Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, Octember 24, 2012 - February 24, 2013
Reconsidering an Icon:
Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, Exhibition at the ArchiTech Gallery, Chicago, Octember 7 - December 29, 2012 The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank, exhibition at the Sewdish American Museum, Chicago, opening The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32, exhibition at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, through February 16, 2013 Field, collaborative faculty exhibition, at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, through December 14, 2012 The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago, exhibition at the Chicago Architeture Foundation
Loop Values: The How Much Does it Cost Shop, exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, opening February 17, 2012                        
    Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
at the Art Institute of Chicago/ through February 24, 2013
Reconsidering an Icon:
Creative Conversations about Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital

at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design
at ArchiTech Gallery, , through December 29, 2012
The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank
at the Swedish American Museum, through November 25, 2012
The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32
at the Graham Foundation,through February 16, 2013
Field: collaborative faculty exhibition
at the University of Illinois at Chicago through December 14, 2012
The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
  Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost Shop
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

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April 2012 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events

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« November 1, Thursday »

Chicago Transportation Initiatives

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

Since he joined Mayor Emanuel’s administration in 2011 after holding a similar position in the nation's capital, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein has had a busy agenda for downtown Chicago. This includes creation of new bike lanes, rapid-transit bus lanes, and elevated train stations, along with completing major road projects like Congress Parkway and Wacker Drive. Join Friends of Downtown to hear about these and other exciting transportation initiatives downtown.

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

Tour: The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Care and Discovery

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - 57th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC, The University of Chicago Medicine
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
This tour is now FULL

At the forefront of care and discovery - The University of Chicago Medicine will open its new hospital in February 2013. The 10-story “hospital for the future” will serve as the new core of the campus of the University of Chicago Medicine. Compassionate patient care will be delivered in a comfortable setting that keeps families in mind. Our new hospital will mark an extraordinary step in clinical care: The best minds in medicine working in close collaboration, equipped with leading-edge technologies. Patients, families, and staff will feel integrated into the fabric of the city, with remarkable views of the University of Chicago campus and the city’s skyline. Rafael Viñoly Architects, working with healthcare facility specialists Cannon Design, developed the forward-thinking plan for the building. Please join us for a pre-opening presentation and tour of the new facility.

Speakers: Mona Sonnenshein, Chief Operating Officer; Jason Keeler, VP Clinical & Procedural Services; William Huffman, VP Facilities, Design & Construction.

Limited to 60 participants. Free valet parking will be provided for registered attendees at hospital entrance at 5700 South Maryland Avenue.

Information and registration online.

« November 3, Saturday »

Yves Béhar - Designing for Tomorrow: Herman Miller Design Program

1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue
Sponsor: Chicago Humanities Festival
$10.00 general admission, $5.00 teachers and studentsYves Béhar talks on Designong for Tomorrow at the Chicago Humanities Festival, November 3, 2012

Yves Béhar—one of the world’s top designers—is known for such civically minded projects as the One Laptop per Child program, for which he was lead industrial designer, and NYC Condom, the New York City Department of Health’s initiative to reduce HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy, for which he redesigned the logo and packaging. His other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, Jawbone, GE, Puma, PayPal, SodaStream, Samsung, Issey Miyake, and many others have received international acclaim. Béhar's works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, and he is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability, and business. Béhar discusses design as a critical driver of 21st-century ideas, from sustainability to education and health.

Information on-line.

The Role of Preservation in Sustainable Architecture

8:30 a.m., registration; 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., symposium- School of the Art Institute, Historic Preservation Classroom, 116 South Michigan, Suite 1506
Sponsor: APT Western Great Lakes Chapter
$40.00 members, $65.00 non-members, students free

This all-day symposium will feature six different presentations related to this topic, including US EPA Regioin 5 Green Historic Preservation Initiative; Historic Buildings - Leveraging Inherently Green Features; Integrating Environmentally Sustainable Design and Historic preservation in Architectural Education; Biomimicry as a Tool for Historic Building Stabilization; Unintended Preservation; and Adding Insulation to Historic Masonry Mass Walls.

Information and registration on-line.

« November 5, Monday »

Community Interface Committee - Planning Meeting

6:00 - 7:00 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 is dedicated to increasing architects’ knowledge of and participation with community groups and non-profit organizations.

The Committee will act as:
1. A network and forum for exchange of knowledge related to public interest work.
2. A point of contact for community groups looking for design-based solutions.
3. A liaison between the AIA and established pro-bono design groups
4. Support for architects’ involvement in civic activities

Join us as we start for plan for 2013. Visit our blog and our LinkedIn page to join the conversation - an docme to the meeting too so we can meet you in person!

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

« November 6, Tuesday »

First Tuesday Happy Hour

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Coalesse showroom, Merchandise Mart, Suite 1032
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Come enjoy a hosted reception at Coalesse showroom- tour, movie and games! Come and view furniture pieces from some of the most famous contemporary designers such as Patricia Urquiola and Scott Wilson.

