Exhibitions
  Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 24, 2012 - February 24, 2013 Wright's Roots, a exhibition at the Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, Exhibition at the ArchiTech Gallery, Chicago, September 7 - December 29, 2012 The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank, exhibition at the Sewdish American Museum, Chicago, opening The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago, exhibition at the Chicago Architeture Foundation
The Formtion of the Japanese Print Collection at the Art Institute:  Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School
Loop Values: The How Much Does it Cost Shop, exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, opening February 17, 2012   Bus Rapid Transit: Next Stop, Chicago, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation                      
  Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity
at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through September 23, 2012
Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
at the Art Institute of Chicago/ Opening September 24, 2012 - February 24, 2013
Wright's Roots
at the Expo 72 Gallery, through October 14, 2012
Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design
at ArchiTech Gallery, opening September 7, through December 29, 2012
The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank
at the Swedish American Museum, opening September 21, through November 25, 2012
The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Formation of the Japanese Print Collection at the Art Institute: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School
at the Art Institute of Chicago, through November 4, 2012
Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost Shop
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
  Bus Rapid Transit: Next Stop, Chicago
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
                   

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April 2012 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events

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« September 4, Tuesday »

First Tuesday Happy Hour at Artemide Showroom

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Artemide Showroom, 233 West Erie
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum, Artemide
Free event

Please join YAF for our First Tuesday Happy Hour sponsored by Artemide. Meet and mingle the creative showroom displaying trend-setting lighting designs and enjoy drinks and appetizers compliments of Artemide.

Register at the Meetup page. Information online.

Pecha Kucha Chicago Volume #23Pecha Kucha Chicago Volume #23

8:20 - 10:30 p.m. - Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln
Sponsor: Pecha Kucha Night Chicago
$10.00

PechaKucha Night brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of
lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 545 cities around the world.

Chicago’s Volume 23 features 6 minutes and 40 seconds each of photographer and Mayor Daley confidant Lee Bey, designer Jessica Calek, artist Melanie Feerst, PK Rockford organizer Jeffrey Fleming, designer Kara Kotwas, the mysterious Eric Lomonaco, Table XI CEO Mark Rickmeier, artist Chalie Vinz, designer Robyn Paprocki and Cathy Foti of Reed Construction Data.

The official poster of Volume 23 is designed by Firebelly Design’s Nick Adam. PechaKucha Chicago originator Peter Exley and a PechaKucha Night alum will emcee.

Buy tickets on-line. Information on-line.

« September 6, Thursday »

Diane Dillon discusses the Newberry Library for Friends of Downtown at the Chicago Cultural Center, September 6, 2012

The Newberry Library

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

Presentation by the Newberry Library's Diane Dillon.

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

« September 7, Friday »

Introduction to Bridge Design For Building Engineers taking the S.E. Exam

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8 (Continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m.) - 134 N. LaSalle, Suite 775 (SEAOI offices – tenant conference room)
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,

$600.00 per person members, $800.00 non-members by August 28, $750.00 and $950.00 thereafter
14 hours of continuing education credit

SEAOI is pleased to present a two-day class geared toward building engineers who wish to increase their knowledge of bridge design, particularly as they prepare for the SE Exam. This seminar will be led by Tony Shkurti, Senior Structural Engineer and a principal engineer in HNTB’s Chicago office and a nationally recognized authority in structural engineering. His research includes seismic retrofit of bridge substructures, redundancy of bridge superstructures, bracing systems, fatigue and fracture behavior of steel bridges, infrastructure security risk assessment and mitigation, and vehicular impact analysis. He has presented and published in numerous venues.

More information and registration form on-line.

« September 8, Saturday »

Women's Architectural League Foundation Scholarship Recognition Brunch with Dan Wheeler

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Renaissance Chicago Hotel, 1 West Wacker
Sponsor: Women's Architectural League FoundationArchitect Dan Wheeler to speak at Women's Architectural League Foundation Scholarship Recognition Brunch at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, September 8, 2012
$40.00 members; $45.00 non-members, Students $35.00

Chat with WALF scholarship recipients and professors from IIT, UIC and UIUC, enjoy a breakfast buffer with omelet station, seasonal fruits, pastries, juice, coffee or tea, and listen to a presentation from Dan Wheeler, FAIA of Wheeler Kearns Architects.

RSVP by September 4, checks payable to WALF, to Cynthia Goldberg, 3180 N Lakeshore Drive, #4E, Chicago, IL 60657. Information: 773-529-9960

« September 10, Monday »

Women of Influence: The Achievements of Women in Chicago's Early History

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

During Chicago’s period of growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women played a hugely influential role. Chicago’s Women of Influence:  The Achievements of Women in Chicago's Early History, at Hńfele America Chicago Showroom, September 10, 2012women participated in the Underground Railroad, exhibited the first Modern Art paintings, created the juvenile justice system, and broke up a plot to kill President Lincoln.

Join us for an event celebrating the achievements of women in Chicago’s early history. The women featured in this presentation brought wealth and status, intelligence and energy, and a passion for ideas to build a better urban environment for all citizens. The lecture also illustrates the influence of women on some of the city’s most significant architecture, including buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and H.H. Richardson.

Registration and information: on-line.

« September 11, Tuesday »

Tour: First United Methodist Church: Historic Restoration and RenovationTour: First United Methodist Church: Historic Restoration and Renovation, AIA Chicago event, September 11, 2012

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - First United Methodist Church, 77 West Washington Street (meet in Pierce Hall, lower level)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art & Architecture KC
Learning units: 1 LU/HSW
Free event for members, $15.00 non-members. Limited to 25 participants.

Robin Whitehurst, AIA, principal of Bailey Edward, and Susan Turner, AIA, Historic Preservation Leader for the firm, will lead a tour of the sanctuary and Pierce Hall within the 27-story Chicago Temple building, designed by Holabird and Roche (1927). To accommodate a changing worship style, the sanctuary's layout of two side aisles was modified to accommodate a center aisle. Upgrades for lighting, sound and accessibility to the chancel were part of the project. Renovations within Pierce Hall accommodate flexibility to meet a variety of ministries for the church, as well as the Silk Road Theatre Project.

Planning required breaking down the project into manageable pieces so subsequent work wouldn’t “undo” previous work. Historic preservation strategies such as reversibility and sympathetic additions will be discussed. At the conclusion of the tour, attendees will be invited to tour the Sky Chapel, located at the base of the steeple.

Information and registration online.

