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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Thursday / August 22, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Trades, Transportation and Technology: Design for Career-Ready Education

Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center, 1340 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago

The Education KC invites you to explore the latest trends in design for “career-ready education”. We will learn about new local buildings created to bridge the “skills gap” by meeting the needs of students and the changing demands of the economy. Join us for a tour of a unique, ultra-water-efficient training facility in the West Loop, and a review of the two new career centers provided through the City Colleges of Chicago:

Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center; designed by Gensler

This new facility celebrates tradition while propelling the trade into the next century of innovation. It aims to become a living laboratory for apprentices to gain hands-on experience with the industry’s top tech. The new 48,000 facility houses six “wetlabs” and hundreds of fully functioning training fixtures but uses less water than a single-family house. In    addition to water conservation, the new building reduces its energy footprint by employing an array of sustainable technologies. All classrooms and wetlabs are naturally lit, and the main shop space features a north-facing clerestory, minimizing the need for artificial lighting. Materials and labor were locally sourced when available, and the building itself is 100% American-made.

City Colleges of Chicago, Richard Daley College, Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering Center, 7500 South Pulaski Road; designed by JGMA

The Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering Center (MTEC) uses transparency to showcase machines, equipment, and products integral to the learning objectives of the college, as well as provide a visual connection to the surrounding community. The form was also inspired by the constant and linear flow of the manufacturing process. It spans 76th Street with a bridge that links the south and north campus of Daley College: the underside has been painted caution yellow which is commonly seen in manufacturing. Paths under the bridge lead students through a landscape which creates a new entrance for both the MTEC and the campus itself. This project challenges the latent stereotypes of a community college and alters the psychology of simply crossing the street to go to class.

City Colleges of Chicago, Olive-Harvey College, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Center at 10001 South Woodlawn Avenue; designed by FGM Architects

The TDL Center is one of the first of its kind in Illinois. Every aspect of the center’s design supports City Colleges of Chicago mission to use cutting-edge technology and real-world scenarios to ensure graduates “hit the ground running.” As part of itrs College to Careers program, the center can train up to 6,000 students each year for jobs in some of the region’s fastest-growing industries.  Hands-on learning laboratories were developed in collaboration with City Colleges faculty, staff, and students. Industry partners are regularly consulted on workforce demand and best-in-class operations.


  • Scott Hurst, Design Director, Gensler 
  • Linda Chavez, Project Architect/Project Manager, Gensler
  • Jim Majerowicz, President, Plumbers Local 130
  • David Yandel, AIA, Principal/Project Manager, FGM Architects
  • Carol Stolt, Allied ASID, Principal/Interior Designer, FGM Architects
  • Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, President, JGMA


  • 5:30 pm        Networking       
  • 5:45              Building tour       
  • 6:15              Presentations   
  • 7:00              Panel and Q&A
  • 7:30 pm        Event ends   

Images left to right: Gensler’s Plumbers Training Center; FGM’s Olive-Harvey TDLC; JGMA’s Daley College MTEC

Sponsored By

Education KC

Learning Units

1.75 LU/HSW

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Thursday / September 05, 2019 / 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. 
Sessions will begin the 3rd and 4th week of September.  Specifics will come over the summer. This fall we will be teaching in:
Cameron Elementary School (Humbolt Park)  TBD
Powell Elementary School (South Shore) TBD
Whittier Dual Language Academy (Back of the Yards) TBD

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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Saturday / October 05, 2019 / 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Chicago Architecture + Design College Career Day

Illinois Institute of Technology, Hermann Hall, 3241 South Federal Street, Chicago

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day 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

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

For more information and to register as an exhibitor or an attendee, visit


Sponsored By

AIA Chicago and AIA Chicago Foundation, City Colleges of Chicago, College of DuPage, Harper College, Illinois Institute of Technology

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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.



Designight 2018; photo by Wittefini

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



150th Anniversary Sponsor

Cocktail Hour Sponsor 
Pella Windows & Doors

Ballroom Bar Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture | Black Spectacles | Gensler

Sponsored By

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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