Thursday / June 29, 2017 / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Transformative Visions for Smarter Buildings & Strengthened Neighborhoods

Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago


Focus on design innovation at a variety of scales and projects that enhance the resiliency, sustainability and beauty of our built environment in Chicago and elsewhere. Our distinguished panel of inspired practitioners will describe how they and their firms are re-framing these challenges and re-imagining their projects. They have moved beyond incremental steps to a broader, holistic approach, exploring new design languages with expressive form to create transformative project solutions. The presenters and sessions will show how designers are re-conceptualizing urban infrastructure and public spaces as collection zones for social interaction that strengthen community and culture. And they are re-purposing building components and site elements to integrate and optimize a wide range of carbon drawdown strategies for smarter buildings, healthier neighborhoods and more resilient urban ecosystems. 

We have two moderated sessions, consisting of project presentations followed by panel discussions. Each program will highlight projects of varying scale and context, each with defining characteristics drawn from a range of holistic strategies, and each an example of transformative visions for resilience and carbon drawdown. Matthew Messner, Midwest Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, will moderate the conference. John Zukowsky, author and former curator of architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago, will deliver introductory remarks.


  • Juan Betancur, AIA, Design Director, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
  • Andrew Moddrell, AIA, Partner, PORT Urbanism
  • Chan-li Lin, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Claire Halpin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Senior Project Leader, Studio Gang
  • Sergio Sadaba Zorilla, PE, LEED AP, Associate Director, Senior Mechanical Engineer, SOM Chicago
  • Tim Brangle, President, The Chicago Consultants Studio

3 GBCI hours and 3 AIA LU/HSW

Click here to register for this event.


With the recent release of AIA’s climate change values statement, AIA has taken a clear stand on architects' key role in finding solutions to the climate crisis. The Institute's recent commentary on climate change mitigation details three critical areas where architects can drive change: education, energy modeling, and policy advocacy. AIA empowers architects to design a world that allows people, communities, and our planet to thrive, as expressed in the Institute’s sustainability values statement. Click here to see the complete statement of values.

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USGBC Illinois and AIA Chicago

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