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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Thursday / August 22, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Trades, Transportation and Technology: Design for Career-Ready Education

Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center, 1340 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago

The Education KC invites you to explore the latest trends in design for career-ready education. We will learn about new local buildings created to bridge the skills gap by meeting the needs of students and the changing demands of the economy. Join us for a tour of a unique, ultra-water-efficient training facility in the West Loop, and a review of the two new career centers within the City Colleges of Chicago:

Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center; designed by Gensler

This new facility celebrates tradition while propelling the trade into the next century of innovation. It aims to become a living laboratory for apprentices to gain hands-on experience with the industry’s top tech. The new 48,000 facility houses six “wetlabs” and hundreds of fully functioning training fixtures but uses less water than a single-family house. In addition to water conservation, the new building reduces its energy footprint by employing an array of sustainable technologies. All classrooms and wetlabs are naturally lit, and the main shop space features a north-facing clerestory, minimizing the need for artificial lighting. Materials and labor were locally sourced when available, and the building itself is 100% American-made.

City Colleges of Chicago, Richard Daley College, Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering Center, 7500 South Pulaski Road; designed by JGMA

The Daley College MTEC project speaks to issues larger than architecture; it is the embodiment of the community and seeks to revitalize the area by creating a connective dialogue that all are significant and welcome. This project also challenges the latent stereotypes of a community college and alters the psychology of simply crossing the street to go to class. Through dynamic spatial organizations and site responsive architecture, the new building will not only be a catalyst for growth and change within Daley College but the greater surrounding community on the southwest side of Chicago as well.

City Colleges of Chicago, Olive-Harvey College, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Center at 10001 South Woodlawn Avenue; designed by FGM Architects

The TDL Center is one of the first of its kind in Illinois. Every aspect of the center’s design supports City Colleges of Chicago mission to use cutting-edge technology and real-world scenarios to ensure graduates “hit the ground running.” As part of the College to Careers program, the center can train up to 6,000 students each year for jobs in some of the region’s fastest-growing industries. Hands-on learning laboratories were developed in collaboration with City Colleges faculty, staff, and students. Industry partners are regularly consulted on workforce demand and best-in-class operations.

Presenters:

  • Scott Hurst, Design Director, Gensler 
  • Linda Chavez, Project Architect/Project Manager, Gensler
  • Jim Majerowicz, President, Plumbers Local 130
  • David Yandel, AIA, Principal/Project Manager, FGM Architects
  • Carol Stolt, Allied ASID, Principal/Interior Designer, FGM Architects
  • Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, President and Project Design Principal, JGMA

Schedule

  • 5:30 pm        Networking       
  • 5:45              Building tour       
  • 6:15              Presentations   
  • 7:00              Panel and Q&A
  • 7:30 pm        Event ends   

Images left to right: Gensler’s Plumbers Training Center; FGM’s Olive-Harvey TDLC; JGMA’s Daley College MTEC

Sponsored By

Education KC

Learning Units

1.75 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




Thursday / August 29, 2019 / 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Healthcare Design Showcase - AIA Chicago 150th Anniversary

CallisonRTKL, 200 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1800, Chicago

The Healthcare KC invites you to celebrate AIA Chicago’s 150th Anniversary with a Chicago Healthcare Design Showcase.

How has your firm’s healthcare design impacted access to care for the Chicago Community over the last 150 years? If you have a story to tell, please send a maximum of four (4) photos on one (1) 8.5x11 page accompanied by a 75-word description in a single PDF file to marybeth.dietz@smithgroup.com by August 29, 2019, at 5:00 pm. Seven projects will be featured for presentation at a September 25 celebration at CallisonRTKL, 200 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1800, Chicago.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Community health impact
  • Design Innovation
  • Advancement of care delivery models    
  • Non-traditional project delivery

Successful submitters will be notified the week of September 2. Each final presentation will be limited to 5-7 minutes. Supplemental details for final submission will be forthcoming. Final submissions will be due September 20 at 5:00 pm.

September 25 event timeline:

  • 5:30 pm            arrival and networking
  • 5:50 to 6:45      presentations, followed by Q&A
  • 7:30 pm            closing remarks

Sponsored By

Healthcare KC

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / September 05, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Architects in Schools Training & Sign-up Session

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 250

    

Can you give three mornings or more of your time? Become a mentor in the AIA Chicago Foundation's Architects in Schools (AIS) middle school 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 (1.5-2.5 hours depending on school) 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. 
 
Sessions generally begin the 3rd and/or 4th week of September.  Specific times and dates are forthcoiming. This fall we will be teaching in:
 
Cameron Elementary School (Humbolt Park)  Tues., 8:15-10:15; 9/24 -11/12
Powell Elementary School (South Shore) Thurs., 9:30-11:30., 9/26 - 11/14
Whittier Dual Language Academy (Back of the Yards) Tues. 9:25-11:25; 9/17-11/5
 

6:00-7:30 – Curriculum overview and teaching tips  (mandatory if you are new to the program) & Q & A

7:30-8:00 – Meet your team and sign up for classroom sessions

Dinner will be provided.

RSVP and FILL OUT THE VOLUNTEER FORM HERE.  

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, afreedland@aiachicago.org.  

The program is run by the Community Interface Committee with support from the AIA Chicago Foundation.

Sponsored By

Community Interface Committee and AIA Chicago Foundation

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Monday / September 09, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

YAF Firm Chat: Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)

SCB, 625 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 800, Chicago

The Young Architects Forum invites you to its next Firm Chat at SCB.

Attendance limited to 40.

Please note that this event is intended for young architects and emerging architects.   