Initiative for the Chicago Southland Transit Region

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional & Urban Design KC
Learning units: 1 LU/HSW
Free event for members; $15.00 non-members

Ronald Lanz of Land Vision, Inc., will discuss an ongoing initiative of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) involving 36 existing and 9 proposed transit station areas within its jurisdiction. The Initiative for the Chicago Southland Transit Region is a multi-phased study aimed at promoting economic development in the south suburbs by capitalizing on the region’s extensive network of commuter rail lines.

In addition to promoting the region’s economic potential, the study highlights the health-related, environmental, and social benefits of transit. Four “station area typologies” describe the character, scale, intensity, and type of development appropriate to each community. Eight “developer typologies” then help communities seek out developers in a targeted manner. Strategies to streamline the development process, tools and techniques to attract investment, and methods to achieve greater public-private partnership are also provided. Finally, the study outlines a series of “development prototypes” intended to assist communities in directing station area improvements by following a set of key development principles.
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

Cure for the Common Code: 2014 Healthcare Facilities Code Revisions

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, conference center, #260
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC, Academy of Architecture for Health
Learning units: 1.5
Free event

Attend a webinar at AIA Chicago and meet with nationally renowned speakers Rebecca Lewis and Scott Miller at its conclusion. AIA's national Academy of Architecture for Health offers a webinar on the 2014 FGI Guideline proposals from 1 to 2:30 pm CDT. Since the webinar will originate from AIA Chicago, the speakers will be on site and will join the local audience for a conversation when the webinar concludes.

Learn about proposed items addressing issues such as patient safety, healing environment, reduction in falls, and medication safety. These Guidelines changes directly impact the quality of the facility for the patient, staff and public.

The Guidelines uses a consensus revision process – soliciting healthcare trends and design issues from the entire industry. Each of the proposed issues will be reviewed with the pros/cons of the new text. The Guidelines public comment process (June 1 - Nov 25) will be thoroughly explained to also allow the audience to submit their own comments.

Information and registration online.

SEPAC-SEAOI Dinner Meeting with State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

5:30 - 8:00 p.m., - (cash bar 5:00 - 5:45p.m., program 6:30 p.m.) Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$45.00 per person members, $65.00 non-members

Invited speaker and Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is an executive with an International Company and an accomplished State Legislator. He was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2002, following a 10-year term in the House of Representatives where he served as Assistant Republican Leader.

RSVP: Contact Donna Childs at (312) 726-4165 x 200 or via email.

Et in Arcadia ego - Massamiliano Fuksas

6:00 p.m. - the Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsor: Graham Foundation
Free event, RSVP

Et in Arcadia ego - Massamiliano Fuksas, at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, September 11, 2012Renowned architect and former director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, Massamiliano Fuksas will discuss his work including many of his major public and cultural buildings, as well as recently finished and new projects under construction.

Massimiliano Fuksas (born 1944, Lithuania) graduated from La Sapienza University in Rome with a degree in architecture in 1969. He set up his first studio in Rome in 1967, added a second in Paris in 1989, and a third in Shenzhen, China in 2008. From 1998 to 2000 he was director of the VII International Architecture Exhibition in Venice: Less Aesthetics, More Ethics. Fuksas has been a visiting professor at several universities including the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna, the Staadtliche Akademia des Bildenden Kunste in Stoccarda, and Columbia University in New York. Fuksas currently lives and works in Rome and in Paris and is the author of the architectural column founded by Bruno Zevi in the weekly magazine L’Espresso.

RSVP and Information: on-line.

 

 

« September 12, Wednesday»

Corporate Headquarter Relocations in the Downtown Office Market

7:45 a.m., registration, 8:15 a.m., program, 9:00 - 9:15 a.m., Q&A- DrinkerBiddle, The Union League, Main Lounge, 2nd Floor, 65 West Jackson
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

Hear why many corporations are making the move back to the downtown business district from the suburbs and the effect it’s having on space and capital markets.

Panelists:

Information and registration on-line.

Racial Change in Housing in Chicago

12:00 - 12:50 p.m. - Lecture Center CS, 802 South Morgan
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event

Lecture by Janet Smith, UIC associate professor of urban planning and policy and co-director of UIC's Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement. In this Pierre de Vise Memorial Lecture, Janet Smith will examine the racial transformation of Chicago's housing market.

Information: 312/413-3780 or on-line.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Sky High Chicago - Chicago StoreysSky High Chicago - Chicago Storeys, lecture by Bastiaan Bouma, Open House Chicago Managing Director, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, September 12, 2012

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.
AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Bastiaan Bouma, Open House Chicago Managing Director

Open House Chicago 2012 (October 13 & 14) offers a free, “insider”look at some of Chicago’s coolest and most influential tall buildings. This year’s line-up includes the Jewelers Building, Marquette Building, 104 S. Michigan Avenue, IBM Building, the Chicago Tribune Tower and more. Join us for this special lunchtime preview to see what’s up

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

iitExposure Architectural Photography Lecture Series: Doug Fogelson

12:30 p.m. - IIT, Crown Hall, Lower Core, 3360 South State
Sponsor: iitExposurePhotographer Doug Fogelson lectures at Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago, September 12, 2012
Free event

Lecture by photographer Doug Fogelson.

The mission of iitExposure is to cultivate a skilful and critical approach to photography of the built environment and its representations. profession. Various architectural photographers will be visiting IIT to share their love for the practice and profession. Learn more about their techniques, craft, and how they study the spatial qualities of the built environment.

Information: on-line.

Organizational Culture Card Game (Competing Values Framework)

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Haworth Showroom, Merchandise Mart, Suite 312
Sponsor: International Interior Design Association, Illinois Chapter
Free for members, $25.00 non-members, guests, $10.00 student
CEU credit - .1

Presentation by David Rush, Sr. Workplace Design Strategist, Ideation Group, Haworth, Inc.

Organizational Culture is…simply the personality of a company that contributes to a company’s sense of order, continuity and community. As a whole it is the prevailing values, attitudes, beliefs, artifacts, and behaviors. By using the Competing Values Framework Methodology developed by Cameron and Quinn we will engage in activity that defines 4 culture types, helps determine your own culture and how the knowledge of these culture types can assist in communication and design.

Register by September 11th. Registration and information: on-line.

