Archeworks Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design

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.

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June 8: Books And… : How Librarians and Architects are Designing the 21st Century Public Library

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

Register here!

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Driving Innovation in Real Estate Development with Mission-based Organizations

IFF Real Estate Services, with Northwestern University, will be discussing innovations in development with mission-based organizations at this upcoming event! RSVP by emailing

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
7:30 to 9:30 am
Continental breakfast provided

Kellogg Conference Center
Northwestern University
340 East Superior Street, Chicago

Hosted by
Master of Project Management
Executive Management in Design and Construction
Northwestern University

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CIC Planning Meeting: Wed. May 18 6pm

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:

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!

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Architecture in Practice

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

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CIC Planning Meeting – Feb. 10, 6pm

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.

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Feb. 18 – Brent Brown to speak at AIA Chicago

THURSDAY / FEBRUARY 18, 2016 / 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

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.
Brown Hickory Crossing
Cottages at Hickory Crossing (courtesy bcWORKSHOP)

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Navigating the Frontiers of Public Interest Design

Happy 2015 from the CIC!

To cap off this year, we are sharing a great article of interviews with four practitioners currently leading efforts in Public Interest Design:

We look forward to learning about and sharing inspiring news and events in the new year.


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Katherine Darnstadt on Activate! Chicago – POSTPONED

The Define, Design, Deploy event with Katherine Darnstadt originally scheduled for tonight is postponed for a later date to be announced by AIA Chicago.

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RFQ – ArtHouse, Gary IN

Request for Qualifications: Public Art Commissions at ArtHouse, Gary, IN
ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen (
Deadline: January 11, 2016
ArtHouse Artistic Director Theaster Gates and project leadership seek qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating temporary, original, site-responsive public artwork(s) for ArtHouse, an underutilized 15,000 square foot facility undergoing renovations in downtown Gary, Indiana. The re-imagined space will be ushered by two public art commissions, Illumination and Surface, each appealing to the catalytic power of art.
Applicants may submit their qualifications as early as December 1, 2015 and as late as January 11, 2016 on Slideroom at There will be two information sessions on the RFQ process. Remote video will be available to interested applicants.
Chicago: Thursday, December 17
4:00-5:00 pm
Arts Incubator ­– 301 E Garfield Blvd.
Gary: December 18
4:00-5:00 pm
Mama Pearl’s – 411 E 5th Ave.
For more information on the RFQ, including guidelines for submission, ArtHouse site images, profile of the City of Gary, RFQ disclosures, and more about the Bloomberg Public Art Challenge, please visit
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