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Join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois to learn about real-world design issues and how buildings become a reality—from funding to government approval. Then, split into teams to debate why advocating for good design is important.

Free with registration
ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Every good idea needs to be effectively communicated and pitched through a legislative process to get political and community members on board. Through an interactive team project, AIA Illinois will engage you in a simulation of this process, share best practices in communicating design ideas and help you gain inside knowledge about what a day at the Capitol as an architecture advocate would be like.

This studio is led by Stacey Pfingsten, Executive Director of AIA Illinois. Based in Springfield, within eyesight of the Illinois Statehouse, AIA Illinois represents more than 4,200 members and advocates on their behalf.

Program Agenda
    • Meet AIA Illinois
    • Introduction to key design issues
    • Build a case for your issue
    • Team debates
    • Lobbyist versus legislators
    • Wrap-up

Teen Saturday Studios are generously funded by John and Nancy DiCiurcio.

In 2020, studios also occur on the following dates:

February 15
March 28
April 18
May 16
June 6

Details will be included on each individual program web page as they're available. Once you click to register, you will be able to sign-up for all dates or choose your preferred date to attend. Read more about the Teen Saturday Studios

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