities in the past or would like to get involved now, you are very welcome to attend this meeting and help plan events for the rest of the year. Bring your ideas, your comments, your co-workers and your unique talents on June 20th and help set the course for the kind of future you want to build! In an environment of ever increasing volatility and challenges is embedded the opportunity for the profession to affect change through the design, construction and occupation of the built environment. Sustainable Design is our toolkit for achieving COTE's goals.

Through partnerships with other Knowledge Committees, local energy advocates, and high performance building product manufacturers COTE strives to offer the profession opportunities for knowledge, skills and networking. We will see you soon!

  • Jason SIppel, AIA, chair
  • David Swain, AIA, co-chair
  • Saranya Gunasingh, Intl. Assoc. AIA​, co-chair

Sponsored By

Environment KC/COTE

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / January 24, 2019 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Getting to Know Fire Sprinkler Systems

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

Fire sprinkler systems have been around for over 120 years to protect property and provide life safety. The codes reference three different installation standards and each standard has a different scope. Every system is designed to protect the building, occupants and contents. This course highlights the history, codes, standards and protection level of fire sprinkler systems.

Jeff Hugo from the National Fire Sprinkler Association will give participants an overview of fire sprinkler systems, highlighting a brief history, codes, and various protection levels available. He will introduce us to sprinkler system installation standards and the codes that reference them. He will also reinforce the importance of system design: serving to protect buildings, occupants, and contents. Jeff’s presentation is intended to serve as an introductory course to a longer, more comprehensive Sprinkler System course offered later this year.

  • Recognize the various types of sprinkler systems where they are installed or required.
  • Explain major differences of sprinkler standards (NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D) and their uses.
  • Discuss sprinkler requirements for specific uses and occupancies.
  • Identify where new technology on fire sprinklers systems affect design.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Speaker: Jeffrey M. Hugo is the Director of Codes and Public Fire Protection for the National Fire Sprinkler Association and has been a Michigan registered Building Official, Building Inspector, and Plan Reviewer since 1995. He represents the fire sprinkler industry primarily in the development of building, fire, existing and residential codes through serving on several NFPA technical and ICC committees. Jeff contributes in research, informal interpretations of codes, exam development, training, and regularly contributes building code related articles to publications such as NFSM and industry newsletters. Jeff is editor of the 2009, 2012, and 2015 editions of Fire Sprinkler Guide, and holds a multitude of certifications by the ICC, including the Certified Building Code Official (CBCO).

Sponsored By

Technical Issues KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




Wednesday / January 30, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Dirk Denison 10 Houses: A Conversation Between Dirk Denison, FAIA and Reed Kroloff

Crown Hall at IIT, 3360 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

With educator/author Reed Kroloff, architect Dirk Denison, FAIA, will discuss how he has developed as an architect. Topics will include the different and sometimes conflicting perspectives he absorbed in studies at Cranbrook Academy, IIT, and Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as other influences and passions that informed his early career. 

The new ACTAR publication, Dirk Denison 10 Houses, will be used as a touchstone to illustrate how Denison synthesized a plethora of architectural influences to create a personal approach to placemaking.  Denison will describe the process of creating the monograph, which represents much of his career to date, and the key element the volume attests to:  his adherence to a set of best practices for building collaborative relationships with clients.

 

5:30 PM - refreshments
6:00-7:00 PM - program

To RSVP: Let IIT know you will be attending at rsvpevents@iit.edu

Copies of Dirk Denison 10 Houses will be available for purchase. 

Sponsored By

Presented by The Mies Society with co-sponsors AIA Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, and the Architecture & Design Society

Learning Units

1 LU (pending)

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Wednesday / January 30, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Community Interface Committee Winter Social and Tour

Marz Community Brewing Company, 3630 S Iron St, Chicago

Join members of the Community Interface Committee (CIC) for a winter social at Marz Community Brewing Company.  Enjoy a brief tour of the brewery with designers Via Chicago Architects, then grab a drink (pay your own way) and chat with members of the CIC to learn about the committee's programs and activities and how to get involved.

The Marz collective is comprised of home brewers, professional brewers and artists that found each other while drinking beers at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Our love of our neighborhood and good beer inspired us to create a new experience for natives and visitors to the Community of the Future: Bridgeport.

  

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago and Community Interface Community

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / January 31, 2019 / 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Designing Transparency

Perkins+Will, 410 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600 (Wrigley Building)

 

New uses of glass and its unique properties in architecture continue to develop every year. This presentation highlights how architecture and structural engineering can be combined, using creative structural solutions and the latest technology in fabrication and post-processing to create all types of architectural uses of glass.

