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Visionary Chicago, an exhibition at the School of Architectue, University of Illinois at Chicago, through September 2, 2011 Chicago Then and Now, a Story by Lee Bey, at the City Gallery at the Water Tower, Chicago, through January 9, 2012 Firmness, Commodity and Delight: Architecture in Special Collections     Clare Lyster Edgar Miller, at the ArchiTech Gallery, May 7 through August 27, 2011   Chicago Model City, an exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation   Neighborhoods Go Green!, at exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation        
Visionary Chicago
along the Ramp Gallery, Arts and Architecture Building, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 West Harrison, through September 2, 2012
Chicago Then and Now, a Story by Lee Bey, at the City Gallery at the Water Tower, Chicago, through January 9, 2012 Firmness, Commodity, and Delight: Architecture in Special Collections
at the Special Collections Research Center Gallery, University of Chicago, through July 29, 2011.
    Clare Lyster:SYSTEMScapes
Drawing Distribution Flow, at showPOD, through July 31, 2011.
Edgar Miller
at the ArchiTech Gallery,May 7th through August 27, 2011.
  Chicago Model City
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
  Neighborhoods Go Green!
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

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   July 7 , Thursday

How Sidewalk Cafes Remade Downtown Chicago

12:15 - Millennium Room, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown
Free event

Presenters: John Holden and Joel Malkin

Sidewalk cafes have dramatically enlivened the street life of downtown Chicago in recent decades. As hard as it may now seem, these staples of city living were forbidden in Chicago until the mid-1980s when Friends of Downtown launched a successful lobbying effort to legalize them. Join Friends of Downtown and the Illinois Restaurant Association for a look at how sidewalk cafes have dramatically reshaped downtown dining in the summer.

Information: on-line.

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 p.m., City Hall, 121` N. LaSalle, Room 201`-A. Permit Review Committee immediately after (est. start time 1:30), 33 North LaSalle, Suite 1600
Open to the public

Monthly meeting.

Information and agenda on-line.

   July 12 , Tuesday

Chicago Community Development Commission

1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers, 121 North LaSalle
Open to the public

Monthly meeting.

Meeting schedules and agenda's on-line

   July 18, Monday

The Evolution of the Chicago Bridge: A Brief History in Four Acts

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Häfele America Chicago Showroom, 154 West Hubbard
Sponsor: Häfele America Chicago Showroom
Free event. Registration requiredJames S. Phillips talks about the Evolution of the Chicago Bridge: A Brief History
1.0 LU, AIA

Since the early days of our city, Chicago's success was due to its geography. The River was a key piece of the superhighway of its day – the link from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. As we grew, it was obvious that we had to cross the river. Moreover, whatever method used to cross the river could not interfere with river traffic. James S. Phillips, author of Two Miles, Eighteen Bridges: A Walk Along the Chicago River will present the story of the evolution of river crossings in Chicago, taken from research on the 18 bridges from N. Lake Shore Dr. to W. Van Buren St. Mr. Phillips also created and maintains the website, which contains a summary of the bridge and tour information presented in his book as well as photo galleries, videos and

Registration on-line. Information on-line.

   July 19, Tuesday

Tools for Great Lakes Planners in NOAA's Digital Coast

5:30 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA, 205 N. Michigan., Suite 1200,
Sponsor: American Planning Association\
Free event
CM 1.0

Panelists from NOAA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resource will present the results of these assessments and share how you can use some of the new tools and datasets in your community. Products featured will include climate adaptation training for planners, Tools for Great Lakes Planners in NOAA's Digital Coast, APA Chicago, July 19, 2011easy-to-use land cover and elevation data, and a publicly-available visualization tool.

