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.

Tuesday / May 30, 2017 / 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy Architecture with Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

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.

"Enjoy Architecture" has two interpretations for us: it is both about the making of architecture and being in architecture. Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow, Assoc. AIA, who co-founded Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Chicago last December, will share how this motivation influenced the design for their Grand Lattices project for Chicago Architectural Club’s On the Edge Competition and the firm’s current work.

Speakers: Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow earned their MArch degreees from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. They have worked for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland; Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou; and at SOM in Chicago and New York before opening their own office. Their firm received the 2016 Chicago Prize awarded by the Chicago Architectural Club, and they have won First Prize in the 2017 NYC Affordable Housing Challenge. Their office is currently working on several projects in Chicago and Hong Kong.

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 to 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



Tuesday / June 06, 2017 / 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Specifying for Residential Designers

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Specifications are 50% of contract documents, so why are they woefully ignored or under-appreciated by so many designers? Renee Doktorczyk, FAIA, CCS, CSI, SCIP, owner of ArchiTech Consulting, Inc., 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.

  • Learn the difference between the different versions of a MasterSpec section, Outline, Small Project, Short Form, and Full Length.
  • Learn a bit of history on how the MasterSpec sections are updated.
  • Learn how to edit a MasterSpec section using the MasterWorks tool bar in Word.

 

Questions are encouraged!

Bring a laptop computer or tablet onto which you have downloaded the free trial version of MasterSpec with MasterWorks for PC or for Mac. If you don't have a laptop computer, AIA Chicago has several that can be used.

This workshop is a follow-up to our March 3 AIA/Chicago Area CRAN half-day symposium at which Renee spoke about specifications for custom residential projects. Attendees wanted to learn more – and now they can!

Sponsored By

AIA/Chicago Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network)

Learning Units

2 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / June 08, 2017 / 7:15 AM - 12:45 PM

The Heavy Timber High Rise: Building Tall with Wood in the 21st Century

Harris Bank Auditorium, 115 South LaSalle Street, Chicago

The Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings presents its annual half-day seminar on a very current topic of interest to anyone involved in the economic planning, design, construction and operation of high-rise structures: the current status of the use of wood and engineered wood products in these types of structures. Facilities managers, developers, building owners, architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors are encouraged to join us.

The event opens at 7:15am with registration and continental breakfast. Note: building security requires a photo ID for entry so allow extra time.

Presentations begin at 8:00am.

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • High Rise Timber – Technology and Trends; Benton Johnson, Associate, SOM, Chicago
  • Tall Wood Buildings: Products, Design Process and a Case Study; Bernhard Gafner, Partner, ACC Structural Engineers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Opportunities, Benefits and Challenges of Building Taller Wood Buildings; Jeff Morrow, Program Manager, and William R. Tobin III, Master Superintendent, Vice President, Lendlease, Nashville, TN
  • Fire Safety Codes and the Mass Timber High Rise; Carl Baldassarra, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Chicago; Amanda Kimball, Research Project Manager, NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA
  • River Beech Tower; Todd Snapp, AIA, Partner, Perkins + Will, Chicago
  • Roundtable Discussion and Q&A session of all presenters moderated by Richard Fencl, Chicago

 

Click here to register with CCHRB.

Sponsored By

Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, AIA Chicago, and many other organizations

Learning Units

4 LU/HSW

Member Price

$150.00

Non Member Price

$175.00



Thursday / June 08, 2017 / 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Mind & Matter

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

Blaine Brownell, AIA, ARCHITECT magazine columnist, professor, and author, discusses his new book and research on the latest advances in building products and material science.

• Learn about Brownell’s new book, Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Will Redefine Our Future (Princeton Architectural Press).

• Listen to the author's discussion of bleeding-edge materials with the power to reshape the very nature of architecture.

• Learn about trends and applications that will affect technological capacity, environmental performance, and design potential.

This event is free and breakfast will be provided. Space is limited. Plus, to help offset your travel expenses, you will receive a $25 AmEx card at the event.

Agenda

8:00 to 8:30 am     Arrival & Registration, Breakfast Buffet

8:30 to 9:30 am     Keynote Speaker/Q&A with​ Blaine Brownell

9:30 to 10:00 am   Networking

Click here to register for this event.