Mikyoung KimArchitect Mikyoung Kim lectures at the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, September 12, 2012

6:00 p.m. - Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium, 3201 South State
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Mikyoung Kim, founding principal, Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston, and Professor, Rhode Island School of Design.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

« September 13, Thursday »

Crain's Real Estate Forum with Lawrence F. Levy

7:30 - 9:45 a.m. - Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren
Sponsor: Crain's Real Estate Daily
$65.00

Lawrence F. Levy, a developer and restaurateur who is involved in the office tower slated for River Point, is the featured guest at the Crain's Real Estate Forum with Lawrence F. Levy, at the Chicago Club, September 13, 2012next Crain's Real Estate Forum. Mr. Levy began as an industrial broker, quickly becoming president of one of the Chicago area's most active commercial real estate firms. Out on his own, he developed several suburban office parks and One Magnificent Mile, the 57-story tower at the head of the North Michigan Avenue shopping district, which he completed in 1983. Mr. Levy also is chairman and co-founder of Levy Restaurants, which features popular restaurants such as Spiaggia and provides food service at stadiums and arenas nationwide. He started the company in 1978 with a delicatessen in Water Tower Place and sold it in 2006 to London-based Compass Group PLC.

Registration on-line. Information: on-line.

Freight Hub of the United States: How We Can Sustain Chicago's Role in the 21st Century

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria, GCI Larger Conference Room, 4th Floor
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn discusses Freight Hub of the United States:  How We Can Sustain Chicago's Role in the 21st Century, at the Great Cities Institute, September 13thSponsor: Great Cities Institute
Free event

Over a quarter of all freight in the U.S. moves through the Chicago region, making it the nation’s main freight hub. Freight is a cornerstone of the regional economy, and over 25 percent of all the region’s jobs are in industries directly tied to this sector. Moreover, demand for freight is expected to double in the next 20 years. In this talk, Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will speak on the importance of creating a more efficient freight network in the Chicago region to maintain this competitive advantage. His agency’s efforts to do so through implementation of the GO TO 2040 plan will also be discussed.

Information: on-line.

Last Planner System for Design

3:00 - 7:00 p.m. - DrinkerBiddle & Reath LLP, 191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3700
Sponsor: Lean Construction Institute
$50.00 members, $65.00 non-members, $30.00 COAA Owner Member, student/academic

While Last Planner System (LPS) was developed by the Lean Construction Institute with a focus on planning during construction implementation, it is just as effective and useful during the design of a project. Learn about LPS as a lean/collaborative planning approach to delivering projects with an emphasis on implementation during the creative design process. The presenter, Kristin Hill, is aLast Planner System for Design, a seminar by the Lean Construction Institute with Kristin Hill, at Drinker Biddle & Realth, Chicago, former Principal Architect and current lean coach, so you will be learning from a relevant practitioner.

Following Kristin’s presentation, there will be a panel discussion with the project team from the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care. Representatives from Advocate, SmithGroupJJR, KJWW Engineering, Turner Construction Company and Huen Electric will share their insights and perspectives as it relates to first-hand experiences with LPS during the design phase.

Collaborative planning is the foundation by which a team collectively organizes the actions required to meet their goals. It is an approach which profoundly improves the team’s ability to plan, and then deliver, effectively. The focus is on expected outcomes. Planning and execution are connected through conversations based in offers, requests and promises, resulting in well-coordinated action. Performers take responsibility and commit to deliver the work. Join us as we learn about a local teams experience at applying a collaborative planning process to an on-going local project.

Information and registration: on-line.

Rick Valicenti

5:15 p.m. - School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbus Auditorium, 280 South Columbus
Rick Valicenti, design director of Thirst/Chicago, lectures at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, September 13, 2012Sponsor: School of the Art Institute
Free event

Lecture by Rick Valicenti, founder and design director of Thirst/Chicago, a communication design firm devoted to art, function, and real human presence. Valicenti is the 2011 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award recipient for Communication Design, an honor bestowed by the White House. In 2006 he received the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the graphic design profession, for his sustained contribution to design excellence and the development of the profession. Thirst's works are included in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Library of the Museum of Modern Art, and Art Institute of Chicago.

Information: on-line.

Glessner House 125th Anniversary Gala

5:30 p.m., Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan
Sponsor: Glessner House MuseumGlessner House 125th Anniversary Gala, Symphony Center, Chicago, September 13, 2012
$125.00 per person. $25.00 of each ticket is considered a tax-deductible gift to the museum

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the building of Glessner House at this very special gala event. John and Frances Glessner were deeply committed to the establishment of a symphony orchestra in Chicago and were major donors and supporters for more than 40 years, so the venue itself is a testament to their legacy in Chicago. The cocktail reception with generous hors d'ouevres is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the history of the house and museum, and launch the next chapter in its history. The founders of the museum, who rescued it from demolition in 1966, will be honored. The event is generously underwritten by Richard H. Driehaus, and as such, the full ticket price will go directly to support the 125th Anniversary Fund for the ongoing restoration of the museum and its collection. John Bryan is the Honorary Chair for the event.

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

Millennium Reserve, a Bold Plan for Chicago’s South East Side

5:30 p.m. - the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan, #22
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks
Free event

A panel of experts will discuss the Millennium Reserve, a new initiative of Governor Pat Quinn. The Millennium Reserve is a vision to expand parkland and conservation areas on the southeast side for public recreation. Panelists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Parks and Chicago State University will present information on the new Millennium Reserve.

Information: on-line.

The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KCJulia S Bachrach discusses of signs copies of her book, The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago's Parks, at AIA/Chicago
Free event

Julia S. Bachrach, historian and preservationist for the Chicago Park District for more than twenty years, has recently published a new 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 the role of luminaries who helped shape Chicago’s green spaces including Daniel H. Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, Olmsted Brothers, William Le Baron Jenney, Jens Jensen, and Alfred Caldwell. 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.

Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

Information and registration online.

Integrative Design - A Whole Systems Approach

5:30 -8:00 p.m., - Environmental Law & Policy Center, 35 East Wacker, Suite 1600
Sponsor: US Green Building Council Chicago Branch
$15.00 members, $30.00 non-members, $10.00 students
1.5 GBCI CE hours

Presenters: Helen Kessler,FAIA, LEED Fellow, President, HJKessler Associates, Inc. and Sachin Anand,P.E. LEED AP, Principal, dbHMS

The integrative (or integrated) design process is often discussed, but seldom used to full potential. As we strive toward the design of more efficient and sustainable buildings, this process becomes more important as it is the only way to ensure that synergies among systems are identified and utilized. In this presentation, we will discuss the integrative design process as described in the Whole Systems Integrated Process ANSI guideline and how to achieve the potential future LEED credit on Integrated Process.