Jim Schwab, AICP, is the Manager of APA's Hazards Planning Research Center and is APA's point of contact for the NOAA Digital Coast partnership. He is currently managing a FEMA-funded project to completely rewrite the 1998 PAS Report, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction. He has previously served as project manager and lead author for several PAS Reports, as well as leading or contributing to a number of other training and outreach projects on behalf of APA.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line

RAW Rumor

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Rodan, 1530 North Milwaukee Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Artists and architects will present work and discuss humor, narrative, representation, theory, history, and the social realm of architecture, through projects, proposals, comics, critique and jokes. Presenters: Joseph Altschuler, Jeff Carter, Aaron Jones, Jimenez Lai.

RSVP at the YAF meetup page.

   July 20, Wednesday

Master-Minding the Best Design-Build and IPD Contracts

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Practice Management KC, Design-Build Institute of America/Great Lakes Region
Free for members, $15.00 non-members.
Learning units: 1.5LU

What are the contractual ingredients that make for a successful Design-Build or Integrated Project Delivery project? As our profession explores the best practices in collaborative methods such as Design-Build and IPD, we must understand all the legal, insurance, and project management issues so that we can iron out these complexities in the proposal and contract before the work of the project begins. Attorneys Patrick Miller and Shiv Ghuman O’Neill, both from Baker & Daniels LLP, will review these two project delivery methods and explore the differences and similarities between them, comparing standard contract forms and lessons learned from the procurement process of an ongoing IPD project in the healthcare sector. An open discussion will follow the presentation.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Jewels in July - Archi-treasures annual benfit

6:00 -9:00 p.m. - Adobo Grill, 1610 North Wells
Sponsor: Arch-treasures
$75.00 in advance, $100.00 at the door, sponsorships available

Jewels in July brings together architects, artists, landscape architects, community builders and those who support them to celebrate the Jewels in July - Archi-treasures annual benefit, July 20th, 2011, Adobe Grill, Chicagowork of archi-treasures, a Chicago-based non-profit organization, benefitting under-served Chicago communities. The event takes place in the colorful comfort of the Adobo Grill and features mouthwatering cuisine and an open bar that includes a signature “treasurita”. A silent auction offers art, craft, photography, dinners, wine, spa treatments, sports and theater tickets and more. Raffle items will be available.

The archi-treasures board and staff will award Sharon Exley with the Gem of the Community Award. Exley is President of Architecture is Fun, one of the most respected architecture practices focusing on architecture for children.

Founded in 1996, archi-treasures is a non-profit, arts-based community development organization that improves the urban landscape. By partnering architects, artists, educators, and urban activists with community groups, students, and neighborhood organizations, archi-treasures facilitates creative, urban design solutions using a participatory design process.

Information: 773/772-4416; Information and tickets on-line.

   July 21, Thursday

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete

12:00 -1:00 p.m. - Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
This event is sponsored by Technical Issues KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-members.

Mike Kavanaugh, Sr., a 32-year veteran and innovator in the use of GFRC, will offer a fuller understanding of and new insight and ideas for architects who are not familiar with the GFRC material, In all of its uses from the beginnings as building cladding to uses in theme parks, zoos, aquariums, commercial applications, site amenities, erosion control, architectural items, new style CSIP panels, and GFRC over EPS home building, artificial rockwork, signage, countertops, shower stalls, and more. Bring your lunch or purchase a cafeteria ticket in the first-floor shop.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Chicago Plan Commission

Time and place tentative: 1:30 P.M., City Council Chambers 121 N. LaSalle Street
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line

   July 27, Tuesday

Organizing an IFRAA

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago IFRAA KC
Free event

We’re having a second meeting for those interested in establishing a local KC modeled after the national Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture. The national IFRAA “encourages and supports excellence in the design of worship spaces and their accoutrements. The IFRAA Knowledge Community is an association of professionals whose primary interest is religious facilities in a broad array of traditions.” Bring your ideas and your lunch; beverages provided.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Challenges of MEP Systems in Historic Structures and Sustainable Technologies

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC, APT Western Great Lakes Chicago
Free for members, $15.00 non-members.