Please come ready to speed-network; bring your business cards and your outgoing personality. We encourage you to make as many contacts as you can in and outside of architecture. Hope this event will facilitate your new adventure (a business opportunity, a job or a friendship).

Let us know you'll be attending by posting at the Meetup page. Information online.

« November 7, Wednesday »

"Chicago" Loads According to ASCE/SEI 7-10

8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., University Center, 525 South State, Lake Room, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$375.00 members, $475.00 non-members,
7.5 hours continuing education credit.

This full-day seminar will address wind, rain, snow and ice loads – the loads most commonly encountered in the Chicago area and beyond – as prescribed in the 2010 edition of ASCE/SEI 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Presented along with the provisions will be practical, worked-out examples and design aids that illustrate the proper application of the code requirements. Also included will be in-depth coverage of the significantly revised wind load provisions.

David A. Fanella, Ph.D., S.E., P.E., F.ASCE, is Principal at Klein and Hoffman Inc., Chicago, IL. Dr. Fanella holds a Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of Illinois and a licensed Professional Engineer in numerous states. He is a past-president of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. Dr. Fanella is an active member of a number of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committees, is an Associate Member of the ASCE 7 Committee, and served on the board of the Applied Technology Council. He has authored or co-authored many structural publications, most recently an ICC publication on the determination of loads and a textbook on reinforced concrete design.

Information and registration form on-line.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Design for Health - Healthcare Design in Haiti: Can Architecture Heal More Than Illness?

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: C
hicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.Healthcare Design in Haiti: Can Architecture Heal More Than Illness?, lunchtime lecture by Ann Clark at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, November 7, 2012

Presentation by Ann Clark, Principal, Ann Clark Architects LLC

Ann Clark has spent the last four years collaborating with Boston-based Partners In Health on the design of a 320 bed, 180,000 square foot teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. The project began one year before the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, and has gone through several iterations post-earthquake. The hospital, once completed, will be the largest hospital in the Caribbean. In addition to the hospital providing the most advanced care available to Haiti, it also has become a symbol for more than just healing the sick. Ms. Clark will discuss the process by which this facility was designed, the challenges of working in a post-disaster, developing country like Haiti, and long term impact of such a project.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.Meejin Yoon of Howeler + Yoon Architectures lectures on Current Work at Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago, November 7, 2012

Meejin Yoon: Prototypes and Protocols - Projects by Howeler + Yoon Architecture / My Studio

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

Lecture by Meejin Yoon, Founding Principal, Howeler + Yoon Architecture, Boston and Associate Professor, MIT Department of Architecture

Information: on-line.

« November 8, Thursday »

Tour/lecture: Project Second Century -The Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church

5:00 - 6:30 p.m., - Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago
Sponsor: AIA Chicago IFRAA and Design KCs
Free event for members, $15.00 non-members - limited to 20 participants
1.5 LU/HSW

Brian Vitale, AIA and Todd Heiser, AIA from Gensler will present the design of the new addition to the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Fourth Presbyterian is home to a congregation of over 6000 members and has welcomed over 8 million visitors Brian Vitale and Todd Heiser offer tour of new Gratz Center at the Fourth Presbyterian Church for AIA/Chicago, November 8, 2012since it opened. The original facility, consisting of the 1,300 person Sanctuary and the accompanying Parish House and Manse, was designed 100 years ago by the leading American ecclesiastical architect of the 20th century, Ralph Adams Cram, FAIA, of Boston, along with prominent Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, FAIA (AIA Gold Medal 1927).

Challenged by the congregation to look to its future without disregarding its past, the new Gratz Center addition looks to compliment rather than mimic. The building’s vocabulary is modern while its iconic weathered copper façade is rooted in the context of the existing structure’s accessories, from its historic art to its articulated lanterns to the anything but utilitarian downspouts and dormers, and acts as a foil to the original Indiana limestone structure. The new facility will house a diverse group of people and programs including a full dining facility, state-of-the-art classrooms, library, counseling center, performance space, gallery, and a 350-person chapel whose presence is made visible by a large sculpted vertical window in the copper façade, reminiscent of the sanctuary’s historic steeple on Michigan Avenue.

Information and registration online. Julia Bachrach discusses and signs copies of her book, The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago's Parks, at The Cliff Dwellers, November 8, 2012

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

5:30 p.m., reception and book signing (cash bar), 6:30 p.m., dinner with lecture - The Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan, 22nd floor
Sponsor: The Cliff Dwellers
$30.00 for dinner, RSVP requested

An evening with Julia Bachrach, author of The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago's Parks

Reservations: 312/922.8080

Sustainable Schools as Living Laboratories for Education and Community Outreach

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
onsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC and Community Interface Committee
Free event for members, $15.00 non-members

While sustainable schools are designed to provide education for preschool through high school students, they also provide an opportunity to inspire communities to practice the environmental education being taught in their schools. The smallest ripple can have a large impact on priorities and shift local and regional paradigms. Our speakers will present their experiences in building community using sustainable learning environments as teaching tools.


