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.
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Wednesday / October 10, 2018 / 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
What is the state-of-the-art design for ambulatory care in an urban hospital? This visit will show us how design can reduce anxiety and improve care and outcomes. Tim Tracy, AIA from the SmithGroup and designated Advocate representative will present an overview of this project. Following Tim’s presentation, we will divide into two groups to see how the design responds to current care delivery models in public spaces; Infusion Clinic; Digestive Health department; and surgery waiting room.
We’ll begin with time to socialize and enjoy a snack.
Teamed with Turner Construction through an Integrated Project Delivery agreement, SmithGroup planned and designed The Center for Advanced Care (CAC) at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a phased implementation strategy.
The CAC enables Advocate Illinois Masonic to expand and centralize outpatient surgery, digestive health, and cancer care services into one location. The centralized approach produces improved access to care, continuity among disciplines, enhanced efficiencies, and a better overall experience for patients and their families, physicians, and associates. The plan defines the growth demands and strategic initiatives for AIMMC to respond to the current and future needs of the community within the context of the integrated health system. The cancer program has doubled in size and consolidated multispecialty infusion, radiology and surgical oncology into a healing center of care. Six new outpatient ORs, with six additional planned for the future, directly connect to the existing inpatient surgery suite. The addition created an integrated platform where patients can easily access care, including an innovative condominium clinic with flexible exam and consult spaces.
Non Member Price
Tuesday / October 16, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
The 78 is Chicago’s next great neighborhood - it is modern placemaking in action and will transform the largest parcel of undeveloped land in downtown Chicago into the city's 78th community area. Spanning 62 acres of current brownfield space immediately south of downtown, this massive extension of the Loop establishes a dynamic new residential, commercial, academic, civic, cultural, and recreational mixed-use neighborhood for all Chicagoans. Located at the convergence of many of Chicago’s most vibrant, diverse communities—the South Loop, Chinatown, Pilsen, Little Italy, and Bronzeville, to name a few—the 78 is a neighborhood imbued with Chicago’s culture and history, blending seamlessly with the communities it borders.
An extension of Chicago’s central business district, this transit-oriented development emphasizes connectivity. Highly accessible from streets and waterways, the development features new water taxi stops, new bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly streets, with proximity to local and regional rail lines, including a proposed CTA Red Line stop that would establish new connections to the city and both O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Incorporating seven acres of public park and five acres of unimpeded riverfront space along the south branch of the Chicago River, The 78’s Riverwalk will engage one of the city’s greatest natural assets with unparalleled access, year-round recreation, and an abundance of cultural and hospitality amenities for visitors and residents alike.
Speakers: Thomas Hussey, AIA, a Director in SOM’s Urban Design and Planning Studio, is an accomplished architect and urban designer focused on the design of cities, districts, and large, complex architectural projects. Leading multi-disciplinary design teams, Hussey creatively addresses challenges and opportunities emerging from established and developing cities worldwide. Trained in architecture and urban planning, Hussey brings together the design skills and ambitions of both disciplines to develop holistic plans for urban centers and communities. He directs high-visibility, forward-facing projects that strategically define important places, positioning them for enduring growth and prosperity. With an award-winning portfolio of projects ranging from Beijing to Panama City, Hussey delivers innovative solutions to unique challenges facing our cities and collective issues facing our planet
Mike Pfeffer, AIA joined Related Midwest in 2016 as Vice President of Architecture and Design after 15 years at the Chicago office of SOM, where he served as Managing Director overseeing many projects throughout Asia and Chicago. At Related Midwest his primary responsibility is to serve as the design development lead for the “78” and “400 LSD” (formerly the Spire site). He is a 2014 national AIA Young Architect Award winner and a 2016 Crain’s 40 under 40 recipient. He has also served over five years on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Chicago and on the AIA Chicago Board of Directors.
Other SOM team members will join for Q&A. Thanks to SOM for beverages and light snacks.
