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This calendar of Chicago architectural events is jointly sponsored by Repeat and the Chicago Architectural Club.

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   March 3, Tuesday

YAF at Pecha Kucha

6:00 - 11:00 P.M. - Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Tickets $10 (21 and over only) . Advance purchase strongly recommended .

Join us this month as we replace our happy hour with a visit to Pecha Kucha Night #8.
(see listing below)
Charge by phone at 800/594.8499 or online.

Current Legal Developments for Illinois Structural Engineers

5:15 P.M., cash bar, 6:00 P.M.,dinner, 7:00 P.M., the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
$45.00 members, $65.00 non-members

Topics to be covered will include what’s happening in worker injury cases and the possible revival of the Structural Work Act including a discussion of the recent appellate decision upholding an $11 million award to an injured worker against an engineer (SEAOI participated in an amicus curiae brief in support of the engineer). Other topics will include re-enactment of the Structural Engineering Practice Act (what are some of the changes being considered?), recent rulings regarding expert witness qualifications, mediation/arbitration news, licensing law issues, changes to the QBS statute, and insurance issues. Our presenter will be Kevin Sido, a partner at the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. He is an associate member of SEAOI, AIA Illinois and ASCE and a court certified mediator.

Reservations: call 312/726.4165 x200 extension 200. Information on-line.

Pecha Kucha Chicago - volume 8

Doors open 6 :00 P.M., begins 8:00 P.M.-ish - Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue
Sponsor: Pecha Kucha Night Chicago
$10.00 (21 and over only)

The eighth Chicago installment of the artists' presentation event where, in the words of The Architects Newspaper , they present "their work in some depth but at a comically breakneck Pecha Kucha Volume 7, December 2nd at Martyr'space—20 slides, 20 seconds each—while the audience heckles and drowns its sorrows."
Chicago’s Volume 8 features 6 minutes and 40 seconds seconds each of architect Dan Wheeler, School of the Art Institute President and architect Duke Reiter, 3rd generation musician Miles Nielsen of Rockford, recent Harrington College of Design graduate Beth DeBonis, artists Jesse Seay of Chicago and Dan Rybicky of Gary, IN, cartographer Dennis McClendon, game programmer and Columbia College faculty member Theresa Devine, designer and educator Anne Wells, landscape architect Peter Osler, and Rujanee Mahakanjana whose film on architecture, “Man and His Erections”, recently premiered at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Architects Peter Exley and Yamani Hernandez will emcee the evening.

Charge by phone: 800.585,8499, Tickets can be purchased on-line. Information on-line.

   March 4, Wednesday

Homecoming: The Staybridge Hotel on LaSalle

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
Staybridge Hotel, Chicago, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Inc. architects
AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Joe Valerio, FAIA, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Inc.

Since architect Joe Valerio returned to his hometown of Chicago in 1985, the majority of his projects have been out of town. In a true homecoming, Valerio speaks about his firm’s three major high-rise projects nearing completion in Chicago: The Staybridge Hotel, 1401 South State Street Apartments and 161 West Kinzie.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

What’s Your Building’s Eco-Value?Nicholas Petty of the Morton Arboretum lectures for Urban Habitat Chicago at the Budlong Woods Library, March 4, 2009

7:00 P.M. - Budlong Woods Branch Library, 5630 N. Lincoln
Sponsor: Urban Habitat Chicago
Free event. Space limited, registration requested.

Lecture by Nicholas Petty, Morton Arboretum, who will share his research into vertical growing systems and the opportunities that exist in built spaces. A question and answer session and discussion will follow the lecture.

rsvp on-line. Information on-line.

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE 3.1 and 4.0 study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   March 5, Thursday

Chicago's Central Area Plan, Six Years Later

12:15 P.M., Millennium Room, 5th floor east, Chicago Cultural Center, Washington and Michigan
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown.
Free event.

The 2003 Chicago Central Area Plan, the work outlined development, transportation, and open space guidelines for Chicago's downtown. Broad in scope and visionary in its Chicago Central Area Planpredictions for future growth, the Central Area Plan represented a 20-year vision for Chicago's development. Now, almost one-third into the plan's proposed build-out, join Benet Haller from the City of Chicago as he presents an overview of the successes of, and challenges to, the plan in the past six years. Benet will discuss recent modifications to the plan, and adjustments the city has made in response to changing demographics and economic conditions.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 P.M., City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 201-A , Permit Review Committee meets afterwards at 33 North LaSalle, Suite 1600
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line.

