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 / March 19, 2019 / 7:45 AM - 10:00 PM

Prairie Grassroots Day in Springfield - Visit Your Legislators!

Springfield, Ilinois

AIA Illinois Prairie Grassroots Lobby Day, held annually on a weekday when legislators are in session, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019. You are invited to be part of the delegation to our state capital, to meet our legislators or their staff, and advocate for three or four issues of importance to architects in Illinois.

The event is free, thanks to our generous sponsors, and includes travel from the Chicago area, and will ensure that the sunset of the Illinois Architecture Practice Act, which takes place every decade, is renewed smoothly. Plus, more than 50 new legislators took office in January, who may not know how much our profession impacts our cities and our communities. Your viewpoint is an important one as they begin to analyze and vote on legislation. Illinois architects have a great track record of achieving our legislative goals because of member participation in Prairie Grassroots. It's important for architects to make their presence felt at the state capitol--because government officials listen to their constituents. Take one day out of the office to ensure new bills and policies have a positive impact on your business, and to hear from the agencies that implement the regulations and laws that affect you. 

Participation is easy:

  • We have a one-hour conference call ahead of time to get up to speed on the three to four issues for which we'll lobby. 
  • Don't drive – network on our bus. Free early-morning bus pick-up in Chicago and Joliet will get you there and back.
  • Our lunch in Springfield includes a how-to-lobby lesson and guest speakers.
  • Two-hour window in the afternoon for coordinated group visits with legislators and agency officials.
  • We conclude with a networking reception at the Resource One furniture showroom that includes Legislator of the Year award presentation.

Register before March 12 to be part of this effort. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER WITH AIA ILLINOIS.

View pictures from last year's Prairie Grassroots on Facebook.

Sponsored By

AIA Illinois

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$50.00



Wednesday / March 20, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM

McDonald’s Headquarters: Impact on a Company, a City, and a Neighborhood

IIDA, 111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 222, Chicago

                

This event is sold out.

Designers and Architects Talk: Design and its Impact on Client Success is a three-part series presented by IIDA (the Commercial Interior Design Association) and AIA Chicago to 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.

Moderated by John Czarnecki, Hon. IIDA, Assoc. AIA; IIDA Deputy Director and Senior Vice President

  • 5:30 pm       Networking Reception
  • 6:00 pm       Panel Discussion

Continuing education credit will available for both architects and commercial interior designers.

Sponsored By

Host Sponsor: Corporate Concepts. Champion Sponsors: Bernhardt Design, Mohawk Group, Mortarr, Patcraft, Shaw Contract, Steelcase, Tarkett, Wilkhahn

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

$10.00

Non Member Price

$20.00



Thursday / March 21, 2019 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

ON TO 2050 Plan: CMAP Update and Design Initiatives

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

            

Stephane Phifer, Deputy Executive Director of Planning at Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and Martin Felsen, FAIA, co-founder of UrbanLab and director of the Master of Architecture program at IIT, will discuss the plan’s overarching principles of Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment and the challenges and successes of visualizing key recommendations in the ON TO 2050 plan. ON TO 2050 is metropolitan Chicago’s plan to achieve prosperity together. To be successful, a long-range comprehensive plan must show as well tell, providing a vision of an achievable yet aspirational future to work toward. 

Created in 2005, CMAP is the award-winning regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, CMAP"s first comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040, was released in 2010 and updated in 2014. This plan helps the region and its 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. With its many partners and stakeholders, CMAP began to develop the ON TO 2050 comprehensive plan in 2015. The three-year process was highly transparent, featuring extensive research, analysis, and public engagement. The resulting ON TO 2050 plan was adopted on October 10, 2018, and builds on GO TO 2040 to guide transportation investments and frame regional priorities for development, the environment, the economy, and other issues affecting our quality of life.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Sponsored By

Regional & Urban Design KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




Thursday / March 21, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Architecture as Social Construction or Social Destruction?

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 250

The AIA Chicago Foundation presents the 2018 Roche Travel Scholarship winner, Melis Isil Simsek, who will discuss the dynamics of the social and political functions of architecture using the community of Sulukule, a centuries-old neighborhood in the old part of Istanbul, Turkey, as a case study.