Non Member Price
Tuesday / October 16, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Chicago River is a complex intersection of ecology, architecture, and urban design. While less attention has been paid to Chicago’s ecological history, it remains the basis from which our city developed and holds a key to Chicago’s sustainable future. Experts in ecology, planning, and design will engage riders on this 90-minute cruise to discuss topics such as the Chicago Region’s ecological significance on a global scale; Achieving ecological balance in an urbanized world; Delivering ecological conservation and fresh water through balanced urban and economic development. The cruises will introduce avenues to better understand the critical role of humans in creating and caring for urban nature, and provide cues for achieving higher environmental qualities in our city.
Adults: $43; seniors: $41; youths: $22; children 6 and under are free
GROWING WATER, FOOD AND BIO BOULEVARDS Tuesday, October 16 | 6-7:30 pm
Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen, FAIA, Urban Lab
Chicago Cruise Lines, SAIC, NEXT.cc
Non Member Price
Wednesday / October 17, 2018 / 12:00 AM
Register for the 46th Annual NOMA Conference!
Each year, 600+ minority architects, urban designers, community activist and students from across the country come together in fellowship for the annual NOMA conference. This year, Illinois NOMA is excited to celebrate the rich history and success of our chapter, accomplished members, and beloved city as we explore a new “conference without walls” concept that expands traditional conference programs by leveraging nearby organizations, institutions, and architecture ﬁrms to host more than two-thirds of the conference seminars and events.
NOMA, INOMA, and many others, including AIA Chicago
Non Member Price
Wednesday / October 17, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA (Madison College in WI and BrandNu Design), is dedicated to stimulating cross disciplinary discourse between architectural practitioners, students and community members on the social and cultural implications of architecture on its inhabitants through lectures, workshops and exhibits. Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture Lecture Series uses three interconnected realms - education, professional practice and media - to expose the subconscious roles of celebrated modern architects and urban planners, such as Le Corbusier and Robert Moses, in the creation of the environments which necessitated hip hop’s birth. Ford’s multi-media lecture format uses a combination of music videos and a live DJ to extract hip hop lyric samples as dialogue, commentary and counterpoints to popular architectural history and theory. The juxtaposition establishes golden-era hip hop lyrics as a post-occupancy evaluation of inner-city residents’ inhabitance of modernists’ visions.
Michael is known as The Hip Hop Architect as he explores architecture and urban planning through the lens of hip hop culture. He is the creator of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp®, an international, award-winning youth camp which uses Hip Hop Culture as a catalyst to increase diversity in architecture. Ford’s work has been featured in a variety of places including The TODAY Show, Rolling Stone Magazine, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and Vibe Magazine. Ford is also a highly regarded speaker with keynotes at The American Institute of Architects national convention, South by Southwest Eco Conference, and a TEDx titled “Hip Hop Architecture as Modernism’s Post Occupancy Evaluation.”
This presentation is part of the 46th Annual NOMA Conference which takes place in Chicago from October 17 to 21.
SAIC AIADO and NOMA; promotional partner AIA Chicago
Non Member Price
Thursday / October 18, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Rick Joy, FAIA, is the founder of Rick Joy Architects, AKA Studio Rick Joy, an award-winning architecture, interiors, and planning firm based in Tucson, Arizona. Studio Rick Joy has been recognized for an exquisitely sensitive and thoughtful approach to site, observation, process, landscape, and building. The studio’s work has encompassed intimate single-family homes and large-scale master plans, and has included residential commissions in Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Tucson, Costa Rica, and Turks and Caicos, as well as lifestyle-based projects in Nayarit, Mexico City, and Austin. Recently, the studio brought new life to Princeton University with the recently completed Transit Hall and Market.
The studio’s work has been widely published, appearing in Cereal, Architectural Record, A+U, GA Houses, Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure, the New York Times, and Vogue. Joy has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Rice, MIT, and the University of Arizona. He is the founder of the Immersion Vermont Master Class, a weeklong immersive program for midcareer architects, and the cofounder, with Claudia Kappl, of CLL Concept Lighting Lab, which provides lighting for all Studio Rick Joy projects as well as for independent commissions.
Joy has lectured and exhibited around the world and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is professionally afiliated with the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Civitas Sonoran; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, advisory board; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art advisory board; CRATerre; and the Ghost Lab Advisory Board. He is the recipient of the 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and the 2004 National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
Wine, beer and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the AIA Chicago Foundation.