LEED Extra Credit: Building Green: A Variety of Perspectives

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology, U.S. Green Building Council, Chicago Chapter
$10.00 USGBC members, $15.00 non-members
AIA/CES: 2

Presenters: George Modrovic, ELFI; Lindsey Smith, Custom Green Homes
Chicago; Tim Bossy, Mid-America Development

“Green,” “Sustainable,” “Environmentally friendly,” . . . how do these themes translate to real-world green building applications? This seminar will answer several important questions; regarding the economics, practicality, value, and accessibility of sustainable materials and technologies to support putting these themes into practice. What is the value and what are the applications of “green rating systems”? Intended learning objectives also include understanding the how and why of constructing a tight exterior envelope, insulation and R-values, opportunities and challenges of remodels and retrofits, and renewable energy realities for various building types.

Registration and information on-line.

   March 7 , Saturday

Eco-friendly Landscaping Options in the Urban Environment

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free Event. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Argo Tea will be on site before the program with a tasting menu of their signature drinks.
AIA/CES 2

Lecture by Greg Raymond, Managing Member, Ecogardens, LLC. To coincide with the beginning of the spring planting season, this workshop explores and evaluates ecogardenenvironmentally responsible landscaping alternatives for the urban environment. Raymond discusses green roofs, rain gardens, living walls, rain water harvesting, and natural landscape care as some of the options that lessen environmental impact without sacrificing aesthetics.

No RSVP required, but arrive early, as seating is limited. Information: 312.922.3432 x224 or on-line.

An Introduction to the SmartEnergy Design Assistance
Center and Building Energy Efficiency

1:00 - 3:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.
AIA/CES: 2

Presenter: Ben Sliwinski, University of Illinois SmartEnergy Design Assistance
Center (SEDAC)

The seminar will introduce the services of the SmartEnergy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) and its past and present roles in Illinois building energy efficiency. The seminar will also discuss the top ten methods for reducing energy costs in buildings. This will include a review of both conservation and renewable energy technologies.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

   March 9, Monday

Robert Bruegmann
Robert Bruegmann lectures at the School of Architecture, UIC, March 9, 2009

6:00 P.M., Gallery 1100, Art and Architecture Building, UIC, 845 West Harrison
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event.

Lecture by Robert Bruegmann, Professor, Department of Art History, UIC, Chicago.

Information on-line.

   March 10, Tuesday

LEED for Schools

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Joseph F. Clair, P.E., Director of Campus Energy and Sustainability, Illinois Institute of Technology.Recognizing that the improvement of school buildings affects both the learning environment as well as the health of a large portion of the population, the U.S. Green Building Council has tailored its LEED rating system for school construction. This presentation reviews LEED for schools, the updates in LEED 2009, and how these have been applied in the Chicago building market.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

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.

Archeworks Winter Open House and lecture by Douglas Garofalo: Combinatory Territories and Projects

5:00 P.M., lecture at 6:00 P.M.- Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury, at Ontario Douglas Garofalo, architect, lectures at Archeworks on
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free event

The open house will include a tour of Archeworks Studios, the change to meet students, staff and Directors Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn, learn about current and upcoming architect projects and find out how to apply.
The lecture by Douglas Garfalo, FAIA, of Garofalo Architects, will focus on new combinations of spaces and activities that are influencing unique urban and architectural proposals and projects.

RSVP on-line. Information: 312/867.7524 and on-line.

Tour: Columbian Model and Exhibit Works

6:00 - 7:30 P.M. - 1528 West Adams Street, 2nd floorColumbian Moden and Exhibit Works. site of AIA/Chicago tour March 10, 2009
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU

This tour of Columbian Model & Exhibit Works 6000 SF workshop will feature demonstrations of the latest technologies for model making including lasers, 3-D printers, and a Shopbot CNC router. Refreshments will be served.


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

   March 11, Wednesday

Beyond Burnham: Protecting Natural Resources

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional & Urban Design KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1.0LU/HSW/SD

Daniel Burnham envisioned a regional system of forest preserves and parkways in the 1909 Plan of Chicago. In 2009, conservation efforts are informed by a greater understanding of ecosystems and the water resource impacts of contemporary development patterns. Landscape architect James Patchett, president of Conservation Design Forum, will discuss the scientific and philosophical foundation of sustainable planning, and present case studies that illustrate how to apply sustainable water management practices through integrated design. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.


