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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Archeworks Mid-Year Design Review

Date: January 16, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury St.

Attend Archeworks’ mid-year design review to watch the multidisciplinary design teams present their in-progress work regarding initiatives to promote sustainable energy use and healthy urban communities.

Promoting Sustainable Energy Use through Innovative Design

Creating a Green Neighborhood School Campus

RSVP for tomorrow’s mid-year design review here.

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CIC Meeting: Thursday, January 15th

Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

Join us at our first 2015 meeting to discuss and plan the year’s events around our theme of Education.

We will be exploring the relationship of education and communities, such as the role of learning institutions in community building, alternative learning facilities (libraries, community centers) that work to supplement traditional teaching systems, and the various ways in which communities have developed alternative learning models (such as the Architects in Schools initiatives) to supplement perceived voids.

See AIA Chicago’s Event Page for this meeting among other upcoming events!

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Host Students for Job Shadow Day: March 18th

Chicago Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) department is seeking more participants for their 2015 CTE Job Shadow Day on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

The experience is designed to provide high school juniors a chance to shadow workplace mentors through a routine day on the job. Students are typically on the workplace site (your office!) from 9:00 am until approximately 1:00 pm and given the opportunity to provide a helping hand and learn more about a particular career field.

Please contact with any questions you may have. To participate in the 2015 Job Shadow Day, please complete the registration form through the link below!

Register for 2015 Job Shadow Day!

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – ~1:00 pm

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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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