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.

To view a calendar of events click here.

To view an archived list of events click here.

Thursday / March 30, 2017 / 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

SOM – 80 years of Global Practice in Chicago

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago

Friends of Downtown, in partnership with The Cliff Dwellers and AIA Chicago, continues its series of architecture programs at the club.

On the office’s 80th anniversary Eric Keune will share recent work by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in the Chicago metropolitan area, Indianapolis, and several international projects which have been informed by work in the firm’s hometown. The influence of SOM’s work on Chicago’s skyline is unparalleled, including such iconic buildings as Willis Tower, Trump Tower, and John Hancock Building.

Speaker: Eric R. Keune, AIA is a Design Director with SOM where he has worked for the last 19 years in both the Chicago and San Francisco offices. Eric is the author of a monograph on the work of British/American architect and onetime Chicagoan Paffard Keatinge-Clay titled Modern Architect(ure)/Modern Master(s). During his tenure with SOM, Eric has designed and built two projects for the U.S. Department of State in Beijing and Guangzhou, as well as California projects for Kia Motors Headquarters and Automotive Design Center in Irvine and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Locally, Eric has designed an apartment for his family on Lake Shore Drive. He has not yet acquired the flat vowel sounds characteristic of the region.

Schedule:

4:30 pm               door and cash bar open (cash, credit card, or charged to a Cliff Dweller member’s House Account)

6:15 pm               buffet dinner ($35; reservations required)

7:00 pm               presentation (no charge; reservations requested)

Reservations: by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org or by phone 312-922-8080, Reservations can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner is by cash, credit card, or charged to a Cliff Dweller member’s House Account.

Discount parking is available after 4:00 pm in the garage at 17 East Adams Street: enter on Adams between Wabash Avenue and State Street. Ask for a discount coupon at the Cliff Dwellers check-in desk.

Sponsored By

Friends of Downtown, The Cliff Dwellers, AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / April 06, 2017 / 5:00 PM

Look But Don’t Touch: Non-Destructive Evaluation of Historic Buildings

SAIC HPRES (April 6) & Glessner House (April 7)

Look But Don’t Touch: Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of Historic Buildings – Fundamentals and Real World Applications

Documentation can comprise many layers of information from various sources, relying on visual assessment and physical measurement in many cases. What tools are available to preservationists when there is a requirement to understand construction arrangement and condition below the surface? This symposium is designed to introduce the audience to the variety of technologies available, describing the fundamental methods for collecting and analyzing data and taking a look at the limitations of those tools in real word applications. Topics covered will include Ground Penetrating Radar, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Ultrasonic and Magnetic Testing, Laser Scanning, Photo-documentation and Backscatter X-ray Imaging.

This two-day, free symposium is open to practicing preservation professionals and any students of historic preservation, architecture or allied fields. Participants may attend either or both sessions. Advance registration is required. Please visit: http://www.aptwglc.com/event-2484923

Session One:
April 6, 2017 // 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Introductory Lecture
Non-Destructive Evaluation of Historic Buildings
Presenters: Alex Bell & Alan White, GB Geotechnics USA Inc.
Location Host:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Historic Preservation Program Studio
116 South Michigan Avenue, 15th Floor, Chicago IL

Session Two:
April 7, 2017 // 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Glessner House – Hands-On Demonstration Sessions
Infrared Thermography, Ground Penetrating Radar and Metal
Detection and Photo-documentation.
Location Host:
Glessner House Museum
1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago IL

Presenters:

Alan White is the Director of Operations for GB Geotechnics USA Inc. (GBG), with almost 20 years of preservation experience, ranging from hands-on restoration of medieval properties in the UK to implementation of emerging technologies for the nondestructive evaluation and measured survey of historic structures across the US. With a background in engineering (University of Hertfordshire, UK, BEng. (Hons.) and expertise in data collection & analysis (10 years’ experience with GBG), he specializes in the documentation of the built environment, providing highly accurate and detailed construction arrangement and condition assessments. Located on the West Coast, he
serves on the Board of the APT Western Chapter and is actively involved with the California Preservation Foundation.

Alex Bell is the Managing Principal of the New York City office of GB Geotechnics USA Inc. (GBG). He is a Civil/Structural Engineer with 18 years’ experience in undertaking, coordinating and managing innovative structural  nvestigations of varying magnitude using intrusive and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques within the built environment. He has conducted a wide range of structural investigations and condition assessments of contemporary and historic structures, both in the USA and the UK. With a dual degree background, he is currently dividing his professional responsibilities between managing NDE-based and crossover structural investigations and providing engineering support to domestic and international GBG office. Moreover, he has carried out hundreds of building pathology investigations and assessments, utilizing a full range of non-Intrusive investigation tools and calling on his knowledge of the behaviour of structures and materials under various distress conditions.

