Exhibitions
    Colombia:Transformed, an exhibition at the Instituto Cervantes, Chicago, through May 27, 2012   Loop Values: The How Much Does it Cost Shop, exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, opening February 17, 2012   The Navy Pier Competition Exhibition, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, through May   The World Finder, Pocket Guide to Hell, exhibition at Gallery 400, January 20 - March 3, 2012 Architectural Drawing: From Europe to America, at the ArchiTech Gallery, Chicago, January 6 to April 28, 2012   Architectural Drawing: From Europe to America, at the ArchiTech Gallery, Chicago, January 6 to April 28, 2012   Neighborhoods Go Green!, at exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation        
    Colombia: Transformed
at the Instituto Cervantes, 31 West Ohio, through May 27, 2012
  Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost Shop
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, opening February 17
  The Navy Pier Competition Exhibition
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, through Mid-May, 2012
  Ceci n?est pas une rÍverie: The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman
at the Graham Foundation,through May 19, 2012
American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design
at Willis Tower, through May 12, 2012
  Architectural Drawing: From Europe to America
at ArchiTech Gallery, through April 28, 2012
  Neighborhoods Go Green!
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
     

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April 2012 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events

« May 1, Tuesday »

Finalists Presentations for 2012 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

5:15 p.m., cash bar, dinner 6:00 p.m., program, 7:00 p.m. Pazzo's, 311 South Wacker
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$45.00 members, $65.00 non-members

Representatives from the firms named as finalists will present discussions of the merits of their projects before a panel of distinguished leaders in the construction industry.

The distinguished list of judges for the awards this year is as follows:

Announcement of Award winners will be made at the SEAOI Annual Banquet to be held on the evening of June 9, 2012 at the annual SEAOI Awards Banquet.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling Donna Childs at the SEAOI office at (312) 726-4165 x200 by Friday, April 28th. Early reservations are encouraged are strongly encouraged as the meeting is expected to sell-out. We do not expect to be able to accomodate walk-ins. Registration on-line. Information on-line.

First Tuesday Happy Hour AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum First Tuesday Happy Hour, at the Green Door Tavern, May 1, 2012

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., - The Green Door Tavern, 678 North Orleans
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

In 1872, right after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this two-story balloon frame structure was built with a detached cottage in the rear. Following the fire, Chicago passed a fire code prohibiting construction of wood commercial buildings in the Central Business District. 678 North Orleans is one of the few remaining frame structures built prior to this ordinance. In 1921, arestaurant was opened on the first floor, and many of the bar fixtures installed in the 1920’s still exist in the present bar and restaurant. Over the years, the restaurant was sold and renamed the Green Door Tavern, which was originated because a door painted green during Prohibition indicated the presence of a speakeasy. Today, the Green Door remains true to its historic roots. Half-price appetizers until 8 pm; drink specials all night.

Register at the Meetup page. Information online.

« May 2, Wednesday »

Religious Space: Form & Acoustic Response

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago IFRAA KC
Learning units: 1 LU/HSW
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

The most important architectural decision affecting the acoustic performance of a worship space is the overall shape and volume of the room. Gregory Miller and Ian Hoffman of Pin Drop Acoustics will illustrate the ways that the room form influences the acoustic environment, and present examples of the ways that different room shapes can be successfully used to support different worship styles and congregational preferences. Possibilities for correcting existing spaces will also be discussed, focusing on offsetting the challenges inherent in different room shapes.

Information and registration online.

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow? The City in a Garden

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Jula Bachrach talks about the new edition o f her book, The City in A Garden, A History of Chicago's Parks, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, May 2, 2012Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Julia S. Bachrach, Chicago Park District Historian

Julia S. Bachrach, who has served as historian and preservationist for the Chicago Park District for more than twenty years, has recently published a second edition of The City in a Garden, A History of Chicago’s Parks. The book illuminates the city’s 175-year commitment to its public parks and explains how luminaries such as architect Daniel H. Burnham, landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jensen, and social reformer Jane Addams shaped and in­fluenced Chicago’s venerable green spaces. Julia will share the recent research she uncovered for the book, and describe numerous restoration projects and newly-designed facilities that are highlighted in this second edition. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

In a Changing Light: Current Trends in Museum Design

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Arup
Learning units: 1.5 LU/HSW
Free event

The last 20 years have brought a crop of new and high profile art museums to North America, and to Europe. These projects have Andrew Sedgwick of Arup lectures on In a Changing Light: Current Trends in Museum Design, at AIA Chicago, May 2, 2012shared a number of fundamental program requirements with their predecessors – the need to safely house and successfully display works of art – but their designers have had to respond to a range of additional demands: the political pressure for iconic buildings that act as catalyst for urban regeneration, institutional and donor pressure for reduced carbon footprints, and the necessity of reduced operational costs, as endowments or public funding streams decline.

