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.

Tuesday / June 23, 2020 / 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM

Catch Up on AIA Chicago's Virtual Programming

AIA Chicago's Vimeo

During this time, AIA Chicago continues to offer a robust roster of programs virtually. Any program recordings are then housed on AIA Chicago's Vimeo.

Recent programs, include: 

Additional program recordings can be found on Vimeo, and AIA Chicago will continue to update this as programs occur. 

[Note, watching program recordings cannot be self-reported for CEU credits, per AIA National.]

Visit AIA Chicago's Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/aiachicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / July 09, 2020 / 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Architects in Action 2020: AIA Legislative Exchange

Online

Join your fellow state and local component leaders for AIA’s premier policy and advocacy event. All AIA members and component staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, July 9

  • 2:00 pm CT     Welcome remarks: Robert Ivy, FAIA, Executive Vice President and CEO,
    • AIA: Advocacy and State & Local Updates
  • 2:30 pm CT     Keynote: Creating Resilient Cities
  •                         The Honorable Francis Suarez, Mayor of the City of Miami, FL
  •                         David Martin, Terra Development (Miami, FL)
  •                         Walter Meyer, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 3:15pm CT      Discussion with Commissioner Maurice Cox (Chicago, IL) and Mayor Francis Suarez,
    • moderated by Peter Exley, FAIA, President-Elect of AIA
  • 4:00 pm CT     Closing remarks: R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, Executive Vice President, AIA Virginia
  • 5-7:00 pm CT  Regional Virtual Networking Happy Hours

Friday, July 10

  • 2-3:00 pm CT   Ask Me Anything: an open online discussion with the AIA Advocacy and Relationships team.

Deadline to register is July 8. Click here to register through AIA.

Architects in Action continues through July and August with 5 workshops (each meets 3 times):

  • Working with City Officials to Streamline the Permit Process
  • Reaching Out to Students and Emerging Professionals
  • Preparing Members to be Effective Citizen Architects
  • Creating Better Advocacy Collateral
  • Advocating for a Zero Code

 

*If you missed AIA's July 2 conversation with Commissioner Cox, click here to watch it now. 

Sponsored By

The American Institute of Architects

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free






Wednesday / July 15, 2020 / 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Getting Hired During COVID-19: Tips for New Grads

Online

2020 graduates and early career professionals are entering the profession at an unprecedented time. With social distancing guidelines, and states slowly lifting their stay-at-home orders, starting your career can be a daunting task. As the profession prepares for economic uncertainty, firms must be more discerning about how they grow their staff. Hear from three firm leaders and a recently hired emerging professional on what firms are looking for in potential candidates. Learn tips on how to stand out from the crowd and navigate the interviewing process. Finally, prepare yourself for the virtual onboarding process and integrating yourself into the team from afar. 

Click here to register with AIA

And check out Five strategies to help you land a new job in architecture. Are you a new graduate, a young architect, or someone looking for a new job in an architecture-related field? These videos provide advice on marketability and personal and professional branding that will help you find the right job.

Sponsored By

The American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / July 16, 2020 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Intentional Change, Part 2: Visible & Invisible

Register Below on Zoom

 

Interactive panel discussions on the topic of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion that focus on different aspects of EDI within the architectural community.  This discussion will concentrate on the Visible and Invisible aspects of EDI.  

Moderator: Fred Grier, AIA, LEED AP; Co-Chair of the AIA Chicago LGBTQIA+ Alliance
 
Panelists:
 

Register via Zoom.
 

Hosted By

AIA Chicago's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Friday / July 24, 2020 / 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

2019 Chicago Construction Codes Training

Online

The Department of Buildings is pleased to announce an opportunity for you to learn more about the transition to the 2019 Chicago Construction Codes in a full-day virtual training program. Though all are welcome to register, the program will be targeted to architects and other design professionals, with a special focus on small- and mid-sized projects eligible to use the Self-Certification Permit Program.

The program is being offered in association with the International Code Council (ICC) and will be taught by DOB Deputy Commissioner Grant Ullrich, Esq., Assoc. AIA. Included in the class fee is a print copy of the three-volume Chicago Plan Review Manual.

Important Note: The books will ship mid-July for this class. Enrollments that are received 5 business days before the date of the training class may not receive physical books but PDF versions instead.

Click here to register though ICC

Sponsored By

Chicago Dept. of Buildings and ICC

Learning Units

8 LU

Member Price

$200.00

Non Member Price

$200.00



Wednesday / July 29, 2020 / 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Advocacy Town Hall: How the Pandemic and Its Economic Impact will Shape State and Federal Policy for Years to Come

Online

Hear from national AIA staff on how policy issues are shaping up.

Speakers:

  • Anne Law, Esq., Director and Counsel for State and Local Policy at The American Institute of Architects
  • Sarah Dodge, Senior Vice President of Advocacy + Relationships at The American Institute of Architects

Click here to register through Zoom.

Bring your favorite summer beverage!

       

Sponsored By

AIA Illinois and AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Friday / July 31, 2020 / 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM

Canstruction 2020

Online

Canstruction is ON - in cyberspace! The Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Canstruction Chicago Committee are hosting a virtual Canstruction this year because the demand for food support is greater than ever. Since January, the need for food and services in our area has increased by 90%.

New this year:

  • we have a theme: Chicago's CAN-do Spirit
  • it's still a team competition, but individuals are welcome to participate as well

What does this mean? Well, you will continue to form teams and design your structures. However, instead of physically building these structures at theMART, teams will fundraise and donate those funds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository so that they can purchase food directly to serve our community. This will culminate in a virtual ChicagoCAN, our annual awards ceremony. Click here for full details and registration.

Important Dates

  • July 31                Submission of draft designs
  • August 14           Submission of final designs and meeting fundraising minimums
  • August 27           Virtual Awards Ceremony, including Peoples Choice award, and opening of online entries exhibit

Virtual Build Guidelines

Because we we will not building these structures, there will be more flexibility in our build guidelines this year. So, if you want to design a structure that is 30 feet tall, go for it! This year is an opportunity for everyone to be as creative as possible. While this is a new and different formatl, we aim to make this event as fun and impactful as ever. View a recording of our June 17 Virtual Open House here.

Fundraising Goals

There is no registration fee this year, but there are fundraising goals:

  • for teams: $3750 (minimum)
  • for individuals: $350 (minimum)

Important Note

Because Canstruction Chicago will not build real structures this year, we will not be submitting our award winners to the Canstruction international competition for 2020.

>>>  Questions? Contact canstructionchicago@gmail.com   

Sponsored By

Chicago Canstruction Committee and Greater Chicago Food Depository

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Saturday / October 03, 2020 / 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

30th Chicago Architecture + Design College Day

Virtual Platform to come

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day is going VIRTUAL this year due to the current climate. It 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

Nearly 50 college and universities will be present online from all over the United States. Representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions on their respective degree programs.

For more information visit: chicagocareerday.org. Registration for students and colleges/universities.

Consortium for Design + Construction Careers Planning Committee:

  • AIA Chicago Foundation
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • College of DuPage
  • Harold Washington College
  • Harper College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology

Sponsored By

Consortium for Design + Construction Careers

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free