Sponsored By

SAIC, APT WGL, Glessner House Museum, Historic Resources KC

Learning Units

4 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Tuesday / April 18, 2017 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Chicago Air Rights: Historic Use of Space Over Rail

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Virginia A. Greene, AIA, architect and author, has recently completed her MS in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She will present her planning history graduate thesis - Chicago Air Rights Developments: Pivotal Legislation, Key Case Studies, and Design Innovations - and share findings on the Chicago origins of air rights legislation and planned development use over railroads. This talk will highlight three contemporary case studies in Chicago, comparing and contrasting designs and development strategies.

Virginia follows a  family tradition of developer/builders, architects and engineers. She has a B. Arch from Cornell University and began her career working for Murphy/Jahn and SOM Chicago before opening her own firm. Virginia has recently relocated back to Chicago and is retracing her research roots, working at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Sponsored By

Regional and Urban Design KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Tuesday / April 18, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

e pluribus unum – the need for an architectural revolution

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

We’re going to the AIA conference in Orlando this month, and we’re taking Architects Advocate with us.

We’ll tell you more at this meeting. Tom Jacobs, AIA, principal of Krueck + Sexton Architects and founder of Architects Advocate, will explain the purpose of the organization and why you should join over 700 firms and individual in signing on.

In light of the environmental, technological, economic, and political challenges we are facing today, the architectural profession must face the reality that it lacks sufficient collective influence in the prudent shaping of the world of tomorrow at the speed and scale required. Structured along different scales of influence – S, M, L, XL – the talk investigates pressing questions associated with climate change, the architectural profession, architectural firms, and architects as individuals, and offers specific ideas on ways to respond to these challenges. Taken together, the potential power of these actions is illustrated by Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change, a onpartisan grassroots network that has the potential to become a pillar of the needed architectural revolution.

Sponsored By

Architects Advocate

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Tuesday / April 18, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

SPG Meeting and Socializing - Near South

BauerLatoza Studo, 2241 South Wabash Avenue and Motor Row Brewing, 2337 South Michigan Avenue

 

Join the Small Practitioners Group (SPG) for its second quarter meeting of 2017. We'll start with a business meeting at BauerLatoza Studio, followed by a social hour at Motor Row Brewing just half a block away. All small firm practitioners and those interested in small firm practice are welcome.

Schedule:

5:30 pm                arrival/social/studio tour (BYOB)

6:00pm                 quarterly meeting

7:00pm                 open discussion/small practice concerns

7:30pm                 move to Motor Row Brew for social time (BYOFood allowed)

 

Leadership will present current committee updates including:

  --  Small Project Awards

  --  Chicago Department of Buildings update

  --  Working with an Architect

  --  Events Calendar

  --  Update on national AIA’s Small Firm Exchange (SFx)

  

Photos of two BauerLatoza Studio projects.

Sponsored By

Small Practitioners Group and BauerLatoza Studio

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Tuesday / April 18, 2017 / 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Built Environment - Integrated Wind Power

HOK, 60 East Van Buren Street, 14th Floor, Chicago IL

A joint discussion with Farid Pour, PhD, HOK Chicago and Matthew Herman, Buro Happold Engineering Chicago, who will present a case study of the Method factory in the Pullman community which has a 230-foot, 600 kW wind turbine generating half the factory's annual eneergy needs. They will discuss the City of Chicago green permit program and the client's LEED motivation.

They will then discuss Dr. Pour's research on building-integrated wind turbines for tall buildings. Farid joined HOK Chicago’s sustainable consulting practice in 2010 and is a part-time professor at IIT where he received his PhD in Architecture, focusing on building-integrated wind turbines in tall office buildings. He created the “HOK Sustainable Analysis Tool” that automates energy benchmarking and climate analysis, and provides architectural strategies during the early design phase.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Challenges to incorporating renewable energy systems within the built environment.
  2. Application of the recent building analysis techniques to inform the architectural design process.
  3. Understanding of the interdependence of design, location, weather, and scientific factors in the wind power production in a projects over its life span.
  4. The significance of the design tools programming to inform the design process
  5. The application and processing of historical weather data.
  6. What is the aerodynamic effect of tall building geometries on their surrounding air flows?

Sponsored By

Environment KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / April 19, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

11th Annual Canstruction Chicago: Interested Teams Meeting

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250

Open to all! Note: attendance at This informational meeting is not mandatory to participate in canstruction. a mandatory meeting will be held in may for all participating teams.

Want to know more about participating in the 11th Annual Canstruction Chicago? Come to AIA Chicago's office for an Interested Teams Meeting. New participants and Canstruction veterans are welcome. 

What is Canstruction?

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

Canstruction Chicago (under the umbrella of Canstruction) is a design/build event which benefits the Greater Chicago Chicago Food Depository. Teams comprised of professionals from the AEC industry fundraise for, design, and build structures composed of non perishable food items. These "Cansculptures" are housed in the first floor of the Merchandise Mart and are on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. The "Cansculptures" are judged in various categories by a celebrity chef and prominent members of the AEC industry. Canstruction Chicago culminates in ChicagoCAN, an awards presentation and cocktail party at the Merchandise Mart. 