Arup has collaborated on the design of many of these projects, including the Menil Collection in Houston, the de Young in San Francisco, and the Tate Modern in London. Andrew Sedgwick, Director of Building Engineering at Arup’s London office, will describe how recent and current drivers have influenced the design of these and other projects, and how these designs have been technically resolved. The engineering design of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, together with the associated Nichols Bridgeway, will provide a particular focus for this exploration.

Information and registration online.

« May 3, Thursday »

The Chicago RiverThe Chicago River downtown development to be discussed by John Quail of Friends of the Chicago River for Friends of Downtown at the Chicago Cultural Center, May 3, 2012

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

Presenter: John Quail

The Chicago River has increasingly been the focus of an astonishing array of development in downtown Chicago in recent years. How this invaluable asset continues to evolve and what might be in store for its future will be examined in a lecture by John Quail, Friends of the Chicago River’s director of watershed planning..

Information: on-line.

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 p.m., City Hall, 121 North LaSalle, Room 201-A.

Monthly meeting, open to the public. Immediately following the meeting, the Permit Review Committee will hold is regular meeting in Room 1600, 33 North LaSalle.

Information and agenda on-line

Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center: Expansion and Integration

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
Learning units: 1.5 LU/HSW
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members

Mark Banholzer, AIA, Henry Chao, AIA, and Patricia Candeo, AIA (HOK) will speak about optimizing the integration from Mark Banholzer, Henry Chao and Patricia Candeo of HOK will discuss the Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center Expansion and Integration at AIA Chicago, May 3, 2012campuses and facilities to care delivery and disease research. That goal is the main driver of the new OSUMC Expansion Project, the largest facility expansion in OSU’s history. The 1.2m SF facility houses a comprehensive cancer treatment program including outpatient, inpatient, diagnosis, and multiple advanced technological treatment protocols, as well as a major addition to the critical and emergency care capacity of the medical center.

The realization of the project was enabled by several campus real-estate moves which provide the ideal setting for this large intervention. The building program and layout embodies the immersive integration of research and education in the clinical setting and a critical spatial arrangement to enable the realization of personalized care. Building planning captures all the contemporary thinking in patient safety, operational efficiency, flexibility, and creating a sustainable environment with emphasis on thermal and acoustic comfort. Landscape, architecture, and interior design apply the concept of “fractal” in bringing the spatial experience to the personal level within the setting of large institution.

I
nformation and registration online.

Lecture and Booksigning with Ted Wolner, author, Henry Cobb's Chicago

6:00 p.m., - Charnley-Persky House, 1365 North Astor
Sponsor: Society of Architectural Historians
$10.00 members, $15.00 non-members. Seating limited

The homes and commercial buildings that made Chicago famous automatically bring to mind brilliant architects like Louis Sullivan Lecture and Booksigning with Ted Wolner, author, Henry Ives Cobb's Chicago: Architecture, Institutions and the Making of a Modern Metropolis, at Charley-Persky House, Chicago, May 3, 2012and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. But few people remember Henry Ives Cobb (1859-1931), the man responsible for an extraordinarily rich chapter in the city's turn-of-the-century building boom. Fewer still realize Cobb's lasting importance as the designer of most of the city's principal civic and cultural institutions and as a major contributor to Chicago's unique architectural heritage.

Ted Wolner will speak about his latest book, Henry Ives Cobb's Chicago: Architecture, Institutions, and the Making of a Modern Metropolis, that tells the story of how Cobb established himself in Chicago and analyzes what made many of his buildings outstanding works of design. As the architect for the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Athletic Association, the Fisheries Building for the 1893 World's Fair, and the Chicago Federal Building, Cobb filled a huge institutional void with his inventive Romanesque and Gothic work.

Ted Wolner is a professor of architectural history and the Western humanities in the Department of Architecture and the Honors College at Ball State University

Registration on-line. Information online.

« May 4, Friday »

Annual Student Work Exhibition, award ceremony and reception, Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, May 4, 2012

Annual Student Work Exhibition

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Student Award Ceremony, Crown Hall, 3360 South State, Center Core; 5:30 - 7:30 Open House, Crown Hall and 3410 S. State
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

 

 

« May 5, Saturday »

Gene Summers MemorialGene Summers Memorial, Crown Hall, IIT College of Architecture, Chicago, May 5, 2012

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. program, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.,, reception, Crown Hall, 3360 South State,
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event. RSVP

A celebration of the life and legacy of architect, designer, sculptor, painter, educator and entrepreneur Gene Summers.

RSVP at 312/567.5030 for via email. Information: on-line.