Carl D’Silva, FAIA and Terry McDonnell, PE, SE will present some of the most recent developments of how glass can be successfully used to solve physical, environmental, and structural project goals. They will show how structural glass and the material and fabrication processes can achieve innovative designs. The session features case studies including O’Hare Terminal 2 cable wall, Ottawa curving insulated glass fin wall, Willis Tower glass boxes (pictured above), and Calgary glass pedestrian bridge. Other project samples include glass sculptures, glass security walls, and fire-rated glass. Carl and Terry will also cover existing codes and guidelinest to help designers choose the right glass right for a project, and anticipated guidelines and standards that will be introduced into the US in the next few years.

Breakfast will be provided.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of glass.
  • Understand how glass can be used as a variable cohesive material on a large scale.
  • Identify methods of production and how they relate to overall finish and consistency.
  • Learn the environmental physics of glass use in buildings.
  • Learn about methods of adhering glass other than typical laminates to produce structures.
  • Understand various methods of supporting glass and their resulting effects both structurally and architecturally.

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AIA members: use code AIACSI35 to get the member rate.

SPEAKERS

Carl D’Silva, FAIA, Managing Principal, Perkins+Will in Chicago, has balanced his development as an architect on both design and technical concentrations. This decision stems from the belief that successful buildings require architects that have a broad understanding of all aspects of the project. His technical background was developed through detailing and design coordination on large complex projects such as the Sony Center in Berlin, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, O’Hare Airport FACE expansion in Chicago, Doha Convention Center and Tower in Qatar, Suning Olympic Plaza West Tower in Nanjing China, and the new Diablos Baseball Stadium in Mexico City. Carl has written and presented multiple case studies for tensioned cable facades and fabric membrane structures. 

Terry McDonnell, PE, SE, PEng, SECB, Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in Chicago, has over twenty years of structural engineering experience. By combining the practical, with modern advances in the building industry, Terry commits every day to a process of turning ideas to reality. Terry's past experiences include a broad and deep range of services in design, adaptive reuse and investigation of glass structures. Representative past projects include UBS Tower and its cable net wall; Washington Wabash Train Station, Chicago; Union Station, Toronto; Apple Store, Chicago; Eaton’s Centre glass bridge. Terry keeps up-to-date with engineering advances by actively participating in the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, and the Glass Use in Buildings and Laminated Glass Walkways and Railings Standard ASTM E06 Committee for which he wrote a working standard on the comprehensive use of structural glass in building design. In addition, he is also on the Standard Practice for the Design of Amusement Park Rides Standard ASTM F24 Committee. Terry is a past president of the Structural Engineering Association of Illinois (SEAOI).

    

Sponsored By

SEAOI; co-sponsor AIA Chicago; promotional partner CSI Chicago

Learning Units

4 LU/HSW

Member Price

$260.00

Non Member Price

$295.00






Tuesday / February 05, 2019 / 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Public Sector as Game Changer: Inequalities Facing Women-led and Small Architecture Firms

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

(left to right: Rada Doytcheva, Carina Sanchez, Jamie Rhee, Mike Elliott)

This event is a follow-up to a successful presentation and panel discussion led by Rada Doytcheva, FAIA, at the 2018 AIA Convention in NYC under the title “The Missing 32 Percent (Women) & Missing Small Architecture Firms.” Its focus was on empowerment of women-led and small architecture firms and the role of the public sector in such practices.

In regards to bridging the gap of the 32% women architects only: women-led architecture firms are best positioned to grow, encourage and raise a generation with more women architects. Yet there is still meager access to steady and meaningful project opportunities. Roadblocks toward prosperity and equal access are not easy to change. Women and smaller firms are not trusted for bigger and better projects. How can this be changed? Public sector work can make a difference.

Rada shares statistics, context of local, national and international status quo - to bring to focus women architects’ inequalities.  Examples from public procurement success and limitations point to the vast opportunities, but also to the need of streamlining processes, ensuring fair contractual treatment and creating a strong platform for inclusion.

Bringing public sector officials Jamie Rhee, Chicago Dept. of Aviation, and Carina Sánchez, Public Building Commission of Chicago, as panelists provides a setting to increase public awareness, to discuss avenues for accelerating change. Michael Elliot, AIA, represents smaller architecture firms as well as national AIA, bringing to light measures taken nationally.