Sulukule was a historic district in the heart of Istanbul, where the Turkish Romani gypsy community lived for centuries. Planned gentrification happen through political land grabbing and using the communities' unique lifestyle to spur support of its demise. Today the members of this Turkish Romani community are all over Istanbul, and a very unique Istanbulian subculture has disappeared. Could this community have been saved by a socially sensitive architectural initiative? Could the organic lifestyle of people occupying this land have been protected as well transformed by an architectural solution? Throughout time, we look at architecture to figure out how a community lived; we look into built environments without much consideration to the social, political and cultural contexts. In this respect, this project is devised to provide answers to the above questions through the views of people who once were a part of this community.

Melis recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MArch.

Refreshments at 5:30 pm, program at 6:00 pm.

Learn how to apply for the 2019 Scholarship. Deadline is April 5.

​Sulukule Before Gentrification

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Sulukule After Gentrification

  

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago Foundation

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Tuesday / March 26, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Open Meeting - AIA Chicago Equity Roundtable

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

Please join the AIA Chicago Equity Roundtable for a presentation and open discussion. Firm owners, firm leaders, and members will gain insight on how to shape architecture firm culture by incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion values into their practices. This is one of two open meetings for 2019. We welcome feedback and ideas as we provide valuable strategies for the future of architecture.

The Roundtable is considering a variety of goals for the year:

  • Create guidelines for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive practice: Best Practices for career progression, leadership development, work culture, and talent recruitment. Collecting case studies.
  • Develop a firm Self-Assessment tool: create a tool which measures a firm’s engagement with equity, diversity, and inclusion principles. Criteria will include policies, benefits, and life/work topics.
  • Require Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion data as part of AIA Chicago award program submissions: The more the profession reflects the society we serve, the better the outcome of our design work. Consideration of a requirement for firm demographic data as part of design award submissions.
  • Ensure that our publications reflect equity, diversity, and inclusion with a broader depiction of architects in text and imagery.

AIA Equity Roundtable Members

  • Co-Chairs: Patricia Saldaña Natke, FAIA, UrbanWorks and Jennifer Park, AIA, Jurassic Studio
  • Members: Bradley Fritz, AIA, Schuler Shook; Khatija Hashmy, AIA, Chicago Park District; Natalie Hicks, AIA, Wright Heerema Architects; David Mulder, AIA, Brininstool + Lynch; Emilio Padilla, AIA, Lucien LaGrange
  • Advisors: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Ross Barney Architects; Phillip C. Johnson, FAIA, Johnson and Lee, Ltd.; Brian Lee, FAIA, SOM LLP; Edward Torrez, AIA, Bauer Latoza Studio
  • Liaisons: Catherine Baker, AIA, Landon Bone Baker Architects and Immediate Past Present of AIA Chicago; Walter D. Street III, AIA, NOMA, Walter Street Architecture and AIA Chicago Foundation

AIA RESOURCE

AIA has just released the first three chapters of Guides for Equitable Practice, published by its Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee (EQFA) and the University of Minnesota. This publication is a vital part of AIA’s long-term commitment to lead efforts that ensure the profession of architecture is as diverse as the nation we serve. These guides will help you make the business and professional case for ensuring that your organization meets the career development, professional environment, and cultural awareness expectations of current and future employees and clients.

 

Image courtesy Vanderbuilt University

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Wednesday / March 27, 2019 / 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Custom Facade System Design - AM OR PM Session

Morning Seminar: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Office / Evening Seminar: The Conference Center at One North Wacker

two opportunities to attend this seminar, presented by Scott N. Bondi, Ph.D., P.E.

Designing custom glazing systems – such as structural glass walls or unitized curtain walls – is a complex task that varies widely from project to project, often depending on architectural goals and constraints. As with standard systems, designers often first consider performance criteria such as wind loads, wind-driven rain resistance, and thermal performance. In each case, there are fabrication limits and installation constraints, which can affect allowable system types. In this presentation, we will examine a case study to explore the process of building enclosure design for custom glazed curtain walls from start to finish, including considerations for architectural, enclosure engineering, and energy impacts.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:
• Understand the factors that are important to consider in designing a glazed system.
• Identify the analytical steps required for designing a custom glazed system.
• Recognize the important aspects of documenting the design of custom glazing systems.
• Identify key conditions in a custom glazing system that need detailed documentation and analysis.

Participants will earn 1.5 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. 

