FIT Homes Competition Kick-Off

Chicago Infrastructure Trust is planning to build 1,000 FIT (Finding Innovation Together) Homes on vacant lots across the City of Chicago over the next 10 years.

The Trust is seeking cost-effective and innovative housing design proposals through a design-build competition. For learn more about the competition, visit make sure to register to attend the kick-off event!

08.11.15 UPDATE: Due to the appointment of a new leadership team to the Trust, the Kick-off Event and subsequent Community Engagement Forum are cancelled until further notice.

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ARCHEWORKS: Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design – Upcoming Application Deadline

ARCHEWORKS iAW_PID_Logo_Blacks currently seeking qualified applicants for their 2015-2016 Public Interest Design certificate program, which begins September 29, 2015.

To learn more about ARCHEWORKS and the program, see the ARCHEWORKS website and the following document: AW_PID_Certificate Program 2015-2016

Priority Deadline: July 22, 2015

Final Deadline: August 21, 2015


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Chicago Public Library Chinatown Library Hard Hat Tour

learning-together-finalJoin AIA Chicago, the CIC and the Design KC for a tour of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) Chinatown Library, led by the Owner, Design and Construction team: design architect Brian Lee, FAIA, SOM; architect of record Jim Mark, Wight & Company; and Brian Bannon, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library. Attendees will preview the new neighborhood branch, and learn how the planning and design positively impacts the neighborhood and provides resources for community development.

Tuesday, June 30, 5:30 pm-  7:00 pm Location: 2100 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago. For more information and registration:




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CPS CTE Internship Program

CPS is looking for architecture firms to participate in their 2015 CPS CTE Internship program! This is a great opportunity to support Chicago’s young people in becoming better prepared for school and life after high school.

Who:           CPS CTE Rising Seniors in High School who are deemed as “work-ready”
What:          2015 CPS CTE Internships in partnership with One Summer Chicago
When:         June 29-August 7, 2015; 20 hours per week
Pay:             Directly through CPS, $8.25 per hour directly to student, supervisor will provide direction, oversight, and sign time sheets.

Participating companies:

      • May not be a home-based company;
      • May be asked to provide CTA fare cards for the first 4 weeks of the internship;
      • Must provide a job description for each position type on the registration form;
      • May request the specific student(s) that visited your organization on Job Shadow Day as your summer intern(s).

If you are interested in participating, please click on the link and complete the request process before June 5, 2015.   Sign Up Today!

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Apply Now to the 2016 Enterprise Rose Architecture Fellowship

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship partners early-career architectural designers with local community development organizations, where they facilitate an inclusive approach to development to create green, sustainable and affordable communities. In the three-year position as an integral staff member of the organization, the fellow will focus on advancing the organization’s practices in community engagement, sustainability and design excellence. Deadline is July 10.

For more information about the opportunities and to apply, visit the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship page.

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CIC Meeting: Thursday, May 21st

Date: May 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Join us at CIC’s quarterly meeting! We will discuss and plan the following events and activities:

  • Mentoring programs and best practices presentation
  • Architect in Schools activity
  • Chicago Public Library 2015-2017 Strategic Plan / Tour of the new Chinatown Library
  • Public Interest Design Institute SEED workshop

Register for the meeting on the AIA Chicago’s page here.

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Home Matters: Design Challenge: Enter Now!

Based on US Department of Housing & Urban Development statistics, 12 million renters and homeowners pay over 50% of their income on housing, which makes people financially burdened and affects their quality of life in dire ways.

To help solve this problem, Home Matters has created a Re-defining Home: Design Challenge to re-imagine affordable homes and communities, as part of the solution to America’s current housing crisis. Home Matters invites architects and designers to participate in its Re-defining Home: Design Challenge. Submit your design for the Home of the future. The top three winners will win financial prizes and the first place winner will be publicly recognized.

You have until 5.00pm EST, May 22nd to submit your designs. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to make a difference by re-defining Home and creating a New American Dream.

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BFI Fuller Challenge | Socially Responsible Design’s Highest Award

Fuller Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) invites citizens from all over the world – including artists, scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, planners and entrepreneurs – to submit innovative solutions to humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to develop and implement one outstanding strategy.

The Fuller Challenge is about answering Fuller’s urgent call for a design science revolution “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” 

Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 5 pm EDT

To apply or learn more about the challenge, project criteria, and the holistic strategy that the BFI is seeking, please visit:  


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Chicago Architecture Foundation Seeking EngineeringFest Volunteers


Efest Flyer


Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is seeking volunteers for EngineeringFest. The inaugural event is designed to introduce youth ages 3 – 12 and their families to engineering concepts through hands-on activities.


Saturday, February 21, 2015 (10 am – 5 pm) – Sunday, February 22, 2015 (10 am – 4 pm)


224 S. Michigan

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Learning Spaces: Lecture Hall, Atrium, Morse Learning Studio, Design Studio

Activities and topics:

Challenges: Structured 45-minute engineering activities. Activity leads facilitate and work with participants. Orientation will include introduction to littlebits ( Engineering disciplines highlighted: Electrical engineering, Civil engineering

Build It: Kapla Block open build area. Activity aids work with participants to learn structural concepts. Engineering disciplines highlighted: Structural

Make It & Test It: Drop-in area for making simple machines and testing acoustics and environmental concepts. Activity leads discuss their expertise and assist participants in completing CAF planned experiments. Engineering disciplines highlighted: Acoustical engineering and environmental engineering

Sketch It & I-spy: Drop in area for learning sketching concepts and learning to recognize different types of engineering at the CAF city model. Activity aids will teach participants to sketch and look for details. Engineering disciplines highlighted: All

If you are interested, please see EngineeringFest Volunteer Info for more detailed information about volunteering opportunities and requirements.

For more information about Engineering Festival or how to get involved, please contact Lyla Catellier, Coordinator of Public Engagement by email: or by phone:  312-561-2146

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AIA SPP Small Project Design Competition: POP-UP 2015

Architects and architecture students are invited to submit design ideas to the 2015 SPP Small Project Design Competition – POP-UP 2015.

The unique and exciting competition involves designing a discreet, compact and efficient shelter for the homeless. The winning completed design will be constructed and donated to the not-for-profit partner, The Mad Housers for use.

Additionally, the winning design will be recognized in AIA publications, the SPP Journal and website, and displayed at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta (May 14-16, 2015).

For more details and information, see the competition’s page here.

Deadline: February 13, 2015

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