As Rada is seeking input for continuing advocacy, all participants are invited to share opinions prior, during or after the presentation. The intent is that the topic of this gathering continues as a series of discussions, events, panels – with other public officials in the City and State.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain information needed to effectively communicate to the public sector why women architects and smaller practices should be given large and important project opportunities.
  • Learn how to engage in advocacy for women and small firms, noting that architecture is not about quantity but about ideas and team management.
  • Gain insights about increased procurement activity for women and minority at the City of Chicago and the Public Building Commission of Chicago;
  • Discover methods and steps in effective communication when approaching public sector procurement.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

 

Speakers: 

Rada Doytcheva, PhD, FAIA, LEED AP BD +C, Principal/Head of Design, RADA Architects

Carina Sánchez, Executive Director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago

Jamie Rhee, JD, Commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Aviation

Michael Elliott, AIA, Kluber Architects+Planners; national AIA Strategic Council member; past president of AIA Illinois (2015)

Sponsored By

Practice Management KC

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / February 06, 2019 / 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Productive Conversations for Successful Business Development

First Floor Training Room, 1211 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL

Each day, architects work to solve problems for clients in countless ways. We are highly trained, skilled and knowledgeable, yet we often lack the training and skills to communicate effectively – especially when it comes to business development. You didn’t get into this field to sell, but there’s no way around it. Fundamentally, in order to do the job, you first need to get the work. That means knowing how to find opportunities, build relationships, and communicate your value with passion. It means being able to think in the moment, find the right words, and connect meaningfully with prospects and clients so that they like you, trust you, and want to work with you.

In this engaging two-part workshop, Dean Hyers and Pete Machalek, principals of Minneapolis-based Sage Presence and authors of Winning AEC Interviews, share their 15+ years of expertise coaching designers, construction professionals, and engineers to over $4 billion worth of new business. 

8:00 am to 9:00 am      registration for morning session/continental breakfast

9:00 am to 12:00 pm    Business Development session (3 LU)

  • A breakthrough understanding of how to network and build professional relationships
  • A new level of comfort with leading productive conversations
  • An understanding of how to communicate the value of your firm
  • Strategies to land new clients and new opportunities

11:30 am to 1:00 pm    registration for afternoon session/buffet luncheon

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm      Winning Interviews session (3 LU)

  • An understanding of how to strategize interviews
  • An elevated ability to connect meaningfully with selection committees
  • An understanding of how to speak clearly, concisely, and compellingly to decision-makers
  • Approaches that bring your strategy to life

Questions? Contact Colleen Gorniak, Senior Administrator for AIA NEI, at 630/599-7121 or cgorniak@aianei.org. 

  • Business Development session only (Includes continental breakfast and session)     AIA member $150; non-member $225
  • Winning Interviews session only (Includes buffet lunch and session)                          AIA member $150; non-member $225

Attend both and save!                                                                                                            AIA member $275; non-member $425 

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Sponsored By

AIA Northeast Illinois

Learning Units

6 LU

Member Price

$275.00

Non Member Price

$425.00



Thursday / February 07, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Young Architects Forum Tour: Chicago Architecture Center

Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Join the AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum for a tour of the new Chicago Architecture Center, formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Their new exhibit space, which opened on August 31, has imaginative, interactive exhibits and an expanded scale model of the city of Chicago with over 4,000 individual buildings! The tour will be led by Gordon Gill, FAIA of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (the firm designed CAC's interior renovation) and representatives from the CAC. 

>>> This event is intended for emerging design professionals under the age of 40.

Sponsored By

Young Architects Forum + Chicago Architecture Center

Member Price

$5.00

Non Member Price

$5.00




Friday / February 08, 2019 / 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

DESIGNING LOUDER THAN WORDS, A BOTTLE BOX DESIGN COMPETITION

DESIGN MUSEUM OF CHICAGO PRESENTS DESIGNING LOUDER THAN WORDS, A BOTTLE BOX DESIGN COMPETITION

PRIZES: $4,000
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Scotch bottle boxes serve more than one function: they protect the bottle while in transit, they provide a place for information about the liquid inside, and they formalize and premiumize the whisky drinking experience - making a bottle of Scotch just a bit more special. Bottle boxes not only embody the spirit they guard but are also an opportunity to tell a story – about a brand, about a place, or about flavor - how that flavor is created or experienced. Special release whiskies are encased in boxes that are designed by acclaimed architects, made by skilled carpenters, and adorned by celebrated designers – and coveted by whisky collectors worldwide.

A prominent Scotch whisky distillery is asking designers, architects, and creators for their take on a bottle box for a highly coveted 2019 limited-edition bourbon cask aged release inspired by Illinois’ great city of Chicago, which will be released with availability exclusive to the Illinois market. While traditionally packaging designs emphasize the brand identity, this competition asks designers to draw inspiration from their surroundings and from the liquid itself.

The call to action is quite simple: design a box that safely holds a bottle of Scotch whisky that is inspired by Illinois’ great city of Chicago.

Use any material that you feel embodies the city of Chicago: paper, wood, glass, metal, but keep in mind that the winning design will need to be premium and at the same time economically reproduced 275 times. The produced boxes will be available for sale in Illinois liquor stores with the limited-edition Scotch whisky.

Click here for all details and full submission instructions.

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



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