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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Friday / August 17, 2018 / 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Join AIA Chicago and ASLA Illinois for a one-day design charrette to help the Forest Preserves of Cook County consider site and building enhancements for Sand Ridge Nature Center, Camp Shabbona Woods, and Green Lake Family Aquatic Center, in South Holland and Calumet City. These three places have been identified as a “gateway site,” a signature site that should be promoted as a destination, and as places to inspire and motivate people to get outdoors and get healthy.
To enhance the charrette experience, spend Thursday night at Camp Shabbona Woods in a cabin or tent. A mini-staycation! Three cabins have been reserved: each sleeps four people. Ten tent pads have been reserved: bring your own tent.
Architects and landscape architects are invited to help the district:
- Identify design opportunities to create a campus and make the individual facilities into a connected destination through enhanced signage, incorporation of art, trail and wayfinding improvements;
- Assess issues and impacts for a potential new pedestrian bridge over Torrence Avenue;
- Expand the nature play space at Camp Shabbona Woods;
- Improve fencing around Sand Ridge Nature Center;
- Consider whether a new camp registration building is needed or if the current building is adequate.
Thursday, August 16 evening and overnight at Camp Shabbona Woods
- 5:00 pm Campers Arrive
- 6:00 pm Welcome and Supper
Friday August 17 design charrette at Sand Ridge Nature Center
- 8:00 am Breakfast
- 9:00 Review background documents and staff presentations
- 11:00 Walking tour of site
- 12:00 pm Lunch
- 1:00 Breakout design sessions
- 4:00 Report out and next steps
- 6:00 Thank-you dinner
Register through this calendar for the Friday design charrette at Sand Ridge Nature Center.
If you plan to stay overnight at Camp Shabbona Woods, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate if you would like a cabin or tent pad. First come, first served!
Forest Preserves District of Cook County, ASLA Illinois, AIA Chicago
Non Member Price
Wednesday / August 22, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Howard Van Doren Shaw, FAIA, was one of the best-known country house architects of his generation. His work frequently appeared in publications such as Town & Country, The House Beautiful, and The Architectural Record. The architecture critic Herbert Croly, editor of The Architectural Record, wrote in 1913, “In the first place Mr. Shaw is extraordinarily popular….Mr. Shaw’s houses possess to a very considerable extent the merit of being thoroughly livable….These houses are charming and inviting to a degree rarely exceeded in American domestic architecture-a fact which justifies Mr. Shaw’s success as a well as accounts for it.”
In 1926, the year of his untimely death, Shaw was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects. He was only the fourth American architect to be recognized in this way by his professional peers. That year, Chicago architect and historian Thomas Talmadge described Shaw as “the most rebellious of the conservatives and the most conservative of the rebels.” However, Shaw was for a long time dismissed by contemporary historians as one of a group of eclectic architects practicing at the turn of the last century. Today his work is little known outside the Chicago area.
Speaker: Stuart Cohen, FAIA, is the author of Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect (2015) and other books on Chicago’s historic residential architecture. He is professor emeritus in the department of architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago. He taught architecture as a visiting professor at universities throughout the country in the 1970s and 1980s including Harvard, Columbia, and the Universities of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Miami, and Notre Dame, as well as lecturing at the Smithsonian Institution, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Graham Foundation, and the Architectural League of New York. A practicing architect, he is a partner in the firm of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC, their traditional residential work has been widely published both nationally and internationally and has been featured on House and Garden TV (HGTV).
- Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.
- Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.
- Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte
Reservations for dinner are requested: email@example.com or call 312-922-8080. Discounted parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.
Society of Architectural Historians and The Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with Friends of Downtown and AIA Chicago
Non Member Price
Thursday / August 23, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Canstruction Chicago, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Merchandise Mart
Non Member Price
Thursday / August 23, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join ASLA Illinois at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for this year’s ILASLA’s Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum. This year’s forum, titled A Millennial Manifesto: How Millennials Will Save the World will highlight a diverse group of landscape architects, architects, urban planners, engineers, developers, and policy-makers who are working to address today’s social, environmental, and economic challenges through their organizations, projects, policies, and ideas.
6-7 PM cocktail hour / 7-9 PM speakers and panel / 9-10 PM reception / $20 per ticket
A very special thank you to host and Leading Sponsor:
American Planning Association – Illinois Chapter
AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Illinois Green Alliance / A USGBC Community
Non Member Price
Tuesday / September 04, 2018 / 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Carbon Equation
Presenter: Gordon Gill, FAIA, Design Partner and Founder of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG)
Gordon Gill explores Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture's 2010 R+D Award winning project, the Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan, and how its comprehensive design process continues to influence AS+GG’s projects. The Decarb Plan’s main goal was to find ways to effectively reduce the negative environmental impacts of Chicago’s downtown corridor, while simultaneously improving the overall quality of life in the city. The plan initiated the process for maintaining the economic and cultural vitality of the urban core, from an energy and carbon perspective, by analyzing seven areas of carbon production and reduction relevant to the urban condition. The City of Chicago continues to implement projects that originated from AS+GG’s decarbonization plan including greatly increasing residential density, upgrades to the pedway system, further activation of green spaces, the addition of new schools to the downtown district, and designated express bus and bike lanes for more efficient public transportation. Gordon will explain how this project was seminal in AS+GG’s design process – with recent project, Astana Expo City, the 174 hectare post-exposition city where exposition buildings are currently being transformed into an office and research park with residential, hotels, local markets, and civic and educational facilities, which will attract international companies and entrepreneurs to one of the most sustainably built communities in the world - as well as how the project continues to influence other R+D efforts in AS+GG’s work spanning across the globe.