Information and registration online.

Robert McCarter :: Understanding Architecture

7:30 p.m., Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak ParkRobert McCarter discusses and signs copy of his new book, Understanding Architecture, at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, November 8, 2012
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
$12.00 members, $15.00 non-members

Space, time, matter, gravity, light, silence, dwelling, ritual, memory, landscape and place...

Few undertakings are more complex and difficult to achieve than a true understanding of the principles of architecture.
Robert McCarter, award-winning Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and author of Understanding Architecture, has written extensively on Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and design. Speaking at Unity Temple, McCarter explores key themes that relate to successful building design through the ages, so that we may all be better at understanding architecture. Q & A, book signing and reception to follow.

Information and ticket purchase online.

« November 9, Friday »

Opening Reception - Glessner House at 125, Situating the Glessner House: Late Richardson and the Romanesque Revival in the American West

6:30 p.m, reception, 7:15 p.m., lecture = Glessner House Museum, 1800 South PrairieKen Breisch lectures on Situating the Glessner House, Late Richardson and Romanesque Revival in the American West, at the Glessner House Museum, November 9, 2012
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum,
$12.00 members. $15.00 non-members

Ken Breisch, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture,University of Southern California will lecture . For a short period of time at the end of the nineteenth century, from Chicago to Dallas and Seattle to Los Angeles, the Richardsonian or Romanesque Revival style came to represent the new American architecture, but it was also transformed by local conditions in order to represent the specific regional needs and aspirations of a rapidly growing American West.

RSVP at 312/326.1480. Information on-line

« November 10, Saturday »

Symposium - Glessner House at 125: Richardson's Urban Residential Masterpiece Reconsidered

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, , Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum, Victorian Society in America

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the completion of Glessner House in December 1887, an examination of the architect Henry Symposium- Glessner House at 125: Richardson's Urban Residential Masterpiece Reconsidered, at Glessner House, Chicago, November 10, 2012Hobson Richardson, the furnishing and decorating of the house, and its rescue in the mid-1960s as the start of the preservation movement in Chicago.

The keynote speaker will be James F. O'Gorman (author of several books on Richardson including Living Architecture: A Biography of H. H. Richardson) who will speak on the Hubert von Herkomer portrait of Richardson that has hung in the Glessner House since the late 1880s. Other speakers on Richardson include Kevin Harrington and Mary Alice Molloy. Speakers on the furnishing and decorating of the house include Elaine Harrington, Rolf Achilles, and Monica Obniski. The symposium will conclude with an examination of the early preservation movement in Chicago during the 1960s by Ted Hild, recently retired from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency after 35 years of service.

RSVP at 312/326.1480. Information on-line

Society of Architectural Historians Awards Gala

Society of Architectural Historians Awards Gala, at the Racquet Club, Chicago, November 10, 2012
6:00 - 9:00 p.m, , Racquet Club, 1365 North Dearborn
Sponsor: Society of Architectural Historians

The 2012 SAH Awards Gala will include the presentation of the 2012 SAH Awards for Excellence:

Design Planning and Sustainability: Philip J. Enquist, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

Architectural Conservation: John Eifler, FAIA, LEED AP, Eifler & Associates Architects

Architectural Media: Gwendolyn Wright, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University and Host, "History Detectives," PBS
Geoffrey Baer, Producer, Host and Writer for Programs on Chicago Architecture and History, NPR and WTTW, PBS Chicago

Silent Auction: art and architectural objects and experiences. Live Auction: Two (2) places (double occupancy) on SAH's Cuba Study Tour (5/13)

Information and ticket purchase 312/573.1365 or on-line

« November 12, Monday»

Chicago Architecture Students Visionary Concepts for the Uptown Entertainment District

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Room, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Studio, SOM, Cannon Design, GREG Architects, von Weise AssociatesChicago Architecture Students Visionary Concepts for the Uptown Entertainment District, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, November 12, 2012
Free event

The Chicago Studio directly integrates education and practice by embedding A+D students within some of Chicago’s leading A+E firms. The program operates in a virtual campus where university facilities are recreated throughout the city in design firms and organizations made available from the program’s vast network of supporters. Its distinctive structure and curriculum promotes a collaborative design process encompassing multiple points of view within academia, the profession and the broader community. This powerful mechanism creates a neutral platform for the discussion of architectural and urban strategies, and the curriculum is guided through the collaboration of Chicago’s leading visionaries in an effort to generate potential innovations for the City of Chicago.

