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 / February 27, 2020 / 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

Structural Impacts of Chicago’s 2019 Modernized Building Code

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

The last major overhaul of the Chicago Building Code was 70 years ago. The modernized 2019 code follows national industry standard codes which includes new requirements for Chicago. The schedule of implementation and major structural changes will be discussed by Helen S. Torres, SE, PE, LEED AP of Thornton Tomasetti. The modernized Chicago Building Code (CBC) 2019 is now optional and will become mandatory on August 1, 2020. The new code is based on IBC 2018 which has some noteworthy structural changes compared to the current Chicago code. This presentation on the structural code changes is intended to help the architecture, engineering, and contractor community anticipate how structures and structural costs on upcoming projects may be affected.

Lunch will be provided by Thornton Tomasetti, so reservations are essential.

  Speaker: Helen S. Torres, SE, PE, LEED AP. With over 25 years of experience, Helen has been responsible for the design and construction of educational, institutional, healthcare and mission critical projects nationally.  Helen is an Associate Principal at Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering design and analysis firm, where she leads the Chicago office’s Higher Education and Mission Critical market sectors and recruiting efforts. Helen holds a Master's in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor's in architecture (with a structural focus) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a registered structural engineer in Illinois and a professional engineer in Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. 

 In 2018, the City of Chicago invited Helen to co-chair of the Structural Technical Working Group as part of the Chicago Building Code Modernization effort. Helen joined eleven of her peers in numerous sessions to propose edits to the IBC 2018 for “Chicago-isms” and committee recommendations.

Sponsored By

Thornton Tomasetti

Hosted By

Technical Issues KC

Learning Units

.05 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free







Wednesday / March 04, 2020 / 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Pulling Through Design: How to Avoid Overtime, Missed Deadlines, Re-Work, Value Engineering

Skender, 1330 West Fulton Market, Suite 200, Chicago

Refreshments will be provided.

  • AIA and LCI members   $35
  • Non-members               $50
  • Students                        $10

Sponsored By

Skender

Hosted By

Practice Management KC and Lean Construction Institute/Chicago

Learning Units

2 LU

Member Price

$35.00

Non Member Price

$50.00




Monday / March 09, 2020 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Advocacy Training with AIA Illinois

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

Government advocacy is essential to cultivating a better future for architects and for the earth.

Learn how to communicate effectively in face-to-face meetings with elected officials and their staff members by joining us for a lively interactive training session that will equip participants with skills and strategies to use when speaking with aldermen, state representatives, and other government leaders about topics of interest and importance to architects. This program is great preparation for the March 24 Illinois Prairie Grassroots Legislative Lobbying Day in Springfield and for upcoming local Chicago advocacy initiatives.

Presenters:

  • Steve Andersson, former Illinois Representative; Illinois Human Rights Commission; At-Large Director, AIA Illinois Board of Directors
  • Stacey Pfingsten, Executive Vice President, AIA Illinois

All AIA members are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Please bring the names and district numbers of your Illinois state Senator and Representative, and if you live in Chicago, the name and ward number of your alderperson. Click here to get that information, courtesy of the League of Women Voters. 

 

If you are driving to AIA Chicago: we can offer a discounted rate of $19 at the InterPark Theater District Self Park on the southeast corner of Dearborn and Lake streets (181 North Dearborn Street). The discount is good for the whole day. Pick up a sticker at the AIA Chicago office to affix to the back of your garage entry ticket.

Hosted By

AIA Chicago and AIA Illinois

Learning Units

1

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Tuesday / March 10, 2020 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Designers and Architects Talk: Repositioned & Reimagined - Willis Tower, Tribune Tower, Post Office

IIDA HQ, 111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 222, Chicago


Presented by IIDA and AIA Chicago, this second annual series of four discussions at IIDA headquarters will address commercial interior architecture and design. Both architects and commercial interior designers will learn from the provocative discussions about projects, firm leadership, and design strategy. Each event begins with a reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the presentation at 6:00 pm.
 
Moderator: Zurich Esposito, Hon. AIA, Executive Vice President of AIA Chicago
 
Panelists:

  • Lee Golub, Managing Principal, Golub & Company
  • Todd Heiser, IIDA, Principal, Gensler
  • Meg Prendergast, IIDA, Principal, The Gettys Group
  • ​Sheryl Schulze, Principal, Gensler

Cost:

  • $10 member / $20 nonmember (single session)
  • $25 member / $50 nonmember (series, three sessions)
  • FREE for students on a first come first serve basis

[AIA and IIDA MEMBERS: use code IIDA-AIA-Member-2020 for your discount.]

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER THROUGH EVENTBRITE FOR ONE OR ALL SESSIONS. 

