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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Tuesday / May 30, 2017 / 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Friends of Downtown, The Cliff Dwellers, AIA Chicago
Non Member Price
Tuesday / June 06, 2017 / 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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!
AIA/Chicago Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network)
Non Member Price
Thursday / June 08, 2017 / 7:15 AM - 12:45 PM
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.
- 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
Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, AIA Chicago, and many other organizations
Non Member Price
Thursday / June 08, 2017 / 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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.
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
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 Journal, Boston Globe, New Scientist, and Discover, and he has lectured widely in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Valspar Architectural Metal Coatings and ARCHITECT magazine
Non Member Price
Wednesday / June 14, 2017 / 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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.
NeoCon and AIA Chicago
Non Member Price
Thursday / June 15, 2017 / 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest – Which? Why? How?
Jayme Gately from COLLAB will cover an overview of all major social media channels and help attendees understand which channels could benefit their firm. We will cover what kinds of content belong on each channel, discuss how to build followers, increase your engagement with your audience, and use social media as a tool to reinforce your brand identity. Whether you're just starting to build your presence on social media, or you're looking to expand it, all levels of expertise are welcome.
Hands-on assistance will be available so bring your laptop or tablet. AIA Chicago has several laptops that can be used if you don’t have a portable device.
This workshop is a follow-up to our March 3 AIA/Chicago Area CRAN half-day symposium at which Jayme spoke about marketing for custom residential firms. Attendees wanted to hear more – and here it is!
Speaker: Jayme Gately is the co-founder and director of COLLAB, leading its overall strategy and curating teams of talent specific to the needs of each client and project. She has ten years’ experience in marketing and communications solutions to drive business and ensure consistency of messaging and visual identity. Jayme serves as the single point of contact for both clients and collaborators, ensuring that projects stay on track and deliver the best results for each client’s needs. Prior to founding COLLAB, Jayme led marketing and communications at SOM, a global architecture and engineering firm in Chicago.
AIA/Chicago Area Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN)
Non Member Price
Tuesday / June 20, 2017 / 8:00 AM
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.
Non Member Price
Tuesday / June 20, 2017 / 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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.
Architectural Record, Vitro, AIA Chicago
Non Member Price
Wednesday / June 21, 2017 / 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Join preservation architect Gunny Harboe, FAIA of Harboe Architects for a tour of the recently renovated Unity Temple in Oak Park, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
AIA members only. Space is limited.
From TimeOut Chicago:
"Frank Lloyd Wright once called Oak Park's Unity Temple 'my contribution to modern architecture', establishing it as one of the most notable structures he designed during his career. The home of Oak Park's Universalist congregation was completed in 1908, showcasing exposed concrete walls and striking interior design that were considered cutting edge at the time.
While Wright's design was forward-thinking, many of the materials he used to complete the structure were not up to modern standards, which has made preserving the leak-prone Unity Temple (which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970) a challenge. The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation began raising funds to restore the classic building to its former glory in 2013—a campaign that has resulted in a $25 million restoration of Wright's temple."
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
Non Member Price
Sunday / June 25, 2017 / 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founding partners of the Los Angeles–based architecture firm Johnston Marklee, will discuss the MCA’s redesign at a public lecture from 3:00-4:00pm. Following the lecture, AIA members will be given a tour of the renovations by representatives of Johnston Marklee, Norcon (construction manager) and Harvey Ellis Devereux (architect of record). The tour will directly follow the lecture.
About Johnston Marklee:
Sharon Johnston, AIA and Mark Lee are the founding partners of the architecture firm Johnston Marklee. They have taught at major universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. They have held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto.
Since its establishment in 1998 in Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 30 major awards and numerous publications. Johnston and Lee were named the 2016 USA Oliver Fellows for Architecture & Design by the United States Artists. A book on the work of the firm, titled House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House, was published by Birkhauser in 2016. This followed a monograph on the firm’s work, published in 2014 by 2G.
Johnston Marklee's projects are diverse in scale and type, and span seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Current projects include the Menil Drawing Institute, on the campus of the Menil Collection, opening in October 2017; a renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, complete in the summer of 2017; and the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City, California.
The firm’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Architecture Museum of TU Munich.
Johnston and Lee are the Artistic Directors for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Non Member Price
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