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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Tuesday / June 25, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

AIA/AIA Chicago Heritage Month "Out in Architecture"

SOM, 224 South Michigan Avenue, 5th Floor, Chicago

Join for a spirited conversation about LGBTQI+ identity in the workplace, with opportunities to share your experiences and ideas for a more inclusive future.

As all industries face rapid changes to culture and demographics, design firms are challenged to respond with meaningful changes to equity, diversity and inclusion practices. During this event, learn from and engage with a diverse panel of designers, leaders, and policy influencers who are shaping firm culture across the country to be more inclusive of the LGBTQI+ community. Learn about the day-to-day experiences of LGBTQI+ designers, and find out how design firms can cultivate the community through visibility, culture, and inclusive and informed leadership.

Organized as part of the AIA’s "Embracing our Differences, Changing the World" speaker series, the event has been organized and supported by AIA national and was conceived by the AIA Chicago LGBTQI+ Alliance — the first AIA organization of its kind in the United States. The Alliance seeks to advance and advocate for LGBTQI+ designers through programming, educational opportunities, community involvement, and more.

Panelists:

  • Yiselle Santos, Assoc. AIA, Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, HKS, DC
  • Chris Morrison FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC
  • Katherine Georgeson, FAIA, Founding Principal, Stage Architects, Milwaukee
  • Dan Earles, AIA, Founding Principal, Earles Architects, Chicago

 

AIA's “Embracing Our Differences. Changing the World” speaker series events launched in February, partnering with AIA Washington DC (AIADC), to explore the imperative of expanding diversity in the architecture profession. The second event that took place in April was organized in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and explored the topic of women in design.  The AIA is committed to broadening equity, diversity and inclusion to create a stronger profession. To support that mission, AIA has developed a number of programs and resources. Visit AIA’s website for more information on the Institute's equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago LGBTQI+ Alliance, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, national AIA

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / June 26, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Walking with HPA through Fulton Market - FULL!

232 North Carpenter Street (at Fulton Market), Chicago

A waiting list has been started for this tour.

Who is changing the Fulton Market district? Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA), for one. Founded in 1987 by Ray Hartshorne, AIA and Jim Plunkard, AIA, the firm’s projects include new buildings as well as historic renovations, such as the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Soho House Chicago, Essex on the Park, and Hampton Inn-Chicago Motor Club. HPA received the AIA Chicago Firm of the Year Award in 2018.

Learn more about the firm through a visit to its office, followed by a walking tour, and concluding with socializing at an area bar.

Schedule

5:30 pm               Meet at HPA for a brief presentation on the history of the Fulton Market District and a short tour of the office, beginning at 5:45.

6:00 pm               Walking tour led by HPA preservation experts, traversing Fulton and area streets, with stops at several of its local projects.

7:00 pm               Tour ends at a nearby watering hole for a drink (everyone pays for themselves).

Limited to 30 participants, with priority given to AIA Chicago members.

​(Photos left to right: HPA office; Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Essex on the Park, Soho House)

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / June 27, 2019 / 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Intelligent Communities Lifecycle - Technology Briefing with Dr. Don McLean of IES Ltd. (Glasgow)

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

We're delighted to announce that IES CEO and founder Dr. Don McLean will be coming to Chicago to provide a briefing on our brand new Intelligent Communities Lifecycle technology. Join Don to explore how Digital Twins are developing in the construction industry and gain understanding through a series of use case examples on how they can be used to link together and share data to investigate any aspect of energy resilient, low carbon community design.

What will be covered?

  • Introduction to our new suite of products (iCIM/iPIM, iCD, iVN and iSCAN)
  • Get a demonstration of each product
  • Explain how each product links together and the benefits of sharing data across the multiple tools
  • Provide an insight into the processes of each product including:
    • Community Solar Assessment
    • Energy Management Solution
    • Measurement & Verification
    • Model Calibration
    • Optimization
    • Machine Learning & Channel Tagging
  • Case Studies
  • Q&A

​Additionally, you'll be treated to breakfast and refreshments on arrival and have the chance to network with like-minded professionals.

Click here to register with IES

Sponsored By

IES Ltd.

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Sunday / June 30, 2019 / 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LGBTQI+ Alliance at Pride 2019!

