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 / February 28, 2017 / 7:15 AM - 10:00 AM
The Construction Specifications Institute, Chicago chapter, invites you to its 14th Annual Building Enclosure event. Morning and lunchtime presentations on Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) will be given by John Runkle, PE, Vice President and Director of Forensic Services for Architectural Testing, Inc.
Click here for full details and to register for either the morning or the midday presentation.
7:15 to 7:45am registration and breakfast buffet
7:45 to 10:00am presentation
11:45 to 12:15pm lunch
12:15 to 3:00pm presentation
CSI Chicago, CSI Northern IL, AIA Chicago, AIA Northeast IL, USGBC IL, Building Enclosure Council-Chicago, and others
Non Member Price
Friday / March 03, 2017 / 12:15 PM - 5:15 PM
The AIA/Chicago Area Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) has planned a half-day event for architects who specialize in single-family homes. This event will cover three topics: how to find clients and promote the firm; using Building Information Modeling in a small custom residential firm; and specifications in custom homes. Our goal is to help architects stay up-to-date on evolving topics and give them information they can put to use immediately.
- How Will My Clients Find Me? Strategies and Tools to Promote Your Firm
- BIM for Custom Residential Architecture: A Day in the Life of Revit
- Specifying for Residences: How to Get What Your Clients Want
12:15 to 1:00pm registration and lunch
1:00 to 2:10 Session 1
2:15 to 2:30 break
2:35 to 3:45 Session 2
3:50 to 4:00 break
4:05 to 5:15pm Session 3
3 LU/2 HSW | $35 members, $50 non-members
Session 1: How Will My Clients Find Me? Strategies and Tools to Promote Your Firm
Speaker: Cole Moir, Global Manager Digital and Social, Motorola
Comments: Jayme Gately, COLLAB LLC
Cole Moir is a marketing strategist with more than eight years of experience. His focus is on bridging the gap between technology, culture, and people -- their behaviors and experiences -- to increase ROI. He has developed results-oriented campaigns for twenty-four Fortune 300 companies across traditional, digital, and emerging platforms that connect brand experiences with consumer behaviors. Cole is a digital native who is passionate about consumer behaviors, macro trend forecasting, music, tech gadgets, new apps, digital design and emerging social and digital platforms.
Session 2: BIM for Custom Residential Architecture: A Day in the Life of Revit
Speaker: Craig Cernek, AIA, LEED AP, ArchiBuild Group
Comments: Scott Crowe, AIA, Thomas Shafer Architects LLC
We've all heard about parametric families, 3-D modeling, and the BIM revolution, but is all of this complex software worth the sizable investment in time, treasure, and education for custom residential architecture? Craig Cernek is the founder of a design/build firm specializing in custom residential architecture and light commercial buildings. As a 15 -year veteran of Autodesk’s Revit, Craig will demonstrate how he has leveraged this building information modeling software to document existing buildings and take projects through schematic design, design development, and construction documents phases as well as creating renderings. He will help you determine for yourself if it makes sense for you and your firm.
Session 3: Specifying for Residences: How to Get What Your Clients Want
Speaker: Renee Doktorczyk, FAIA, CCS, CSI, SCIP, ArchiTech Consulting, Inc.
Comments: Nate Lielasus, AIA, Northworks Architects + Planners
Specifications are 50% of the contract documents, so why are they woefully ignored or under-appreciated by so many designers? Renee Doktorczyk, owner an architectural specification consulting firm, has been writing specifications for more than 25 years. She will explain the importance of specifications and why you need them. Renee will clarify differences between custom residential specifications and specifications for commercial projects. Creation of a master office specification will be explained, including the differences between sheet specs and book specs, along with the pros and cons of each. Renee will explain how she works with architects and the process from the specifier’s viewpoint. Questions are encouraged.