« May 8, Tuesday »

The Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago's Next Great Park

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional & Urban Design KCThe Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago's Next Great Park, at AIA/Chicago, May 8, 2012
Learning units: 1 LU/HSW
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members

"Imagine a 3-mile-long elevated linear park and trail running through the heart of Chicago, connecting neighborhoods, the river, and Chicago's great park system. Built from a former rail line, the Bloomingdale Trail will make Chicago's residents healthier, get people to school and work faster, and provide communities with great chances to play and mingle" - Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail. Janet Attarian, AIA (Chicago Dept. of Transportation) and Carol Ross Barney, FAIA (Ross Barney Architects) will present their work on the the Bloomingdale Trail. The trail is envisioned as a multi-use recreational trail built along an inactive elevated rail line that follows Bloomingdale Avenue (1800-north) from Ashland (1600-west) to Ridgeway (3732 -west). They will discuss their roles in the project, its status, design elements, and the steps needed to advance the project. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.


Information and registration online.

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

Healthcare KC planning meeting

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
Free event

Please join us if your are working in the field of healthcare design or you'd like to learn more about it. Visit our LinkedIn page.


Information and registration online.

Archeworks Final Presentation + Review

6:00 p.m. - Access Living, 115 West Chicago
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free event. Space Limited. RSVP

Join us for an engaging evening as Archeworks' multidisciplinary design
Archeworks Final Presentation + Review at Access Living, Chicago, May 8th, 2012teams present two community-based design projects at their year-end review. These initiatives propose new paths for healthy and creative urban communities through design.

Archeworks, in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Rehabilitation Institute Cermak Creative Industries District is engaging in a City-led effort to transform an isolated industrial corridor into a new district for the creative industries. The proposed Cermak Creative Industries District, which borders the communities of Chinatown and Pilsen, will provide a mix of work spaces and collaborative opportunities for diverse enterprises that are part of Chicago’s expanding creative industries sector.

A second project, Sustainable Food and Design, partners with Growing Power Chicago, a nationally recognized pioneer in grassroots urban food systems work, and the Rehabilitation Institute, in a multi-year design initiative will focus on how urban communities feed themselves and explore relationships to healthy food.

RSVP on-line. Information on-line.

Jack Quinan :: Structural Complex: Wright's Darwin D. Martin House

7:30 p.m. - Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Structural Complex: Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House, a lecture by Jack Quinan at Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois, May 8, 2012Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
$15.00, members, seniors and students $12.00

In 1903, Frank Lloyd Wright designed one of his earliest and most important projects, the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, NY -- an innovative structure for a very conservative client. Jack Quinan, historian of architecture, professor as SUNY, and senior curator of the Martin House, discusses how Wright's revolutionary take on structure and space resulted in an expansive and elegantly detailed home.

Purchase tickets on-line. Information on-line.

« May 9, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow? The Future of North Grant Park

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Gia Biagi of the Chicago Park District and Paul Seck and Matt Urbanski of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates discuss The Future of North Grant Park at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, May 9, 2012Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Gia Biagi, Director of Strategy and Policy, Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Park District; Paul Seck, Associate Principal and Matt Urbanski, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

North Grant Park is poised for a dramatic transformation. The existing Daley Bicentennial Plaza needs to be dismantled to provide repairs for the garage below. The new park currently being designed to replace it will introduce a diverse range of new park program and landscape experiences that create greater urban connectivity between many important cultural and recreational sites. Community-inspired design principles will guide Chicago Parks District and the project designers in the implementation of a vibrant living landscape, to be completed in 2015, that will draw visitors from near and far for relaxation and recreation.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Fire Sprinklers in the International Building Code

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., - 35 EastWacker Conference Center, #260
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KC
Learning units: 1 LU/HSW
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members

Fire sprinklers are on the mind of every construction designer and decision-maker. Jeff Hugo, CBO and Manager of Codes for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, will explain fire sprinkler requirements in the International Building Code (IBC) for new construction. The fire sprinkler concept and designs occur in the building code over 125 times in over 17 chapters. Participants will become comfortable navigating the IBC and become familiar with IBC terminology, while understanding how design limitations are lifted when fire sprinklers are installed.

Information and registration online.

Chemistry Rocks! Improv Techniques for Connecting with Clients

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Practice Management KC
Learning units: 1.5 LU
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members

When your firm makes a presentation to win new business, are they behaving like a true team? Does the audience (composed of decision-makers and influencers) believe that your team is credible and effective? In business development, once we’ve been shortlisted we often return to a level playing field with our competitors. Everyone is qualified. So what’s the ultimate edge for the winning team? Often, it’s chemistry---between one another, and with the prospective client. Difficult to define, but easy to recognize, chemistry becomes a decision maker’s top priority when all else is equal. Yet, when we’ve assembled teams comprised of diverse disciplines and specialty consultants, how do we best communicate the chemistry the client seeks?

Practicing improvisation exercises serves as an effective method for team members to strengthen their overall chemistry. Savvy business professionals recognize that mastering improvisation skills results in a myriad of team-building benefits: confidence; on-the-spot-thinking; high energy; collaboration; authenticity; and more. Anne Scarlett, Scarlett Consulting, will explore the specific exercises to unleash the hidden improviser in every attendee. Come to this session with the intention of being an open-minded and active participant.