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

A Tale of Two Towers: The Heritage and The Legacy on Millennium Park

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to Heritage Millennium, Chicagobring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Richard A. Hanson, Principal, Mesa Development.

Richard A. Hanson discusses the evolution of two important residential buildings and their relationship to Millennium Park during the last ten years. He outlines the design process of both buildings, their place in the Michigan/Wabash corridor, and the vision they embrace in the Daley Administration’s plan to revitalize downtown urban living.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE 3.1 and 4.0 study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

Olympics - Munich '72 Olympic Architecture and Rhetoric

6:00 p.m. - Crown Hall, Lower Core, 3360 S. State Street
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Sean Keller, Assistant Professor of Architecture, IIT

Information on-line.

   March 12, Thursday

Creating DreamHome in the Mart

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Interior Architecture KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU

What is it like to create a room in the Merchandise Mart's annual DreamHome? Carlos Martinez, AIA (Gensler) and Joan Craig, AIA (Lichten Craig Architects) were part of the 2008 display: Carlos did the home office and Joan designed the kitchen. They will tell us all about it: the actual room designs (what was the program for the room and how they executed it) and the experience of being part of such a display (how they got involved, the satisfactions and difficulties of their experience).


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

Passive Solar Principles and Methods: Adding Passive Solar Features
and Optimizing Solar for Your Building

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.
AIA/CES: 2

Presenter: James Gill, Earth and Sky Energy LLC

With the cost of natural gas and electricity steadily climbing, building designers, builders and consumers are motivated to consider other options for maximizing efficiency and minimizing economic stress. This workshop will furnish ideas and methods that optimize using or dealing with the sun’s energy. Topics will be focused on ways that can help reduce energy bills.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

   March 13 , Friday

LEED AP Study Session for New Construction

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology, U.S. Green Building Council, Chicago Chapter
Registration required.

Hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, this session reviews the LEED for New Construction Version 2.2 Reference Guide for those who are preparing to take the LEED Accredited Professional exam. Please note that you must register for LEED AP exam NC v2.2 by March 31, 2009. The deadline to schedule and take the exam have not been released.

Registration and information on-line.

DYnamic MAXimum CelebratION

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art
$40.00 per person, $35.00 MCA members, Children 12 and under are free (that is to say, free admission, you will NOT be able to adopt 12 year children for free at this event.) Buckminster Fuller, portrait by Boris Artzybasheff for Time Magazine

A night of revelry and celebration as the MCA opens the museum's doors for a three-floor fundraising event in honor of their new spring exhibition, Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe, which opens officially tomorrow. Proceeds from this event directly support the programs of the MCA.

Tickets include food, two complimentary beverages, and live entertainment (the Josh Berman Trio and DJ Madrid, hors d'oeuvres and drinks catered by Wolfgang Puck's), in addition to museum admission.

Information: 312/280.266. Purchase tickets on-line. Information on-line

   March 14 , Saturday

Curator Talk: BOOM TOWNS! Chicago Architects Design New Worlds

11:00 - 11:45 a.m., ArcelorMittal CitySpace Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation,
Free event

Guest curator Lynn Becker will engage and confuse as he discusses the
exhibition, Boom Towns! Chicago Architects Design New Worlds, which explores similarities and differences in the architectural responses to boom conditions in two centuries and cities by featuring pairings of iconic works of architecture from late 19th-century Chicago with parallel works in today’s China and the Middle East.

Information on-line or call 312.922.3432 x224

Growing Up: Buckminster Fuller: Allegra Fuller Snyder reflects on her father's formative years

2:00 p.m., MCA Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
$10.00 general admission, $8.00 MCA members, $6.00 students

Born in Chicago the year her father Buckminster Fuller transformed his whole life, Allegra Allegra Fuller Snyder lectures on Buckminster Fuller at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, March 14, 2009Fuller Snyder reflects on his formative years and her own experience growing up with him; the people who seeded so much of his work; and his lasting legacy as a visionary and a great teacher. Her talk is followed by a discussion about Fuller's significance for today's world. Allegra Fuller Snyder is Professor Emerita of Dance and former Director of the Graduate Program in Dance Ethnology at UCLA. Lecture presented in conjunction with the MCA exhibition, Buckmister Fuller: Starting with the Universe, which runs from March 14th through June 21st.

