On August 18th, 6pm, Archeworks will kick off their new series Archeworks Agendas 01 – a “platform for sharing ideas and projects that inspire change in Chicago and beyond. The event will showcase the work of emerging leaders, change-makers and critical thinkers who are challenging convention, approaching dilemmas and defining new tools and methods.” Free and open to the public. RSVP required.
The AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee completed a successful pilot program for a new Architect in Schools initiative for AIA Chicago! CIC Co-chairs Kaitlin Streyle of Muller+Muller and Alexis Stumpf of Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, Maya Bird-Murphy of Landon Bone Baker Architects, Eunkyu Choi of Gensler, Matthew McGrane of FARR, Chey Hsiao Taylor of SMNG A, and Allison Garwood Freedland of AIA Chicago led a class of eighth graders at Cameron Elementary School through a series of design exercises, ranging from sketching to neighborhood analysis, culminating in student-led proposals for design interventions in their community. With additional assistance from their dedicated teacher, Ms. Lahnna Addington, the program introduced students to design thinking, and sought to inspire them to look critically at the world around them and to empower them to effect positive change. For their final presentations, the Cameron Elementary School students prepared thoughtful statements about their Humboldt Park neighborhood and presented their proposals for desired safe study and play places to Alderman Roberto Maldonado and Principal Stephen Harden. Their ideas sparked an impassioned conversation about neighborhood safety and a commitment from the Alderman to facilitate community communication with the Chicago Police Department.
See photos from the 6 week program on CIC Picasa!
What does ethical redevelopment in Chicago look like to you? Join Place Lab’s first convening on the subject to hear and participate in the discussion Wednesday, June 22 from 2-5pm at Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois. Co-hosted by Theaster Gates and Steve Edwards and featuring Charlene Carruthers (National Director, Black Youth Project 100), Lisa Yun Lee (Director, UIC Department of Art and Art History), Kerwin Charles (Deputy Dean, UChicago Harris School of Public Policy), Mabel O. Wilson (Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in African American Studies in GSAS), Cathy Cohen (author, Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics) and more, this convening is sure to draw a crowd.
RSVP and more information here.
Archeworks is now accepting applications to the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design – a 12 week multidisciplinary design studio beginning in Fall 2016. Students will join a design team working on one of two projects: SELF <> CITY, a design studio to transform underutilized public plazas into cultural and economic catalysts in partnership with Latent Design and the Chicago Department of Transportation, or SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION, a design/build project exploring the conditions of urban disinvestment: housing foreclosures, building demolitions, loss of jobs, crime and violence in partnership with the National Public Housing Museum.
See the Archeworks website for more information and application materials.
What’s new at the public library in 2016? Are libraries still an essential community resource? What is the same and what has changed? How are library professionals and designers creating or adapting these facilities to meet today’s community needs?
Join this discussion on the 21st century library, sponsored by the Community Interface Committee
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 5:30 – 7pm
CPL Chinatown Branch Library, 2100 S Wentworth Avenue, Chicago
— Brian Bannon, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library
— Julianne Scherer, AIA (Nagle Hartray)
— Paul Steinbrecher, AIA (Interactive Design)
— Brian Lee, FAIA (Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP; designer of the Chinatown branch Library)
— Arthur Del Muro, AIA, Chicago Public Building Commission – moderator
IFF Real Estate Services, with Northwestern University, will be discussing innovations in development with mission-based organizations at this upcoming event! RSVP by emailing MPM-EMDC@Northwestern.edu
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
7:30 to 9:30 am
Continental breakfast provided
Kellogg Conference Center
340 East Superior Street, Chicago
Master of Project Management
Executive Management in Design and Construction
Are you interested in strengthening the link between architects and the greater community? Join the Community Interface Committee for our next planning meeting. We’ll provide an update and plot next steps for the ongoing Architects in Schools pilot 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 this year’s Housing theme. Register here: http://www.aiachicago.org/events/community-interface-committee-quarterly-meeting1#.VzHwm8di48Y
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00 PM
AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 250
Refreshments are provided; please bring your enthusiasm and ideas for promoting architecture’s involvement in the community. See you May 18 at 6pm!
There are a few seats remaining in AIA Illinois’ Master Class, a new series of intensive workshops designed to teach future firm leaders the essential business skills that they don’t teach in architecture schools.
The modules will be facilitated by seasoned and respected architects and professionals, which cover issues such as finances, firm roles, communications and client care.
Participants will learn:
• What it takes to run a firm so you can appreciate how decisions are made and impact on the bottom line
• About multipliers, P&Ls, overhead, cost of benefits, etc.
• How an employee is always an ambassador, even outside the office
• Soft skills and best practices for team-building
• Marketing for the client, not for your peers
Sunday, March 13 & Monday March, 14
Bloomington/Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
201 Broadway Ave
Normal, IL 61761
For more information and registration, see http://www.aiail.org/MasterClass
The Community Interface Committee will be holding its first planning meeting of 2016 on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00pm at AIA Chicago – 35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 250.
Please join us to discuss the theme for this year – Housing – and brainstorm possible events and directions. Bring your ideas for tours / presentations of community-focused residential projects and affordable housing initiatives, and suggestions for ways the CIC can participate in the greater dialogue.
We will also be discussing the progress and next steps for the Architects In Schools initiative, our volunteer program to integrate design skills into elementary school classrooms in partnership with Chicago Public Schools. Please attend to find out how you can get involved!
Help us plot the course for 2016 and reinforce a meaningful link between the architectural profession and the greater community.
THURSDAY / FEBRUARY 18, 2016 / 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
TINY HOMES: MAKING SMALL THINGS IN BIG DALLAS
AIA CHICAGO, 35 EAST WACKER DRIVE, #250
What does it take to create a community of tiny homes? Brent Brown, AIA, is coming to Chicago to serve on the jury for AIA Chicago’s Tiny Homes Competition, and he will give a talk on such a development under construction in his home town of Dallas. Brent is the founder and president of the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a Texas-based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP enriches the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of cities where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work.
[bc] has received several awards from AIA Dallas and Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA, the 2010 National AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Community-Informed Design, and a 2011 National SEED Competition award. In 2013, [bc] was awarded the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal for the Congo Street Initiative.
Currently under construction, the Cottages at Hickory Crossing will eventually consist of 50 tiny homes. Read what Curbed wrote about the project in December 2015 and The Architect’s Newspaper in January 2016.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Cottages at Hickory Crossing (courtesy bcWORKSHOP)