Information and registration online.

Innovation and Opulence: Stanford White and the Kingscote Dining Room

6:00 p.m. - Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie
Sponsor: Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Free event, reservations required.

At the time of its completion in 1881, the Kingscote dining room was unlike anything previously built in Newport, Rhode Island. Departing from earlier stylistic traditions, the space epitomizes the eclectic aesthetic that defined the early work of its designer, Caitlin Emery lectures on Innovation and Opulence: Stanford White and the Kingscote Dining Room, at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, May 9 and 10, 2012Stanford White, and identified the clients, Mr. and Mrs. David King, Jr. as discernible patrons of the arts. Trained as a painter, White’s prowess is evident in the careful blending of materials and the use of light, texture, and color. The Kingscote dining room helped establish White as a designer and tastemaker, and illustrates the idea of “cultural fusion,” drawing inspiration from Elizabethan, Japanese, Moorish, Aesthetic, and American Colonial sources.

This program will be presented by Caitlin Emery, Museum Programs Coordinator at the Preservation Society of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island. She received her B.A. (2007) in Cultural and Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University and her M.A. (2009) from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. In addition to her work at the Preservation Society, Ms. Emery has been involved with projects at Winterthur Museum Garden and Library, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, and the Biggs Museum of American Art.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line.

« May 10, Thursday »

Architectural Arts Studio: Creating and Restoring Interior Artistry

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Architectural Arts Studio: Creating and Restoring Interior Artistry, a program with Patricia Zimmerman and Terry VanderWell of EverGreene Architectural ARts, at AIA Chicago, May 10, 2012Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC
Learning units: 1 LU/HSW
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Patricia Zimmerman and Terry VanderWell of EverGreene Architectural Arts will discuss how the architectural arts studio can support many aspects of developing projects involving the creation and restoration of interior artistry. For historic interiors, this includes conducting historic finishes analyses, plaster surveys and mural conservation cleaning tests. For new interiors, whether historically inspired or contemporary, new decorative paint schemes and murals, as well as new cast ornament enhancements, can be created and implemented in collaboration with the architect, producing extraordinary results. Patricia Zimmerman has been active in the architectural arts for more than a decade, with extensive project experience ranging from the small jewel of a rural church to the magnificence of the U.S. Capitol. Since 1998, Terry VanderWell has led the Chicago office of EverGreene, serving the central, western, and southern regions of the U.S.

Information and registration online.

Critics' Challenge:Does Modernism Still Have Meaning?

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.., Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist, 55 E. Wacker
Sponsor: Save Prentice Coalition, Preservation Chicago
Free event. Reservations required.

Harry Weese's stunning 1968 Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist is the perfect setting for Pulitzer-Prize winning writer and Architecture Critic for Vanity Fair, Paul Goldberger, Editor of Architect magazine, Ned Cramer, and Chicago's own Lee Bey, Architecture Contributor for WBEZ, to take a hard look at the legacy of Modernism in Chicago. Explore what Modernism means today, why it still matters (or does it?), and the main impediments we face in saving our Modern heritage.

Reservations and information on-line.

Beyond Burnham Roundtable Discussion: Re-Envisioning Navy Pier

6:00 p.m., cocktail reception, 6:30 p.m. program - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, DePaul University
Free event - registration required
AIA/CES: 1Re-Envisioning Navy Pier, roundtable discussion at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, May 10, 2012

A roundtable discussion will discuss the historic planning efforts during the period between 1989 and 1994 and the lessons learned as Chicago embarks on a new master plan for the Pier. Panelists will include:

Registration on-line. Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

A-can-emy Awards Gala and Cocktail Party

6:00 - 8:30 p.m., - Merchandise Mart LobbyA-can-emy Awards Gala and Cocktail Party, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, May 10,2012
Sponsor: Greater Chicago Food Depository,Whole Foods Market
$25.00. Purchase tickets in advance as this event sells out.

The Sixth Annual Canstruction Chicago opens to the public. More than 95,000 pounds of food from the 19 colossal structures of the design/build competition will go to provide food for hungry people in Cook County. Chicago architects, engineers, and construction companies are showing off their designs and engineering genius to aid in the cause to fight hunger. All cans used in the structures benefit the Food Depository.

Please bring a canned food donation to the party (or another time) and drop it in one of the Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Drive barrels. Can't attend? Donate to the virtual food drive.

Canstruction is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. One Can® to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures. One Can® to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

Purchase tickets on-line. Information and registration online.

Innovation and Opulence: Stanford White and the Kingscote Dining Room

6:00 p.m. - Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie
Sponsor: Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Free event, reservations required.
NOTE: This program is now full. Also presented May 9th.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line.

