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Thank you for attending

We hope you enjoyed the speakers and sessions and found them educational and interesting. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

Holmes Murphy


• Bank of Springfield • Herman Miller + Wiley Office Furniture • KONE • Sikich • RSM • WoodWorks • Brown Hay + Stephens • Vectorworks • COMCAST

In-kind partnerships: Net Zero • IL Environmental Council • Illinois Green Alliance • Aquitectos • AIA Chicago • AIA Prairie • AIA Northeast •

AIA Eastern • INOMA


Thursday Agenda


Thursday, November 5--


3:00 to 3:30—Welcome and Intros


Civic Leadership in Times of Crisis 1.25 AIA lus

KEYNOTE – Jahmal Cole My Block, Founder

My Block,  My Hood, My City which focuses on how the core values of Interconnectivity, Empathy, Hope and Civic Responsibility and how they are major drivers in the evolution of communities and the built environment.

Jahmal’s speech will focus on finding inspiration in overcoming adversity, life changing moments and simple ways you can make a difference in communities. 


3:30 - 3:45 - Conference Needs to Knows


3:45 to 4:30--- Mayors Panel Discussion—Leading Cities Through Crisis  followed by Q/A   


Live Panel:

Mayor Tom McNamara, Rockford, Illinois

Mayor Richard Irvin, Aurora, Illinois

Mayor Julie Moore Wolf, Decatur, Illinois

Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin, Urbana, Illinois

Moderator: Mike Elliott, AIA, Senior Design Architect, Kluber Inc.


4:30 to 4:45  Entertainment break - Peaches & Bacon + Blake


4:45 to 5:15: State of the State Update 1 AIA lu 

Address from Illinois State Senator Harmon and EVP Stacey Pfingsten


5:15-5:45 pm: Andrea Aggertt, AIA,  Architect of Capitol

leads Recorded tour of the Capitol building



5:45 - 6:30 pm —PechaKucha hosted by Peter Exley, FAIA Co-Founder, Architectureisfun, 2020 First Vice President, The American Institute of Architects




*Sarah Curry, Assoc AIA  2019-20 AIAs President, Philadelphia

*William Helm, AIA - AIA El Paso and PK El Paso organizer

*Peter Randolph, AIA- Director Eastlake Studio, Chicago

*Heidi Ruehle - ExecDir Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

*Yiselle Santos, AIA  - 2020 AIA Associate Director on the National Board, Global Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion + Medical Planner





Friday Agenda


Friday, November 6—Login at 8:15 am


Welcome Back


KEYNOTE:  Resiliency and Interdependence in Design 2 AIA HSW lus 

8:30 to 9:15 – Laura Lesnewski, AIA principle of BNIM is our keynote kicking off Friday followed by Net Zero Panel

Laura will speak to the core values of BNIM to deliver beautiful, integrated, living environments that inspire change and enhance the human condition and how these can be applied in the Midwest. Followed by LIVE Q & A


9:15 – 9:30  Entertainment break -  Freddie & Eddie


9:30 to 10:30---Net Zero Panel

Panelists: Lois Vitt Sale, FAIA

Jonathan Tallman, AIA 

 Kevin Roth, AIA

Jose Rodriquez, International Associate AIA

Moderator:  Ryan Siegel, SEDAC


10:30 – 11:00 - Doug Farr, FAIA, leads a recorded  tour of 2020 AIA Illinois Sullivan Award winner the Keller Center .25 AIA lus PENDING


11:00 to 12:00--- Concurrent Breakouts



Illinois Energy Codes Update: Items for Plan Review & Site Inspection: Residential with Ryan Seigel and Shawn Mauer SEDAC 1 AIA HSW lu




Green incentives, Energy efficiency and PACE financing Brett Bridgeland and Dan Streit with Slipstream 1 AIA HSW lu


12—12:30—Short break (Grab your lunch)


12:30 to 1:15: Lunch Keynote— Equity, COVOD, Climate Change and the Future of Architectural Pedagogy 1 AIA HSW lu

Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, AIA, Director, School of Architecture, University of IL Urbana/Champaign

Followed by LIVE Q & A


1:15 to 1:30---Entertainment Break - Danny Bauer and The Red Door Band


1:30 to 2:30- Concurrent Breakouts


National Issues on Climate, COVID and Community: Building after a Pandemic 1 AIA HSW lu

Presented by Rachel Minnery, FAIA

Luke Leung, PE, LEED Fellow, P Eng, SOM

Molly Scanlon, PhD, FAIA Dir. of Standards, Compliance and Research Phigenics

Followed by LIVE Q &A and Call to Action




National-Economic Updates with Kermit Baker – 1 AIA lu

Followed by LIVE Q &A and Local Updates with:

*Jim Underwood, Capital Development Board

*Mike Wilson, AVP Capital Programs and Utility Services, U of I System

Moderator: Stacey Pfingsten, AIA Illinois EVP


2:30 - 2:45 - Entertainment Break - Radio 680: The Voice of Syracuse (improvised podcast) 


2:45 to 3:45  Concurrent Breakouts


Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession presented by author 1 AIA HSW lu

Kathryn H. Anthony, Ph.D., ACSA Distinguished Professor, UIUC

followed by LIVE Q &A

This presentation will focus on an aspect of architecture that has all too often been overlooked: the role of women and people of color. 




Maurice Cox--Invest in South/West 1 AIA lu

How focused development and neighborhood investment will encourage activity and accessibility and, if done correctly, could be a start at healing decades of racist planning.

Followed by LIVE Q &A


3:45 to 4:00---Virtual Door Prizes and give-aways


4:00 to 4:30 -  Virtual tour: Jack Baker Studio and Erlanger House in Urbana, IL led by Mike Jackson, FAIA .05 AIA lu


4:30 to 5:30 PM—Closing Social


Custom Conference Cocktails with Jeremy Gentile, Associate AIA


*Trivia and give-aways


Final remarks - Looking ahead to 2021

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