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AIA Illinois Annual Conference
Oct. 25-26, 2023 | Campus Instructional Facility Urbana, Ill.

Visit the U of I Parking Department website at for campus parking information

at iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Ill.



The theme of Wellness By Design emphasizes wellness not only in physical spaces, but also the wellbeing of those who design and occupy those spaces. With a high-emphasis on new technology, including AI and some of its potential impact on the profession, the conference is sure to be educational and enlightening.

Click here to see a video from keynote speaker, Beth Z!

Discounts for Chapter Members

Thanks to the commitment and support of local chapters, you may use the discount codes below when registering, and receive a $15 discount!

Chicago Chapter Code: CC2023 Eastern Chapter Code: EC2023 | Northeast Chapter Code: NE2023 | Prairie Chapter Code: PC2023


Questions? Email AIA IL Program Director Mary Young at or 217/522-2309 X3.
Interested in sponsoring? Click here


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Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, HASLA, is the 2023 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal recipient. She is in the vanguard of civic space design with a career that spans over 50 years. She is dedicated to design of public spaces, from small community facilities, to campus buildings for premier academic and research institutions, to groundbreaking new transit stations and civic and urban places. Her exploration into the power of how the built environment can improve our daily lives has produced distinctive structures that have become cultural icons.


As an architect, urbanist, mentor, and educator, she has relentlessly advocated that excellent design is a right, not a privilege. For nearly two decades, Carol’s studio has been working along Chicago’s Rivers, including design of the Chicago Riverwalk and a vision for improvements for all 150 miles of riverfront.

Other notable projects include design of the new Oklahoma City Federal Building that replaced the Murrah Federal Building following a domestic terrorist attack; the CTA Cermak and Morgan Street Stations; McDonald’s Chicago and Disney World Flagship Restaurants; the Searle Visitor Center at the Lincoln Park Zoo; the JRC Synagogue in Evanston; UMD Civil Engineering Building; Multi-Modal Terminal at O’Hare International Airport; NASA Aerospace Communications Facility, and Chicago’s new DuSable Park.


Carol’s work has been honored with over 200 major design awards including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, National Design Award, fourteen National American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design, over 44 AIA Chicago Awards, and two AIA Committee on the Environment, Top Ten Project Awards for sustainably designed buildings.

Carol is a graduate of the University of Illinois and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica planning national parks. She has taught an advanced Design Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology for over thirty years.

Beth Z Beth Ziesenis: Author. Speaker. Nerd.

Since her first Motorola RAZR flip phone, Beth has made a verb out of the word "nerd." She's here to help you filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for work and home. Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald's in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by several organizations that write best speaker lists. She has written a whole shelf of books on apps and has spoken to more than 100 thousand audience members just like you. And if you're puzzling over why she goes by "Beth Z"... it's because she only finds about three people a year who can pronounce her last name.


Beth will focus on new technology, including AI, and its potential impact on the profession. Attendees will learn what to be concerned about and how new technology can be leveraged for success.


Randall Deutsch, FAIA Educator, author, international keynote speaker, AI researcher and a licensed architect

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Eric Guenther, S.E. | Principal and Digital Practice Manager, Interstice LLC


Ian Kaminski-Coughlin, AIA | Associate Principal | Practice Leader & Project Manager, SOM


David Shaffer, AIA

Associate Principal,

RATIO Design


Kathryn Anthony, Ph.D.

ACSA Distinguished Professor | Co-Chair, Health and Wellbeing Program Area


Brooke Funkhouser, AIA, RID, LEED AP | Associate Principal / Interiors Leader, RATIO Design


Doug Farr, FAIA, FCNU, LEED Green Assoc. Founder and Principal, Farr Associates

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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