Optional Add-on Reception/Lecture at Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom
Add a design lecture and reception to your day. Pella Crafted Luxury in the Merchandise Mart opens its second season of lectures by noted architects with Britain's premier classical architect, John Simpson, Esq., CVO, RIBA (John Simpson Architects, London), speaking on “The Timeless Language of Classicism” at 5:30pm (reception + 6:00pm lecture). If you would like to attend this event, please make a reservation directly with Pella Crafted Luxury. 1 LU
AIA Chicago and its CRAN, Pella Crafted Luxury, Eggersmann USA
3 LU/2 HSW
Non Member Price
Friday / March 03, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
John Simpson, Esq., CVO, RIBA (John Simpson Architects, London), Britain’s premier classical architect, will present his work and sign copies of his recently-published monograph, The Architecture of John Simpson: The Timeless Language of Classicism.
Simpson is the architect of the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and of the first public building in Poundbury, an urban extension to town of Dorchester, built according to architectural principles advocated by The Prince of Wales. He has designed projects at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, to name only a few of his firm’s works. His practice carries out projects across the world, in Britain, Europe and the USA. Its work ranges from the design of a major new university facility or an urban extension of a town to the design of an individual house or interior of a shop. In general, the emphasis within the work of the practice is to create an architecture which is timeless: one that uses updated traditional forms to respond to contemporary requirements and modern technology.
In 2014, Simpson won the competition for the new School of Architecture building at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
5:30 pm reception and 6:00 pm lecture
Pella Crafted Luxury; AIA Chicago; Institute of Classical Architecture & Art/Chicago-Midwest chapter
Non Member Price
Saturday / March 11, 2017 / 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tour Habitat For Humanity's West Pullman Development with Jennifer Parks, Executive Director, and LeRoy Chalmers, Strategic Partnerships Manager.
West Pullman spans parts of the 34th and 9th wards of the City of Chicago, and boasts the largest urban photovoltaic solar plant in the United States. Home to 30,000 Chicago residents, West Pullman also contains the Major Taylor bike trail, the new West Pullman branch of the Chicago Public Library, a number of public parks, and the Salvation Army's Kroc Community Center.
This tour will showcase neighborhood assets, a build site, and community initiatives. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit a build site to observe the construction process and will see how the homes are integrated into the neighborhood fabric. They will then visit the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center for a tour and to discuss the history of the West Pullman community and how the HFH neighborhood build program has integrated into the neighborhood.
10:00am meet at the build site: 11941 S. Union, Chicago
10:50am-11:00am move to Salvation Army Kroc Community Center: 1250 W 119th St, Chicago
11:00am: meet in lobby for the tour and discussion at the Kroc Community Center
Note: It is necessary to drive from the build site to the community center, please make transportation arrangements prior to the program.
Habitat for Humanity Chicago serves families and communites in the city of Chicago and Cook County. There mission is to build homes, strengthen families and enhance communities in Chicago.
Community Interface Committee
Non Member Price
Monday / March 13, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Interested in learning more about volunteering for National Rebuilding Together Day on Saturday, April 29? Join the conversation on March 13 with house captain, Brett Taylor, AIA.
National Rebuilding Together Day is an annual event in which volunteers work together to renovate homes belonging to elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners in order to make them warm, safe, and dry, improve accessibility, and provide improvements that will leave the home a healthier, brighter, more pleasant place to live
Join AIA Chicago and Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago for a day of home repairs in Robbins, Illinois. This year we will be updating the home of a 55 year old widow who suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis and cares for her 6 year old grand daughter. Volunteers will patch and paint exterior and interior, caulk and weather strip windows and doors, install kitchen cabinetry, a sink and countertops, and more.
AIA members may self report up to 2 professional community service hours per year towards their continuing education requirements.