« May 11, Friday »

Hospital Construction in the Cloud, with Dean Julio Ottino of the McCormick School of Engineering, Ken Kaiser of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and John Goecke, Plans and Specs, at the Lurie Hospital, Chicago, May 11, 2012

Hospital Construction in the Cloud

7:30 a.m., registration/continental breakfast, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., program - Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Lurie Building/Searle Conference Room, 303 East Superior, First Floor
Sponsor: Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering
Free event. Seating limited: RSVP

Presentation by Dean Julio Ottino, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University; Ken Kaiser, Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and John Goecke, Plans and Specs

RSVP via email.

Friends of the Parks 2012 Parks Ball 23rd Annual Gala

Galleria Marchetti, 825 West ErieFriends of the Parks, Chicago, 2012 Parks Ball 23rd Annual Gala honors Ernest Wong of the Site Design Group, May 11, 2012
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks
$225.00

Friends of the Parks will honor Ernest Wong, Principal of Site Design Group. Ernest Wong was selected as this year’s Parks Ball honoree for his outstanding designs for new Chicago Parks. Each of the parks was uniquely and thoughtfully designed to reflect the neighborhood in which they are located. The parks were so successful that each has become the heart center of their neighborhood.

The Parks Ball begins with cocktails, silent auction and a special performance, ollowed by a sit-down dinner, a ceremony to honor Ernest Wong, and dancing. Our guests will include leaders from Chicago’s civic, business, environmental and cultural communities. The event will showcase the importance of parks as critical places in neighborhoods to play, exercise, relax, find beauty and escape the stresses of urban life. Your support of the Parks Ball will enable us to take steps to implement The Last Four Miles Plan by acquiring 100 acres of land for a new lakefront park.

Information and purchase tickets on-line.

Small Project Awards and Exhibition

5:3030 p.m., - 4325 North Ravenswood Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Practice Management KC
Free event

Celebrate the exceptional design work being produced by Chicago’s small architecture firms. Free to architects, clients and friends. Project entries will be on display. Learn about AIA Chicago's Small Project Group at its LinkedIn page and its Facebook page.

Purchase tickets on-line. Information and registration online.

« May 12, Saturday »

2nd Annual Clarke House Museum History Symposium -
When Chicago Was Young: Celebrating the 175th Annniversary of Incorporation

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., preceded by breakfast at 9:30, optional tours of Glesser House at 4:00, Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie, Coach House
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum, Clarke House Museum
$25.00, $20.00 students, docents and Dames, breakfast and lunch provided

The theme of this year's symposium will be When Chicago Was Young: Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Incorporation. Presentations will focus on early Chicago history near the period of the city's incorporation in 1837. An exhibit of c. 1837 artifacts from the collection of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Illinois collection at Clarke House Museum will be on display.

Prepaid reservations (required) at 312/326.1480. Information on-line.

« May 15, Tuesday »

Stanley Tigerman: Architecture and Education

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Education KC
Learning units: 1 LU
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Stanley Tigerman, FAIA (Tigerman McCurry Architects) has long been one of Chicago's most widely influential architects, has been an important architect as well as educator. In this talk on Architecture and Education, he will share his insights on architecture for education, as well as Education for, and of, architects. Stanley Tigerman will discuss architecture for, and conducive to, education. His own design experience ranges widely, and includes educational, library, museum, and other relevant project types. He will discuss educational facilities created by others. And he will discuss the current state of architectural education, as well as his thoughts on architecture and education in general.

Throughout his career Stanley has stressed both architecture and education. He has taught and lectured widely, and has played an important role in architectural education, having held visiting architectural professorial chairs at a number of leading university architectural schools including Yale and Harvard. He was the director of the School of Architecture at UIC and the director of Archeworks, which he co-founded with Eva Maddox, FIIDA, to provide an alternative design school dedicated to socially and environmentally responsible design and community improvement. For decades, Stanley has done more to animate, inspire, and goad architectural thinking in Chicago than anyone else. This promises to be an enlightening, inspiring, and challenging talk.

Information and registration online.

An Introduction to the Living Building Challenge

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC/COTE
Learning units: 1.5 LU/HSW/SD
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members.

Susan F. King, AIA (Harley Ellis Devereaux), Living Building Challenge Ambassador, will present and answer questions regarding the Living Building Challenge certification program and associated resources. The Living Building Challenge defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions. This certification program covers all building at all scales and is a unified tool for transformative design, allowing us to envision a future that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. Whether your project is a single building, a park, a college campus or even a complete neighborhood community, the Living Building Challenge provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.

Information and registration online.

« May 16, Wednesday »

Accessibility in Residential Buildings and Related Recreation

9:30 - 11:30 a.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Residential KC
Learning units: 2 LU/HSW
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members.

Architect Denise R. Arnold is an independent accessibility consultant. She served as program director for the Architectural Services Unit of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities from 2000 to 2006. During her tenure, she was the co-chair of the Accessibility Code Committee authorized to create Chapter 18-11 of the Chicago Building Code. Chapter 18-11 incorporated accessibility requirements found in the Illinois Accessibility Code, the Fair Housing Amendments Act and newly proposed 2004 changes to the Americans with Disability Act Accessibility Guidelines which were enacted into law earlier this year.