For tickets, call the MCA Box Office at 312/397.4010. Information: 312/280.266 or on-line

   March 15, Sunday

Lake Forest City Planning- 1920 to Present: The History of City Ordinances

2:00 p.m., Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest
Sponsor: Lake Forest Preservation Foundation
Free event

Right from the start, the City of Lake Forest was a planned community. In fact, it is one of the oldest planned communities in the nation. It was one of the first in the country to have a zoning code (1923). And it was one of the first in Illinois to have a subdivision ordinance (1929) and a Building Review Board (1962). Through over a century and a half of thoughtful municipal planning, The City of Lake Forest has worked with its citizens to meet multiple challenges to the preservation and conservation of the City’s visual character as first envisioned by the 1857 plat. Join Arthur Miller, President of the Preservation Foundation and Archivist of Lake Forest College, and Gail Hodges, past Lake Forest Alderman and past Chairman of the Lake Forest Building Review Board, for an enlightening discussion of how the City’s ordinances have helped sustain and enhance both the fragile uniqueness of Lake Forest and the economic value of the community.

Information: on-line

Mies meets Beethoven at IIT

4:00 - 6:30 p.m., begins at S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State
Sponsor: Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Archictecture Foundation, AIA Chicago, the Mies van der Rohe Society
$50.00. Advance purchase required as space is limited.

The Chicago Chamber Musician's Sounds and Spaces Winter Salon
will take place in two The Chicago Chamber Musicians perform Gabrieli and Beethoven in the works of architect Mies van der Rohe at IIT, Chicago, March 15, 2009significant buildings by Mies van der Rohe (1888-1969) on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. Guests will begin the afternoon with a tour by Justine Jentes, director of the Mies van der Rohe Society, of S. R. Crown Hall followed by CCM's performance of two works by Giovanni Gabrieli. Guests then stroll through the campus guided by Ms. Jentes to the Carr Chapel for CCM's performance of Beethoven's Op 59, No 3. String Quartet, Razumovsky . Following the performance, guests will join the artists for a reception in the Pritzker Club in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center.

Purchase tickets on-line. Information: on-line, or call 312/225.5226.

   March 16, Monday

K. Michael Hays

6:00 P.M., Gallery 1100, Art and Architecture Building, UIC, 845 West Harrison H. Michael Hays, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design, lectures at the School of Architecture, UIC March 16, 2009
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event.

Lecture by K. Michael Hays, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge

Information on-line, the Graham Foundation

   March 17 , Tuesday

The World's Earliest Cities

5:00 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA • 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600,
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Free event
CM 1.0
Geoff Emberling of the Oriental Institute lectures on the World's Earliest Cities at APA Chicago on March 17, 2009

Archeologists, anthropologists and historians have long known that the world's first cities were built in ancient Mesopotamia beginning in about 3500 BC. Archaeolgist Geoff Emberling, the Director of the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, will discuss principles of ancient Mesopotamian urban development with a look at the city of the legendary king Gilgamesh, capital cities of the Assyrian empire, and the largest ancient Mesopotamian city, Babylon.

Information: 312/431.9100 or on-line

Paul Preissner with Robert Somol: Artist's Talk

6:30 p.m., Kanter Meeting Room, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art

Architect Paul Preissner, whose UBS 12 X 12 New Artists/New Work exhibition is currently on display at the MCA, and Robert Somol, architectural theorist and Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discuss some current issues in architecture. Join them as they talk about things that the like, and also about things that they don't.

Information: 312/280.266. Information on-line

   March 18 , Wednesday

Crain's Real Estate Forum with Albert M. Friedman

7:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. The Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street
Sponsor: ChicagoRealEstateDaily.com
65.00 in advance

Albert M. Friedman is Chairman and CEO of Friedman Properties Ltd., which over the Albert M. Friedman, CEO, Friedman Properties, Ltd.past 38 years has become one of the city's most active real estate development companies. The firm owns or manages more than 50 properties throughout the Chicago area and has been instrumental in the redevelopment of 12 full city blocks, mainly in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Noted projects include the redevelopment of the former Medinah Temple/Tree Studios, the former Cook County Courthouse and the former Reid-Murdoch Center along the Chicago River. Friedman will be interview by Thomas A Corfman, Senior Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business.