Upcoming programs:

  • April 14: New Design Firms Changing the Face of Chicago
  • May 5: Fulton Market: An Evolving City

 

Host Sponsor:
Corporate Concepts / Knoll

Champion Sponsors:
Andreu World | Bernhardt Design
BIFMA | Caesarstone | Cosentino | Hunter Douglas Architectural
J+J Flooring Group | Maya Romanoff 
Mohawk Group | Mortarr | OFS
Patcraft | Shaw Contract | Tarkett

Hosted By

IIDA and AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1 LU and 1 IDCEC hour

Member Price

$10.00

Non Member Price

$20.00



Wednesday / March 11, 2020 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

NCARB & You: AXP, ARE, & Certification

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

NCARB's Assistant Vice President for Examination, Michelle Cohn, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, PMP, will present on a range of licensure topics relevant to students, aspiring architects, supervisors, architects, and people in the architecture profession. The presentation will review the steps necessary to achieve licensure to become an architect and other programs to get the most out of your career in architecture. 

Topics will include:

  • Background of NCARB
  • The entities involved in the licensure process
  • How to establish an NCARB Record
  • How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®)
  • What to expect with the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
  • Recent changes to NCARB programs
  • Value of the NCARB Certificate

There will be time for networking and questions with Michelle before and after the presentation, which will run from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Hosted By

NCARB and AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / March 12, 2020 / 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Mythbusting the Chicago School: Technology, Politics, and Evolution of the Skyscraper, 1871-1934

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

Thomas Leslie, FAIA will show how traditional histories of Chicago skyscrapers haven’t fully accounted for the variety of forms and types that emerged in the city between the Great Fire and the Great Depression. Using digital reconstructions, archival documents, and contemporary articles from the professional press, Leslie will demonstrate the influence of emerging technologies such as pressed brick, riveted steel, and plate glass combined with economic and political influences to suggest new approaches that were developed and exploited by architects and clients looking for any possible advantage in the city’s explosive real estate market.

Speaker: Prof. Leslie has taught building design, history, and technology at Iowa State University since 2000. He has degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University. Prior to teaching he spent seven years with Norman Foster and Partners, London, where he worked on projects in the United States and the Middle East. Leslie is the author of Louis I. Kahn: Building Art, Building Science (Braziller, 2005), Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934 (University of Illinois, 2013), and Beauty’s Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi (University of Illinois, 2017). He has held visiting positions at the University of Technology-Sydney, Australia, the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Germany, the Università di Bologna, Italy, and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, where he currently holds an adjunct position. In 2013-2014, Leslie was the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation at the American Academy in Rome, and in 2018 he was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for his contributions to architectural education and research.

Schedule:

4:30 pm                   cash bar opens

6:15 pm                   presentation (no charge)

7:15 pm (approx.)    dinner a la carte ($35, reservations required)

Reservations: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or 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. 

Hosted By

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

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / March 12, 2020 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

YAF Portfolio Review

Pella Windows & Doors showroom, Suite 100, Merchandise Mart, Chicago

Join the Young Architects Forum for this annual event to receive feedback on your portfolio or resume from local architects, using a group "speed dating" model so each paticipant receives several reviews. It's a great way to get feedback on your presentation and to practice interview skills. Keeping your portfolio up to date is a good idea, since you never know when that dream job may open up, or you may want to submit materials for a grant or travel scholarship. This event is geared towards emerging professionals and students. 

Reviewers will be announced shortly. 

Sponsored By

Pella Windows & Doors

Hosted By

Young Architects Forum

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Tuesday / March 17, 2020 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Presenting Jennifer Park, 2019 Dubin Family Young Architect Award Recipient

Chicago Architecture Center, 111 East Wacker Drive, Gand Lecture Hall

Jennifer Park, AIA, NCARB, is a Principal at Brininstool + Lynch in Chicago and recipient of the 2019 Dubin Family Young Architect Award, presented by the AIA Chicago Foundation. The award was established in 1983 to recognize excellence in ability and exceptional contributions by Chicago area architects between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-nine, or one who has been licensed less than 10 years.

Design leadership, design perspective and design services distinguish and identify Jennifer as an architect. At Brininstool + Lynch, she plays a critical role in establishing the future of the design-focused firm. Previously, Park was principal and owner of Jurassic Studio, a design firm known for its exploration of the relevance of patterns and ornamentation to create an architecture of effect and meaning. Jennifer's practice is reinforced by a decade of teaching.  In her current position of Visiting Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Second Year at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), she teaches the fundamentals of form and tectonics, but believes the most fundamental lesson is to enjoy what they are doing. Jennifer also advocates for diversity in both the academic and professional setting through her work as the Co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at IIT and for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable of AIA Chicago. In this role, she champions the statement "what is good for business is creativity and what is fuels creativity is diversity."

Jennifer will speak about her definition of the Social Practice of Architecture. The practice of architecture requires architects to work in service of people and communities creating environments that enable and animate their lives. To do so, we need to understand the social circumstances in which they live work and play.  However, a "social practice" is also looking at how we practice: with fellow architects, for future architects, and beyond current environments and context. The social practice of architecture involves looking at how we enable a more equitable and social profession, how to train future architects, and how we might reengage social significance through design.

The presentation will start at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments provided. 

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago Foundation

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free







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