The program is geared toward architects, engineers, owners, developers and anyone else involved in the design and development of green building projects.

Information and registration online.

ARE Review Course: Building Systems - Part I

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.

Handouts for each lecture will be sent by e-mail to participants on morning of each Thursday class for printing. Tutorial/practice session for the two Building Design classes will be on Monday, September 24. Beverages and snacks will be provided at all classes and tutorials.

Information and registration online.

The AIA 2030 Commitment in 2012: Progress, Barriers and Opportunities

7:00 - 9:00 p.m., - Thursday, September 13,Centre of Elgin Assembly Hall, Judson University, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 14, Herrick Chapel, Judson University, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Judson University, others
$50.00. Thursday keynote free and open to the public
Learning units: 6.5 LU/HSW/SD

While some architecture offices are clearly engaged in and making progress toward the goals of the AIA 2030 Commitment, the 2012 Second Annual demonstrates that the participating offices are falling short of the goals of the 2030 Challenge. The average Predicted Energy Use Intensity reduction reported by firms is 34.6% while the reduction target is 60%. By 2015, the reduction target is 70%. AIA 2030 Commitment in 2012:  Progress, Barriers and Opportunities, Judson University, Elgin, September 13 and 14, 2012Without a doubt, an estimated reduction of 34.6% among reporting offices demonstrates outstanding progress. But much more must be done to meet the current targets and another paradigm change may be necessary to reach the 2015 targets. Some experts believe the 70% reduction is the likely maximum for typical building stock. The Chicago region boasts some of the most accomplished green design offices in the country, and the work of many offices in the region contributes substantially to the discussion and forward momentum of this important work.

The Fall Practice Symposium of the Judson University Dept. of Architecture seeks to: (1) Convene a discussion of educators, architects, engineers, builders, building owners, and municipal leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities with the next generation of new, renovated, and adaptively reused green buildings and infrastructure in our communities. (2) Discuss the key design and development strategies used by the integrated design industry to reach current and future AIA 2030 Commitment targets, and where the likely areas of future success at reaching zero net energy buildings, neighborhoods, and regions. (3) Discuss the educational goals and agenda for future building industry leaders to reach the targets set forth in the AIA 2030 Commitment.

Information and registration online.

 

« September 14, Friday »

Legal Issues in Engineering

8:00 a.m. - noon, UBS Tower, Michigan II Room, 1 N. Wacker, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$175.00 per person members, $250.00 non-members by September 5, $225.00 and $300.00 thereafter
4 hours of continuing education credit

SEAOI is pleased to present a half-day workshop on legal issues that engineers may address in the course of business. The current schedule of speakers is as follows:

More information and registration form on-line.

« September 15, Saturday »

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day 2012 at IIT

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Hermann Hall, College of Architecture, IIT, 3241 South Federal
Sponsor: IIT College of Architecture, Consortium for Design and Construction CareersChicago Architecture + Design College Day 2012 at IIT, Hermann Hall, College of Architecture, IIT, Chicago, September 15, 2012
Free event, registration required.

The Consortium for Design + Construction Careers (CDCC) announces the return of the Chicago Architecture + Design College Day to the Illinois Institute of Technology campus on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Hermann Hall. The event will include a college fair, as well as admissions and career workshops for students interested in Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture programs. Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities with degree programs in design and construction fields will provide information and answer questions. Last year, this event attracted hundreds of high school students, college students, parents, teachers and college counselors with interests in design and construction careers.

Registration and information on-line.

« September 17, Monday »

Sliding Doors & Glass Partitions

Two presentations: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Häfele America Chicago Showroom, 154 West Hubbard
Sponsor: Häfele America Chicago ShowroomSliding Doors & Glass Partitions at the Hafele America Chicago Showroom, September 17, 2012
Free event. Registration required

We are bringing back our factory representative from ABP-Beyerle, Joachim Marticke, for an update on the innovative products now available from Häfele. Join us for a review of our stainless steel barn door hardware and learn about our new offering for the value-conscious. In addition, Mr. Marticke will show our new glass partition hardware which allows you to build interior rooms — even integrating sliding doors. Finally, we will see a new and attractive bottom-rolling system for wood and glass panels.

Registration and information: on-line.

Citizens of No Place - Jimenez Lai

6:00 p.m. - the Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsor: Graham Foundation
Free event, RSVP

A book launch and talk with Jimenez Lai including a quasi-bookreading from his new book Citizens of No Place, hommage to other Jimenez Lai discusses and sign copies of his book, Citizens of No Place, at the Graham Foundation, architects who drew, imagined, and told stories. The talk will be followed by a book signing and reception in the Madlener House library. Limited edition customized copies of Citizens of No Place will be available for purchase.

Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. He graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto. Previously, Jimenez Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for MOS, AVL, REX, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Toronto, Rotterdam, and New York. In the past years, Lai has built numerous installations as well as being widely exhibited and published around the world. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus. In 2012, Jimenez Lai has been named a winner to the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects.

RSVP and Information: on-line.

« September 18, Tuesday »

Sustainability, Strategic Planning, and Performance Measurement

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

The University of Chicago is establishing clear parameters around what it means to be sustainable. Ilsa Flanagan, director of the university’s Office of Sustainability, and Alicia Murasaki, AIA, executive director of Planning and Design in Facilities Services, will explain the university’s multi-year strategic plan which includes a robust performance and causal measurement system to evaluate trends and guide decision-making. Linking program results to institutional performance outcomes such as fundraising, alumni development, and student recruitment demonstrates value beyond environmental impact. This system brings sustainability into focus for the campus, allowing it to advance new concepts and technologies to reduce the university’s impact on the natural world.

Information and registration online.


Patricia Patkau

6:00 p.m. - Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute, Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Design Objects (AIADO)
Free event

Lecture by Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal recipient Patricia Patkau. Patkau is a partner in the firm of Patkau Patrica Patkau of Patkau Architects, Vancouver, lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago for the School of the Art Institute, AIADO, September 18, 2012Architects in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In over 30 years of practice her firm has insisted on a practice that integrates architectural, urban, social, environmental, and cultural concerns, with projects ranging in scale from gallery installations to urban planning, and project types including private residences, libraries, art galleries, schools, sports, community, and academic buildings. The work focuses on the intricacies of local cultures, the specificities of places and the material imaginations of construction. In her SAIC lecture, Patkau will speak about her practice and reflect on symbiosis and sustainability in architecture.