Mark Nussbaum, PE, will discuss the challenges that are faced when trying to deal with aging infra-structure systems in historic buildings. Included will be a discussion of: the merits and appropriateness of retaining existing systems; designing and installing new and upgraded systems; and the use of sustainable system choices in historic buildings. Some case studies will be presented to highlight aspects of the discussion. Reception with complimentary drinks and snacks from 5pm till 5:45pm, presentation 5:45 till 7:00 p.m.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

2030 Challenge Meeting

5:00- 6:30 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago 2030 CommitmentCommittee
Free event

Anyone who is interested in the 2030 Challenge is welcome to join the chapter’s 2030 committee to share and learn more.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Community Interface Committee planning meeting

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee
Free event

Please join us and be a part of the planning and programming of the Community Interface Committee. We will discuss the continuation of our endeavors established over the past 18 months and review newly launched initiatives. Join us and make an impact with AIA in Chicago. Everyone is welcome.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

   July 28, Thursday

SEPCA cocktail party: Engineers discuss the recent Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear plant

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., cocktail reception, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., program, the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan, 22nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, SEPCA
$45.00 - (includes hors d’oeuvres and a drink)

The speaker will be John McLean of Sargent & Lundy, LLC who has been working with the Japanese on structural design of their reactor buildings and primary containments and has extensive experience in the structural design aspects of nuclear power plants. The topic is expected to include details on the quake and tsunami and comparisons of structural and nuclear design between the US and Japan.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling Donna Childs at the SEAOI office at (312) 726-4165 x200. Information on-line

3 Architects | 3 Different Approaches, presented by 180

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - IIT, Perlstein Hall Auditorium, 10 West 33rd
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Arquitectos, Chicago Women in Architecture, INOMA3 Architects|3 Different Approaches - Griffin, Koo, Saldana Natke, at Perlstein Hall, IIT, Chicago, July 28, 2011
$10.00 for members, $15.00 non-members.
1 LU

How do different approaches to practice and career building lead to a similar place in the field of architecture? Three leading architects, who happen to be women, will discuss their methodology and their ideas on where the practice of architecture has lead them and ideas for its future. Presenters/Panelists:

Moderator: Roberta Feldman, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Designing Your Careeer: Adding Value Through Licensure and Certification

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Columbus Auditorium of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 280 S. Columbus, 2nd floor. Look for AIA Chicago staff handing out entry passes which you will show to school security staff for admittance.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, NCARB, SAIC
Free event

You are invited to attend our annual introduction to the Intern Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Staff from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will be here from Washington, DC, to explain how to enroll and get the most out of your time in IDP and how to approach the ARE. IDP Coordinators will be there, and an architect member of the Illinois Architecture Licensing Board has been invited to participate. Whether you have started IDP or ARE or not, here’s the place to get your questions answered. Firm intern coordinators are encouraged to attend as well.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Introduction to Becoming A Fellow

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago and its fellows
Free event

All are welcome to learn more about becoming a Fellow of the AIA. Whether you have been nominated for Fellowship, or it’s an idea for your future, this session will give you insight into the process.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

   July 29, Friday

Growth in a Thawing Recession: Positioning for Recovery

1:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Intercontinental Chicago, 505 North MIchigan
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Academy of Architecture for Health (national AIA) and American College of Healthcare Architects
$150.00 for members and non-members

Opening day of three-day leadership summit.

Our nation’s healthcare reform continues to take shape in response to legislative and economic conditions that are slowly showing Growth in a Thawing Recession: Positioning for Recovery, Academy of Architecture for Health and  American College of Healthcare Architects leadership summer, July 29-30, 2011signs of recovery. The 2011 Summer Leadership Summit will provide insightful presentations on how we can assist healthcare providers in facing the new reality of the nation’s delivery system, reimbursements, the capital markets, and capital projects. Join us at the Summit to learn how our profession can continue to provide the needed design and planning services to create first-class environments for healthcare delivery. Registration is now open: early registration deadline is July 20.

On Friday, a one-hour workshop will provide healthcare architects with useful information to submit their credentials and prepare for the ACHA Exam. The seminar covers application materials, exam topics, sample questions, scoring criteria, and exam schedules.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.




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