Eva Castro Iraola of Plasma Studio

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Fullerton Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michiganarchitect Eva Castro Iraola of Plasma Studio lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago, November 12, 2012
Sponsor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Free event - seating first come, first serve

Eva Castro Iraola is a co-founding principal of Plasma Studio, a progressive architecture and design practice with offices in London, Beijing, and Northern Italy. Founded with Holger Kehne in 1999, Plasma Studio has received numerous international awards, including the Next Generation Architects Award and the Wallpaper Best Building Site Design Award for their 2011 Xi'an Horticultural Expo in China. Their work has been widely published and exhibited, most notably in two recent solo shows—Plasma Studio: Nodal Landscapes (2010) at the Deutsches Architekturzentrum in Berlin, and Critical Territories (2011) at the London Architectural Association Gallery—exploring the firm's ambitious multidisciplinary approach.

Information and buy tickets or on-line.

« November 13, Tuesday »

Chicago Community Development Commission

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

Monthly meeting.

Meeting schedules and agenda's on-line

Complete Streets: Tools to Move from Idea to Practice

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

Streets are very often a community's largest public asset, yet they have rarely been described as such. In an era of higher gas prices, Stefanie Seskin and Paul Lippens discuss Complete Streets:  Tools to Move from Idea to Practice, at APA Chicago, November 13, 2012increasing rates of chronic disease, and an increased call for fiscally responsible investments, people are demanding another look at our streets. They want safe streets that provide a choice of travel modes and access to destinations near and far. They want complete streets.

An ideal complete streets policy is an inter-disciplinary vision and an actionable tool to create robust, safe transportation networks within and between our communities. But what are the real barriers to complete design? What do people really mean when they ask for complete streets? And why do so many projects result in incomplete streets?

Stefanie Seskin from the Complete Streets Coalition and Paul Lippens, AICP, from the Active Transportation Alliance will describe the 10 elements of a complete streets policy, and how that written direction can prompt transportation decisions that are responsive to community needs. They will also look at common themes encountered in Complete Streets implementation and offer 10 roadway design surgical fixes for complete results.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line.

Healthcare KC planning meeting

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

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

Information online.

The Christchurch Earthquake

5:30 p.m., reception; 6:30 p.m., lecture , Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
Free event - donations to SEF appreciated. Advance reservations required.
1 hour Continuing Education Credit

The 4 September 2010 Darfield and 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquakes devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand The Christchurch Earthquake, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois lecture by Nick Hyatt at the Chicago Architecture Foundationand surrounding areas. The extensive damage and collapse of modern buildings as well as the older building stock has caused public distrust of existing buildings and left the structural engineering community scrambling to explain why and how this happened on such a large scale. This presentation will review the processes used to evaluate a building’s condition after an earthquake and the need to make rapid but accurate determinations. Case studies of many of the notable collapses and structural failures observed in the Canterbury earthquake sequence will explore the technical causes of the failures and how the design industry is adapting to address these in the future. Political and practical hurdles in retrofit design and repair of existing buildings will also be discussed.

Nick Hyatt, S.E., P.E., MASCE, is a Vice President at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. Mr. Hyatt received a B.S. and an M.S. degree in structural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Based in Thornton Tomasetti’s Chicago office, Mr. Hyatt is currently the group leader in their Christchurch New Zealand office supporting the rebuild effort. His sixteen year career has focused on the investigation of structural failures and construction problems.

RSVP: contact Donnad Childs at 312/726.4165, ext. 200 or via email. Information on-line.

Twentieth Century Furniture Design

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - Herman Miller showroom, Merchandise Mart, Suite 321
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU

Christopher Enck will lecture on the history of modern furniture and ways in which technological innovations shaped design and manufacturing of 20th century furniture. He will introduce some of the important figures in 20th century furniture design and their associations with architecture and culture. Finally, he will discuss the lasting impact of iconic 20th century designs and their role in popular culture.

Christopher is a project engineer at Klein and Hoffman who has a background in historic preservation and restoration. Christopher has a lifelong interest in 20th century furniture design, has lectured on the subject, and has curated an exhibition on furniture design at the University of Illinois in Champaign. In addition, he is involved with the restoration and future planning of the Alexander Furniture Collection at the University of Illinois.

Information and registration online.

« November 14, Wednesday»

Riding the Recovering Housing Sector – Fundamentals and Opportunities

7:45 a.m., registration and continental breakfast, 8:15 a.m., program, 9:00 a.m., Q&A- The Union League, 65 W. Jackson, Main Lounge, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago Chapter
$55.00 for members; $75.00 non-members, $15.00 student member, $25.00 student non-member, $35.00 Young Leader members, $53.25 excoriated members

Since the 2006 peak, housing prices have dropped more than 30 percent, destroying an estimated $8 trillion of household wealth. Six years later, home prices appear to have bottomed and institutional capital is targeting the bulk purchase of homes and also new development in select submarkets. Join ULI Chicago and a distinguished panel of experts who will explore how to understand and capitalize on the rebound of the housing market.

Moderator: Theresa Frankiewicz, Vice President Community Development, Crown Community Development

Information and registration on-line.