Attend and you will learn how to:
- Learn how a firm’s pro bono R+D efforts can spawn an innovative plan that pushes a city to adapt a new set of environmental standards
- Identify techniques, tools, and activities used to integrate city data into existing and/or future design projects
- Identify why innovative and purposeful, performance-based design is needed
- Explore the specific innovations and in-house R+D efforts that have influenced and improved our global projects, including Astana Expo City
Space is limited. To help offset your travel expenses, you will receive a $25 AMEX card at the event. Click here to register with ARCHITECT magazine.
ARCHITECT Magazine in partnership with Vitro Architectural Glass
Non Member Price
Wednesday / September 05, 2018 / 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
A very special opportunity to see this museum with bridge experts!
Friends of the Chicago River opened the seasonal McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum in 2006 to provide new access and understanding of the dynamic relationship between Chicago and its river. Today, the Bridgehouse Museum stands as the cultural anchor of the new Chicago Riverwalk and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every summer. Exhibits celebrate Chicago's river and world-famous movable bridges, and visitors learn why it is important to protect the river and how to participate in its renaissance. The museum includes a view of the moving gears of the adjacent Michigan Avenue bridge leaf.
We will offer three tours, each of which will take ten people:
After receiving your registration, you will be sent an email asking which tour time you prefer.
We will socialize on riverwalk plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
Tours will be led by:
- Terry Sullivan. AIA (Johnson Lasky Kindelin Architects) and Museum Committee Member
- Patrick McBriarty (PTM Werks Inc.) and Museum Committee Member
- Josh Coles, Museum Director
This event is limited to AIA Chicago members; non-members will be accommodated if space is available. The museum has waived its usual fees.
Non Member Price
Thursday / September 06, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Interested in teaching middle school students about architecture and design? Become a mentor in the AIA Chicago Foundation's Architects in Schools (AIS) program.
AIS is an initiative that brings architecture professionals into Chicago Public School classrooms to introduce middle school students to the field of architecture and to discuss the broader theme of architecture as a change-maker. It is a 8-week long program, with 4-6 practicing architect volunteers visiting a single classroom once a week for the duration of one class period (90-120 minutes) and culminating in a loop architecture field trip and firm tour. The curriculum consists of an introduction to architecture and design, design exercises, and a final group project. This fall we will be teaching in Cameron Elementary (Humbolt Park), Whittier Elementary (Pilsen), and Gunsaulus Elementary (Brighton Park).
5:30-6:30 – Curriculum overview (mandatory if you are new to the program)
6:30-7:30 – Connecting with kids – tips on how to communicate with middle schoolers
7:30-8:00 – Meet your team, sign up for classroom sessions
Dinner will be provided.
The 8-week Program begins the last week of September in the mornings. Specific times and dates are forthcoming.
More about Architects in Schools. Find Mentor job descriptions here.
Can't make the training session, but still interested volunteering or have a specific questions about the program? Contact Allison Freedland, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is run by the Community Interface Committee with support from the AIA Chicago Foundation.
Community Interface Committee and AIA Chicago Foundation
Non Member Price
Tuesday / September 11, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Chicago River is a complex intersection of ecology, architecture, and urban design. While less attention has been paid to Chicago’s ecological history, it remains the basis from which our city developed and holds a key to Chicago’s sustainable future. Experts in ecology, planning, and design will engage riders on this 90-minute cruise to discuss topics such as the Chicago Region’s ecological significance on a global scale; Achieving ecological balance in an urbanized world; Delivering ecological conservation and fresh water through balanced urban and economic development. The cruises will introduce avenues to better understand the critical role of humans in creating and caring for urban nature, and provide cues for achieving higher environmental qualities in our city.
Adults: $43; seniors: $41; youths: $22; children 6 and under are free
PEOPLE TO THE RIVER, RIVER TO THE CITY Tuesday, September 11 | 6-7:30 pm
Chloe Gurin Sands, Metropolitan Planning Council
Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Chicago’s Riverwalk
GROWING WATER, FOOD AND BIO BOULEVARDS Tuesday, October 16 | 6-7:30 pm
Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen, FAIA, Urban Lab
Chicago Cruise Lines, SAIC, NEXT.cc
Non Member Price
Wednesday / September 19, 2018 / 7:45 AM - 2:30 PM
The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is offering this important symposium twice: Tuesday, September 18, at the International Masonry Institute, 2140 West Corporate Drive, in Addison and Wednesday, September 19, at the Bank of America Building, 135 South LaSalle Street, in Chicago.
IMI and other organizations
Non Member Price
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