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October 17, 2016 5:30pm: Jackie Koo 

Architecture at Chicago, UIC, 1100 A+D Studios, 845 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607


October 25, 2016 5:30pm: Weil Arets

Architecture at Chicago, UIC, 1100 A+D Studios, 845 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607


October 28, 2016 6:30pm: Alice Rawsthorn: Design Today

One of the world's leading design critics explores the many challenges and opportunities that define design's role in our lives today.

Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago


October 31, 2016 5:30pm: Elia Zenghelis

Architecture at Chicago, UIC, 1100 A+D Studios, 845 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607


November 7, 2016 5:30pm: Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee

Architecture at Chicago, UIC, 1100 A+D Studios, 845 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607


November 14, 2016 5:30pm: Renato Rizzi

Architecture at Chicago, UIC, 1100 A+D Studios, 845 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607


Lecture series and/or periodic exhibitions on architectural & urban design topics:

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts: lectures and exhibitions on the built environment

IIT College of Architecture: lecture series (architects, theorists, historians), conferences

UIC School of Architecture: lecture series (architects, theorists, historians), conferences

Archeworks, Chicago: “a Chicago-based multidisciplinary design school with a social agenda. Our public forums and partnership-based education programs propose a range of socially responsible and ecologically resourceful design solutions for Chicago communities. ARCHEWORKS advances design in the public interest and inspires collaborative action to shape sustainable, equitable, and healthy communities.”

Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF): events including exhibitions, lectures, tours of Chicago buildings and cityscape

Society of Architectural Historians: Chicago Chapter, events and lectures series. Contact the board member in charge of membership to join, ask for student rate: Anna Cooper-Stanton, at

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH): occasional lectures on aspects of the built environment; national headquarters is in a Chicago house designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright

Art Institute of Chicago (AIC): occasionally hosts a free public lecture by a well-known architect

American Institute of Architects: Chicago Chapter (AIA Chicago), Chicago: occasional lectures, some suitable for non-professionals

Chicago History Museum: Exhibitions, events, and an excellent research library for architectural and urban history

MAS Context: An architect-run Chicago nonprofit institution that sponsors lectures, events, and a journal

Illinois Humanities Council: Illinois Humanities works to build dialogue across all sectors of society to examine issues important to democracy in the focus areas of public policy, media & journalism, business, and art. Using the humanities as tools to stimulate discussion, we create experiences across Illinois through programming, events, and grantmaking to engage a diverse public on ideas and issues that matter

Designing the Social Good: From Blueprint to Building.  Fall 2015 speaker series on architecture, art and planning, organized by the Illinois Humanities Council

Past University Events

Sept 29, 2016 5:00pm: Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas

Dialogue in Architecture, An Evening with Architect Toshiko Mori Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  Cocktail reception begining 5pm, lecture to follow at 6pm.  Tickets are available at FLWRIGHT.ORG or 312-994-400 $5 for students, $25 General public, $20 FLWT members/UChicago alumni, facutly and staff/AIA Chicago Memebers/Teachers 

Logan Center for the Arts,

Sep 30, 2016 3:00-7:00pm: University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture Graduate Programs Open House

The evening's program offers an opportunity to meet with a faculty member and receive feedback and guidance on your application portfolio, information on how to apply, tours of the studio and student work, and a chance to network with current students and faculty. For questions and registration contact or 312.996.7803

A+D Studios, 845 West Harrison Street

Sept 29, 2016 5pm: "Dialogue in Architecture" Drinks and Discussion with architect Toshiko Mori

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduates School of Design and the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect. Mori will discuss how architecture develops languages and dialogues that reflect and respond to complex circumstances and contexts. Details and tickets available at flwright.ord or 312.994.4000