Registration on-line. Information: on-line

Sustainable and Energy Efficient Building Envelope Design and Construction

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Schaumburg Marriott, 50 N. Martingale Road
Sponsor: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Environment KC, ILASLA, Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.
Early Registration through March 4, $70.00 AIA and ISPE members,$90.00 non-members; thereafter, $100 AIA and SPE members, $120.00 non-members
5.0 LU/HSW/SD

A program organized by ITX Corp. offering four technical presentations related to the building envelope - and these talks qualify for AIA's new Sustainable Design credit. Begins at 8:00 A.M. with registration and continental breakfast; table-top displays. Sessions include Green Roofs: Achieving Sustainable Results by Tremco Group; Masonry Walls and Concrete Floors in Sustainable Design by PROSOCO, Inc.; Insulated Wall Claddings for Sustainable and Energy Efficient Design by Dryvit Systems, Inc.; and Steel Thermal Efficient Panels for Sustainable Design by Accelerated Building Technologies, LLC


Registration: online. Information on-line.

An Architectural Whodunit: The Renovation of “Carlson Cottage”

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Paul Steinbrecher, AIA, Principal, InterActive Design, Architects; and Neal David, AIA, Vice President of Facilities, Lincoln Park ZooCarlson Cottage, Lincoln Park, Chicago

In 2008, Lincoln Park Zoo transformed the historic Carlson Cottage from an eyesore to an architectural treasure. The 120-year-old “comfort station” (restroom facility) was closed 40 years ago and no period photographs or drawings to guide the rehabilitation could be found. Steinbrecher and David describe their experiences in preservation sleuthing and the surprises that they uncovered.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE 3.1 and 4.0 study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

Coming to the Table: Expanding Architecture & Fostering Partnerships

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

AIA/CES 1.5

The kick-off event for Converge/Exchange, a two day symposium that seeks to engage activist practitioners in communities within and outside Chicago in a conversation about innovative strategies applied and experiences gained in local economies, built environments, and beyond. This presentation by Bryan Bell (Founder and Executive Director, Design Corps), Katie Swenson (Director, Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship) and John Cary (Executive Director, Public Architecture) will showcase projects from other parts of the country that can serve as case studies for Chicago.

RSVP via e-mail. Information on-line

   March 19 , Thursday

Sustainable and Energy Efficient Building Envelope Design and Construction

8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Merchandise Mart Conference Center, 350 West Mart Center Drive, 2nd floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC, ILASLA, Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.
Early Registration through March 4, $70.00 AIA and ISPE members,$90.00 non-members; thereafter, $100 AIA and SPE members, $120.00 non-members
5.0 LU/HSW/SD

A program organized by ITX Corp. offering four technical presentations related to the building envelope - and these talks qualify for AIA's new Sustainable Design credit. Begins at 8:00 A.M. with registration and continental breakfast; table-top displays. Sessions include Green Roofs: Achieving Sustainable Results by Tremco Group; Masonry Walls and Concrete Floors in Sustainable Design by PROSOCO, Inc.; Insulated Wall Claddings for Sustainable and Energy Efficient Design by Dryvit Systems, Inc.; and Steel Thermal Efficient Panels for Sustainable Design by Accelerated Building Technologies, LLC


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

Converge/Exchange

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Egan Urban Center, DePaul University, 1 East Jackson
Sponsor: ADPSR Egan Urban Center SHED Studies
Free event; RSVP required

The second and final day of Converge/Exchange, designed to engage activist practitioners ConvergeExchange conference in Chicago March 18-19, 2009in communities within and outside Chicago in a conversation about innovative strategies applied and experiences gained in local economies, built environments, and beyond. Featured events of the day will include:

  • A morning panel discussion, focusing on community organizations and individuals who are engaged in innovative grassroots efforts in Chicago. There will be 3 concurrent panels, centered on food access and food justice, and the related subjects of sustainability, green jobs, health and quality of life.
  • A networking lunch, with informal presentations by Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Black Oaks Sustainable Center, and others. The lunch is free and open to the public. Attendees are requested to either brown bag, or purchase from a selected number of items that will be made available.
  • Afternoon round table discussions to share knowledge and resources on the following areas of focus:
    - Community participation; led by Joyce Fernandes (Archi-treasures) and Bryan Bell (Design Corps)
    - Professional involvement; led by John Cary (Public Architecture) & Thomas Fischer (Dean, College of Design, University of Minnesota) and local partner (to be confirmed)
    - Building partnerships; led by Martin Felsen (Archeworks) and Katie Swenson (Rose Architectural Fellowship)

RSVP via e-mail. Information on-line

Chicago's Historic "L" System

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 West Randolph
Sponsor: Landmarks IllinoisSedgewick Station, Brown Line, CTA, Chicago
Free Event

Some of the “L” stations on the CTA system date to the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Hear transit expert Graham Garfield describe some recent efforts to restore the most historic stations

Information: On-line or call 312/922.1742

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.

