Connect with Perkins+Will at the 2014 AIA National Convention

Perkins+Will thought leaders will make four presentations, give one keynote address, and three will be named Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago, Illinois on June 26th - June 28th. Additionally, the work of Perkins+Will will be included in four project tours. The AIA represents the professional interests of more than 81,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners in design express their commitment to excellence and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities.

Wednesday, June 25
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Jose Gelabert-Navia will be part of a panel discussion "When Change Means Going International" comparing international and domestic work.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
William Schmalz, Kristin Rosebrough, and Bruce Toman will be part of a panel discussion “Adapting Contract Administration to an Ever-changing Design and Construction Culture” talking about the growing culture of collaboration developing within the design and construction environment.

Thursday, June 26
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A tour of Perkins+Will-designed Rush University Medical Center, described by Chicago Tribune architectural critic Blair Kamin as "a major success as a work of architecture and urban design,” will take place leaving from McCormick Place.

2:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.
A tour of Perkins+Will-designed William Jones College Preparatory High School will be part of the “Chicago Schools: New Construction” tour leaving from McCormick Place. In response to the compact urban site, the school’s design disperses functions vertically over seven occupied floors, serving roughly 1,200 high school students.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Brodie Stephens will present during a session titled “Make Social Impact a Reality: Tools for a Rewarding and Resilient Pro Bono Program” and will address minimizing exposure to unusual legal or financial risks.

Thursday, June 26

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Meg Brown will be part of the round table discussion titled “The Human Factor – Sustainable Strategies for Practice Development,” hosted by The Architectural Review, on attracting and retaining staff when good candidates are scarce, and what practices can do to present themselves as enlightened employers and attractive places in which to work.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Kathy Wardle will lead a session on “Net-positive Design: Creating Regenerative Buildings and Communities” discussing how to create structures that give back as much as they take.

Friday, June 27
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Robin Guenther will give a keynote presentation as part of panel taking a deep look into the design, decisions, and direction of resiliency for the next decade.

2:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Carl Schurz High School, a prairie style school designed by Dwight Perkins (father of Perkins+Will founder Larry Perkins), will be part of the “Chicago Schools: Historic Structures” tour.

4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Gabrielle Bullock, Richard Miller, and Chris Morrison will be named Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) during an investiture ceremony at the auditorium theater of Roosevelt University.

Saturday, June 28
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
A tour of Perkins+Will-designed First National Bank Building will be included as part of the "Mid-Century Modern Downtown” tour leaving from One Prudential Plaza.

For a full schedule of events at the 2014 AIA National Convention, visit the Convention homepage. For more information on Perkins+Will events, contact