Volunteer Opportunity with Chicago Architecture Foundation

What is it? CAF Education Guide Volunteers will be responsible for leading 90 minute education field trips for K-12 students.  These interactive, inquiry-based field trips are about the art and science at the heart of Chicago’s architecture, history, and environment.  We are looking for individuals who are interested in working directly with students during the weekday hours. An “outgoing” and “can do” personality is a plus!

The first training for this new volunteer position will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 21 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 28, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

All of the training will take place at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue. Training will include best practices for working with youth, field trip approach, questions, and content. Volunteers will be trained to help youth SEE the built environment around them with new eyes, not to recite a script of facts. If you are interested in this new volunteer position, please complete the application that can be found at this link – https://goo.gl/forms/UrGbS5FYUZV0pchL2.  

If you have any questions or if you would like more information on the position, please reach out to Jenni Groot Mushynski at CAF at jgroot@architecture.org. For general information on volunteering with CAF, please visit http://www.architecture.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

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CIC Planning Meeting – Sept. 7, 6pm

Do you believe that design can improve the lives of individuals and communities? Are you interested in discussing pressing issues facing our city and planning events to raise awareness of these issues among design practitioners and the greater population?
Are you looking for a way to network with similarly minded professionals?

If so, please join AIA Chicago’s Community Interface Committee for our third quarter planning meeting, Wednesday, September 7 at 6pm at AIA Chicago. We will be continuing our exploration of community-based housing in the city and plotting next steps for our Architects in Schools curriculum refinement this fall and expansion in the spring.

Please bring your ideas about affordable and community housing, suggestions on how AIA Chicago can engage and spread knowledge about these developments, and an open mind. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:00 PM

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 250

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Archeworks New Series: Agendas 01 — August 18th, 6pm

On August 18th, 6pm, Archeworks will kick off their new series Archeworks Agendas 01 – a “platform for sharing ideas and projects that inspire change in Chicago and beyond. The event will showcase the work of emerging leaders, change-makers and critical thinkers who are challenging convention, approaching dilemmas and defining new tools and methods.” Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

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AIA Chicago Architect in Schools Pilot Program

learning-together-finalThe AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee completed a successful pilot program for a new Architect in Schools initiative for AIA Chicago! CIC Co-chairs Kaitlin Streyle of Muller+Muller and Alexis Stumpf of Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, Maya Bird-Murphy of Landon Bone Baker Architects, Eunkyu Choi of Gensler, Matthew McGrane of FARR, Chey Hsiao Taylor of SMNG A, and Allison Garwood Freedland of AIA Chicago led a class of eighth graders at Cameron Elementary School through a series of design exercises, ranging from sketching to neighborhood analysis, culminating in student-led proposals for design interventions in their community. With additional assistance from their dedicated teacher, Ms. Lahnna Addington, the program introduced students to design thinking, and sought to inspire them to look critically at the world around them and to empower them to effect positive change. For their final presentations, the Cameron Elementary School students prepared thoughtful statements about their Humboldt Park neighborhood and presented their proposals for desired safe study and play places to Alderman Roberto Maldonado and Principal Stephen Harden. Their ideas sparked an impassioned conversation about neighborhood safety and a commitment from the Alderman to facilitate community communication with the Chicago Police Department.

See photos from the 6 week program on CIC Picasa!

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Place Lab – Public Convening on Ethical Redevelopment – June 22, 2-5pm

What does ethical redevelopment in Chicago look like to you? Join Place Lab’s first convening on the subject to hear and participate in the discussion Wednesday, June 22 from 2-5pm at Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois. Co-hosted by Theaster Gates and Steve Edwards and featuring Charlene Carruthers (National Director, Black Youth Project 100), Lisa Yun Lee (Director, UIC Department of Art and Art History), Kerwin Charles (Deputy Dean, UChicago Harris School of Public Policy), Mabel O. Wilson (Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in African American Studies in GSAS), Cathy Cohen (author, Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics) and more, this convening is sure to draw a crowd.

RSVP and more information here.

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Archeworks Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design

Archeworks is now accepting applications to the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design – a 12 week multidisciplinary design studio beginning in Fall 2016. Students will join a design team working on one of two projects: SELF <> CITY, a design studio to transform underutilized public plazas into cultural and economic catalysts in partnership with Latent Design and the Chicago Department of Transportation, or SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION, a design/build project exploring the conditions of urban disinvestment: housing foreclosures, building demolitions, loss of jobs, crime and violence in partnership with the National Public Housing Museum.

See the Archeworks website for more information and application materials.

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June 8: Books And… : How Librarians and Architects are Designing the 21st Century Public Library

What’s new at the public library in 2016? Are libraries still an essential community resource? What is the same and what has changed? How are library professionals and designers creating or adapting these facilities to meet today’s community needs?

Join this discussion on the 21st century library, sponsored by the Community Interface Committee

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 5:30 – 7pm

CPL Chinatown Branch Library, 2100 S Wentworth Avenue, Chicago

Speakers:

—  Brian Bannon, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library

—  Julianne Scherer, AIA (Nagle Hartray)

—  Paul Steinbrecher, AIA (Interactive Design)

—  Brian Lee, FAIA (Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP; designer of the Chinatown branch Library)

— Arthur Del Muro, AIA, Chicago Public Building Commission – moderator

Register here!

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Driving Innovation in Real Estate Development with Mission-based Organizations

IFF Real Estate Services, with Northwestern University, will be discussing innovations in development with mission-based organizations at this upcoming event! RSVP by emailing MPM-EMDC@Northwestern.edu

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
7:30 to 9:30 am
Continental breakfast provided

Kellogg Conference Center
Northwestern University
340 East Superior Street, Chicago

Hosted by
Master of Project Management
Executive Management in Design and Construction
Northwestern University

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CIC Planning Meeting: Wed. May 18 6pm

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 provide an update and plot next steps for the ongoing Architects in Schools pilot program (our volunteer initiative to integrate design skills into elementary school classrooms in partnership with CPS), as well as discuss current and new endeavors relating to this year’s Housing theme. Register here: http://www.aiachicago.org/events/community-interface-committee-quarterly-meeting1#.VzHwm8di48Y

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00 PM

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 250

Refreshments are provided; please bring your enthusiasm and ideas for promoting architecture’s involvement in the community. See you May 18 at 6pm!

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Architecture in Practice

There are a few seats remaining in AIA Illinois’ Master Class, a new series of intensive workshops designed to teach future firm leaders the essential business skills that they don’t teach in architecture schools.

The modules will be facilitated by seasoned and respected architects and professionals, which cover issues such as finances, firm roles, communications and client care.

Participants will learn:

• What it takes to run a firm so you can appreciate how decisions are made and impact on the bottom line
• About multipliers, P&Ls, overhead, cost of benefits, etc.
• How an employee is always an ambassador, even outside the office
• Soft skills and best practices for team-building
• Marketing for the client, not for your peers

Sunday, March 13 & Monday March, 14

Bloomington/Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
201 Broadway Ave
Normal, IL 61761

For more information and registration, see http://www.aiail.org/MasterClass

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