Fundamental and Structural Analysis for Curved and Skewed Steel Bridges

three-day conference through November 16, 200 West Adams, 14th Floor Conference Room
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$1050.00 members, $1200.00 non-members by November 7th, $1150.00 members, $1300 non-members thereafter (maximum of 30 30 participants)
16 hours continuing education credit.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

Target Audience: Practicing bridge and structural engineers with 0-20 years’ experience. Registrants should have a minimum BSCE degree and have a working knowledge of the current AASHTO LRFD Specifications or AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges.

Information and registration form on-line.

Using Inventory Data to Help Plan Future Residence Halls for the UW System

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Education KC
Free event for members, $15.00 non-members
1 LU

How does the UW System expedite early housing planning by using data on residence halls built for its campuses in the past eight years? Maura A. Donnelly, Senior Architect and Historic Preservation Officer for Capital Planning and Budget, University of Wisconsin System Administration, will explain how the UW System developed planning tools that will allow its universities to quickly and accurately plan for the functionality, size, building systems, cost, and scheduling of new housing through the creation of a database that allows for the identifications of trends, outliers, and comparables.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information and registration online.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Design for Health - Design for People, Design for Change: Three Hospitals by Rafael Viñoly Architects

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.Design for People, Design for Change:14Three Hospitals by Rafael Viñoly Architects, lunchtime lecture by Chan-li Lin at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, November 14, 2012

A/CES: 1

Presentation by Chan-li Lin, Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC

In the last decade, the focus of Rafael Viñoly Architects’ work has expanded from arts and assembly facilities to encompass research and health care facilities. Drawing on their wealth of experience in a wide variety of public building types (performing arts centers, museums, convention centers, courthouses, academic and research facilities) Rafael Viñoly Architects’ hospitals are less machines for dispensing health care, than places for people with an emphasis on the public as well as the clinical aspects of hospitals. Similar to performing arts centers, courthouses, etc., their public spaces are open and welcoming not only to patients but also to families and visitors, while their clinical spaces are designed for maximum efficiency, flexibility, and adaptability. This talk examines how three state-of-the-art hospitals of similar sizes, within different contexts, address their site, program, and need for growth and adaptability to change--resulting in three very different hospitals, each reflecting its unique combination of their nature of institution and project parameters.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.Jean-Louis Cohen:  Dark Times, White Spots: Architeture at War 1940:1945, lecture at Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago, November 14, 2012

Jean-Louis Cohen: Dark Times, White Spots: Architecture at War 1940:1945

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

Lecture by Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Information: on-line.

« November 15, Thursday »

Chicago Wilderness 2012 Congress

8:00 a.m. (registration) to 7:30 p.m. - University of Illinois at Chicago - The Forum - 725 W. Roosevelt
Sponsor: Chicago Wilderness
$55.00, students $20.00, day of conference $65.00

This day-long conference will offer an opportunity for students, educators, volunteers, community partners, and interested members of the public to communicate ideas, success stories, and lessons learned. Keynote Speaker will be Juan Martinez. Full list of fours sessions topics and presenters here.

Information and registration online.

Aluminum for Design and Functionality

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

Chris Allen from Fry Reglet/Frye Integral will provide an overview of how architectural metals can be used to create inspired design while providing functionality and supporting sustainability. Learn how you can use aluminum and completely pre-engineered systems in design to incorporate different materials and finishes to add interest to a space. Review the recycled content and manufacturing of aluminum and its contribution to sustainability.

Chris will (1) Explain how aluminum reveals can be used to sculpt drywall or plaster walls to provide more visual interest and seamless transitions from floor-to-ceiling. (2) Describe how the recycled content and recycling process/iterations of aluminum support sustainability. (3) Explain how detailing a completely pre-engineered wall system or column cover system provides design flexibility and a precise installation. (4) Describe how formed metal shapes can be used for functionality and to enhance the design of a building.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information and registration online.

Chicago’s Own American Palace: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Cultural Center, 77 West Randolph, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd floorChicago's Own American Palace, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, lecture by Lise Dubé-Scherr at the Chicago Cultural Center for Landmarks Illinois, November 15, 2012
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free event

Presentation by Lise Dubé-Scherr, director, Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

An illustrated presentation on the Driehaus Museum - one of the best remaining urban examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. Commissioned by Chicago banker Samuel M. Nickerson in 1879, the mansion survived as a private residence, office space, and a commercial gallery before a meticulous five-year restoration transformed the building into the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in 2008. Ms. Dubé-Scherr’s discussion will focus on history, architecture and design of this magnificent building and its new incarnation as a cultural destination of national significance.

