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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March 8: Community Interface Committee Meeting

Join us March 8 at 6pm at AIA Chicago for the next Community Interface Committee Planning Meeting! We will be discussing the expansion of our Architects In Schools initiative to Whittier Elementary and recruiting volunteers for the spring program. We will also investigate events and outreach pertaining to our 2016-17 community-based housing theme.

Take an active role in the architecture community and beyond. Help us structure a challenging and inclusive conversation and course for the year. Please bring your ideas for potential programs, volunteer events, and other ways we can increase our outreach and impact.

All are welcome; refreshments will be provided. Register here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6:00pm

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 250



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March 2: Art in Urgent Times with Rick Lowe

The National Public Housing Museum is excited to partner with UIC’s Social Justice Initiative, the Illinois Humanities, and the College of Architecture, Design and the Arts at UIC for an evening with MacArthur “genius” Rick Lowe and Chicago-based artists Isis Ferguson and Kristiana Rae Colón. We hope to see you there on March 2nd for this timely conversation about what artists can do in our current climate to advance social justice. RSVP at


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Architect Volunteers Needed for Girls STEM program

Female architects needed to lead Architecture and Design Thinking Workshops for the Tech Savvy Conference at Triton College in River Grove, to be held on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Tech Savvy is a full day STEM program for middle school girls. The program offers girls the opportunity to explore areas of science, technology, engineering, and math in 45 minute workshops.

Please contact Allison Garwood Freedland, to volunteer or for more information.

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CIC Planning Meeting – Wed., Nov. 30, 6pm

The Community Interface Committee will host its next planning meeting Wednesday, November 30 at 6pm at AIA Chicago. If you’re passionate about architects’ involvement in the greater community, join us to review potential events and ideas for 2017.

We will discuss the expansion of the Architects in Schools program for next spring and ponder pressing issues surrounding the topic of housing in Chicago, including related events and outreach.

Please bring your thoughts to add to the conversation. All are welcome; refreshments will be provided. Register here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:00pm

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 250

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AIA Chicago Responds to Recent Post-Election Statements

November 14, 2016

To members of AIA Chicago:
The AIA Chicago Board of Directors wants to assure our members that we do not support the recent statement made by national AIA on November 10, which prematurely expressed the support of AIA’s 89,000 members for an unarticulated infrastructure agenda made by the incoming presidential administration. Further, we are committed to working with all of you to deepen our diversity and inclusion initiatives, and to continue the discussions that affect positive change on issues that are critical to our profession. We believe in and are dedicated to:

  • Supporting our members, our committee leaders, our board and our staff as we engage, educate and challenge our elected leaders locally, regionally and nationally on the issues faced by architects;
  • Assuring that the built environment addresses the realities of climate change;
  • Creating more equitable opportunities for all in our profession regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation;
  • Upholding our professional standards of creating spaces that are safe and promote equality for our clients and the public;
  • Building stronger and more resilient communities, including urban, suburban and rural areas in which our members practice and live.

AIA Chicago vows to continue work that is already under way to give all members a voice on how these goals can be achieved now and long into the future. To do this, we need all of you to continue to engage in the work of our chapter and continue to express your views and opinions. It is in working together that we can accomplish the most and make the greatest impact.

Your voice will keep us moving forward.

Dawn Schuette, FAIA     2016 Board President
Matthew Dumich, AIA     2016 First Vice President 2017 Board President
Anthony P. LoBello, AIA     2015 Board President
Scott Rappe, AIA     2014 Board President

For link to statement click here.

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Volunteer Opportunity with Chicago Architecture Foundation

What is it? CAF Education Guide Volunteers will be responsible for leading 90 minute education field trips for K-12 students.  These interactive, inquiry-based field trips are about the art and science at the heart of Chicago’s architecture, history, and environment.  We are looking for individuals who are interested in working directly with students during the weekday hours. An “outgoing” and “can do” personality is a plus!

The first training for this new volunteer position will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 21 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 28, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

All of the training will take place at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue. Training will include best practices for working with youth, field trip approach, questions, and content. Volunteers will be trained to help youth SEE the built environment around them with new eyes, not to recite a script of facts. If you are interested in this new volunteer position, please complete the application that can be found at this link –  

If you have any questions or if you would like more information on the position, please reach out to Jenni Groot Mushynski at CAF at For general information on volunteering with CAF, please visit

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