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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Friday / December 21, 2018 / 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Designing Transparency (on January 31, 2019)

Perkins+Will, 410 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600 (Wrigley Building)


New uses of glass and its unique properties in architecture continue to develop every year. This presentation highlights how architecture and structural engineering can be combined, using creative structural solutions and the latest technology in fabrication and post-processing to create all types of architectural uses of glass.

In this program on Thursday, January 31, 2019, Carl D’Silva, FAIA and Terry McDonnell, PE, SE will present some of the most recent developments of how glass can be successfully used to solve physical, environmental, and structural project goals. They will show how structural glass and the material and fabrication processes can achieve innovative designs. The session features case studies including O’Hare Terminal 2 cable wall, Ottawa curving insulated glass fin wall, Willis Tower glass boxes (pictured above), and Calgary glass pedestrian bridge. Other project samples include glass sculptures, glass security walls, and fire-rated glass.

In the last section, Carl and Terry will cover what codes and guideline documents exist to help designers choose the glass right for their project. They will also discuss future guidelines and standards that will be introduced into the United States in the next few years.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of glass.
  • Understand how glass can be used as a variable cohesive material on a large scale.
  • Identify methods of production and how they relate to overall finish and consistency.
  • Learn the environmental physics of glass use in buildings.
  • Learn about methods of adhering glass other than typical laminates to produce structures.
  • Understand various methods of supporting glass and their resulting effects both structurally and architecturally.


Early-bird registration through December 21. Click here to register.

  • $185 members of sponsoring associations
  • $220 non-members

AIA members: use code AIACSI35 to get the member rate.

After December 21:

  • $260 members of sponsoring associations
  • $295 non-members


Carl D’Silva, FAIA, Managing Principal, Perkins+Will in Chicago, has balanced his development as an architect on both design and technical concentrations. This decision stems from the belief that successful buildings require architects that have a broad understanding of all aspects of the project. His technical background was developed through detailing and design coordination on large complex projects such as the Sony Center in Berlin, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, O’Hare Airport FACE expansion in Chicago, Doha Convention Center and Tower in Qatar, Suning Olympic Plaza West Tower in Nanjing China, and the new Diablos Baseball Stadium in Mexico City. Carl has written and presented multiple case studies for tensioned cable facades and fabric membrane structures. 

Terry McDonnell, PE, SE, PEng, SECB, Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in Chicago, has over twenty years of structural engineering experience. By combining the practical, with modern advances in the building industry, Terry commits every day to a process of turning ideas to reality. Terry's past experiences include a broad and deep range of services in design, adaptive reuse and investigation of glass structures. Representative past projects include UBS Tower and its cable net wall; Washington Wabash Train Station, Chicago; Union Station, Toronto; Apple Store, Chicago; Eaton’s Centre glass bridge. Terry keeps up-to-date with engineering advances by actively participating in the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, and the Glass Use in Buildings and Laminated Glass Walkways and Railings Standard ASTM E06 Committee for which he wrote a working standard on the comprehensive use of structural glass in building design. In addition, he is also on the Standard Practice for the Design of Amusement Park Rides Standard ASTM F24 Committee. Terry is a past president of the Structural Engineering Association of Illinois (SEAOI).


Sponsored By

SEAOI; co-sponsor AIA Chicago; promotional partner CSI Chicago

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Wednesday / January 16, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Community Interface Committee Quarterly Meeting

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

Are you interested in strengthening the link between architects and the greater community? Join the Community Interface Committee for our next planning meeting. We’ll get together to discuss the next tour and outing related to our 2018 theme, Neighborhood Diversity. CIC has visited the Lawndale neighborhood including a tour of the Nichols Tower and organized a walking tour of the Uptown neighborhood. We will also offer an update on the ongoing Architects in Schools (AIS) program, our volunteer initiative to integrate design skills into elementary school classrooms in partnership with CPS.

Refreshments are provided; please bring your enthusiasm and ideas for promoting architecture’s involvement in the community.  


Sponsored By

Community Interface Committee

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Wednesday / January 30, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Dirk Denison 10 Houses: A Conversation Between Dirk Denison, FAIA and Reed Kroloff

Crown Hall at IIT, 3360 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

In conjunction with the new ACTAR publication, Dirk Denison 10 Houses, explore how ten dream houses - and a new publication - came to be realized. This conversation between Dirk Denison, FAIA and Reed Kroloff will hone in on Denison's highly personal and iterative process.

5:30 PM - refreshments
6:00-7:00 PM - program

RSVP information coming soon.

Copies of Dirk Denison 10 Houses will be available for purchase. 

Sponsored By

Presented by The Mies Society with co-sponsors AIA Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.

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Wednesday / February 20, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Architects in Schools Training & Sign-up Session

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


Are you interested in teaching middle school students about architecture and design?  Become a mentor in the AIA Chicago Foundation's Architects in Schools (AIS) 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. 

This spring we will be teaching in:

Chavez Multicultral Academic Center (Back of the Yards) Tuesdays 8:00am -10:30am; March 26-May 21

George M. Pullman Elementary School (Pullman) Wednesdays 9:30am -10:30am; March 20-May 24

Sidney Sawyer Elementary School  (Gage Park) Fridays 9:00am-11:00am; March 29-May 25

6:00-7:00 – Curriculum overview (mandatory if you are new to the program) & Q & A

7:00-8:00 – Meet your team and sign up for classroom sessions

Dinner will be provided.


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,  

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

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