Chapter 18-11 also contains unique requirements for accessible adaptable dwelling units in townhouses and accessible usable windows in public accommodations and residential dwelling units. Ms. Arnold will review highlights to Chapter 18-11 essential to designing and permitting a residential project of four or more dwelling units in a single structure in the City of Chicago, address recreational requirements that may be found in larger residential projects or campuses. At the conclusion of the presentation, Ms.Arnold will offer a brief, one-on-one reviews of permit-ready drawings for accessibility-code compliance, so if you'd like her input, bring a drawing with you.

Information and registration online.

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow? Garden in the Machine

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
Jeanna D'Augustino Ripple of Studio/Gang discusses The Garden in the Machine, a proposal for Cicero in MOMA's exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, May 16, 2012AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Jeana D’Augustino Ripple, Design Team Member, Studio/Gang

Developed by a Studio/Gang-led interdisciplinary team for MoMA's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream exhibition, on view through July 30, 2012, "The Garden in the Machine" is a proposal reimagining the inner-ring suburb of Cicero to better meet the living and working needs of its residents. Cicero, a former factory town with a high immigrant population, struggles with the foreclosure of its industrial properties as well as its homes. “The Garden in the Machine” demonstrates how the remains of Cicero's industry could be transformed into healthy, thriving neighborhoods by improving the land using nature and technology, combining housing and jobs within flexible live/work structures made from reused materials, implementing a new form of ownership that decouples the land from the house, and revising the zoning code. Join Studio Gang for a detailed look at the proposal and how it's designed to help Cicero become a successful "arrival city" where new immigrants can pursue their unique American Dreams.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

BIM from Beginning to End: Creating a Complete Project in 90 Minutes

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Practice Management KC
Learning units: 1.5 LU
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members.

This event is for anyone at any level in any architecture firm considering, or in the process of implementing, or looking to improve how they use and manage BIM/Revit programs and methods. Brian DeYoung, AIA, Digital Design Manager at SOM in Chicago, will take a single project through the entire design process from concept design to construction documents using Revit. He will focus on the advantages and the challenges of using BIM/Revit at all the key milestones in the life of an architectural project.

Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to explain how to set-up an architectural project in Revit and establish an organizational structure including worksets and linked file relationships. (2) Participants will be able to describe how to create views in Revit for the purposes of modeling and for documentation and be able to explain the differences between these view types and that advantages of having both in a project file. (3) Participants will be able to explain how to adapt a Revit model to the appropriate level of detail for each phase of a project, and how to change the level of detail of components within the model. (4) Participants will be able to explain how to create sheets in Revit and document a project in Revit.

Information and registration online.

« May 17, Thursday »

Commercial Real Estate Career Trends and Emerging Employment Opportunities

7:45 a.m., registration, 8:15 a.m., program, 9:00 - 9:15 a.m., Q&A- DrinkerBiddle, 191 N. Wacker Drive, 37th Floor
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago Chapter
$50.00 for members; $70,00 members, $15.00 student member, $25.00 student non-member, $30.00 Young Leader members

Whether you are a senior executive or an entry-level realty professional, you need to know about real estate employment trends. This timely presentation will help identify your marketability and gauge your skill set in today’s dynamic commercial real estate job market

Panelists will include John DiMare, Partner, Crown Advisors, Inc.; Ward P. Feste, President, Peregrine Group LLC; and Fred Kapel
Assistant Vice President Recruiting Manager,The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. Martin Stern, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, U.S. Equities Realty, LLC, will moderate.

Information and registration on-line.

Typography of Courtyard Apartments: Rogers Park 1907-1933

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Cultural Center, 77 West Randolph, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd floorTypography of Courtyard Apartments: Rogers Park 1907-1933, lecture by Larry Shure for Landmarks Illinois at the Chicago Cultural Center, May 17, 2012
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free event

Presentation by Larry Shure, planner and preservationist

Courtyard apartment buildings are surprisingly easy to overlook. After all, it's the things we see every day that are the easiest to ignore. Larry Shure, planner, preservationist, and Rogers Park resident, will discuss the history and architecture of this overlooked building type and will present some of the information and exhibits developed for his blog, Ultra Local Geography. Join us during Preservation Month for this informative and whimsical presentation.

Information: on-line.

ARE Review Course: Building Design & Construction Systems - Part 1

6:00 - 8:45 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
$30.00. Beverages and snacks will be provided at all classes and tutorials.

AIA Chicago offers a review course for those preparing to take the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) required for licensure. The course will cover each of the seven exam divisions with eleven lectures on Thursdays and nine optional tutorials on Mondays. Mike Newman (SHED Studio principal; Adjunct Associate Professor at IIT; Adjunct at SAIC) coordinates the course and teaches many of the sessions. Other architects and engineers will lead the remaining sessions.
While no lecture can cover the entire range of issues within each topic area, these classes will give you a balanced sense of the type of subject matter that is on the exam and provide a strong base for individual study and use of study guides.