Throughout her career Paktau has been engaged in both teaching and professional practice. She is currently Professor Emerita at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. In March 2009, she was awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Gold medal for exemplary commitment to architectural education and the practice of architecture. In June 2009, in conjunction with her partner, John Patkau, she received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal, and among other honors, represented Canada at the 1996 Venice Biennale international art exhibition. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Information: 312.629.6650

Tour: Walsh Construction Headquarters Expansion

6:00- 7:30 p.m., - 307 South Sangamon Street
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment and Design KCs
Learning units: 1.5 LU/HSW/SD
Free for members; $15.00 non-members. Limited to 50 participants.

Mike Stopka AIA, director of sustainability for Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and Jacquelyn Newman, project manager for Walsh Group, AIA Chicago offers tour of Walsh Group Headquarters Expansion by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, September 18, 2012will present a case study of the adaptive reuse of a dilapidated warehouse into a LEED Platinum office building which achieved the most points (86) of any LEED NC project in Illinois.

The project team focused on executing key sustainable design strategies as opposed to using a LEED check-the-box mentality. This resulted in a building which was completed within budget and maximized material reuse, potable water reduction, passive design (energy) and occupant environmental control systems. Walsh Construction, owner and contractor, will discuss the cost premiums associated. A building tour led by the presenters will follow.

The program goal is for attendees to garner a specific understanding of strategies that can be applied to existing buildings to reduce resources (energy, water, materials) and simultaneously increase occupant comfort to achieve deep sustainability.

Information and registration online.

Working with an Architect & Ask and Architect - For the small business

6:30- 8:30 p.m., - Southlawn United Methodist Church 8605 S. Cregier
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group, Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce and the Small Practitioners Group
Free event

In today’s economy, standing out from the crowd is important for any small business owner. A well designed space can help your small business connect with your customers. AIA Chicago’s Working with an Architect session walks small business owners through the design process by bringing architecture specialists to the public to the talk about how to choose an architect, navigate zoning and permit regulations, and avoid costly surprises. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a free, 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect. Attendees are encouraged to bring along photos, plans or drawings of their space.

Register via email. Please include your name and email address and/or phone number. Information online.

Dick Higgins: The Thousand Symphonies

7:00 p.m. - the Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsor: Graham Foundation
Free event, RSVP

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Fluxus movement, the Graham Foundation presents The Thousand Symphonies, a seminal work Dick Higgins: The Thousand Symphonies, to be performed at the Graham Foundation, September 18, 2012by Fluxus artist Dick Higgins. In 1962, Higgins wrote a series of events called Danger Music, which were designed to alternately put the body of the performer, composer, or audience member at risk. In 1968, he realized one of these pieces by having a New Jersey police officer fire a machine gun at a few hundred sheets of orchestral music paper. An ensemble later played the holes. An act of simultaneous destruction and creation, the gesture emphasized the use of guns for a purpose other than killing Viet Cong and scattering protestors.

Recently, Dennis Rosenthal, the director of Higgins’s estate, arranged with the City of Chicago to have four Chicago Police officers shoot new notation paper. On September 18 at the Graham Foundation, a live orchestra led by Stephen Burns will play the new sheets following the presentation of a short film documenting their creation. The ensemble will borrow the form of Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), with instruments from every section of the orchestra, plus electric guitar, which effectively updates the orchestration.

RSVP and Information: on-line.

« September 19, Wednesday »

Occupant Caused Floor Vibrations - Background, Analysis and Design

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., UBS Tower, Superior Room, 1 N. Wacker, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$300.00 per person members, $400.00 non-members by September 12, $375.00 and $475.00 thereafter
7.5 hours of continuing education credit

Vibrations caused by human activities, walking, dancing, and aerobics, can cause complaints from building occupants or interfere with the operation of sensitive equipment. Both art and science are required to properly design a floor system to avoid problems. Retrofitting problem floors is expensive -- getting it right the first time is paramount. The seminar will be based on the provisions in the AISC/CISC Design Guide 11 Floor Vibrations due to Human Activity and the results of extensive research since the design guide was published in 1997. Fundamentals of determining the floor natural frequency, the background for and application of the walking criterion in Design Guide 11, procedures for designing for rhythmic excitations, and design requirements for floors supporting sensitive equipment will be examined in detail. The use of finite element analysis for the evaluation of floors will be discussed. The seminar will include many design examples and case studies of problem floors including a discussion of how to properly test a problem floor. The software FloorVibe will be used to quickly show the effects of changing design parameters to obtain satisfactory and economical designs.

The presentation will be in a workshop format. Each approximately one hour lecture will be followed by a workshop where participants will be given problems to solve. Workshop solutions will be provided. Participants will need a calculator, a copy of Design Guide 11 (available at aisc.org), and a laptop. A limited time license of FloorVibe will be provided for those who do not have the software. The demo version of FloorVibe must downloaded from floorvibe.com prior to the seminar.

More information and registration form on-line.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Sky High Chicago - The Wind Must Be Looked After, How Lateral Bracing Influenced TwoThomas Leslie lectures on The Wind Must be Looked After, How Lateral Bracing Influenced Two Generation of Chicago Skyscrapers, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, September 19, 2012 Generations of Chicago Skyscrapers

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.
AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Thomas Leslie, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, Iowa State University

Skyscrapers present difficult structural issues. While the need to hold things up in the air is obvious, how to brace these structures against wind is often less visible--but equally important. Built sixty years apart, this talk highlights two Chicago skyscrapers--the Monadnock and the Inland Steel Building to show how wind bracing strategies evolved as new materials and techniques emerged throughout the twentieth century. While steel, welding, and advanced calculation methods meant that the latter building was more efficient, there are surprising similarities in how the two buildings resist wind.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Interior Masonry Retrofits: Building Science and Case Studies

5:00- 7:00 p.m. - Hafele Showroom – 154 W. Hubbard
Sponsor: Passive House Alliance Chicago
$10.00 members, $20.00 nonmembers, $5.00 students

PHAC is pleased to welcome two leaders in the field to address a critical issue in energy reduction in masonry buildings. Insulation has an impact on durability, which we are learning from theory and experience our presenters will orient us to the issues that arise with the application of insulation and other retrofit activities.

Presenters: William Rose, building science expert, Univ. of Illinois research architect, and Paul Knight, Principal of Domus Plus, a residential energy efficiency consulting firm

Information and registration: on-line.