Click here to visit Canstruction Chicago's website, and click here to see photos of last year's Cansculptures and awards reception

In 2016, Canstruction Chicago collected over 90,000 lbs of non-perishable items for the Food Depository’s network of 650 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and programs throughout Cook County. Canstruction Chicago is the Food Depository’s largest one-day food drive that helps to put food on the table for the 1 in 6 men, women and children who turn to the Food Depository annually.

Key dates:

Team Application Closes              Friday, May 5 // 8pm

Initial Concept Due                       Wednesday, May 17 // 8pm

Design Deadline                           Friday, June 23 // 8pm

Final Stats Due                            Friday, July 14 // 8pm

Build Night                                    Wednesday, August 9 // 6pm-6am

ChicagoCAN Reception               Late August, exact date TBD

Decanstruction                             Tuesday, September 5 // 5pm

Click here to view the official Canstruction rules.

For all the newbies and veterans alike, RJN Group wrote a fantastic detailed blog post in 2013, chronicling the stages of their build. Check it out here to learn their process every step of the way:

Step-by-Step Process: RJN Group Canstruction Blog

 

Please direct all questions to the Canstruction Chicago Steering Committee at canstructionchicago@gmail.com.

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / April 19, 2017 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

India’s Vanishing Stepwells (presentation and book signing)

Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor, Chicago

Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman will present a talk on her fascinating new book, The Vanishing Stepwells of India (Merrell Publishers, 2016).

India’s famous palaces, forts, temples and tombs are must-see tourist attractions that appear in every guide book. But one of the most significant categories of architecture is all but unknown throughout the world, including India itself in many cases, having fallen off history’s grid. Stepwells are unique subterranean edifices, first constructed around the 6th century CE and continuing for over a millennium. As marvels of architecture, engineering and art they are nearly unsurpassed, often enormous in scale and with extraordinary ornamentation, commissioned by both Hindus and Muslims.

Unlike other historic monuments, they performed several vital functions, the most important of which was to provide water year-round. Long flights of stairs accessed the bottom level in dry seasons, while during monsoons the ornate structures could fill to the top. Stepwells were also civic centers, spiritual destinations, retreats in brutal heat, and essential oases for remote caravans. Thousands once existed throughout the country, but hundreds have disappeared or become decrepit from lack of use and interest.

Preserving these unknown wonders requires an international effort, and for the past five years, journalist Lautman, a long-time India traveler, has documented several hundred of the astonishing structures. Her illustrated talk will raise awareness about these elusive subterranean edifices, as will her recently-published book.

Schedule:

5:00pm          cash bar opens (cash, credit card, or Cliff Dwellers member's house account)

​6:00pm          presentation (no charge)

7:30pm          $30 buffet dinner by advance reservation: call the club at 312/922-8080 (cash, credit card, or Cliff Dwellers member's house account)

Sponsored By

Society of Architectural Historians/Chicago chapter, The Cliff Dwellers Club, and AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / April 19, 2017 / 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Working With an Architect: April 2017 Seminars

AIA Chicago will be offering three Working With an Architect seminars in the month of April!

Interested in renovating or remodeling your home, but don’t know where to begin? AIA Chicago’s free “Working With an Architect” sessions bring together residential architecture specialists and the general public to talk about choosing an architect, navigating zoning and permit regulations and avoiding costly surprises. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect.  Homeowners are encouraged to bring along photos, plans or drawings of their homes.

Seating is limited.

Wednesday, April 19 / 6:30-8:00 pm
Avalon Public Library, 8148 South Stony Island Avenue, 60617
Partner: Chicago Bungalow Association
Click here to register!

Saturday, April 22 / 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, 2101 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60202
Partner: Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
Click here to register!

Wednesday, April 26 / 6:30-8:00 pm
Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue, 60625
Partner: Chicago Bungalow Association
Click here to register!
 

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / April 20, 2017 / 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium

Resilient design is emerging as the design challenge for our age. Practitioners in the built environment must re-imagine our built infrastructure and social fabric to be adaptable to changing conditions, be they sudden abrupt changes such as natural disaster or chronic stresses such as endemic crime and poverty in addition to carbon reduction strategies.

The City of Chicago and the Great Lakes region are well positioned to not only survive but thrive through the stresses of the coming decades. We must act now to ensure a positive future for generations to come.

The Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium will provide an opportunity for multiple disciplines in our region to meet and exchange ideas and best practices through lecture, panel discussion, and interactive workshops. Click here for full details of sessions and speakers.

  • Opening remarks: Aaron Koch, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Chicago
  • Keynote remarks: Olivia Stinson, Associate Director, 100 Resilient Cities (New York City)

 

5 GBCI hours and 5 AIA LU/HSW (pending approval)

Registration fees:

$115    AIA Chicago Members ($130 after 4/6)
$115    USGBC-Illinois Members ($130 after 4/6)
$165    Non-members ($180 after 4/6)

Click HERE TO register through USGBC-Illinois.

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago, USGBC-Illinois, Pepper Construction

Learning Units

5 LU/HSW

Member Price

$115.00

Non Member Price

$165.00



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