Become An archi-treasures Board Member

archi-treasures is seeking to fill 5 vacancies on its Board of Directors for 2015. Professionals in technology, marketing, human resources, and nonprofit finance are needed.

For more information, visit the archi-treasures website.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in getting involved with archi-treasures in this significant way, please email:

Lonnie Washington –


Joyce Fernandes –

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Designing 21st Century Learning Environments

Please join Archeworks for a special evening to learn how their New Practice Program is building a cross-disciplinary community of design practitioners from Chicago firms who are bringing innovative design to benefit the public good. The evening will feature their year-long collaboration with Columbia College’s Convergence Academies on a path breaking initiative at Chicago Public Schools to support student learning and engagement.

Date: 6:00-8:00PM Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014

Location: Chicago Design Museum, Block 37, 3rd Floor, 108 N. State St.

For more information and to RSVP: Archeworks New Practice Symposium


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Association for Community Design Fellowship Opportunity

Fellowship Apply NowThe Association for Community Design (ACD) launched a Micro Fellowship program designed for architects, planners, policy makers and anyone currently employed in the community design field looking to launch their own projects, practice, or adapting their practice to be more socially engaged.

The 2-week full-time position will focus on the business of social design by exploring critical topics.

For more information about the fellowship, requirements, and access to the application, please see:

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PLAT | FORMS: Conversations in Place

PLAT | FORMS: Conversations in Place
October 24, 2014 –January 2, 2015
Arts Incubator
301 East Garfield Blvd, Chicago IL 60637

Designers + Makers: Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 6–8 pm
Igniting Conversation: Wed, Nov 19, 4–6 pm

PLAT | FORMS is a conversation-focused exhibition invested in new thinking around design, community development, and artistic agency in cities. The exhibition is an introduction to Place Lab, a strategy-based component of the Arts + Public Life initiative that works with artists, designers, and organizations in the cities of Akron, Chicago, Detroit, and Gary. Place Lab structures innovative opportunities for cultural growth, economic vitality, and space reinterpretation for cities, organizations, and artists.

More here.



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Architecture + Youth Event: Yeah, I’d Live There

AIA is partnering with UIC and Chicago Public Schools for a youth and architecture event at the UIC School of Architecture!

5-10 femodernistmale volunteers are needed to help guide the students (5th – 6th grade girls) in re-imagining where they live, using the typical Chicago lot size to design their house. See the attached flyer (link below) for more information!

UIC School of Architecture
October 28, 2014
10 AM – 12 PM

Contact Allison Garwood Freedland if you are interested in volunteering:

freedlanda@aiachicago.org2013 event


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AIA Chicago CIC follows up on AEC Cares projectChicago

Group photo On September 20, 2014, members of AIA Chicago volunteered their Saturday morning to return to the AEC Cares projectChicago site and follow up on work initiated on the June 25, 2014 blitz build day. Jennifer McKenzie and Linda Chavez of Gensler, Kaitlin Streyle and Sandi L. Harder of Muller+Muller, Mindy Viamontes of exp, and Brian Haynes joined the CIC Co-chairs Drew Roskos of Harley Ellis Devereaux and Chey Hsiao Taylor of SMNG A in touching up cork wall accents in the main lobby and continuing the installation of vinyl floor accents. Jennifer graciously provided a design to extend the theme from the main lobby to the second floor, and in a few short hours the volunteers were able to unify the public spaces in the Metropolitan Family Services Libby Learning and Wellness Center, and provide a more cohesive and complete experience for the staff and the community members the organization serves. With thoughtful interventions, the volunteers were able to impart significant impact, and reaffirm AIA’s partnership with and commitment to the intent of AEC Cares and the goals set forth in projectChicago.

View of first floor lobby after volunteers touched up cork wall accents:
Lobby after

View of second floor corridor at top of stairs – before:
Top of stairs before

View of second floor corridor at top of stairs - after:
Second floor after


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Volunteer Opportunity: USGBC Green Apple Day of Service

Volunteer at one (or several) of the many USGBC Green Apple Day of Service projects taking place now across Illinois! Follow the link below to a list and description of each of these community-focused projects, and learn how to get involved:

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Free Family Mural Day with archi-treasures

Support archi-treasures and the Humboldt Park community this Sunday, September 7, 12-3 pm at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture in Humboldt Park for the third annual Humboldt Park Mural Arts Program (HP MAP) mural workshop and celebration!

HP MAP creates and restores murals, using them as a way to represent community ideas and vision. At the workshop, participants will create mini-murals to be displayed along the museum’s fence. Materials, snacks, and refreshments will be provided.

Learn more about HP MAP and the Free Family Mural Day at:


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Join us at the next CIC Planning Meeting – Sept. 8th!

Come join the Community Interface Committee at the next Planning Meeting! The CIC is planning a series of events that will focus around the theme of education. We will be exploring the ideas behind learning environments and their relationship to the community. Come share your thoughts about various school models, non-conventional learning facilities, and the role of community learning centers within neighborhoods.

Monday, Sept. 8th, 6 pm

35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 250

Chicago, IL 60601

Please RSVP for this meeting on AIA Chicago events page:

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Architecture for Humanity volunteer opportunity!

AFH is leading a project build in West Humboldt Park for the IIT Boeing High School Scholars Program.

AFH Chicago Ave Plan

Volunteers are needed to help supervise and direct 16 high-achieving high school students for the build. Opportunities are available on the following days, from 12:30-5:00 PM:

• July 17th at the IIT architecture wood shop: volunteers will oversee the sanding, priming and painting of 2×4 bench planks     

• July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th on site (W Chicago Ave): volunteers will supervise bench and planter construction, laying of pavers, planting, etc.

If anyone is interested in getting out into the community, or is trying to collect IDP service hours, it’s a great opportunity to showcase your skills!

Please contact Karin Miller at or Bryn Namavari at by MONDAY, JULY 14. For more information see Architecture for Humanity Chicago







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