Join Us Next Week – Community Interface Committee Winter Social Hopewell Brewery

Join members of the Community Interface Committee for a winter social at Hopewell Brewery, Thursday, January 18, 5:30-8:00.

Enjoy a brief tour of the brewery with Mason Pritchett, AIA of RANGE Design and Architecture, the designers of the impressive redesign, then grab a drink and chat with members of the CIC to learn about the committee’s programs and activities and how to get involved in the new year.

Hopewell Brewery is located at 2760 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Please RSVP here.

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Architects in School at Cameron Elementary talk about Lesson 4

Cameron Elementary students share their thoughts on the process of collaboration and exchanging thoughts as a group.  Lesson 4 of the Architects in Schools program introduces the concepts of scale, programming, and teamwork.

  1. 1.What did you like/dislike about the lesson?

The most interesting part of the lesson was the idea of being able to observe two places such as a city and a quiet place and to share our ideas with each other and then decide what we want to build in a city or a quiet place. We also liked how many people were able to let their thoughts out about what could be rebuilt in areas without anyone judging.

  1. What did you find challenging?

The part of the lesson that we found challenging was all of us agreeing to one thing. Most of us wanted something else but part of the group wanted something bigger. We found it challenging to agree with each other and to think kind of the same way and do something that we all agree on.

  1. What skills did you use ?

The skills that we used were collaboration and how to work as a group. We learned how to communicate with other. Also, we used clues to figure out how we should make something new and what would fit best in the area.

4. Did you learn new skills? What were they?

We learned a lot of new skills which were to be more aware of our surroundings and observing what we want in a specific home, store, or even a playground. We also learned that sketching doesn’t have to be perfect it’s the thought that is expressed is what counts.

  1. Did you do something new or that you didn’t think you were able to do? How did it make you feel?  

Yes, we learned that we can draw better than we thought. It made us feel good because if you think you can’t do something, and then you see you can do it, you feel better because you know that you can do what you thought you weren’t be able to do.

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Whittier Elementary explores the neighborhood in Lesson 2 of the AIS program

Eighth grade students at Whittier Dual Language Elementary share their thoughts about Lesson Two of the AIS program.  In the second session, students explore their neighborhood through memory and Google maps. They also talk about what they like and dislike about their neighborhood.

What did you like/dislike about the lesson?
I liked how we talked about our neighborhood. And, also, I liked that we got to search for places around the area.

What skills did you use?
The computer and Google maps and our memory.


The students thoughts after moving through the SWAT exercise where they examine their neighborhood for strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats.





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Architects in Schools at Cameron Elementary-Students share their thoughts about day 1

Eighth grade students at Cameron Elementary share their thoughts about Lesson One of the AIS program.  In the first session, students learn the definition of architecture. Our mentors introduce the idea of architecture through quick design exercises such as speed sketching, measuring with their bodies, and creating zero waste sculptures.

Shawnte Child’s, Sean Richardson, Angel Ornelas and Yailin Gomez talk about what they learned. 

What did you like/dislike about the lesson?

What we liked about the architects was when we did the sculptures. That was really fun. And when we drew the buildings,  that was also fun.  One thing that we disliked was when we were in the hallway measuring the walls and how long the hallway was. But we never knew that a lot of kids can fit in the hallway.

What did you find challenging?

What we found challenging was when we had to measure how long the hallway was. Another thing we found challenging was when we had to look at the pictures and then draw them,  but sometimes not really getting the same thing. Another thing we found that was challenging was when we had to do the sculptures and use our own ideas. 

Did you learn new skills? What were they?

The skills that we learned were to draw with as much detail in a little amount of time. And to start with the main part of the picture then look at the other things around it. It does not matter how good it looks;  it’s about drawing.

 Did you do something new or that you didn’t think you were able to do? How did it make you feel?  

 Yes we did do something new.  We made sculptures and it looked nice just by ripping paper. Another thing we did new was looking at the pictures and then drawing what we saw.  It was fun doing the activity.


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NEED A COUPLE MORE: Give back with CIC! Volunteer Opportunity at Inspiration Cafe

Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community and make a direct impact on the lives of those around you? Come volunteer at Inspiration Cafe with the Community Interface Committee on Thursday, October 26!

Inspiration Cafe provides restaurant-style meals to homeless or poor men, women, and families in a therapeutic community that promotes dignity and respect. The Community Interface Committee will be cooking and serving dinner for participants on the evening of October 26. Join us to help serve community members in need.

For more information and the link to sign up, go here:

Sign up early – spaces are limited.

THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 26, 2017 (see link for specific time information)


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TONIGHT: Tour Lakeview Pantry with Wheeler Kearns!

The Community Interface Committee will be touring Lakeview Pantry, winner of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence, with Wheeler Kearns this evening. If you are free, we invite you to join us to learn more about this transformative community project. More information here.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 / 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

LAKEVIEW PANTRY, located off the Sheridan Red Line Station at 3945 N. Sheridan


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Become a Mentor: Fall Training Session for Architects in Schools

Interested in teaching middle school students about architecture and design?  Become a mentor in the AIA Chicago Foundation’s Architects in Schools (AIS) program. We will be teaching in two schools this fall semester.

The training session, Sept. 13, 6pm-7:30pm at AIA Chicago offices, will briefly review each lesson plan, outline various mentor levels and necessary time commitments, offer tips on working with students, and more.

AIS is an initiative that brings architecture professionals into classrooms to introduce middle school students to the field of architecture and to discuss the broader theme of architecture as a change-maker. It is a 7-week long program, with 2-4 practicing architect volunteers visiting a single classroom once a week for the duration of one class period (90-120 minutes).

The program is run by the Community Interface Committee.

Click here for more information on becoming a mentor and to register for training.


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Volunteer for INOMA’s Project Pipeline summer camp

PROJECT PIPELINE CAMP is a process driven architecture camp for Chicago students in grades 6th – 8th. Students will be introduced to the concepts, professionals, and opportunities that make up the design profession. Students will work individually and collaboratively to address community focused issues through creativity and design innovation.

Volunteers needed for 1 to all 4 days of the camp.
August 2-6
S. R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3360 S. State St., Chicago.

Click here to learn more about Project Pipeline.

Click to sign up as a volunteer.


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June 7: Community Interface Committee Meeting

Are you interested in strengthening the link between architects and the greater community? Join the Community Interface Committee for our next planning meeting Wednesday, June 7 at 6pm at AIA Chicago. We’ll provide an update and plot next steps for the ongoing Architects in Schools 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 our continued Housing theme.

Refreshments are provided; please bring your enthusiasm and ideas for promoting architecture’s involvement in the community. Register here.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:00pm

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 250

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March 11: Tour Habitat for Humanity’s West Pullman Development

AIA Chicago’s Community Interface Committee is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity Chicago to host a tour of HFH’s community development efforts in West Pullman on Saturday, March 11. The tour will highlight the West Pullman neighborhood’s assets and initiatives and feature a visit to the Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center, HFH’s build site, and a local business under construction.

The tour starts at 10am at the Kroc Community Center, 1250 W. 119th Street, Chicago. The tour will move to the build site at 11928 S. Union Avenue at 10:30am, followed by a stop at a jazz club and salon under construction at 641 W. 119th Street at 11:15am. The tour will conclude at 12pm after discussion and Q&A.

A vehicle will be needed to travel from the Kroc Center to the build site. Participants should coordinate transportation in advance.

Spots are limited – sign up today! For more information and registration, click here. We hope you are able to join us for what will surely be an engaging and inspiring morning.

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