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 / August 18, 2022 / 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

An Architectural Tour of the New Prairie Shores Clubhouse

Prairie Shores Clubhouse, 2851 S King Drive, Chicago, IL

The new clubhouse, designed by Gensler, is intended to bring modern amenities to the ever-evolving residential community at the Bronzeville neighborhood’s Prairie Shores housing complex. Informed by feedback from current residents, local businesses, and community organizations, the 17,150-square-foot amenity building will provide a much-needed “third place” in a neighborhood without easy access to communal space or retail.

Inspired by the sandy lakefront dunes that once swept across the site, the design features a gently curving shape that defines the surrounding plazas. Given the site’s proximity to the lakefront, special consideration was given to the migratory paths of native birds with the use of a bird-safe acid etched glass, which also creates a unique cloud-like aesthetic on the facade.

This walking tour will focus on the exterior façade elements, including masonry detailing, acid etched glazing, and the surrounding landscape.

Tour lead by Sean McGuire, AIA, Associate and Scott Hurst, Design Principal at Gensler.

Organized by AIA Chicago's Design Knowledge Community

To RSVP, follow the link: An Architectural Tour of the New Prairie Shores Clubhouse

Sponsored By

Design Knowledge Community

Hosted By

Design Knowledge Community

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / August 18, 2022 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

CRAN Conversation at En Masse Architecture & Design

En Masse Architecture & Design, 2319 North California Ave, Chicago, IL

This is an office visit to learn the business of En Masse Architecture & Design. Having architecture firms share how they manage their firm from marketing to office structure will help CRAN architects compare notes and potentially learn new ways to work within their firm.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn marketing strategies. What woks for them and why.
  • Learn the software others use for production and communicate.
  • Learn the structure of an architects firm. How is it managed with mentorship, consultants
  • How did the firm grow. What decisions we made along the way. What works and what didn't

To join this session, please RSVP below.

CRAN Conversation at En Masse Architecture & Design

Hosted By

Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) & En Masse Architecture & Design

Learning Units

1.5 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / August 25, 2022 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hire a Ukrainian Design Professional Today!

Online

  

Want to know how your office can help our peers in the Ukrainian design community? A team of volunteer architects has created a pathway for US-based firms to offer remote, freelance work to Ukrainian design professionals through their organization, Hire Ukrainian Designers. In this information session, you will learn step-by-step how the process works, and hear from principals and a Ukrainian designer who have created successful working relationships through this initiative. 

Speakers:  

  • John Wagner and Alina Nazmeeva, founders of Hire Ukrainian Designers (Boston)
  • Alina Plyusnina, SWA Group (Houston)
  • Brad McCauley, ASLA, principal, site design group (Chicago)
  • Ann Beha, FAIA, former principal, Ann Beha Architects (now Annum Architects; Boston)
  • Rita Terjeki, AIA, Annum Architects (Boston)

Register through our Eventbrite for this program

Just published: “Working Remotely, Ukrainian Designers Get a Lifeline from U.S. Firms”  (Metropolis, August 3, 2022)

Hosted By

AIA Chicago's EDI and Advocacy Committees

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free






Thursday / September 08, 2022 / 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM

CRAN® Symposium - SOLD OUT!

Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel, 505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

This year, after a two-year hiatus, CRAN® returns to a live, in-person symposium. The home tour will feature visits to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, H. H. Richardson’s Glessner House, Crab Tree Farms, as well as several contemporary homes. The tour selection offers a comparison not only between historic and contemporary structures and design, but also between urban and suburban approaches to design. Educational sessions will focus on topics such as sustainable preservation and sustainable detailing, Mid-century Modern design, helping underserved communities, construction administration and risk management, and an exploration into Chicago’s role in the development of American residential architecture. In addition to the return of networking dinners, there will be a special evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvres aboard a glass-ceilinged riverboat while touring the city from the river. 

Click here for full details and registration

Hosted By

AIA - Custom Residential Architects Network

Learning Units

14.5 LU, including 4.5 HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Friday / September 09, 2022 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Design KC: Fourth Quarter Planning Meeting

Virtual

The Design KC leaders Greg Klosowski, AIA, Josh Mings, AIA, and Lori Day, AIA invite you to their fourth-quarter planning meeting to discuss plans for 2022 programs, presentations, and tours, as well as conversation regarding the state of design in Chicago.

To Register, please follow this link.