Handouts for each lecture will be sent by e-mail to participants on morning of each Thursday class for printing. Sample problems and answer sheets will be distributed at each Monday tutorial.

This year we’re trying a new schedule, one with breaks between topics to encourage participants to take the ARE exams throughout the course and move forward to a successful completion of the exam process.

Information and registration online.

« May 18, Friday »

Preservation Chicago Spring Fundraiser at Mars Gallery

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Mars Gallery, 1139 West Fulton
Sponsor: Preservation Chicago
$25.00 in advance; $30.00 at the door

Join Preservation Chicago at our annual Spring fundraiser where we will toast the winners of our Photograph Chicago contest. We are Preservation Chicago Spring Fundraiser at Mars Gallery in the Fulton Market District, May 18, 2012excited to be holding the event at Mars Gallery in the historic Fulton Market District. This turn-of-the-century warehouse loft was originally occupied by the Empire Butter and Egg Company. Mars specializes in contemporary pop art and outsider artwork.

You will also have the opportunity to bid on the winners of the photography contest with all proceeds going back to Preservation Chicago.

Ticket price includes beer, wine, light hors d'oeuvres and live music in a lovely gallery setting.

Information and purchase tickets on-line.

« May 19, Saturday »

Tour: The Mather, A Continuing Care Retirement Community

10:00- 11:30 a.m., - 425 Davis Street, Evanston (approximately 3 blocks east of Davis stop on CTA Purple Line)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design for Aging KC
Learning units: 1.5 LU/HSW
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members.

Join Sara McVey, Experience Director at The Mather, along with MatherLifeways staff members for a tour of The Mather, their recently completed Repriorment™ community. This Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCCR), located in the heart of Evanston, includes independent senior apartments, assisted living, rehab, memory support and skilled nursing. We will tour these residential areas as well as The Mather’s variety of amenity areas including seven dining venues, health club and day spa, and rooftop garden. The design of The Mather was developed with input from the MatherLifeways Institute on Aging with a focus active aging and redefining retirement.
Limited to 25 participants.

Information and registration online.

« May 21, Monday »

Investigating Historic Interiors

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Häfele America Chicago Showroom, 154 West Hubbard
Sponsor: Häfele America Chicago Showroom
Free event. Registration required
1.0 LU/HSW, AIA

Anthony Kartsonas is the principal of Historic Surfaces LLC and an architectural conservator specializing in finishes and traditional materials. He has experience with projects involving the restoration and conservation of painted surfaces, wood finishes, plaster, scagliola, & murals. Some of his recent projects include the Glassner House in Glencoe, IL designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Monroe Building in Chicago.

Information: on-line.

« May 22, Tuesday »

2030 Commitment Working Group meeting

5:00 - 6:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago 2030 Commitment Working Group
Free event

Everyone is welcome to join us and learn more about the 2030 Challenge.

Information online.

Closing the Gap: Public/Private Financing Tools and Development Feasibility

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

Tax increment financing (TIF) has always been a key tool in the municipal arsenal to make high-quality development projects Tony Smith of S.B. Friedman lectures on Closing the Gap: Public/Private Financing Tools and Development Feasibility, at APA Chicago, May 22, 2012possible. Since the recession and real estate crash, TIF and other innovative public/private financing mechanisms such as tax credits, loan guarantees, and gap loans, have been more critical than ever.

Tony Smith, AICP, of S.B. Friedman Development Advisors will discuss the principles of "when and how to TIF," sharing case studies and approaches for getting the deal done. He will cover the new applications of public/private financing that have emerged since the recession and suggest lessons learned from these applications.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line.

« May 23, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow? Lincoln Elementary School's Environmental Study Center: Construction and Features

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
architects Odile Compagnon and David Offenberg discuss Lincoln Elementary School's Environmental Center at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, May 23, 2012Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Odile Compagnon, Odile Compagon Architect;
David Offenberg, Offenberg Tiritilli, Ltd. Architect of Record and Basil Tiritilli, Offenberg Tiritilli, Ltd.

This presentation tells the story of the planning, design, funding and construction, between 2005 and 2011, of an environmental sciences learning center addition to a historic Chicago Public School building located in Lincoln Park. From the first grant application to the planting of a green roof by the school children, we will describe the parallel process through which the academic curriculum and the addition were developed. This parallel process was a collaborative participation of school teachers, non-academic staff, students, members of the local community and several interested organizations. The presentation will include a detailed discussion of the architectural features that turned this addition into a learning lab.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Shunde, A Chinese Eco City DistrictPaul Sterner of Oculus Architcture lectures on Shunde, A Chinese Eco City District at the Riverside Public Library, May 23, 2012

7:00 p.m. - Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside
Sponsor: Riverside Public Library, the Frederick Olmsted Society
Free event

Lecture by Paul Sterner, AIA of Oculus Architecture. Riverside resident Paul Sterner's architecture firm recently participated in an urban design competition project in southern China.  The firm’s winning scheme emphasized three key attributes; working with nature, ecology, and land conservation.  Two important elements to the design include a grand riverfront park and a central park canal way, which is an outdoor room defined by the architecture. 

