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.

Wednesday / January 22, 2020 / 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

To a Health-ful new year!

Kimball showroom, 325 North Wells Street, Suite 100, Chicago

Hosted by our friends at Kimball Health, you are invited to celebrate this year’s events and sponsors, network with peers, and learn more about what is planned for 2020. Food and drinks geneously provided by Kimball Health.

If you are part of an A/E/C firm and would like to showcase projects in design, construction or completed in 2019, please email Holly Harris to receive the submission template (in PowerPoint). The deadline to submit work is 5pm on Friday, January 17. Each submitting firm is allowed 7 slides max to be featured on a continuous slideshow throughout the night.

Sponsored By

Kimball

Hosted By

Healthcare KC

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Thursday / January 23, 2020 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

CIC Winter Social and Tour - Plant Chicago and Whiner Beer Co.

1400 West 46th Street, Chicago, IL 60609

Join members of the Community Interface Committee (CIC) for a winter social at The Plant Chicago and Whiner Beer Company. Tour the Plant Chicago at 6:15pm, then grab a drink and another tour at Whiner Beer Company (pay your own way), located in The Plant, and chat with members of the CIC to learn about the committee's programs and activities and how to get involved.

The Plant Chicago's mission is to cultivate local circular economies and envision a future where the shift in production, consumption and waste is driven at the local level, generating equity and economic opportunity for all residents. They equip people and businesses with the tools to live more sustainably through community-driven, hands-on programs and innovative research projects.

   

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago and Community Interface Community

Hosted By

AIA Chicago and Community Interface Community

Member Price

$10.00

Non Member Price

$10.00




Thursday / January 23, 2020 / 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Design and Practice: A CRAN Conversation at Robbins Architecture - FULL!

Robbins Architecture, 976 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL

Join the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) for our second conversation about firm management and project production. Celeste Robbins, AIA, founded Robbins Architecture in 1995. Her firm now has a staff of ten who carry out commissions across the United States: residential and commercial projects, both new and renovations. The firm crafts luxury homes inspired by location and the warmth of family, respecting the context of the site and providing a solution that synthesizes the site with the client’s goals. The work does not adhere to a specific style, yet there is a distinctive, consistent aesthetic, relying on fundamental design principles of proportion, light, balance, and materiality.

Schedule

  • 6:00       check-in; socializing
  • 6:15       presentation and conversation
  • 7:15       program concludes

REGISTRATION IS FULL AND A WAITING LIST HAS BEEN STARTED. 

Optional: dinner afterwards at Mino’s Italian restaurant across the street. Everyone pays for their own meal. 

Transportation note: Robbins Architecture is across the street from Metra’s Hubbard Woods station on the Union Pacific North line (UP-N). Trains from the Chicago Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC) leave at 5:13 pm (arriving 5:56) and 5:35 pm (arriving 6:07).

Sponsored By

Robbins Architecture

Hosted By

CRAN Chicago

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / January 29, 2020 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

YAF Firm Chat: CallisonRTKL (CRTKL)

CallisonRTKL, 200 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60604

The Young Architects Forum invites you to its next Firm Chat at CallisonRTKL, which combines the legacy of two great design practices into an even stronger, more distinct voice. That voice is characterized by the strength of ideas, the spirit of culture and the passion of its people who want to make the world a better place. With people at the center of what the firm does, its process centers on creativity and cross-pollinating ideas and talents across offices to deliver quality at all levels and in all places. Focusing on relationships with clients and teams helps CallisonRTKL make the big seem small, more personal and keeps them moving in the right direction. 

Take a tour of the office and join in conversations with the following speakers: 

  • Mark Lauterbach, AIA, OAA, Vice President and Office Director
  • Camila Simas, Registered Architect, Brazil
  • Nicholas Spoor, AIA 

Attendance limited to 50. 