Vincent James & Jennifer YoosArchitects Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos, principals, VJAA, Minneapolis, lecture at the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology,

6:00 p.m. - Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium, 3201 South State
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos, principals, VJAA, Minneapolis.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

« September 20, Thursday »

LEED Green Associate and LEED AP BD+C: Overview and Exam Prep

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Green Education Services
Learning units: 8 LU/HSW / 4 SD
$358.72 for members; $498.72 for non-members.

U.S. Green Building Council has made a number of recent changes to the LEED examinations required for accreditation. Green Associate is the entry-level designation within USGBC's LEED v3 three-tiered accreditation system and signifies a strong knowledge base of the principles of LEED Sustainable Design. LEED AP+ is now offered as a Tier 2 credential and is geared towards industry professionals who plan on working on specific types of green building projects requiring a more technical level of knowledge on LEED and green building strategies.

September 20 - LEED Green Associate Overview & Exam Prep
September 21 - LEED AP BD+C Overview & Exam Prep

Which seminar should you take?
· Individuals who have no LEED credential but wish to eventually become a LEED AP that specializes in New Construction & Major Renovations are encouraged to sign up for the Green Associate seminar (Sept 20) as well as the BD+C seminar (September 21). Candidates who are not sure what their LEED AP specialty will be, or who wish to prepare only for the Green Associate exam, can sign up for the Green Associate one-day seminar (September 20).

Information and registration online.

Swisspearl Fiber Cement Panels

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

Heidi Reid of Arcspec will give an overview of the construction and benefits of using fiber cement panels for rain screen ventilated facades to contribute to sustainability and maximize building performance. She will review how the use of color, perforations, radiuses, and layout can enhance building design. Heidi will also discuss the current testing standards for fiber cement panels in choosing a long-term cladding material.

Information and registration online.

Saving Goldblatt's: The story of a ragtag community's battle (and victory!) to preserve a neighborhood landmark

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Cultural Center, 77 West Randolph, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free event

Presentation by Gladys Alcazar-Anselmo, community activist

Learn about the bold, creative, and sometimes scrappy campaign by the East Village Association to save Goldblatt’s Building in the Saving Goldblatt's: The Story of a ragtag community's battle (and victory) to preserve a neighborhood landmark, preservation by Landmarks Illinois at the Chicago Cultural Center, September 20, 2012West Town Community. The presentation will reflect on preservation efforts in an era before the Internet, social media, texting and 24 hour news coverage and feature the creative strategies and often humorous methods utilized by the organization to achieve their ultimate success. Lessons learned from this effort continue to guide the East Village Association, and other organizations in protecting their interests and plan for the future. The Goldblatt’s story demonstrates to citizens that every vote does count, that each voice can become a part of a chorus for change and together, they can determine the shape and direction of the community in which they live.

Information: on-line.

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

Wright's Roots, Lecture + Cocktail Buffet

5:00 - 6:30 p.m., - University Club, Millennium Room, 76 East Monroe
Sponsor: Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
$10.00 members, $15.00 non-members.the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust offers a Cocktail Buffer and lecture by Tim Samuelson, curator of the exhibitition Wright's Roots, at the University Club, September 20, 2012

Tim Samuelson, the City of Chicago’s Cultural Historian, presents an exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early years through an illustrated lecture. Based on Wright’s Roots, an exhibition curated by Samuelson and currently on view at Chicago’s Expo 72 gallery, the lecture tells the story of Wright’s early architectural journey and reveals how in his later career he applied many of the same principles he explored as a very young man. “The more you know about forgotten aspects of Wright’s early experiments, the more you can appreciate the brilliant architect he was,” notes Samuelson.

Information and ticket purchase online.

Marcia Lausen

5:15 p.m. - School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maclean Center, 112 South Michigan, 1307 screening room
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute
Free event

Marcia Lausen is founder of the Chicago office of Studio/lab and Director of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois Studio/lab's Marcia Lausen lectures at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, September 20, 2012at Chicago. At Studio/lab Marcia and her colleagues integrate practices in identity, information, and environmental graphic design. At UIC Marcia teaches graduate and undergraduate students preparing for professional careers in design education, research, and practice. A co-founder the election design program of AIGA Design for Democracy, Marcia's book Design for Democracy: Ballot + Election Design was published in 2007 by the University of Chicago Press. She was named a 2004 FastCompany Master of Design.

Information: on-line.

Design Exposed: Grunsfeld Shafer Architects, LLC

6:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 939 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC and Small Practitioners Group
Free event for members, $15.00 non-members. Limited to 30 participants.

Tom Shafer, AIA will discuss the combined 50 year history of Grunsfeld Shafer Architects and the work of his award-winning firm. As a small practice engaging in very compelling projects in a variety of locations and with varying requirements, this event will include a presentation of the firm’s body of work as well as a tour of their space near downtown Evanston. Members of the firm will provide interactive descriptions of the firm’s working process and present each phase as they would for an actual client. An open question and answer session will follow, with a chance to talk personally with members of the firm.

Information and registration online.

ARE Review Course: Building Systems - Part II

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

Information and registration online.The Work of Louis Julien Millet, lecture by David Van Zanten at the Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, September 20, 2012

The Work of Louis Julien Millet

7:00 p.m., - Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan
Sponsor: Friends of the Historic Presbyterian Church
$5.00 suggested donation.

Lecture by Professor David Van Zanten.

Information online. (photograph courtesy Jyoti Srivastava)

 

« September 21, Friday »

An Introduction to Passive House

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Hafele Showroom – 154 W. Hubbard
Sponsor: Passive House Alliance Chicago
Free event, RSVP

Learn about this paradigm shift in the way we build buildings, two decades strong in Europe, and gaining momentum now in the US. Theories, techniques, benefits, examples and resources will be covered by members of the PHA Chicago chapter.

We will start with a screening of Evanston native/film-maker Charlie Hoxie's film "Passive Passion" documenting the International Passive House movement. We will conclude with a walk over to the dasHAUS pavillion at Daley Plaza for a tour and networking meet and greet.

Information and registration: on-line.

Exhibit Opening: The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Swedish American Museum, 5211 North ClarkThe Enduring Designs of Joseph Frank, opening of exhibition at the Swedish American Museum, Chicago, September 21, 2012
Sponsor: Swedish American Museum

Opening of the Chicago installation of a traveling exhibition of textiles and furnishings by Austrian-born designer and architect Josef Frank. A founding member of the Vienna Werkbund, Frank became famous for the Modern Style movement in Sweden, where he emigrated in 1933, beginning a working relationship as lead designer for the famed Svenskt Tenn interior design firm that would continue until the end of his life. While Frank was invited to participate in the German Werkbund's Die Wohnung housing fair, the richness of his textiles and furniture set him apart from the minimalism of International School design.

