Sept 22 and 23, 2010 → Trump Tower, Chicago

Earn 11.5 learning units (including HSW and SD credits) in this two-day discussion on the forefront of building technology.


Choose one of three tour tracks:

  1. Tall Buildings Tour: Looking At the Technologies and Systems Behind New Chicago Skyscrapers - 3 HSW LUs
    • Aqua Tower, Studio Gang
    • 600 N Fairbanks, Murphy/Jahn
  2. Engineered Details Tour: Examining the Structural Systems Used to Achieve Design Innovation - 3 HSW LUs
    • 111 South Wacker Drive, Goettsch Partners
    • Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Krueck and Sexton Architects
  3. Green/Adaptive Reuse Tour: Working Within and Enhancing the Existing Built Environment - 3 HSW/SD LUs
    • The Modern Wing, with Zöe Ryan, Neville Bryan Curator of Design and Acting John H. Bryan Curatorial Chair of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago
    • The Legacy at Millennium Park, Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Welcome Reception

A full day of seminars featuring case studies on new projects, research on building innovations, and more.

Breakfast Keynote: Adaptive Buildings Initiative: Exploring the Future of Interactive and Reactive Building Systems - 1.5 HSW LUs
Matthew Herman of Buro Happold and the Adaptive Buildings Initiative showcases new strategies for active façades and other smart building systems.

R+D Award Winners: Material, Structural, and Security Innovations of the Jury-Selected Schemes - 3 HSW/SD LUs
Presentations of cutting-edge materials and building systems from the winners of the Fourth Annual R+D Awards.

Lunch Keynote: Materials Innovation: At the Forefront of Building Product Science - 1 HSW LU
Blaine Brownell, author of the popular Transmaterial series of books, head of the design/research firm Transstudio, and assistant professor at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, discusses the cutting edge of building materials science, from innovative products like blast-resistant fabric and soy-based polyurethane forms to the leading trends in the materials industry.

Case Study: Thomas Phifer and Partners on Developing an Envelope System for the North Carolina Museum of Art - 1 HSW/SD LU
New York–based architect Thomas Phifer showcases the research process for his innovative daylighting and envelope system in the recently completed North Carolina Museum of Art expansion and other projects.

Case Study: UrbanLab on its Grow Water and Free Water District Plans for Reclaiming Urban Resources - 1 HSW/SD LU
Sarah Dunn and Martin Felson give an update on the progress of their Growing Energy/Water Project (winner of the 2009 AIA College of Fellow’s Latrobe Prize) and other research initiatives in their Chicago-based practice.

Closing Panel: Developing an R&D Practice: Lessons Learned From Practitioners In the Field - 1 LU
Three practitioners discuss different approaches to integrating a robust research and development program into their own practice, be it on individual projects or through a devoted in-house studio. Speakers include Sheila Kennedy of Kennedy & Violich Architecture in Boston, James Tichenor of Rockwell Group’s LAB in New York, and Nicholas Holt of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.

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Registration fee: $250

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