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

Future Prentice Design Competition Winning Announcement and Presentation

5:30 p.m., reception, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., presentation, followed by Q&A
- Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event


And the winners are . . . ! Please join The Chicago Architecture Foundation, The Chicago Architectural Club, and AIA Chicago for Future Prentice Design Competition Winning Announcement and Presentation, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, November 15, 2012the public announcement of the winners of Future Prentice, the 2012 Chicago Prize Competition, which invites designers to submit visionary solutions for Prentice Women’s Hospital, one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant buildings. Be the first in Chicago to see the winning scheme. Preview CAF’s newest exhibition, which features the three winning competition entries as well as proposals from 11 of Chicago’s young architecture studios. Hear from the jury and meet the winning design team. Enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments. Reservations must be made in advance as space is limited.

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

The Russian Avant-Garde between East and West

6:00 p.m., The Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton
The Russian Avant-Garde between East and West, lecture by Jean-Louis Cohen at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, November 15, 2012Sponsor: The Graham Foundation
Free event, RSVP

The extraordinary explosion that reshaped Russian culture between the October 1917 revolution and the Stalinist freeze of 1930 induced extreme effects on architecture. Rationalist and constructivist designers imagined a new urban environment in which striking monumental structures conveyed the dynamics of the revolution, while several dozen edifices responded to emerging, innovative practices in the realm of housing and leisure.

In permanent contact with Western scenes such as Germany, France, and North America, albeit indirectly, the architects of the competing Avant-Garde groups saw their dreams crushed by the dire reality of rudimentary building technologies and the conservatism of the emerging ruling class. Yet this pattern of explicit, and sometimes veiled, exchange continued to characterize the production of architecture until the final victory of Modernism in the mid-1950s.

Jean-Louis Cohen was born in 1949 in Paris. Trained as an architect, he received a PhD in history. Since 1993, he has held the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. His research activity focuses on twentieth-century architecture and urban design.

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Gallery Talk - Exhibition Overview of Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects Assistant curator Karen Kice leads a tour of the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, November 15, 2012

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, 159 East Monroe
Sponsor: Art Institute of Chicago
Free with admission

Follow Karen Kice, assistant curator and a team member from Studio Gang Architects on a tour to learn more about the Art Institute's exhibition Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects. Meet in Griffin Court.

Information: on-line.

The Bloomingdale Trail: Tracking Progress on Chicago's Next Great Park

6:00 p.m., cocktails, 6:30 p.m. discussion - Columbia College, 600 South Michigan, Room 401
The Bloomingdale Trail:  Tracking Progress on Chicago's Next Great Park, lecture by Ben Helphand for the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, at Columbia College, Chicago,November 15, 2012Sponsor: American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter
Free for members; Non-members $10.00

Presented by Ben Helphand – President, Friend of the Bloomingdale Trail and Executive Director of NeighborSpace and Beth White, Director of the Chicago Region Office of The Trust for Public Land

The Bloomingdale Line is an elevated railroad right-of-way on Chicago's northwest side. Virtually unused since the 1990s, it includes reinforced concrete retaining walls, soil, and 37 bridges and viaducts. The completed park and trail will result in a 2.7 mile-long park and trail with integrated arts, connected to neighborhoods via the five ground-level parks. Beth and Ben will walk you through the history of the railway, current design concepts, the complexities of a public-private partnership, and the balance required to create a public space that will be a mixture of park and trail, and both a neighborhood park and a citywide destination.

Information and registration online.

Opening Reception: messy MIES + MASSIVE middle

7:00 p.m., refreshments and gallery talk, 8:00 p.m., opening - Oakton Community College, P-Wing Gallery Space, 7701 Lincoln, Skokie.
Sponsor: Oakton Community College
Free event

messy MIES + MASSIVE middle is an exhibition centering on Mies van der Rohe’s ambiguously built/unbuilt architecture including never-before-exhibited material.

This exhibition presents three projects designed by Mies, starting with the Barcelona Pavilion (design/built 1929, destroyed 1930, Opening reception for exhibition, messy MIES + MASSIVE middle, at Oakton Community College, November rebuilt 1986), Brussels Pavilion (designed/unbuilt 1934, reappears publicly 1966) and the IIT Master Plan (partially built in the 1940s in its original design). Interestingly enough, all three projects do not exist in their original intention or even literal interpretation. The Barcelona Pavilion stood for a mere six months and was little noticed. Only later, decades after its demolition, did it emerge in the collective consciousness as a masterpiece of modern architecture, materializing in 1986 as a built copy by popular demand. The design for the Brussels Pavilion disappeared into the chaos of World War II only to make its way back into Mies’ hands in 1966. The IIT Campus Plan was only partially realized in its initial design, as it is missing several buildings in Mies’ master plan, and instead creates the pastiche urbanism we know today.

The exhibition provides two frames to engage with Mies’ models: the first is a series of designed enclosures/viewing platforms and the second is a series of interactive flash cards. Supplementing the user experience is also a limited amount of Primary Material, such as Mies’ statement for Brussels and a translated copy of an influential text written by a colleague complete with Mies’ marginalia. The exhibition also intends to open up the conversation about the variant character versions of Mies that have evolved over time.

messy MIES + MASSIVE middle focuses on his designs that do not neatly fit into the accepted historiography.