Sponsored By

Young Architects Forum and SCB

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Saturday / September 14, 2019 / 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Celebrate 150 Years of The Water Tower & Pumping Station – and AIA Chicago

Water Power and Pumping Station on North Michigan and Chicago avenues

         

To celebrate our shared anniversary, AIA Chicago has partnered with the City of Chicago, Magnificent Mile Association, Water Tower Arts District, and other organizations on a free neighborhood festival honoring the 150th anniversary of the Water Tower and Pumping Station, designed by AIA Chicago’s founding president, William W. Boyington, and completed in 1869, the year Mr. Boyington organized AIA Chicago.

Four short lectures are part of a day-long festival with family-friendly activities. More information coming soon — save the date today!

10:30 AM   Protecting Lake Michigan for a Safe and Sustainable Water Source

  • Richard Lanyon, retired executive director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)

11:30 AM    The Chicago Water Tower: Everyone's Favorite Landmark

  • John Maxson, former president and CEO, Greater North Michigan Avenue Association

1:00 PM     William W. Boyington, Architect of the Water Power & Pumping Station – and more!

  • Julia Johnas, historian of Highland Park, Illinois

2:00 PM     Nearly a Billion Gallons a Day: Providing Chicago and its Suburbs with Water

  • Dr. Andrea Putz, Water Quality Manager, City of Chicago Department of Water Management

Sponsored By

City of Chicago, Magnificent Mile Association, Water Tower Arts District, Lookingglass Theater, and others

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Wednesday / September 18, 2019 / 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Duties and Liabilities of Design Professionals Arising out of Contract Administration Services

Conference center adjacent to AIA Chicago office, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 260, Chicago

What are the design professional’s duties and limitations when providing construction contract administration services? How best to manage risks, site observation services, review of submittals, and RFI’s? The Practice Management KC welcomes attorney and architect Sue Yoakum, Esq., AIA, from the law firm Donovan |Hatem LLP (Boston) to speak about these issues. She will also focus on the important role of the design professional in relation to health, safety, and welfare, as well as guarding the owner and public during the contract administration phase of a project, including sustainable design concerns.

Speaker: Sue E. Yoakum, Of Counsel to Donovan Hatem LLP, is an attorney and licensed architect with approximately 30 years of domestic and international experience in design and construction. She focuses her practice assisting design professionals by providing claims and risk management assistance, contract reviews, and other related legal services. Sue frequently presents risk management seminars. She is a liaison to the national AIA Documents Committee and wrote a chapter in the 15th edition of AIA’s The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice on “Risks and Emerging Practices.”

Prior to pursuing her legal career, Sue practiced architecture for ten years, focusing on large projects.

Light breakfast provided starting at 8:45 am. The presentation will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

Sponsored By

Practice Management KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




Tuesday / September 24, 2019 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Understanding financial statements and how to determine key performance metrics

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

Are you a small firm owner or considering becoming one? Do you understand how to read and understand basic financial statements? Calculate overhead rates, break even, and billing multiplier? Spend an hour with Brian Cote, partner with the accounting firm FGMK, LLC, who will enlighten you regarding financial statements and industry metrics. 

Speaker: Brian L. Cote is a partner in FGMK’s Audit and Accounting Practice and provides assurance, accounting, and business consulting services to privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. His primary industries served comprise of professional services, including architectural and engineering firms, as well as insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, technology, and transportation and logistics. Brian has been a speaker in AIA Chicago transFORM course.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Sponsored By

Practice Management KC

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




Saturday / October 05, 2019 / 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Chicago Architecture + Design College Career Day

Illinois Institute of Technology, Hermann Hall, 3241 South Federal Street, Chicago

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day is a free event open to high school and college students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in learning more about careers in:

  • architecture
  • interior design
  • construction management
  • landscape architecture

More than 50 colleges and universities will be present from all over the United States. Representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions on their respective degree programs.

For more information and to register as an exhibitor or an attendee, visit chicagocareerday.org.

    

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago and AIA Chicago Foundation, City Colleges of Chicago, College of DuPage, Harper College, Illinois Institute of Technology

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$0.00



Friday / October 25, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

DESIGNIGHT 2019

Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 840 East Grand Avenue, Chicago

Join us for the 64th annual Designight celebration in the Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom, celebrating AIA Chicago's 150th anniversary.

5:30 PM: COCKTAIL HOUR IN THE LAKEVIEW TERRACE
7:00 PM: DINNER AND AWARDS PRESENTATION

PURCHASE YOUR TABLES HERE.

PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL TICKETS HERE.

Designight 2018; photo by Wittefini

Click here to see details, including a list of sponsors, from Designight 2018.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

150th Anniversary Sponsor

Cocktail Hour Sponsor 
Pella Windows & Doors

Ballroom Bar Sponsor
Perkins+Will

Platinum Sponsors
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture | Black Spectacles | Gensler

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Tuesday / December 03, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

AIA Chicago Annual Meeting & Holiday Party 2019

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago

Join your colleagues in the architecture & design community at the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party. We will welcome our newly elected 2020 Board of Directors, honor 25-year and 50-year members, and recognize newly licensed architects. Event highlights include presentation of the Chicago Awards in Architecture (student projects), Distinguished Service Awards, and our two Professional Excellence Awards: Firm of the Year and Dubin Family Young Architect. 

Interested in being a sponsor of this event? Contact Debora Donato at ddonato@aiachicago.org or 312/374-1726.

 

(Photos of 2018 Annual Meeting & Holiday Party)

Member Price

$60.00

Non Member Price

$90.00