Logan Center for the Arts

Sept 16- Nov 13, 2015: Petra Andrejova-Molnár- Contribution and Collaboration

Exhibition at the Neubauer Collegium Gallery

Sept 25, 2015 1-4pm: Salvage 3.0: Built Space, Experimental Station

Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory

Oct 12, 2015 4:30pm: Unpacking New Urbanism: The Status of Walkable Diversity

New urbanism is a movement devoted to growing the world’s supply of pedestrian-based, socially diverse human settlements. In scientific terms this is framed as the “sustainable city,” a perspective that aligns closely with New Urbanism’s built environment focus. This talk reviews the state of the pursuit of walkable diversity, including research debates, implementation hurdles, and entrenched conflicts over strategies and priorities, many of which are rooted in the 19th century.

Harper Memorial 140

Oct 17, 2015 2-3pm: Constructing performativity: Architecture from the Users’ Point of View

Humanities Day, panel with Niall Atkinson, Wei-Cheng Lin, and Katherine Taylor from Department of Art History

Oct 20, 2015 4:30 pm: The Chicago Architecture Biennial: Exhibiting Architecture in the Present Tense

Smart Lecture Series, Irene Sunwoo

Nov 12, 2015 5:00 pm: Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media

Giuliana Bruno, the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will discuss these elements in her talk based on her latest research and book of the same name.

Logan Center Screening Room, free and open to the public

Nov 17, 2015 4:30pm: Career Exploration Discussion on Architecture

Steve Wiesenthal, Senior Associate Vice President for Facilities and University Architect and Andrew Schachman, Studio Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, both UChicago graduates, discuss career advice and planning for those interested in architecture

CWAC 153

Feb 29, 2016 4:30pm: Career Exploration Discussion on Urban Planning

A discussion on Urban planning with Will Cohen an Urban Planner with UTile architecture in Boston and Eric Hanss the Pedestrian Program Project Manager.

CWAC 152

March 3, 2016: Heeryoon Shin: Painting the Town Jain: Re-Imagining Sacred Space in 19th Century Banaras

Smart Lecture by Heeryoon Shin

Heeryoon Shin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College.

The city of Banaras is best known as an ancient Hindu pilgrimage center, praised for its holy temples built along the Ganges River. This talk, however, will explore an extensive mural painting that complicates the popular notion of Banaras as a timeless, exclusively “Hindu” sacred city. Housed in a nineteenth-century Jain temple built on the famed riverfront of Banaras, the painting articulates an alternative vision of the city’s mythical and physical landscape. Drawing upon a diverse range of contemporaneous visual sources in circulation, from pilgrimage maps and painted invitation letters to panoramas and picturesque landscapes, the painting effectively transforms the riverfront of Banaras into a Jain sacred realm. Challenging the idea of temple building in nineteenth-century India as a derivative practice rooted in a pre-modern past, the temple and its visual program instead highlight the vibrant artistic exchange, the meeting between courtly and mercantile cultures, and the mobility of artisans, patrons, and objects moving through the complex social, political, and economic networks of the present.

March 4, 2016 3:30pm-6:30pm: ​Bodies of Power and Desire for a New Architecture

How does our employment of photographic technologies engender an architecture whose conventions and ideologies function to organize bodies? Working with an expansive notion of ‘bodies' (human, queer, architectural, institutional), this conversation seeks to explore how contemporary artists and curators contend with the long history of photography’s gaze and employ tactics of disruption and empowerment in their work. with Yamini Nayar, DN Rodowick, Tejal Shah, and Yesomi Umolua

Gray Center Lab in Midway Studios

April 14, 2016 4:30pm: Smart Lecture by Crispin Branfoot

Crispin Branfoot is a Senior Lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaelogy at SOAS. His work focuses on South Indian architectural history.

CWAC 157

April 25, 2016 4:30pm: Career Exploration on Historic Preservation

Tina Roach, Associate at Quinn Evans Architects and Martha MacFarlane-Faes, Deputy State Historic Preservation Offcer and Cultural Resource Managemenr and Planning

CWAC 152