Information online.

P12 Portfolio Review

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architect Forum
Free event

Our annual Portfolio Review is a great time to have your "work in progress" portfolio reviewed by prominent Chicago architects, from large and small firms, at this informal workshop. Don't be shy: learn what works and doesn’t work from the voices of experience.

Watch for more details here and on our Meetup page.

Information and registration online.

« November 16, Friday »

The Future of the Metropolitan Region

noon - 12:50 p.m., Lecture Center C3, 802 S. Morgan Street
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event

Lecture by Randy Blankenhorn, executive director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. An event in the University of Illinois at Chicago's annual Future of Chicago lecture series, which brings civic leaders to campus to examine issues with students and the community,

Information on-line.

Ciro Najle Ciro Najle lectures at the School of Architecture,  University of Illinois at Chicago, November 16, 2012

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

Lecture by Ciro Najle, Director, General Design Bureau, Buenos Aires

Information on-line.

« November 17, Saturday »

Inside Studio Gang Archi-Salon - Inside Out: Uncovering Possibilities from within the Discipline

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, 159 East Monroe, Galleries 283-285
Iker Gil, director of MAS Studio, leads an Archi-Salon at the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, November 17, 2012Sponsor: Art Institute of Chicago
Free with admission

An event held in conjuction with the exhibition, Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects.

The work of Studio Gang Architects “confronts pressing contemporary issues, acting as a lab for testing ideas on varying scales: from cities to environments to individual buildings’ unique material properties.” This Archi-Salon looks into the new possibilities generated by approaching and exploring aspects of the architectural discipline from new and uncompromised perspectives. The conversation will be focused around uncovering possibilities related to issues of context, materiality, space, and program in architecture.

This salon will be led by Iker Gil, director of MAS Studio and editor in chief of MAS Context.

Panelists will include Jeanne Gang, principal, Studio Gang Architects; Matthias Hollwich, co-founder, Hollwich Kushner (HWKN); lecturer, PennDesign; and Michel Rojkind, founder, Rojkind Arquitectos

Respondents will include Kelly Bair, principal, Central Standard Office of Design; assistant professor, UIC; Julie Flohr, founder, Oisse Architects; clinical assistant professor, UIC; Grant Gibson, principal, CAMES/gibson; clinical assistant professor, UIC;
Thomas Jacobs, principal, Krueck + Sexton; adjunct associate professor, IIT; Mary Pat Mattson, studio ssistant professor, IIT

Information: on-line.

« November 19, Monday »

An Te Liu An Te Liu lectures at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, November 19, 2012

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

Lecture by An Te Liu, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Exhibitions, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto, Toronto

Information on-line.

Chicago Makes Modern book launch with Ben Nicholson and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., The Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton
Sponsor: The Graham Foundation
Free event, RSVP

From the radical social and artistic perspectives implemented by Jane Addams, John Dewey, and Buckminster Fuller to the avant-garde designs of László Moholy-Nagy and Mies van der Rohe, the prodigious offerings of Chicago's modern minds left an indelible legacy for future generations. Staging the city as a laboratory for some of our most heralded cultural experiments, Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society reimagines the modern as a space of self-realization and social progress—where individual visions triggered profound change. Featuring contributions from an acclaimed roster of contemporary artists, critics, and scholars, this book demonstrates how and why the Windy City continues to drive the modern world.

At this book launch event, contributor Ben Nicholson and artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle remark on their work presented in this publication, reflecting on their personal artistic and scholarly research and the continuing legacy of modernism in Chicago and beyond.The talks will be followed by a reception in the Madlener House library where signed copies of the publications will be for sale.

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« November 22, Thursday »

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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« November 27, Tuesday »

Neighborhood Solutions to Wetter Weather: Local Approaches for Stormwater Management

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., The Centre in Elgin, 100 Symphony WayNeighborhood Solutions to Wetter Weather:  Local Approaches for Stormwater Management - Metropolitan Planning Council and Openlands roundtable at The Centre in Elgin, Elgin, Illinois,November 27, 2012
Sponsor: Metropolitan Planning Council
$15.00 MPC/Openlands members; $30.00 general public

This MPC and Openlands roundtable will feature state, local and private sector leaders working to plan, fund and implement stormwater solutions. What has Illinois learned from two years of the Ill. Green Infrastructure Grant? How might that affect green infrastructure priorities for the State Revolving Fund? Given limited financial resources, how can communities prioritize the location and type of green infrastructure to invest in? What are some proven strategies for encouraging private property investment in improved stormwater management?

Keynote speaker will be Marcia Willhite, Water Bureau Chief, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Panelists will include Jeffrey Wickenkamp, Vice President, Hey and Associates; Aaron Consentino, Management Analyst, City of Elgin; and Josh Ellis, Program Director, Metropolitan Planning Council.

Information and registration on-line.

2030 Commitment Working Group meeting

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

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

Information online.