Speaker: Blaine Brownell, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and principal of the design and research practice Transstudio. He also writes the “Mind & Matter” column for ARCHITECT magazine.

A former Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Japan, Blaine focuses on emergent materials and applications. He authored the three-volume Transmaterial series and the just-published Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future. Other books by Blaine are Matter in the Floating World, Material Strategies, and Hypernatural (co-authored with Marc Swackhamer), all for Princeton Architectural Press.

Considered a leading scholar on advanced materials for architecture and design, Blaine has been published in over 70 architecture, design, science, and news journals including The New York Times, The London Times, Wall Street JournalBoston Globe, New Scientist, and Discover, and he has lectured widely in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

 

 

Sponsored By

Valspar Architectural Metal Coatings and ARCHITECT magazine

Learning Units

1

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Wednesday / June 14, 2017 / 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

NeoCon Keynote: John Ronan, FAIA

NeoCon Theater, Motorola, 19th Floor, Merchandise Mart

  

Experience commercial design from every angle at NeoCon, North America’s most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. Join us for this year’s extraordinary keynote presentations. Registration for NeoCon is free until June 9 and required for attending keynote speakers and continuing education seminars. General registration is now open; seminar registration opens March 10.

Wednesday Keynote: John Ronan, FAIA founding principal of John Ronan Architects​

John Ronan, FAIA, is the principal of John Ronan Architects in Chicago, founded in 1999.  He serves as lead designer on all projects the office undertakes and is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. 

John Ronan Architects has received two national AIA Honor Awards as well as numerous local AIA Chicago awards. In 2015, the firm was the only Chicago firm among the seven finalists for the Obama Presidential Center which will be built in Chicago’s Jackson Park. John has lectured widely, and his work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Architectural League of New York’s Urban Center. 

John holds a MArch degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BS degree from the University of Michigan. He is a professor at IIT College of Architecture and designer of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at IIT, now under construction.

Other NeoCon keynote speakers: Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global, on June 12, and Jessica Green, founding director of the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, on June 13.

Click here to register with NeoCon.

Sponsored By

NeoCon and AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / June 15, 2017 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Resilient Chicago: What Does It Mean and What Do We Do?

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

What does it mean or the City of Chicago to be part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative? What should architects know about this program? Aaron Koch, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Chicago, and Bill Abolt, vice president at AECOM where he focuses on energy, sustainability, cities and infrastructure, will give us an overview.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Aaron Koch serves as the Chief Resilience Officer in the City of Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In this role, he is leading the creation of Chicago’s resilience strategy through the City’s participation in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Aaron served as the Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability in Chicago’s Department of Water Management. Before moving to Chicago, Aaron served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the New York City Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and as the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in Washington, DC.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He was previously a faculty member in Columbia University’s Master of Sustainability Management program.

              

Learn more from AIA:

"Three battle plans in the resilience war: How AIA chapters are using the visibility of 100 Resilient Cities to bring urban challenges to the forefront"

Community resilience design resources

The National Resilience Initiative Annual Report 2016: The National Resilience Initiative (NRI) is a joint program of AIA and the Architects Foundation, with partners including the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, the Clinton Global Initiative, Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and Public Architecture, that unites six university-led architecture studios to develop new designs, approaches, and policies that bolster resilience in the built environment

Sponsored By

Regional & Urban Design KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free







Monday / June 19, 2017 / 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bringing Houzz Home to Chicago

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Do you have a firm profile on Houzz? Would you like to make it better? Are you taking advantage of the AIA/Houzz strategic partnership?

Kathleen Hegedus from Houzz headquarters in San Francisco will review your profile during a visit to AIA Chicago, as well as speak on two topics of interest to all residential designers. If you would like a private profile review before or after Kathleen’s presentation, send a note to jpomaranc@aiachicago.org.

Schedule

4:30 pm        Profile reviews by appointment

5:30 pm        Houzz & Home: Trends and Market Outlook

                       -- Drivers of renovation activity today, from real estate trends to aging population; 

                       -- Key project trends to watch, from budgets to niche markets;

                       -- Market outlook for 2017 and beyond.