Pride Parade, Chicago

MARCH WITH THE LGBTQ+ ALLIANCE IN THE 2019 PRIDE PARADE!

Members of AIA Chicago LGBTQI+ Alliance will march in the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30. The size of the group is limited according to parade regulations. Those interested in marching with the group MUST REGISTER here. Participants are required to arrive prior to the parade start time and participate through the entire parade (3PM). Details including time and location for the line up will be provided to marchers through AIA Chicago communication channels. If you do not register, you will not receive this vital information.

Each participant will receive a special Chicago Pride t-shirt for parade day.

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago

Member Price

$15.00

Non Member Price

$15.00










Thursday / July 18, 2019 / 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw By Hand

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago

    

Part of the generation of architects who were trained to draw both by hand and with digital tools, New York architect and writer Nalina Moses recently returned to hand drawing. Finding it to be direct, pleasurable, and intuitive, she wondered whether other architects felt the same way. Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw By Hand is the result of this inquiry. An inspiring collection of 220 hand drawings by more than forty emerging architects and well-known practitioners from around the world, this book explores the reasons they draw by hand and gives testimony to the continued vitality of hand drawing in architecture. The powerful yet intimate drawings carry larger propositions about materials, space, and construction, and each one stands on its own as a work of art. The book’s forward is by Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA (Olsen Kundig, Seattle).

Chicago architect Aric Lasher, FAIA (HBRA) is one of the forty architects included in the book, and he will participate in the presentation.

​Schedule:

  • Cocktails:                  Cash bar opens at 4:30 pm
  • Free Program:           Begins at 6:15 pm
  • Dinner:                      Available after the program, a la carte. Guests pay for themselves; club members charge to their house account.

After the program, a $35 buffet will be available, subject to the number of reservations. Otherwise, the regular a la carte menu will be served. Reservations at reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 East Adams Street (enter on Adams between Wabash and State). Ask for a discount coupon at the club's check-in desk.

              

Sponsored By

The Cliff Dwellers, Society of Architectural Historians, Friends of Downtown, and AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Saturday / July 20, 2019 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Insights and Tour: Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library

1336 West Taylor Street, Chicago

Tour of the newly constructed Taylor Street (Little Italy) Branch Library and Apartments. The mixed-use building is a collaboration between the Chicago Public Library, Chicago Housing Authority, and developer Related Midwest, and is one of three such projects across the City. It combines a neighborhood branch library with affordable housing above. The architect for the Taylor Street Apartments and branch library was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, with interiors by NIA Architects, Inc. Representatives from the developer and the architecture team will lead the presentation and tour of this recently completed project.

Learn about best practices in affordable housing and new models of community integrated affordable housing. We will also discuss the challenges of design for affordable housing as part of a larger, mixed use, urban project.

Meet in the Community Room of the library at 10:30 am.

Sponsored By

Design for Aging KC

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




Thursday / July 25, 2019 / 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Public-Private Partnerships at Work: New Academic and Residential Complex (ARC) at UIC

UIC Academic and Residential Complex, 507 South Morgan Street, Chicago

The Education KC continues to examine the latest trends in campus planning, capital project funding, and creation of novel learning environment typologies. Join us for a building tour and a review of the emerging trend toward “live-learn” educational eco-systems, and the opportunities and challenges of funding and designing academic campus projects using public/private partnership model. The Academic and Residential Complex (ARC) is a new mixed-use building designed by SCB that is composed of a two-story academic classroom building and a ten-story, 550-bed, undergraduate residence hall. The design aims to extend the learning environment into the living environment; create active learning environments of various scales; make learning spaces and amenities highly visible at the ground floor; expand programming opportunities to include outdoor spaces; reinforce connections along primary campus paths; and encourage faculty-student interactions.

Schedule:

  • Networking        5:15 PM
  • Presentation      5:30 
  • Q/A                    6:00 
  • Building tour      6:15 
  • Event ends        7:00  

Presenters:

  • Rex Tolliver, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • David Taeyaerts, AIA, PE, Associate Vice Chancellor, Learning Environments and Campus Architect, UIC
  • Jim Curtin, AIA, Principal, Solomon Cordwell Buenz
  • Monica Willemsen, AIA, Associate, Solomon Cordwell Buenz

This event is limited to 48 participant​s.

Sponsored By

Education KC

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




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



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