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.

You can also view list as an event calendar and our archived events.

Looking for online learning? Visit AIAU

Tuesday / October 15, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

LGBTQI+Allies -- Story Social

Bulthaup showroom, 313 West Superior Street, Chicago

Join us for a riveting, hilarious, and at times heartbreaking night of storytelling:Out in the Workplace: Stories of Telling (or Not Telling) the Team /Client /Contractor of Our Sexual Orientation, and Lessons Learned. Featuring winners from The Moth | Radio Hour and friends from Earshot.

The Bulthaup showroom opens at 6pm for food and drinks. Arrive before 7pm to hear the story series tailored for the LGBTQI+ architecture community! 

This event has been organized by AIA Chicago's LGTBQI+ Alliance.

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Bulthaup, with support from SCB

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Wednesday / October 16, 2019 / 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Quebec is Quality: Innovative Building Solutions from north of the border

Conference center adjacent to AIA Chicago office, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 260, Chicago

Join leading Canadian companies for a complimentary day-long opportunity to learn how manufacturers from Quebec are developing innovative building solutions for differentiated design and better sustainability. 

Get Inspired! Design Smarter, Safer, and Greener with Innovation in Wood Structural Systems

Presenter: Andrew Dingman, LAMCO

Wood is a frequently overlooked building material for light-medium-commercial construction including mid-rise, multi-family, and mixed-use projects. This course features several North American examples that highlight the surprising capabilities of this natural resource. Many architects, engineers, and project owners often default to steel and concrete instead of wood for wall, floor, and roof assemblies.

Bird Friendly Building Design with Acid-etched Glass

Presenter: Danik Dancause, Walker Glass

Fundamental to a building’s design is its seamless integration with the natural landscape. In many settings, the need to reduce bird collisions calls for innovative approaches to making building glazing safer for birds. This course provides in-depth knowledge of acid-etched glass solutions in bird-friendly building design. We will provide the most up-to-date and detailed information to help you understand how the risk of bird collision against building facades can be significantly reduced with appropriate acid-etched glass solutions. This session will cover critical aspects, such as bird migration and behavior, risk factors, key research findings, product testing, standards and guidelines as well as types of acid etched glass solutions and a comparative analysis with other options, to facilitate and improve the decision-making process.

Acoustic Separation using Motor-Driven Operable Partitions

Presenter: Don Davis, Skyfold

In this seminar, design professionals, general contractors, owner or facility managers will gain a thorough understanding of the available motorized acoustically rated movable partitions used for space division in interior applications.

[More presentations TBA]

  • Open to: Architects, LEED APs, Engineers, Specifiers, and other Building Professionals
  • Breakfast, lunch & refreshments provided.
  • Continuing education credit: up to 6 AIA LU/HSW and up to 2 USGBC/GBCI hours.

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The Québec Delegation Chicago represents the interests of Quebec in 12 states across the Midwest. This mandate involves working on a wide range of commercial, economic, political, environmental, and cultural matters pertinent to Québec and this region of the United States.  


Sponsored By

Québec Government Office in Chicago / Délégation du Québec à Chicago

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Thursday / October 17, 2019 / 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 541 North Rush Street

Hydro is hosting a full-day of CEU (Continuing Education Unit) courses for architects, designers and construction professionals. We will be presenting five CEU topics throughout the day that fulfill AIA continuing education requirements. In addition to Hydro presenters, you will hear from Vitro and Sherwin-Williams.  Topics include:

  • The Aluminum Advantage
  • Energy & The Fenestration Industry
  • Architectural Window Technology
  • Hi-Performance Architectural Coatings
  • How Low-E Coatings Work

Each course is one hour and accredited by AIA for 1 Learning Unit. Additionally, all courses except for "The Aluminum Advantage" qualify for 1 Health, Safety, & Welfare (HSW) credit.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Networking Reception from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.



Registration is free. Space is limited.


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5 LU/4 HSW

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Friday / October 25, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 840 East Grand Avenue, Chicago

Join us for the 64th annual Designight celebration in the Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom, celebrating AIA Chicago's 150th anniversary.





2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: John Syvertsen, FAIA

AIA Chicago’s Board of Directors has selected John Syvertsen, FAIA, to receive the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. In his career, Syvertsen has distinguished himself through his work as an architect and firm leader, as a leader in community outreach, social impact, and environmental sustainability, and through his professorship at colleges and universities across the country.

For ten years Syvertsen was President of OWP/P Architects. He led the merger with CannonDesign where he co-founded the Open Hand Studio dedicated to public interest design and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Since 2015 he has dedicated his career full-time in support of several nonprofit organizations.





Click here to see details, including a list of sponsors, from Designight 2018.

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AIA Chicago

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Tuesday / December 03, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

AIA Chicago Annual Meeting & Holiday Party 2019

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago

Join your colleagues in the architecture & design community at the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party. We will welcome our newly elected 2020 Board of Directors, honor 25-year and 50-year members, and recognize newly licensed architects. Event highlights include presentation of the Chicago Awards in Architecture (student projects), Distinguished Service Awards, and our two Professional Excellence Awards: Firm of the Year and Dubin Family Young Architect. 

Interested in being a sponsor of this event? Contact Debora Donato at or 312/374-1726.


(Photos of 2018 Annual Meeting & Holiday Party)

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