6:00 pm        Differentiating Your Brand: Finding Your Place Online

                      --  Generate more business by understanding today's "empowered clients" and how to reach them;

                      --  Differentiate yourself through strategic storytelling, photography, and community engagement;

                      --  Tangible tips from professionals who have transformed their businesses with these tools.

6:30 pm        Profile reviews by appointment

 

Over 40 million people use Houzz every month to design and remodel their homes, making Houzz a great place to showcase your work, build your brand, and reach new clients. AIA member benefits include: free Houzz profile displaying the AIA national badge and your chapter badge; Houzz Concierge Service for one-on-one support to optimize your Houzz professional profile and build a free custom, professional website; access to comprehensive consumer and trade industry research, and invitations to Houzz local and national events. AIA’s new public-oriented website, TopicA, links to Houzz through the site’s “Work with an Architect” feature.

Sponsored By

Small Practitioners Group and AIA/Chicago Area CRAN

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Tuesday / June 20, 2017 / 8:00 AM

The Future of Composites in Construction

McCormick Place Lakeside Center

JEC Worldwide present the first U.S. platform 100% dedicated to Composites Materials for Construction. Three full days of business and networking in Chicago, focused in a strategic end-user field and gathering leaders and decision makers from Construction (Buildings and Civil Engineering).

Future of Composites in Construction Programming Includes:

  • Trade-Show: entirely dedicated to the construction market and its many segments
  • JEC Construction Symposium: participate in the highly-anticipated 2-Day conference sessions with renowned speakers from all over the world. The sessions will focus on the following subjects:
    - Building: A Segment Filled With Possibilities
    - Infrastructure: Composites as a Worthy Alternative to Traditional Materials
    - Building: Ensuring Safety While Maintaining Performance
    - Infrastructure: Evaluating and Improving the Durability of Composite Materials
  • Networking Platform: allowing you to plan B2B meetings, schedule your meetings, invite your guests into the VIP Lounge and take advantage from the Press Club. A real Network Area with a lot of interaction where you are sure to meet buyers
  • Innovation Hub: with the JEC Innovation Awards Program which has involved and benefited nearly 2,000 companies over the years. Live Demos and Innovation Showcase areas featuring innovative industry capabilities on the show floor
  • Composites Tour: JEC Group organizes a guided tour of the IIT College of Architecture in the Chicago area, thus giving participants an exclusive opportunity to benefit from a visit of the campus and composite facilities
  • Construction Leadership Circles: high level networking event with OEMs and top tier suppliers (by invitation only)
  • Technical Posters: a free poster session to display your products on any composites construction-related subject
  • Exhibitor Reception: for even more networking and business opportunities
  • Education & Skills Village: JEC Group actively supports future generations by developing products and services for the benefit of students and universities around the globe
  • Job Center: companies will be able to post their job openings. Participants will have the opportunity to distribute their resume if they are “on watch” or looking for a job
  • Symposium Reception: all JEC Construction Symposium delegates will have the opportunity to attend a private evening reception for more networking and business connections

Keynote lecture by Professor and Architect Mark Goulthorpe, of the MIT Department of Architecture.

Learn more and register here!

 

Sponsored By

JEC Worldwide

Member Price

$50.00

Non Member Price

$50.00



Tuesday / June 20, 2017 / 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Buildings in the Public Realm: Innovations in Civic and Commercial Architecture

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 North Michigan Avenue

Architectural Record brings its Record on the Road event series to Chicago. Juliane Wolf (Studio Gang), Juan Moreno, AIA (JGMA), and Brian Lee, FAIA (SOM) will present their work and engage in a discussion moderated by a Record editor, with a cocktail reception to follow.

6:00 - 6:30pm                    Registration Open 

6:30 - 8:15pm                    Program

8:15 - 9:00pm                    Networking Reception 

This program is sponsored by Vitro and in partnership with AIA Chicago. Seating is limited to the first 75 registrants. Registration is complimentary with discount code ROR17vip.

Click here to register FOR THIS EVENT.

 

Sponsored By

Architectural Record, Vitro, AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



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