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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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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