**Please note that this event is intended for young architects and emerging architects: THE CONVERSATION WILL BE DIRECTED TOWARD THEIR INTERESTS.**   

Hosted By

Young Architects Forum and CallisonRTKL

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Non Member Price




Wednesday / February 05, 2020 / 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Emerging Landscape for Building Wellness Frameworks and Best Practices

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

 

The market for certified healthy buildings continues to evolve. While WELL remains the main choice for the corporate workplace, it remains relatively out of reach for most of the other market sectors due to the cost and level of stringency. Meanwhile, Fitwel, RESET, and even LEED have made inroads into the certification space, and there are now multiple options for using the green building and healthy building rating systems in a complementary manner that delivers the desired sustainability, health, and wellness outcomes. This session will review these competing frameworks and review the differences in the metrics and specific strategies. The session will answer questions such as:

  • What does Fitwel include that WELL doesn’t?
  • What can RESET offer for any project?
  • What is the right choice for my specific project?
  • And how can emerging smart building sensors and data management support goals for healthy buildings that were previously out of reach?

The program will begin at 6:00 pm.

 

SPEAKER:

Mohammad Abbasi, Assoc. AIA, WELL AP, CPHC, RESET Air Auditor, LEED AP BD+C; Building Performance Analyst at WSP. For the past six years, Mohammad has been honing his expertise in the area of health and wellness in the built environment. His background in architecture, sustainable design, and building science makes him an integral member of WSP’s Built Ecology group for which he specializes in design assistance, LEED and WELL coordination, energy and daylight modeling, and material consultancy.

Hosted By

Environment, Design, Interior, and Healthcare KCs

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




Tuesday / February 11, 2020 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Designers and Architects Talk: Lauren Rottet in Conversation with Cheryl S. Durst

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.

Renowned architect and designer Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, president and founding principal of Rottet Studio, will discuss her work and career with Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA. Based in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York, Rottet has designed both notable workplaces and beautiful hospitality interiors. Her latest work includes The Langham Chicago, Hotel Alessandra Houston, transformed floors of the New York Stock Exchange, and the Rottet Collection furniture line.

Cost:

  • $10 member / $20 nonmember (single session)
  • $30 member / $60 nonmember (series, four sessions)
  • FREE for students on a first come first serve basis

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

Upcoming programs:

  • March 10: Repositioned and Reimagined: Willis Tower, Tribune Tower, and Old Post Office
  • April 14: New Design Firms Changing the Face of Chicago
  • May 5: Fulton Market: An Evolving City

Click here to register through Eventbrite for one or all four programs.

Host Sponsor:
Corporate Concepts / Knoll

Champion Sponsors:
Andreu World | Bernhardt Design
BIFMA | Caesarstone
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 / February 12, 2020 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Active Transportation Alliance Update

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

Jim Merrell, Managing Director of Advocacy at the Active Transportation Alliance, will present the current active transportation proposals for the Chicago Region and next steps for integration with local and regional planning. Since 1985, the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization, has been working to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit, and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Hosted By

Regional & Urban Design KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




Wednesday / February 12, 2020 / 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

transFORM 2020

Harold Washington College, 30 E Lake Street, Chicago IL 60601

AIA transFORM, back for a third year, is an interdisciplinary, interactive series of classes focused on skill building for the business of architecture. This intensive program centers on transformational leadership, utilizing strategic, tactical and operational skill sets designed to affect change in an architect’s individual career and within their firm. The program also serves as a premier network and relationship building platform through participation in Growth Groups.

<<At this time we are accepting registrations for the WAIT LIST for the transFORM program.>> 

We are optimistic that openings will become available for individuals who register for this list. Individuals who join the waiting list on or before Friday, January 17 will still be eligible for early bird pricing if space becomes available in the program.

Please visit Eventbrite to register.

Co-Sponsors: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Chicago and Harold Washington College

Co-sponsored and powered by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB) Chicago program, and in partnership with Harold Washington College, this collaboration brings award-winning faculty to the fingertips of AIA Chicago members and AEC professionals. AIA Chicago transFORM combines a taste of the business curriculum offered to GS10KSB participants with the business of architecture.

