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If tall buildings represent the future of city living, what policies and technologies will help make them affordable to the masses? Get insights from a panel of experts on the design innovations and policy initiatives making inroads today.

$20 public (includes CAC admission)
$15 CAC and CTBUH members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

All too often skyscrapers are bastions of the rich. Where do opportunities exist to change this reality, and what case studies can we look to? Join tall building experts from the overlapping fields of architecture, design and policy-making for a fast-paced and vigorous discussion of this most pressing issue. This is the latest installment of our Building Tall lecture series, hosted by the CAC and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This series uncovers everything from the physics to the financials of how skyscrapers work.

Program Speaker: Carol Ross Barney

Carol Ross Barney

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. Recently she worked on designing the Chicago Riverwalk. Other projects include the McDonalds' Chicago Flagship Restaurant, CTA Cermak-McCormick Place and CTA Morgan Street Stations, Bloomingdale / 606 Trail Master Plan, MultiModal Terminal at O'Hare International Airport and many more across Chicago and the U.S. Carol's work has been honored with over 100 major design awards, including six national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Institute Honor Awards, over 40 AIA Chicago Awards, two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project Awards, and the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.

Program Speaker: Mimi Hoang

Mimi Hoang

Mimi Hoang, AIA, LEED, is a co-founding Principal of nARCHITECTS, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Along with Eric Bunge, she oversees the design and technical development of all projects in the office. Mimi received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from M.I.T. Prior to founding nARCHITECTS, she trained in New York, Boston and Amsterdam. Mimi has also taught at Yale University, Harvard University and UC Berkeley.

Program Speaker: Katrin Klingenberg

Katrin Klingenburg

Katrin Klingenberg is the executive director of the Chicago-based Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), an organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. Her career in architecture includes working with Murphy/Jahnin and Solomon Cordwell Buenz. In addition to being the lead instructor for the PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training, Klingenberg also directs the technical and research programs at PHIUS which has trained over 2,000 architects, engineers, energy consultants, energy raters and builders in passive building standards. PHIUS has become the leading passive building research and information provider in North America.

Program Moderator: Susan King

Susan King

Susan F. King, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal with HED Architects. Nationally she is the firm's National Sustainable Practice Leader, developing and implementing nationwide sustainable design policies. Regionally she is a Studio Leader for housing in the Midwest. She recently worked on designing Lake Street Studios in Chicago’s West Loop and she has also been involved with reimagining the historic portion of Lathrop, one of the last Chicago Housing Authority Transformation Plans. As a principal she leads multidisciplinary teams towards achieving aesthetically appealing sustainable solutions in a collaborative integrated design setting.

AIA/CES Credit: 1 LU

  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center on the day of the event. View the CAC's hours.
  • Discounted tickets are available with a valid student ID for $12 at the CAC Box Office.
  • CTBUH members are invited to call the CAC Box Office (312) 922.8687 to register for the program at the member ticket price.

Program Partner: CTBUH