Information online.

« September 22, Saturday »

Visionary Cities: Urban and Architectural Futures to Come

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., - Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at ChicagoVisionary Cities: Urban and Architectural Futures to Come, symposium co-sponsored by School of Architecture, UIC, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, September 22, 2012
$12.00 members, $15.00 non-members, $10.00 students with valid I.D.

Chaired by Alexander Eisenschmidt, this conference on the state of visionary urbanism featuring noted architects, theorists, and scholars, who debate how to engage the city in the age of extreme urbanization. Presenters include:

David Brown, UIC; Marshall Brown, IIT; Robert Bruegmann, UIC; McLain Clutter, University of Michigan; Alexander D’Hooghe, MIT; Sarah Dunn, UrbanLab, Chicago; Keller Easterling, Yale; Ellen Grimes, SAIC; Hannah Higgins, UIC; Sam Jacob, FAT, London; Clare Lyster, UIC; John McMorrough, University of Michigan; Bill Menking, Architect’s Newspaper; Andrew Moddrell, Port, Chicago/New York; Albert Pope, Rice University; and Mitchell Schwarzer, California College of the Arts

Information and registration online.

Open House Tour of LEMA Residence Passive HouseOpen House Tour of LEMA Residence Passive House, River Forest, IL, September 22, 2012

1:00- 3:00 p.m. - 1430 Jackson Ave, River Forest
Sponsor: Passive House Alliance Chicago
Free event, RSVP

Tour with PHA Chicago President, Architect and Passive House consultant Tom Bassett Dilley and PHA Chicago Vice President CPHC and ICF Contractor Eric Barton.

Information and registration: on-line.

« September 23, Sunday »

Tour: Ragdale Foundation Restoration

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., - 1230 North Green Bay Road, Lake Forest
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Ragdale Foundation, others
Learning units: 1 LU/HSW
$25.00 members and non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

Tour the Ragdale House, the Arts and Crafts summer home of noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, FAIA, which was built in AIA Chicago offers tour of Howard Van Doren Shaw's Ragdale and discussion of its restoration by Johnson Lasky Architects, September 23, 20121897. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ragdale House recently reopened following a one-year, $3.2 million restoration which returned the historic structure to its 1926 condition. Meet representatives of the project team led by Johnson Lasky Architects, who restored the structural integrity, beauty and functionality of the home which serves as a year-round residency for artists. Also visit the Meadow Studio, constructed in 2008 in partnership with the design/build class of IIT's College of Architecture.

Donation of $25 benefits the Ragdale Foundation, a non-profit artist retreat, which provides time and space for over 200 writers and artists each year to create new work. Ragdale is located 30 miles north of Chicago, accessible by Metra or car.

Information and registration online.

AT HOME (with Julia Buckingham Edelmann): Breaking Boundaries with Design

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., - Wilmette (address will be shared after registration)At Home (with Julia Buckingham Edelman) AIA Chicago and Chicago Architecture Foundation event, September 23, 2012
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation
AIA CES:
$25.00 members, $35.00 non-members.

Help us celebrate great residential design with this program that features an afternoon tour and discussion in the historic 1870 Wilmette home of Chicago designer Julia Buckingham Edelmann (owner of Buckingham Interiors + Design). This clapboard, Victorian, turreted home (featured in Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors) is decorated with unique pieces that blur boundaries between periods and styles. It will inspire you to consider ways to foster your personal design style using varied objects, and insert eclectic elements into your home regardless of the era of your space.

This event, in partnership with Chicago Home + Garden magazine and the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects, kicks-off the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2012-2013 At Home program series. At Home showcases best practices around home design throughout the Chicago region to inspire discovery about how architecture and design create personal impact, and contribute to our environment and community identity. Program participants can purchase Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors for $30 at the event and receive a complimentary annual subscription to Chicago Home + Garden magazine. Refreshments provided. Reservations are required in advance and space is limited.

Information and registration online.

« September 24, Monday »

10 years Passive House in the US: Lessons Learned and Goals for the Next Decade

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Goethe Center: 150 North Michigan Avenue - Suite 200
Sponsor: Passive House Alliance Chicago
Free event, RSVP

Lecture by Katrin Klingenberg, Executive Director of the Passive House Institute US., the woman who brought Passive House to the US. We will conclude with a walk over to the dasHAUS pavillion at Daley Plaza for a tour and re-conveine at 4pm for the dasHAUS grand opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting.

Information and registration: on-line.

« September 25, Tuesday »

The Bloomingdale Trail and Park Framework Plan

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

Presentation by Jamie Simone, AICP, Trust for Public Land. Details to come.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line.

Back to School Training - Part I

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue, John Buck Lecture Hall
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee
Free event

The Community Interface Committee (CIC) is once again partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) during the 2012 – 2013 school year for a series of Architects in the Schools visits to local 3rd through 8th grade classrooms. Visits are scheduled to begin in fall 2012; the number of visits is up to you.

Wondering how to help a 3rd grader understand how buildings stand up? Puzzled about what vocabulary and materials are needed to explain scale to a 5th grader? Curious about how to get an 8th grader excited about sketching? CAF and the CIC are hosting a hands-on training session over two evenings (September 25 and October 2), to help AIA members prepare to work with local elementary school students and teachers.

Register by phone at 312/922.3432 or by email. Information online.

« September 26, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Sky High Chicago - Secret Spaces Atop Chicago, A Cultural History of the Urge to Climb Author Tony Macaluso lectures on Secret Spaces Atop Chicago, A Cultural History of the Urge to Climb Above the City, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, September 26, 2012Above the City

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.
AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Tony Macaluso, Author

Almost since the dawn of urban living, people have constructed spaces for viewing cities from above.
This talk explores Chicago’s extraordinary history as a center for creating unique and imaginative functions for “spaces atop the city.” Theses spaces “above” have served as observation decks open to all to such unanticipated functions as places to pose for photographs above the city, gathering spots for extraordinary clubs, sites for daredevil stunts, pinnacles for conveying power and communication, and eye-catching emblems. In recent years, Chicago has become, once again, a center of innovative ideas for how to use ‘spaces atop the city’ in adventurous new ways. The lecture is a preview of Tony Macaluso’s forthcoming book (spring, 2014) to be published by Hat and Beard Press.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

iitExposure Architectural Photography Lecture Series: Jon MillerPhotographer Jon Miller of Hedrich Blessing lectures at Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago, September 26, 2012

12:30 p.m. - IIT, Crown Hall, Lower Core, 3360 South State
Sponsor: iitExposure
Free event

Lecture by photographer Jon Miller of Hedrich Blessing.