Each of the four “modules” in the series features interactive activities, speakers, panelists and educators from within the AEC community, providing real-world integration of business skills with leadership fundamentals. The program is centered upon a 5-year personal/professional development plan, providing an armature for implementing lessons learned and deploying entrepreneurial tools for immediate use within both large and small firms. Each session will focus on both new content and the application of previously taught skills. All participants will be expected to report on how they have applied learned skills to affect change, allowing their peers to share feedback about that applied growth.

Who should participate?

Are you a sole proprietor, the manager of a small or medium-size firm, in line to become a manager, or planning to be a manager or firm owner some day? If so, transFORM may be for you.

transFORM offers a taste of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses curriculum, a national program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants gain practical skills in topics such as business planning, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action.

PROGRAM NOTES

Dinner is provided at each session.
Between each module, Growth Groups are encouraged to meet at least one (1) time to complete pre- and post-class exercises which feed participants' individual Growth Plans and prepares them for the next module.

PROGRAM DATES

  • Module 1 (Leadership): Wednesday, February 12, 5:00-9:00 PM
  • Module 2 (Culture): Wednesday, March 4, 5:00-9:00 PM
  • Module 3 (Ownership + Finance): Wednesday, March 25, 5:00-9:00 PM
  • Module 4 (Business Development + Marketing): Wednesday, April 15, 5:00-9:00 PM
  • Module 5 (Closing Reception + Group Presentations): Wednesday, April 29, 5:30-8:30 PM

*Dinner will be provided at each session.*

This program is meant to be completed as a whole and sessions will not be offered individually. 

PROGRAM COST

  • $650 for AIA members              ***Early bird price of $500 until 1/17***
  • $950 for non-members             ***Early bird price of $800 until 1/17***

AIA Chicago encourages both members and non-members to apply, at all career development stages. While GS10KSB defines a small business as one with 500 or fewer employees, this program is specifically geared toward architects and AEC professionals at firms of all sizes.

<<At this time we are accepting registrations for the WAIT LIST for the transFORM program. >>

Please visit Eventbrite to register.

Questions about this program? Contact Kacey Larsen: klarsen@aiachicago.org or 312-376-2760.

Interested in sponsoring this program? Multiple opportunities are available. Contact Debora Donato for details: ddonato@aiachicago.org or 312-374-1726

Hosted By

AIA Chicago

Learning Units

12 LUs

Member Price

$500.00

Non Member Price

$800.00



Friday / February 14, 2020 / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Laboratory & Field Exterior Enclosure Performance Testing

Gensler, 11 East Madison Street, Suite 300, Chicago

Three speakers from Quast Consulting & Testing, Inc. will discuss best practices for preparing and performing field testing related to windows, window walls, curtainwalls along with air barriers. Various test procedures will be discussed, and guidance on how to achieve the most effective testing protocol based on the extensive experience of the presenters which ranges from testing various fenestration systems, but also forensic evaluations identifying probable cause(s) of failure. 

Speakers: Tim Quast, CEO; Matt Wendland, Vice President; Jeff Zibton, Project Manager.

IMPORTANT:

  • Registration through BECC is mandatory. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  • Do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time out of respect for Gensler.
  • Do not contact Gensler regarding program specifics. Inquiries can be made to jdiqui@imiweb.org.
  • Bring your lunch.

Hosted By

Building Enclosure Council-Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$0.00



Wednesday / February 19, 2020 / 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. 

Beginning in March we will be teaching in the schools listed below. Teaching days and times are forthcoming.

  • Chavez Elementary School (Back of the Yards) Tues., 8am-10:30am  3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
  • Pullman Elementary School (Pullman) Mon., 9:30am-11:00am  3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
  • Sawyer Elementary (Gage Park) Tues., 10am-11:30am  3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
 

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.

FILL OUT FORM AND REGISTER 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

Hosted By

Community Interface Committee

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



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