Hosted By

Design Knowledge Community

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Friday / September 09, 2022 / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Drawing the Curtain on Noise: Details and Techniques for Quieting Perimeter Spaces

Online

Urban areas have benefit immensely from modern façade systems. How do we ensure the expectations for privacy and quiet match the thermal and daylighting performance already achieved? We will discuss details and techniques for ensuring appropriate quiet from the exterior for all envelope types and between adjacent interiors along a curtainwall. Also included are some case studies of a Chicago high school nearby an airport, stacked music rehearsal rooms and mullion conditions at private offices and conferencing areas.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn the acoustical metrics for glazing systems--STC and OITC
  • Discover the basic physical attributes that limit acoustical performance
  • Learn what architectural detailing approaches can maximize acoustical performance
  • Discover general approaches to maximize performance while minimizing cost.

Speakers:

Rob Miller is a Senior Acoustics Consultant at Threshold with 15 years’ experience. His work has explored the sound isolation of three theatre spaces that can adapt and change into 11 different configurations in the state-of-the-art new construction like the Ronald O. Perelman Center in New York to renovation work across the country. His background in music and interest in the mechanics behind musical instruments led to undergraduate studies in Music Education and a Masters in Acoustics. Prior to Threshold, he worked with Sparling, later acquired by Stantec.

John Strong is a Senior Acoustics Consultant. Since joining Threshold in 2011, he has gained a decade of experience designing acoustic experiences in spaces ranging from high schools to Al Wasl Plaza for the Expo 2020 site. He initiated the Research and Development arm of the office and submitting a paper recently to the International Communication Association Conference about Grasshopper integration. He sits with four different bands professionally outside of the office, playing the sax in Jazz Combo and Hard Rock bands based in Chicago. His performance background gives him an opportunity to connect with artists as well as he does with architects. For five years, he taught music theory and technique to grade-school students in suburban Chicago.

Registration:

  • For BEC Chicago members, an invite with registration link will be sent out approximately 7 to 10 days in advance of event. 
  • For non-BEC Chicago members interested in attending, contact Jeff Diqui at jdiqui@imiweb.org to request an invite.

Hosted By

Building Enclosure Council-Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$0.00



Monday / September 12, 2022 / 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

DESIGNIGHT 2022, Chicago’s Premiere Architectural Celebration

Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

Join AIA Chicago on the evening of Monday, September 12, for DESIGNIGHT 2022 a free, public awards event where everyone is welcome.

We’re honoring the recipients of…

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Design Excellence Awards
  • Decarbonization Award (NEW)
  • Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award
  • People’s Choice Awards (NEW), in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center

CLICK HERE for more information.

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / September 22, 2022 / 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Existing High-Rises: Refurbishing and Repurposing Three 20th Century Icons

Harris Bank Auditorium, 115 South LaSalle Street, Chicago

Starting in the late nineteenth century, cities such as Chicago and New York led the invention and development of the high-rise building typology as we know it today. Given their as-built legacies and the relatively recent concerns revolving around sustainability and embodied carbon, it is understandable that New York and Chicago also lead the way in the retention, refurbishment, and repurposing of this building type. This year’s seminar features presentations by the project teams of three genuine 20th century icons, which are now repositioned to extend their legacies well into the 21st century: Lever House in New York City, Tribune Tower, and Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the intersection of building technology, historical research, regulations framework and economic necessities as impacts the redevelopment process.
  • Compare each owner’s goals and vision affecting the approach each design team took in the redevelopment of each project.
  • Identify how fundamental changes in use have been implemented while preserving each project’s iconic architectural character.
  • Assess how each team dealt with the unknowns that are inherent in working with existing buildings and discoveries made on site in the process of carrying out each project.

Proceeds from this annual seminar help fund the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB) scholarship program.

Tickets

  • $150                      members of CCHRB and co-sponsoring organizations
  • $175                      non-members
  • $50                        students
  • Group discounts of 5 tickets for the price of 4 are available.

Click here for full details and registration.

Hosted By

CCHRB with many promotional partners including AIA Chicago

Learning Units

4 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Saturday / September 24, 2022 / 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day & Panel Discussion

Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake St., Chicago

 

CADCC is a free event for high school students, college students,  parents, teachers, and counselors interested learning about college and career opportunities in architecture, construction managment, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and urban planning.
9:00am -10:00am: Panel Discussion: “What You Need to Know to Get Started in Architecture School: A Student Perspective”
10:00 am - 1:00 pm: The Fair will host more than 30 colleges and universities with degree programs in architecture, interior design, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Representatives will be available to provide information, distribute materials, and answer questions on their respective degree programs.

Register as a STUDENT.

Register as a SCHOOL.

For more information visit Chicago Career Day.

Sponsored By

Consortium for Design + Construction Careers

Hosted By

AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



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