Design Exposed: Levy Senior Center and Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design, Environment, IFRAA KCs
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
2.0 LU/HSW/SD

Visit two Evanston projects by Ross Barney Architects and learn about the firm’s design Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue, Evanston, Illinois, Ross Barney Architectsphilosophy and practice. The designers will discuss the challenges and opportunities of community-based design, in contrast to a private client. Sustainable design aspects of the Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue, a LEED-Platinum building, will be highlighted. What impact have these projects had on their community? Speakers: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, design principal; John Fried, AIA, principal in charge for Levy Center; Mike Ross, AIA, principal in charge for JRC; and Kimberley Patten, Assoc. AIA, project manager for JRC. Limited to 50 participants. Meet in Levy Center lobby; parking is available in the center's lot. Driving time from downtown Chicago: 45 to 60 minutes.


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

Sustainable Urban Environments: Definitions and Impacts

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.
AIA/CES: 2

Presenter: Peter Locke, TerraLocke Sustainability Consultants

Sustainable urban environments have the ability to address numerous societal challenges from climate change and national security to health and happiness. This session will introduce sustainable urban environment concepts, players, organizations, and resources including the USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system (LEED ND), which rates the sustainability of a community. A brief case study of how the LEED ND rating system was applied to the Edgewater community will also be presented. This session is bound to make you think in new ways about where you live and how society could evolve to be more sustainable.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

Expanding Architecture: Conversations on Design as Activism

6:00 p.m., Steelcase WorkLife Center, Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: Metropolis Magazine
Free event. Space limited, registration required.


A challenge for designers to play a direct role in solving critical social and environmental Expanding Architecture, book by Metropolis Magazine subject of a panel discussion in Chicago March 19., 2009problems - and to incorporate this outreach into practices to serve an ever-growing client base with real needs. Metropolis Magazine editor in cheif Susan S. Szenasy will engage in conversation with a panel that will include Bryan Bell, founder and executive Director of Design Corps; Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer for the City of Chicago; Thomas Fisher, Professor and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota; Joel Makower, co-founder and executive editor of Greener World Media, Inc.; Roberta Feldman, Director, City Design Center, University of Illinois at Chicago; Eli Ungar, founder and principal of Antheus Capital. Refreshments will be served. Copies of Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism will be available for purchase and book signing.

Register on-line. Information on-line

   March 21 , Saturday

Working with an Architect

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
Free event

Are you planning to build a new home, remodel your kitchen, or renovate a three-flat? If so, attend this free seminar to help you learn if you need an architect, how to select an architect, understand the phases of a project, and create your dream house. There will be opportunities to have 15 minute one-on-one consultations with the architects after the program.


Information: 312/670.7770; Register in advance with Megan Bell at 312-376-2725 or via-email and bring along any drawings pertinent to your project. Space is limited.

High Design/Low Carbon

1:00 - 3:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.
AIA/CES: 2

Presenter: Nathan Kipnis, AIA LEED AP, Nathan Kipnis Architects, Inc.

An architectural overview of how the forms of sustainable buildings can be informed from successful classic regional designs. Architectural design originally came about in a very site specific way based on a time tested responses to local climates and local building materials. Working with Nature and not against it, modern sustainable designs are best optimized when they start with this design philosophy.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

   March 23, Monday

Authenticity and How it Shapes Historic Preservation

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., tours and drinks, 6:30 p.m., panel discussion - Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Sponsor: Western Great Lakes Chapter, Association for Preservation Technology

Vincent Michael will moderate a panel discussion with WGL Chapter Fellows Paul Gaudette, Harry Hunderman, Walker Johnson, Steve Kelley and Deborah Staton


RSVP to Rachel Will

   March 24 , Tuesday

The Value of Specifications

5:00 p.m., registration, 5:30 p.m., dinner, 6:30 p.,m, program , continental breakfast and program, The Union League Club – 5th floor. 65 W. Jackson
Complimentary for CSI Chicago Members, $40.00 non-members
Sponsor: Chicago Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute
1.0 AIA/CES LU’s

A panel discussion about the value of specifications from the Owner, Architect and General Contractor perspective. Hear an expert panel’s viewpoints and ask your own questions about how each of these parties values the specification and what lessons can be learned about improving their usage. P
anelists will include Jim Kreps, CSI, CCCA, AIA, General Growth Properties, two members of The Chicago Builder’s Association, plus an architect/specifier. Moderated by Mark Nelson, CSI, CDT, President, Nelson Testing

Register by March 17th here.Information on-line.