The mission of iitExposure is to cultivate a skilful and critical approach to photography of the built environment and its representations. profession. Various architectural photographers will be visiting IIT to share their love for the practice and profession. Learn more about their techniques, craft, and how they study the spatial qualities of the built environment.

Information: on-line.

« September 27, Thursday »

Understanding the Living Building Challenge Workshop

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
International Living Future Institute, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
6 AIA LU, 6 LEED CE
$195.00 members, $295.00 non-members

Understanding the Living Building Challenge provides a 6-hour in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge. Attendees are the green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies. In short, anyone and everyone who can impact the development of the built environment.

Learning Objectives: Identify the key components of the Living Building Challenge; Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles; Understand successful strategies for compliance with each performance area; Recognize financial, regulatory and behavioral barriers and incentives related to high performance design; and Describe the Living Building Challenge Community resources and certification process

Information and registration online

dasHaus Chicago Conference and Networking Lunch

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., - Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, Green Level-West Tower, 151 West Wacker
Sponsor: German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
Free event, space limited.

Join fellow architects, engineers, and green building professionals for a series of expert presentations on the latest developments in advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency in building design. From tracking buildings’ energy performance to the latest dasHaus Chicago Conference and Networking Lunch, September 27, 2012programs aimed at retrofitting the buildings of Chicago’s famous skyline, conference topics will center around a central theme: an exchange of ideas, approaches and know-how between Chicago’s industry experts and their German counterparts.

Expert presentations by:

Information and registration online

Downtown Organizations in Evanston

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., - Evanston Public Library,Conference Room, 17-3 Orrington
Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development
$15.00

The theme of the workshop will focus on downtown organizations and the successes and challenges associated with attracting a mix of retail and promoting downtown residential development. Downtown Evanston will speak briefly on their efforts and then give a walking tour, highlighting their successes and challenges and discussing implementation mechanisms, such as funding, partnerships, etc.

Panelists include: Carolyn Dellutri, Executive Director, Downtown Evanston; Gina Caruso, Assistant Commissioner, Economic Development Bureau, City of Chicago; Pamela Hume, Executive Director of Main Street Libertyville; Pamela Owens, Main Street Coordinator, City of Moline; and Laurie Marston, Chaddick Institute, (Moderator).


Information and registration online

Dubin Family Young Architect Award: Learning from Tristan Sterk, AIA

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architect Forum
Learning units: 1 LU
Free event.

Tristan d'Estrée Sterk, AIA, received the Dubin Family Young Architect Award of AIA Chicago in 2011. At this program, he will Dubin Family Young Architect Award: Learning from Tristan Sterk, AIA, AIA/Chicago event, Septemberdiscuss his career as a designer and a teacher. How did he come to be in Chicago? Why did he name his firm The Office for Robotic Architectural Media & Bureau for Responsive Architecture (orambra)? How does he balance practice and teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is assistant professor in the department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects. Tristan will explain how he assembled his achievements into an entry for the Dubin Family Young Architect Award and offer suggestion to those who are considering entering the 2012 competition.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information and registration online.

Les Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes—AJAP - Lecture and Vernissage

6:30 p.m., - Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 West Hubbard
Sponsor: Alliance Française de ChicagoLes Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes - exhibition opening and lecture at the Alliance Franšaise, Chicago, September 27, 2012
Free for members, $10.00 non-members,$5.00 for students

An "album" is an architect's portfolio and 15 albums have been selected by the French Ministry of Culture et Communication to crown la crème de la crème of a new generation (under 35) of French architect and landscape architect firms.

The result is an exhibition showing the laureates winnings projects that will appeal to the grand public as well as the architectural cognoscenti.

The exhibition opening is marked by a lecture, in French and English, by AJAP laureates Freaks Freearchitects (architecture) and A + R Salles (landscape). Brian Lee, partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) will moderate.

Information and registration online.

Rolf Achilles :: Chair

7:00 p.m., - Room & Board, 55 East Ohio
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Room & BoardRolf Achilles:: Chair - lecture at Room & board, Chicago, September 27, 2012
Free event - no tickets required.

More than any other piece of furniture, the chair is the iconic design symbol of Western society. From works by Gustav Stickley to Gerrit Rietveld, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles and Ray Eames to Philippe Starck, no other design creation better expresses our ever-changing mood.

With examples from Room & Board’s collection, art historian Rolf Achilles -- curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago -- surveys the past 200 years and shows how the chairs of Frank Lloyd Wright are as much a product of their time as they are now iconic. Q & A and reception to follow.

Information online.

« September 28, Friday »

The White City: A Musical

7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$22.00 for members, $25.00 others

Lost & Found Productions and playwright June Finfer present an original musical about one of the most legendary events in Chicago White City, an original musical by June Finfer, preseted by Lost & Found Productions at Glessner House, Chicago, September 28, 2012history. When Chicago wins the right to host the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, American's first great World's Fair, the architect chosen to design and build it in record time - Daniel Burnham - finds that ambition is not enough. He needs a lot of help from even those who oppose him. In the three-year period of construction of the mile square fairgrounds and dozens of buildings, a vast canvas of characters vie with fate, death, and love to achieve the impossible. Original music by Elizabeth Doyle that could have been written in the Gay 90s brings color and humor to a story of "making no little plans." This musical explores the politics and passions behind a unique national event, in many ways the first and last of its kind. June Finfer is an award-winning writer, and a producer of documentaries. Her film about the architecture of Mies van der Rohe has been broadcast on A&E and PBS and won a first prize at the American Film Festival.

Pre-paid Reservations (required) at 312/326.1480. Information on-line.

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Working with an Architect

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., - Rebuilding Exchange, 2160 North Ashland Avenue (enter off Webster)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group
Free event

Interested in renovating or remodeling your home, but don’t know where to begin? AIA Chicago’s Working with an Architect session brings together residential architecture specialists to the talk about choosing an architect, navigating zoning and permit regulations, and avoiding costly surprises. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a free, 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect. Homeowners are encouraged to bring along photos, plans or drawings of their homes.

To register for the event, please send an email to the Rebuilding Exchange and include your name, email address and/or phone number.

Information online.

 

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