Odile Decq

6:00 p.m., School of the Art Institute, Columbus Auditorium, 280 South Columbus
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute, Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design Objects
Free event

Lecture by architect Odile Decq.

After several years of running her own firm, Odile Decq created a partnership with Benoît Cornette in 1985 and established the Architect Odile Decq lectures at the School of the Art Institute, SAICIADOarchitecture firm ODBC. Decq’s first commission, the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes in 1990, resulted in numerous prizes and ignited her international renown. The audiences who celebrated the building underlined the emergence of a new hope in architecture directly born from the punk rebellion that was turning old conventions upside down.

In addition to the 1996 Gold Lion Award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Odile Decq and ODBC have received continuous accolades, including three International Architecture Awards bestowed by The Chicago Athenaeum and two World Architecture Community Awards. Odile Decq became a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2003, and she received the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2007.

Ms. Decq will present recent ODBC projects in the areas of architecture, design, and installation at all scales, and ranging from urban planning to door handles.

Information at 312/629.6650 or via email.


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

Lecture by Yuval Yasky.

Based on communist ideas about appropriate human habitat, the Kibbutz was conceived as a hybrid between rural and urban settlement typologies in an attempt to eliminate the disadvantages of both; the primitive conservatism of village life and the capitalistYuval Yasky lectures on the Kibbutz, at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, November 27, 2012 exploitation of the proletariat in the city, and enjoy their benefits - the physical health of rural life along with the cultural health of civil urban society. This hybrid evolved over three generations into a distinct settlement type within which new building typologies were invented. In the last 25 years the Kibbutz is undergoing a dramatic change which is threatening its very survival as a unique pattern in the Israeli landscape. The lecture will present the evolution of the Kibbutz from its early days and the struggle to preserve its unique qualities amidst the process of change and privatization.

Yuval Yasky (b. 1970, Tel Aviv, Israel) is a practicing architect based in Tel Aviv. He studied Philosophy and Art History at Tel Aviv University and Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He has taught at the Technion in Haifa and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem where he is the head of the Architecture Department.

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« November 28, Wednesday

Financing the Future: Improving Municipal Infrastructure in Turbulent Economic Times

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson, 8005
Sponsor: Harry Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, DePaul University

City governments across the country are turning to creative-and sometimes risky-strategies to expand and improve their infrastructure. Steven Koch and Phil Hanegraaf discuss Financing the Future: Improving Municipal Infrastructure in Turbulent Ecoominc Times, at the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, DePaul University, Chicago, November 28, 2012Some, like Chicago, have entered long-term leases with private concessions and created "infrastructure banks" to leverage private investment. Others are taking stock of "value capture" techniques and complex user-fee schemes to retire the associated debt.

But what important changes appear to lie ahead? What can our region learn from other areas? Join us for a "fireside chat" with Steven Koch, deputy mayor of the City of the Chicago, and other experts, including Phil Hanegraaf, Vice President & National Planning Market Leader of RS&H, on the link between creative finance and planning and real-estate development. Mr. Koch spent 27 years at Credit Suisse before joining the mayor to work on municipal finance and revenue and economic development throughout Chicago. Mr. Hanegraaf has more than 30 years of experience managing large-scale transportation, land use and urban design initiatives throughout the U.S.

Our interactive discussion will show just how fast the state-of-the-practice is changing.

Information and tickets on-line.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Design for Health - Urban Interventions for Placemaking: Making Walkable Streets for Healthy Neighborhoods

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.Urban Interventions for Placemaking: Making Walkable Streets for Healthy Neighborhoods, lunchtime lecture by Janet L. Attarian at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, November 28, 2012

Presentation by Janet L. Attarian, Project Director, Chicago Department of Transportation

Make Way for People is a new program launched by the Chicago Department of Transportation which promotes temporary or easily removable strategies for quickly and inexpensively creating new public space in the public right of way. The program consists of four initiatives: People Spots, People Streets, People Plazas, and People Alleys. Janet will discuss how this Program was developed, review the projects implemented to date, and how the Department is evaluating these initiatives and setting guidelines for further expansion.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.


« November 29, Thursday

Building Enclosure Trends: Design, Energy and Codes

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., reception, 6:30 8:00 p.m., program - The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 East Ontario
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Architect MagazineChris Sullivan leads a program on Building Enclosure Trends: Design, Energy and Codes, at the Arts Club of Chicago, November 29, 2012
$25.00 members, $30.00 non-members
1 AIA credit

This program will offer insights to help inform and shape your strategies for maximizing building performance. Led by nationally-recognized construction and design expert Chris Sullivan, it will explore topics such as:

• Market drivers for enclosures today
• New design ideas (from old places)
• The BEC movement—10 years later
• For net zero, start with the enclosure
• Codes and standards driving enclosure design, including LCA and EPDs
• Active and interactive facades—not a fad
• Case studies of enclosure design winners (and losers)

Information and tickets on-line.

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