The Dream for True Urbanism in the Middle East: Recent Planning and Development in Abu Dhabi

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
$15.00, $10.00 CAF members, students.

AIA/CES 1.5

Lecture by Larry Beasley, Distinguished Practice Professorof Planning, University of British Columbia and founding principal of Beasley and Associates. With wealth, talent, and tenacity, theMasdar City Headquarters, emirate of Abu Dhabi is determined to transcend the development trends in the Middle East. Beasley, Special Advisor on planning for the government of Abu Dhabi, discusses this planning agenda—the sustainable principles being pursued, the civic initiatives for quality of life, and the special efforts to build a provocative and evocative capital city.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224. Purchase tickets and information on-line

Researching Green

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.
AIA/CES: 2

Presenter: Kelly Reiss, Chicago Center for Green Technology

Determining if something is “green” can be a research intensive endeavor. This seminar provides an overview of resources that can help lead you in the right direction. Certification methods, directories, and databases will be discussed. This seminar will tour and utilize the Green Building Resource Center at the Chicago Center for Green Technology.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

Tour: Yannell Zero-Energy House

6:30 - 7:30 P.M. - 4895 N. Ravenswood Ave. (SE corner of N. Ravenswood and W. Ainslie)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC
REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED
1 LU

Visit the first single-family home in Chicago designed to be Zero-Net Energy and LEED Platinum under the USGBC LEED for Homes Pilot Program. Farr Associates designed the home to produce more energy than it consumes. The tour will feature insights from Farr Associates, Goldberg General Contracting, Inc., and dbHMS (MEP engineer and energy modeler).


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

   March 25 , Wednesday

One Museum Park East, Museum Park and the Central Station Planned Development

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture FoundationOne Museum Park, Pappageorge/Haymes, Ltd, architects
Free event, seating limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Jeff Renterghem, AIA, Senior Associate at Pappageorge/Haymes, Ltd.

Prominently located at the southwest corner of Roosevelt Road and Columbus Drive, One Museum Park East is the flagship project for Museum Park and the Central Station neighborhood. The luxury high rise residential building is the first of four planned towers that will define the south streetwall of Grant Park.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE 3.1 and 4.0 study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

Van Der Vogue

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State
Sponsor: The Mies van der Rohe Society
$100.00 per person, includes a Mies van der Rohe Society one-year membership at the Brick level, $50.00 for current Society Members Van Der Vogue, celebration of the 123rd birthday of architect Mies van der Rohe at IIT, March 25th.

This years celebration of architect Mies van der Rohe's birthday (he's hitting the big 123) offers a cocktail party to celebrate Mies' contributions to Chicago and modern architecture. This year, modern architecture is explored through fashion, with a cocktail-enhanced presentation of creations by local fashion designers inspired by signature buildings.

Register on-line. Information: on-line.

   March 26 , Thursday

We, the Unsigned: Dispatches from the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

6:00 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. - Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsor: Graham Foundation,
Free event, but space limited RSVP required.

Into the Open: Positioning Practice, the official U.S. pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, the 11th International http://www.grahamfoundation.org/images/border.jpgArchitecture Exhibition, will be on view through May 1, 2009 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons in New York City. The exhibition focuses on the increasing interest in civic engagement in American architectural practice, and examines the means by which a new generation of architects is reclaiming a role in shaping community and the built environment.
Aaron Levy is the Executive Director and Senior Curator of the Philadelphia-based Slought Foundation (www.slought.org), and teaches in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. William Menking is the founder and editor of The Architect's Newspaper and is Professor, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

RVSP with Katie Freeman at 312/787.4071. ext. 26 by email. Information on-line.