MORNING SEMINAR DETAILS  

LOCATION 
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3800 
Chicago, IL 60603

SCHEDULE
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Presentation & Discussion
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast Reception 

>>Click here to RSVP for the Morning Seminar

EVENING SEMINAR DETAILS 

LOCATION 
The Conference Center at One North Wacker
1 N. Upper Wacker Drive, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606 

SCHEDULE
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception 

>>Click here to RSVP for the Evening Seminar

SPEAKER: Scott N. Bondi, Ph.D., P.E. | Associate Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

 

Sponsored By

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free



Thursday / March 28, 2019 / 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Architectural Fire-rated Glazing: An Application Guide

Assured showroom, 445 North Wells Street, Chicago

 

The Technical Issues KC continues its series of programs on protecting buildings from fire.

Health, safety, and welfare remain a fundamental aspect of building design practices. Incorporating fire-rated glass products provides creative design options while adhering to current model building codes. The new generation of fire-rated products is available in larger sizes that can withstand a fire for longer periods of time, and many fire-rated products can provide high impact safety rating, solar control, sound reduction, bullet resistance and hurricane impact safety, to name only a few multi-functional features. This course will define categories of fire-rated glass products, as well as the related test standards and current building code requirements for specifying architectural fire-rated glazing.

Josh Spiekhout, Fire-rated Sales Representative from Assured Corporation, and Michael Miller, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain Mid-West Regional Manager, will be our presenters.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the evolution of fire- rated glass and how modern non-wired glass products can improve fire and impact safety.
  • Define the methods of heat transfer and how these can affect building occupants.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of Fire-Protection-Rated and Fire- Resistance-Rated glazing products.
  • Explain codes and testing standards for fire and impact safety of fire-rated glazing.

​Our hosts are Assured Corporation and Vetrotech/St. Gobain. Lunch will be provided so arrive any time after 11:00 am; the program begins at 12:00 pm sharp. Send special dietary requirements to jpomaranc@aiachicago.org.

Sponsored By

Technical Issues KC and Assured Corporation

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

Free

Non Member Price

Free




Tuesday / April 09, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

POSTPONED - Stairway to Heaven (Or At Least to My Office)

Perkins+Will, 410 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago

AN UPDATE WILL BE POSTED SHORTLY

As employee integration and connection are becoming more important to today’s companies, our clients are asking for open stairs in their multi-floor projects in Chicago’s high-rise office buildings. No longer are these stairs just simple structures for vertical movement: they are dynamic place-making pieces of sculpture that are also performing other duties: lounge, auditorium, etc. Hear from some talented senior project architects about their recent stair solutions. They will be joined by a structural engineer and code consultant who will bring practical knowledge and some do’s and don’ts. Understand the breadth of stair design solutions and be inspired by clever solutions that are cost effective and code compliant. Compare and contrast different solutions to integrating vertical circulation for large organizations in tall buildings.

Speakers:

  • Jeremy Franklin, AIA, Perkins+Will 
  • Ruben Gonzalez, IA Interior Architects
  • Jon Salzmann, AIA, Eastlake Studio
  • Terrence R. McDonnell, SE, SGH 
  • Leah Riley, code consultant, Burnham Nationwide, Inc.
  • John Hopkins, AIA, IA Interior Architects; co-chair, AIA Chicago Interior Architecture KC - moderator

Schedule:

  • 5:30 pm   networking
  • 6:00 pm   presentation
  • 7:15 pm   program concludes

Photos left to right: McDonald’s Headquarters: IA Interior Architects; Bridgestone: Perkins+Will; Chicago Tribune: Eastlake Studio

Sponsored By

Interior Architecture KC

Learning Units

1 LU/HSW

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00







Thursday / April 11, 2019 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Preservation Planning = Good Economic CENTS

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

Why do we save old buildings?

Presenters will provide local, regional and national examples of preservation challenges and successes where historic buildings and neighborhoods are transformed into thriving and vibrant places, spurring economic development and community revitalization. The presentation will provide some insight on the logistics of the planning, overall financing structure, and utilization of financial incentives to close the deal.

Speakers:

Bring your lunch; beverages provided. 

(Left: US Capitol; right: Aurora St. Charles Senior Living in Aurora, IL; courtesy Landmarks Illinois)

Sponsored By

Regional & Urban Design and Historic Resources KCs

Learning Units

1 LU

Member Price

$0.00

Non Member Price

$15.00




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