Non Member Price
Saturday / October 20, 2018 / 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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:
- interior design
- construction management
- landscape architecture
More than 60 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: chicagocareerday.org
Consortium for Design + Constructions Careers is: AIA Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation, College of DuPage, Harold Washington College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illionis Institute of Technology, Judson University, Southern Illinois University
Chicago Consortium for Design + Construction Careers
Non Member Price
Tuesday / October 23, 2018 / 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
You’re invited to join your fellow design professionals and building owners for a morning of presentations on advanced roofing and waterproofing technology, and the role of roofing and waterproofing in the building envelope. Complimentary self-parking validation for symposium attendees. Proceeds being donated to CAC-RCI and CSI Chicago Chapter. Registration fee is $40 which includes breakfast, lunch, symposium materials, and self-parking.
- 8:00 – 8:30 am Registration
- 8:30 – 12:30 pm Symposium Presentations
- 12:30 pm Lunch
Click here for an extended description of the five sessions.
- The Great Building Transition: Roofs & Walls - Dr. Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., P. Eng., ASHRAE Fellow (1 LU)
- The Real World is a Roof’s Enemy. How Science Should Drive the Choice. - Kirk Goodrum (1 LU)
- Non-traditional Roof Insulation Solving Common, Non-Traditional Problems - John Rose (1 LU)
- Liquids: a 21st Century Solution for Urban Buildings - John Thomas (1 LU)
- Solving a Real World Problem with Green Roofing to Protect National Treasures - Corey O'Connor (0 LU)
Non Member Price
Tuesday / October 23, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Eyal Weizman is an architect, professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and founder and director of the research agency Forensic Architecture based at Goldsmiths, University of London. The agency consists of architects, artists, filmmakers, journalists, software developers, scientists, lawyers, and an extended network of collaborators from a wide variety of fields and disciplines. It is committed to the development and dissemination of new evidentiary techniques and undertakes advanced architectural and media investigations on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights and civil society groups, as well as political and environmental justice organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem, Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and the United Nations, among others.
Tools and techniques developed by Forensic Architecture for analyzing and presenting state and corporate violations of human rights across the globe involve modeling dynamic events as they unfold in space and time by creating navigable 3D models, filmic animations of environments undergoing conflict, and conceiving of interactive cartographies on the urban or architectural scale. The agency also develops open source software that facilitates collective research together with victim groups and stakeholders. Through detailed and critical investigations, Forensic Architecture presents how public truth is produced—technologically, architecturally, and aesthetically—and how it can be used to confront authority and to expose new forms of state-led violence.
Presented in partnership with SAIC William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series and SAIC AIADO; promotional partner AIA Chicago
Non Member Price
Friday / October 26, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Join us for the 63rd annual Designight celebration on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom.
5:30 PM: COCKTAIL HOUR IN THE LAKEVIEW TERRACE
7:00 PM: DINNER AND AWARDS PRESENTATION
MC: Geoffrey Baer of WTTW
Suggested Dress Code: Business Formal
All tickets will be held for pick-up in the Lakeview Terrace. FAQ below.
* PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL TICKETS BY CLICKING "REGISTER" AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE *
The Design Excellence Awards honor outstanding work from Chicago architecture firms for projects throughout the world in the following categories:
- DISTINGUISHED BUILDING AWARD
- INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AWARD
- DIVINE DETAIL AWARD
- UNBUILT FORWARD AWARD
We will also celebrate:
PETER LANDON, FAIA, RECIPIENT OF THE 2018 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
For individual tickets, click "REGISTER" below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will I get a ticket in the mail?
No - seating cards will be held for pick up during Designight’s cocktail hour. The cocktail hour will begin at 5:30pm in the Lakeview Terrace. Dinner and the awards presentation will begin at 7:00pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom.
Is there a dress code?
Suggested dress code is 'Business Formal'. You can see photos of last year’s sold-out crowd here and here.
Is there valet?
There is no valet or discounted parking rate available. Uber/Lyft/Taxis should travel down the north side of Navy Pier to drop off and pick up at Entrance 2. Guests arriving by car should park at Navy Pier's East Garage. MAP
Is there a coat check?
Yes, a complimentary coat check is available in the Lakeview Terrace.
(Photos from Designight 2017)
Non Member Price
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