Case Study: Sustainable Residential Building Science

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.
AIA/CES: 2

Presenter: Tim Heppner, Sustainability Designer, Builder and Consultant

This class will utilize the Heppner residence to demonstrate engineering, architecture and best practices combined with methodologies required to renovate 100 year old wood framed single family home making it energy efficient, environmentally friendly, sustainable and affordable. This project voluntarily participated in the Chicago Green Permit Process, Chicago Green Homes Program and Energy Star for Homes. Content of this seminar will be somewhat technical.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

Paul Goldberger: Frank Lloyd Wright, Sacred Space, and the Challenge of the Modern

7:30 p.m., Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation,
15.00members, $20.00 non-members
Paul Goldberger lectures at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, March 26, 2009
I s there a conflict between the desire to express a modern idea and the timelessness we expect of sacred space? Paul Goldberger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of The New Yorker, will talk about Unity Temple in the context of great religious spaces throughout history. His talk will look at the connection between architecture and the spiritual and consider its meaning, both for Frank Lloyd Wright and for the architecture of today.

Information: on-line, or call 708/383.8873.

   March 27 , Friday

Chicago Modernism Show and Sale - Opening Gala benefiting After School Matters and AIA Chicago

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - 1422 N.Kingsbury
Sponsor: Chicago Modernism Show and Sale,
$80.00, $100.00 at the door

Over 50 noted national and international decorative and fine arts exhibitors presenting all design movements of the 20th Century.

Buy tickets on-line. Information on-line.

   March 28, Saturday

Chicago Modernism Show and Sale

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 P.M. - 1422 N.Kingsbury
Sponsor: Chicago Modernism Show and Sale,
$10.00

Over 50 noted national and international decorative and fine arts exhibitors presenting all design movements of the 20th Century.

Information on-line.

Ecology.Design.Synergy - Behnisch Architekten and Transsolar ClimateEngineering

11:30 a.m. - Loyola University Museum of Art, - 820 N. Michigan
Sponsor: Loyola University Museum of Art
Free with $6.00 museum admission

Lecture by Stefan Behnisch Principal/Partner of Behnisch Architekten and Thomas Auer of Transsolar ClimateEngineering.

Information on-line.

   March 29, Sunday

Chicago Modernism Show and Sale and lecture Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living noon - 5:00 P.M., lecture, 2:00 P.M. - 1422 N.Kingsbury
Gilbert Rohe: Modern Design for Modern Living, book by Phyllis Ross, who will lecture at the Chicago Modernism Show, March 29, 2009 Sponsor: Chicago Modernism Show and Sale,
$10.00

Closing day. Over 50 noted national and international decorative and fine arts exhibitors presenting all design movements of the 20th Century.

At 2:00 p.m., Phyllis Ross, author of Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living (Yale University Press) will offer an insightful overview of this first monograph on one of New York's least known, but highly influential, designers, who helped bring modern design to America in the years before World War II with his modular office furniture, boomerang coffee tables, a plastic chair and other innovations. Sponsored by the Chicago Art Deco Society

Information on-line.

   March 30, Monday

Gilbert Rohde: Innovations for Modern Living 6:00 p.m., Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago,
$10.00 members, $15.00 general public, $5.00 students.

Gilbert Rohde (1894–1944) was an American modernist furniture and industrial designer who specialized in designing mass-produced furniture and was recognized as one of the leading designers of his era. Rohde’s promotion of modular furniture, biomorphic design, and his pioneering office-furniture system anticipated trends that took hold in the postwar era. Phyllis Ross is the author of Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living. Published by Yale University Press in March 2009, this volume presents the first comprehensive appraisal of Rohde’s career. She is an independent researcher and scholar based in New York City as well as a graduate of the History of Decorative Arts Master’s Program, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum/Parsons School of Design. The monograph will be available for purchase the night of the event.

Call 312/443-3631 for tickets. Information on-line.

   March 31 , Tuesday

Kate Stohr on Architecture for Humanity

6:30 p.m., MCA Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Women in Architecture Kate Stohr talks about the work Architecture for Humanity at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, March 31, 2009
$10.00 general admission, $8.00 MCA members, $6.00 students

A former journalist and co-editor of the book Design Like You Give a Damn, Kate Stohr describes the work of Architecture for Humanity, the international organization she co-founded in 1999 with Cameron Sinclair to solve the world's most pressing humanitarian crises through innovative and sustainable design.

Information: 312/280.266. Information on-line

Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid and its impact on Grant Park and Northerly Island

6:30 p.m., Daley Bicentennial Plaza Fieldhouse, 37 E. Randolph, just east of Columbus
Sponsor: Grant Park Advisory Council, Grant Park Conservancy
Free event

Chicago 2016 representatives and others will give a presentation and take public input on Chicago plans for the 2016 Olympics.

Information: 312/927.6795.