New online programs, Girls Build! Day and exclusive discounts

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DECEMBER 15, 2020 • ISSUE 26

AAO program


$60 for six programs, AAO and CAC members $48

Save six consecutive Saturdays, January 23 through February 27 at 11am Central Time, to explore global cities from wherever you’re most comfortable—in the safe hands of local experts and guides who know their streets the best.

Each virtual tour in this inaugural series is led by representatives from Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) members in Boston, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, New York City, Prague and, of course, our “sweet home,” Chicago. These Virtual City Walks are the perfect gift for temporarily housebound globetrotters and design lovers of all ages! Please note that if you plan to purchase tickets for someone else, automated emails are sent to registrants immediately. If you intend to give Virtual City Walks as a gift this holiday season, contact for assistance before proceeding.

Virtual City Walks: International Edition tours are led by representatives from Association of Architecture Organization members AIA New York / Center for Architecture, Boston By Foot, the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) in Prague, the Chicago Architecture Center, the Danish Architecture Center and the Los Angeles Conservancy.


In addition to booking Virtual City Walks for folks on your shopping list, don’t miss out on delightful deals in the CAC Design Store! Shop online anytime and save 10% through December 31 on holiday gifts, PLUS get FREE shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Holidays at the CAC


Save an additional 10% this month by becoming a CAC member today—and pass the savings along by giving a gift membership or CAC gift card. Treat your colleague, friend or family member to 12 months of FREE and discounted programs, tours and more with a gift membership that begins on the date they choose.


Gifts made in honor and memoriam support the nonprofit, educational mission of the CAC. If you choose, we’ll include your personalized message when we notify the recipient by mail of your gift.

Gift memberships and honor gifts support the nonprofit, educational mission of the Chicago Architecture Center and are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.


Hindsight 2020

Hindsight 2020: Chicago Design and Development in a Turbulent Year
Thursday, January 21 at 5:30pm

CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond shares how local architects, planners and developers pushed ahead with key projects and initiatives, while reflecting upon what we learned about the interrelated nature of public health, climate resiliency and inequality in Chicago’s built environment. It was a year for the design community, alongside others, to respond forcefully to these joint crises. What role will design play in getting our city back on track?

Tiffany program

Tiffany in Chicago
Wednesday, January 27 at noon

CAC docent Susan Jacobson leads this examination of some of the most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations in Chicago crafted by Louis Comfort Tiffany, beginning with an exhibit at the 1893 World’s Fair. Learn about the design, techniques and craftspeople involved in creating these works and gain a deeper appreciation for Tiffany’s artistry through his company’s renowned creations.


Girls Build! Day

Girls Build! Day 2021: Sustainable Futures

Saturday, January 9 from 10am−noon
FREE with advance registration

This second annual, virtual event begins with a panel discussion among women in the field and continues with breakout activity sessions led by esteemed partner organizations. Presenters include Camille Applewhite, landscape architect and co-founder of BlackSpace Chicago; Dori del Río Velez, architectural designer at CannonDesign; Fawn Pochel, educator coordinator at the American Indian Center of Chicago; and representatives from the Center for Architecture in New York, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Discovery Channel and many more!

Once registered, you will receive an email with more details about sessions starting at 11am and links to make your selections, plus any materials you’ll need to participate at home. Girls Build! events and programs are made possible by support from ArcelorMittal and Herman Miller Cares.


One more thing

bKL Architecture staff in November 2019 at the firm’s offices in Chicago. Photo by Organic Headshots courtesy of bKL Architecture.

Congratulations to CAC Industry Council member bKL Architecture, recipient of AIA Chicago’s 2020 Firm of the Year Award. This award, a 29-year tradition, honors collective achievement, excellence in work, and ongoing contributions to the advancement of architecture. AIA Chicago presents the award to bKL at its Annual Meeting and Professional Excellence Awards today, December 15, at 4pm.

Founded by Thomas Kerwin in 2010, bKL now numbers more than 80 passionate designers and practitioners with expertise in a variety of markets and project types. Even through significant challenges of the past decade, from recessions to a global pandemic, bKL has been able to adapt, grow and thrive. Attentiveness to its staff development, community needs and diversity—alongside a commitment to design excellence—have propelled bKL to the forefront.

Earlier this fall, AIA Chicago also recognized the CAC itself, with a citation of merit in interior architecture presented to CAC Industry Council member Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Read Blair Kamin’s coverage for the Chicago Tribune of the 65th annual Design Excellence Awards.


The Chicago Architecture Center continues to offer online and remotely accessible programs for audiences of all ages. Located at 111 East Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, the Center is temporarily closed to visitors until further notice, in accordance with Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for cultural institutions from the State of Illinois. To further support recommendations from public health officials, all CAC walking tours and in-person activities are also suspended until further notice. Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady, concluded for 2020 as of Sunday, November 15, will resume in 2021 on a date to be announced.

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