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.

To view a calendar of events click here.

To view an archived list of events click here.

Thursday / April 19, 2018 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Rethinking the Future of Planned Manufacturing Districts

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

SCB has prepared a multi-phased redevelopment master plan for the new “River District,” a 30-acre transformational district between Chicago Avenue and Grand Avenue along the Chicago River, for client Tribune Real Estate Holdings. Drawing from the best thinking and practices in urban planning and sustainable development, the River District is envisioned as an innovation and technology hub in the heart of city’s “Tech Triangle” emerging along the north branch of the river, reaffirming Chicago as among the most innovative cities in the world. This new mixed-use neighborhood will extend Chicago’s downtown district to establish a seamless connection between The Loop, River North, Fulton Market, and River West.

The City of Chicago like many US cities has re-evaluated their industrial zoned property for what is the highest and best use for today’s needs and have changed redevelopment policy in those protected zones. The City recently rezoned the North Branch of Chicago River Planned Manufacturing District (PMD) to allow and encourage underutilized industrial property to redevelop into a wider mix of land uses and densities. 

Christine Carlyle, AIA, AICP, Principal, and Teresa Fourcher, AIA, LEED Associate, both from SCB, will highlight the North Branch’s history and provide insights into the future of this significant river corridor, along with anticipated impacts of this next wave of urban development.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided. 


Photo by CoStar Group

Sponsored By

Regional & Urban Design KC

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Sunday / May 06, 2018 / 9:00 AM

LIGHTFAIR International // May 6-10, 2018

McCormick Place, 2301 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

The transformative power of innovation and imagination converge in a global presentation of light and technology—brilliantly revealed at LIGHTFAIR International. All at the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. LIGHTFAIR’s 29th edition will be in Chicago May 6-10, 2018 at McCormick Place.

May 6 – 7, 2018

May 8 – 10, 2018

Click here for an overview of registration costs and conference schedule. 

Click here to register for LIGHTFAIR International.


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Tuesday / May 08, 2018 / 6:30 PM

Lighting design CE courses & entertainment (May 8+9)

Willis Tower, Metropolitan Club, 67th floor, 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

LightFair Dinner - May 8

On May 8th, enjoy cocktails, dinner, and a keynote presentation on "Explosive Growth: Tall buildings’ trends, drivers, and challenges" by Dr. Anthony Wood, Executive Director of the Council on TAll Buildings and Urban Habitat and professor at IIT's College of Architecture.

Cocktails at 6:30pm
Dinner/presentation at 7:30pm

LightFair Open House - May 9

On May 9th, learn lighting design with up to six AIA continuing education courses, offered free throughout the day with complementary breakfast, lunch, and cocktails. Sign up for free Willis Tower Skydeck tours. 

Click here to RSVP with Edison Price Lighting

Sponsored By

Edison Price Lighting, MinebeaMitsumi

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Thursday / May 17, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Small Project Awards - Exhibit & LARGE PARTY

Architectural Artifacts, 4325 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago IL 60613

Celebrate small projects in a big way at AIA Chicago’s annual Small Project Awards Exhibit & LARGE PARTY!

The Small Project Awards recognize high quality work from Chicago architectural firms and exceptional local projects. All firms in the competition have fewer than ten licensed architects or architectural associates. Founded by the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group (SPG) and co-presented by the AIA Chicago Area Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), the Small Project Awards program celebrates the contributions that smaller firms make to the architecture profession, as well as the impact that small projects have on our communities. Both AIA memebrs and non-members are able to submit. 

The exhibit will showcase all entries to the competition, with winning projects (previously selected by a jury) receiving awards. 

This FREE event is open to the public and attracts over 700 building owners, home owners, architects, builders, developers, and other individuals interested in high quality design on a small scale. 

Don't miss out on all of the fun, excitement, and exposure of the Small Project Awards! Consider sponsoring the awards program and exhibit. Options available at multiple pricepoints. Contact Debora Donato at or 312-374-1726 for more details.



Pella Crafted Luxury - People's Choice Award Sponsor

eggersmann USA - Lead Sponsor

Masonry Advisory Council - Lead Sponsor

Petersen Aluminum | PAC-CLAD - Lead Sponsor

Modern Luxury, Interiors Chicago - Exclusive Media Sponsor

Devon&Devon - Associate Sponsor

Dock 6 Collective - Associate Sponsor

Eco Tec Insulation - Associate Sponsor

Integro Rehab - Associate Sponsor

Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling and Heating - Associate Sponsor

Sylvester Construction Services - Associate Sponsor

Abt Electronics - Supporting Sponsor

Leslie Schwartz Photography - Supporting Sponsor

Marvin Windows and Doors - Supporting Sponsor

Paoli Woodwork Inc. - Supporting Sponsor

Sierra Pacific Windows - Supporting Sponsor

Windsor Builders Inc. - Supporting Sponsor

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Small Practitioners Group (SPG) + Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN)

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Thursday / June 07, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Demystifying Fellowship

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250

Learn all about the AIA College of Fellows and the process of nomination to Fellowship from Phil Castillo, FAIA (JAHN).

Fellowship was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. The presentation will explain the nomination, application, and review process.

All are welcome to attend, regardless of current eligibility status, and learn about the road to this achievement.

Refreshments will be served.

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AIA Chicago

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Wednesday / June 13, 2018 / 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

NeoCon -- Future Cities: Creating Livable Environments with Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

Merchandise Mart, NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, Chicago

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, founder and design principal, Ross Barney Architects, shares her work and commitment to the role architecture plays in life quality. Carol received AIA Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Honored with more than 100 design awards, most recently for the Chicago Riverwalk, Carol Ross Barney has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding her firm in 1981.  Carol’s projects vary in type and scale but uphold a deep commitment to the role architecture plays in life quality. This has manifest itself in spaces that transition urban dwellers from point A to point B and enrich the metropolitan experience; to buildings that are environmental stewards, showcasing sustainability in an overtly compelling way; to spaces that inspire young children and the brightest minds of tomorrow to learn, invent and break boundaries.

AIA Chicago is an Association Partner of NeoCon.

This event is free with online registration by June 8. Registration on site is $40.

Held every June at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation—offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future.  

  • 500 leading companies
  • 50,000 design professionals
  • 4 Marquee Presentations
  • 100 CEU seminars

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Merchandise Mart and AIA Chicago

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Wednesday / October 03, 2018 / 8:00 AM

Design Chicago - Save the date!

Merchandise Mart, Chicago

Design Chicago, the Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference, features two days of events for kitchen, bath and home furnishings for architects, interior designers, and real estate developers (trade-only).

• 39 Featured Presentations
• 25 CEU Programs
• 50 Open Houses
• 56 Product Debuts
• 14 Strategic Media Partners

AIA Chicago will present The Iconic House IV in the Pella Crafted Luxury showroom during the conference. Full schedule details will announced later.

Sponsored By

Merchandise Mart

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