Photo by Bill Gnech (Apple Group)
Non Member Price
Tuesday / March 14, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
When Chicago architect George Fred Keck (1895-1980) designed the House of Tomorrow for the 1933 A Century of Progress World’s Fair, he embraced the challenge of creating a model for a new way of living. He designed America’s first glass house, predating both Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s renowned Farnsworth House (1945-51) and Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949) by many years. Though little else remains from the 1933 fair, the House of Tomorrow still exists, vacant and deteriorated atop a dune overlooking Lake Michigan in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Indiana Landmarks aims to restore the influential structure with assistance from the National Trust for Historic Preservation which recently named the house a National Treasure. Todd Zeiger of Indiana Landmarks and Jennifer Sandy from the Chicago office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will talk about the origin of Keck’s groundbreaking glass curtain-wall design and how the building ended up in Indiana after the fair. They will also discuss the planned $2 million restoration of the House of Tomorrow which Indiana Landmarks has leased from the National Park Service.
The presentation will begin at 5:45pm.
Postcard: Collection of Steven R. Shook
Contemporary image by Lee Lewellen
Historic Resources KC, Indiana Landmarks, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Non Member Price
Wednesday / March 15, 2017 / 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Are you new to AIA contract documents? Are there questions about documents you’ve always wanted to ask? AIA Chicago member Jonathan Orlove, who is a member of the national AIA Contract Documents Committee, will provide an introduction and overview of AIA Contract Documents, including a brief description of the content creation process and an explanation of the organization and structure of the suite of documents and document families. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
Attendees will learn:
- The wide variety of available documents and how to select those appropriate for a specific application
- How certain documents are complementary to one another and can be used by various parties on a single project
- Issues that are of specific interest to owners, architects and contractors
- Resources available to document users to assist them in understanding document content and completing them
Jonathan Orlove, AIA, Director of Project Management at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Practice Management KC
Non Member Price
Thursday / March 16, 2017 / 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
How can urban design can help aging suburbs attract young professionals and families?
This joint program between the APA-IL Chicago Metro Section, Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN), AIA Chicago, and CNU-IL will consider demographic trends that indicate millennials will soon be seeking urban-like social and cultural amenities in the suburbs. Panelists will discuss the demands of a younger demographic, while drawing upon regional case studies and current research on demographic change. Our distinguished speakers and panelists will also discuss factors such as affordability, access to transit and diversity as factors millennials consider as they look to the suburbs. After a brief presentation from each speaker, there will be a panel discussion with Q&A.
- Emi Adachi, Vice President of Investment Research at Heitman, will provide an overview of demographic change in suburban communities and trends among millennials.
- Ferhat Zerin, Principal at Ginko Planning & Design, will discuss her work on downtown redevelopment projects in communities such as Schaumburg, and how urban design projects can attract new residents.
- Eileen Franz, Assistant Planning & Zoning Administrator in Elmhurst, will share how their community has worked to attract millennials and young families through investments in their downtown.
8:30 AM | Continental Breakfast + Networking
9:00 AM | Welcome + Speaker Presentations
10:00 AM | 10 Minute Break
10:10 AM | Panel Discussion + Q&A
11:00 AM | Adjourn
APA-IL Chicago Metro Section, Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN), AIA Chicago, and CNU-IL
Non Member Price
Thursday / March 16, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Health Industry Advisor Karen Gibbs will address current hospital mergers in the Chicagoland area. Karen offers first-hand understanding of healthcare merger activity and outcomes, with recent insights from observing an FTC hearing last year regarding a particular health system merger. She will address the growth of mergers, recent deals, and unique insights into issues raised specific to some mergers over others.
Her remarks will be followed by questions and discussions from Chicago architects and industry members with a special interest in the possible effect of such activity.
Speaker: Karen Gibbs joined law firm McDermott, Will and Emery in 2014 after serving as Vice President and Senior Counsel at CVS Health (formerly CVS Caremark), a Fortune 20 integrated pharmacy company. Karen advises a wide variety of health care companies, investors and lenders on operational, regulatory and enforcement issues related to all aspects of the pharmacy distribution chain. Her practice also covers synergistic areas such as substance abuse/behavioral health, physician and veterinarian office dispensing, evolving requirements related to opioid prescribing and dispensing, and a wide variety of prescription reimbursement issues.
Healthcare Knowledge Community
Non Member Price
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