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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Call for Entries: SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects


Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), dbXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design, are pleased to announce the 2017 Awards competition to recognize excellence in public interest design.

For the first time, these three international networks are combining efforts to support and promote systemic change in the practices of design with the intent of building on the common ground they share. Recognizing design projects with exceptional social, economic, environmental, and pedagogic impact, this year the SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards will represent the greater scale and growing relationships needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in all communities globally. While each network has a unique focus, sharing the awards acknowledges their common ground: supporting the growth of excellence in public interest design.

A total of six projects will be selected for awards through a competitive juried process. Two winners will be selected from each of the three networks that represent their public interest design principles and selection criteria.

For application and eligibility details, click here.

Winning projects receive a $2,000 honorarium for a trip for one team representative to present their work at an international conference, taking place at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon from April 7-8, 2017. Built on the framework of the annual Structures for Inclusion Conference, this joint conference will focus on sharing built works, research, and discussions which can inform the future collaborations and efforts by these networks, and others, to promote access to design as a basic human right.

Deadline for each application on all three network platforms is Friday, January 6, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.
Award Winners will be announced on the networks’ websites Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Awards Presented: Structures for Inclusion Conference, April, 2017.

The Awards jury will represent the three combined networks:
Sergio Palleroni, Chair, Co-founder of the BaSiC Initiative and Director, Center for Public Interest, Portland State University
Bryan Bell, Executive Director, Design Corps, and Associate Professor, NC State University
Sue Thering, Programs Director, Design Corps
Ursula Hartig, Director CoCoon-Studio and Co-founder of, Technische Universität Berlin
Peter Fattinger, Director of and Co-founder of, Technische Universität Wien
Jane Anderson, Co-founder of the Live Projects Network, Oxford Brookes University
Colin Priest, Co-founder of the Live Projects Network, Chelsea College of Arts

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Chicago Open Hand Studio Meet & Match


Are you a non-profit with a design challenge or a designer who wants to help a deserving organization move their mission forward? Then join the Chicago Open Hand Studio and the AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee, at Meet & Match to celebrate socially responsible design for all and connect with others to create impactful results.

Meet & Match provides opportunities to develop strong partnerships between design professionals offering services and non-profit organizations with design challenges. Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and success stories with CannonDesign. Match up your design challenge with design skills and take the conversation wherever you and your new friends decide. Some challenges may be solved on the spot, some may turn into projects that go beyond. The adventure starts at Meet & Match.

For more information and to register click here.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: CannonDesign, 225 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1100, Chicago

Sponsored by CannonDesign and AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee

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11/7: Forest Preserves of Cook County Workshop


How well do you know the Cook County Forest Preserves? With nearly 80,000 acres of land, the Preserves (CCFP) are truly a great environmental, recreational and educational resource for our region. This workshop, or mini-charrette, will provide an overview of the Forest Preserves history and resources, as well as opportunity for architects, landscape architects, and planners to provide conceptual ideas to assist CCFP in the implementation of several small projects stemming from CCFP’s The Next Century Conservation Plan.

Forest Preserves of Cook County Workshop

When: Monday, November 7, 2016, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250, Chicago

The workshop session will explore five topics:

—  gateway site enhancements that could be funded by corporate sponsorship.

—  aquatic center nature art or signs that could be funded by corporate sponsorship.

—  nature center wayfinding and sign enhancements.

—  traveling exhibit about the forest preserves for display at major tourism destinations.

—  DYI boardwalks to improve access for stewards of marshy forest preserves.


3:00 pm                    presentation

3:30 to 5:30 pm         small group breakouts

5:30 to 6:00 pm         group reporting


—  Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserves of Cook County

—  Edward Torrez, AIA, LEED AP, Bauer Latoza Studio

—  Terry Guen, FASLA, Terry Guen Design Associates

—  APA-IL Representative


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Thursday – Ignite the discussion on Environmental Justice

Can an understanding of marginal lands and racialized topography provide an urban ecology that addresses issues of environmental justice? Inspired by recent research such as William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis and Eric Sanderson’s Manahatta, this Ignite! presentation by celebrated landscape architect Kurt Culbertson will explore the juncture of history, planning, and landscape architecture as a basis for crafting an ecology of the city.

Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, FAICP, is chairman and CEO of Design Workshop, an urban design, land planning, and landscape architecture firm with offices in Aspen, Colorado, and nine other cities.  He has received 35 national and state awards for his work, including the Pierre L’Enfant Award for International Planning from the American Planning Association and the 2013 Award of Excellence in Planning from the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2016, he was awarded the ASLA Medal.

Surfacing Natural Systems: Toward an Ecology of the City

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Illini Center, 200 South Wacker, 19th Floor, Chicago

Due to venue regulations, walk-in registration will not be accepted. Register Now HERE

Ignite! is a series of growth and gathering events presented by Bartlett Tree Experts and Victor Stanley in collaboration with ILASLA.



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Seeking Female Architects

AIA Chicago is looking for female architects to volunteer for an upcoming youth program.

AIA Chicago has partnered with the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for a youth and architecture event called Green Cities Green Schools Balancing Ecologies, at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC).  Approximately 40-50 6th grade girls will be tasked to image their city and neighborhood living in balance with nature.  The program will be lead by Linda Keane, AIA, founder of and Professor of Architecture + Environmental Design at SAIC.

Volunteers should expect to day to begin at 9:00 (the program begins at 9:30) and end around 1:00.  Lunch will be provided.

Youth + Architecture Event: Green Cities Green Schools Balancing Ecologies

Sullivan Galleries at SAIC, 33 S State St #7, Chicago, IL 60603. 

November 15, 9:30am-1:00pm (program time)

If you are interested in participating, please email Allison Garwood Freedland at

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Tour: Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative


Photo Credit: Barry Rustin Photography

Tour the award-winning Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative this Saturday with project architects Catherine Baker and Josh Mings. Since winning the 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award in Creating Community Connection, the project is being used as a case study for its use of arts programming, public/private partnerships, and adaptive reuse to revitalize neighborhoods. The project is currently being exhibited in Quito, Ecuador, as part of the bi-decennial UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III.

This special event will give visitors an inside look into the development, including how the project came to be and some of the challenges the architects faced in rehabilitating the once-abandoned CHA property.  The tour is limited to 20 people, so secure your spot by registering here today.

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Where: 1456 East 70th Street, Chicago

Sponsored by the Community Interface Committee and Habitat for Humanity.

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