Information: on-line.

« May 24, Thursday »

Innovation in Architectural Structure

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KC
Learning units: Learning units:
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members.

Michael Marshall, general manager of StructureCraft Builders (British Columbia), will focus on the design-build process as it relates to Michael Marshall of StructureCraft Builders discusses Innovatioin in Architectural Structure at AIA Chicago, May complex and highly visual structures featuring the prominent use of wood. Examples will include the new Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, the first heavy timber structure of its size to be built in modern Washington, DC; Olympic speed skating oval built for the Vancouver Olympics, which features a six-acre, free-spanning wood roof ; and the recently completed Van Dusen Gardens Visitor Center in Vancouver designed by Busby, Perkins + Will.

Michael Marshall oversees the complete design-build process: business development, engineering, 3D parametric modeling, prefabrication, and erection. He has managed several complex timber structures, including the Olympic Speed Skating Oval and Arena Stage, and has managed the prefabrication and testing facility. Prior to joining StructureCraft four years ago, Michael spent ten years in various roles related to glulam manufacturing.

Lunch will be provided by WoodWorks - Central US, so please make a reservation. And join the Technical Issues KC.

Information and registration online.

Chicago Plan Commission

Time and place tentative: 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers 121 N. LaSalle Street
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line

ARE Review Course: Building Design & Construction Systems - Part II

6:00 - 8:45 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
$30.00.

Information and registration online.

University of Chicago—The Grey City Transformed

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Rubloff Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South MichiganUnversity of Chicago-The Grey City Transformed, a panel discusison with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Ann Beha, Jamie Carpenter and Steve Wiesenthal sponsored by the Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, May 24, 2012
Sponsor: Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago
$15.00 general public, $10.00 members, $5.00 students

A panel discussion featuring architects and designers Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Ann Beha, and Jamie Carpenter, all who have designed new or renovated existing buildings on the University of Chicago campus, is moderated by Steve Wiesenthal, associate vice president and university architect at the University of Chicago. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects designed the new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus.

Information: call Jennifer Breckner at 312/443.3631 or via email, or on-line.

« May 30, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: How Does Your (city in a) Garden Grow? 1990s Restoration and Landscape Renovation at Graceland Cemetery

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Ted Wolff of Wolff Landscape Architecture discusses the 1990's Restoration and Landscape Renovation at Graceland Cemetery at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, May 30, 2012Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Ted Wolff, ASLA, Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc., Chicago

Join Ted Wolff, landscape consultant to the Trustees of Graceland Cemetery, for a discussion on the internationally acclaimed recent restoration of Graceland Cemetery’s landscape, consistent with the original “Prairie Spirit in Landscape Gardening” design style of O.C. Simonds ” (1855-1931). Mr. Wolff will be introduced by John Notz, officer and Trustee of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund, which has managed the cemetery since the 1930s.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

« May 31, Thursday »

BIM Execution Plan (BEP) and Model Integration Sessions (MIS)

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Chicago BIM/IPD Community, TAP KC, others
Learning units: 1.5 LU
Free event.

Sharing Building Information Model data across diverse project teams and with Facility Managers to derive ongoing benefits will be presented by award-winning US General Services Administration (GSA) Region 5 building team members based in Chicago.

A GSA Region 5 BIM Team will present ways to gain benefits based on their real-world work together. Representatives from the GSA and the private firms that serve it will present their lessons learned for other owners, designers, contractors and facility managers.

The GSA BIM Execution Plan will be presented as focusing on management of multiple BIM processes. GSA Model Integration Sessions will be shown to include key stakeholder participation that are critical to improving BIM workflows and project outcomes.

The Chicago Federal Center Plaza team has adopted Model Integration Sessions for As-Built Model creation that meets the owner’s needs. The unified team identified and resolved BIM challenges in design and provided solutions during construction. The team will also include a discussion on "practicing BIM" as compared to "using Revit."

The U.S. General Services Administration Region 5 established award winning BIM Standards in 2010. Since then, it has been implemented by several design and construction teams. The Chicago Federal Center Plaza Team won an 2011 AIA BIM for their work together. Chicago Federal Center Plaza Team presenters will include: Richard Gee, AIA BIM champion, GSA Region 5;
Kristin Wheeler BIM champion, GSA Region 5; Ryan Dooley Project Manager, Vistara Construction; Eric Dexter, Assoc. AIA Assistant Project Manager, Berglund Construction; and Daniel Poloz Senior BIM designer, True Design Services

Information and registration online.

 

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