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Balance in the Life of An Architect

BY MICHAEL PFEFFER
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Mike Pfeffer, AIA Chicago member and winner of the 2014 national AIA Young Architect Award, has spent almost three months in the air flying between Chicago and China in the past six years.  He talks about what this entails in his job as Managing Director of SOM in Chicago.

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Light, Structure & Space

BY ERIC KEUNE
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

From cribs to cathedrals and sun shades to research facilities, Eric Keune AIA, architectural historian, author and Design Director of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Chicago office shares his vision from the persepctive of student and practitioner of architecture's Modernist idiom.

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Bicycle Transit in the City

BY KRISTEN MOREAU
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Recent School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate and AIA Chicago member Kristen Moreau discusses bike transit and commuting in Chicago, making proposals for the future of bike infrastructure and urban transportation. 

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Aliens Might Have Claimed My Sisters

BY LEAH BALL
@ VOL 29 ON MAR 04, 2014

Leah Ball's childhood fascination with outer space and cosmic thinking informs her research, inquiry and design process.

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Design, Living and Loving

BY MIGUEL DEL RIO
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Puerto Rican architect Miguel del Rio AIA reflects on a great deal in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds, including fainting on a plane, living to the fullest, childhood, flying saucer conventions, David Byrne, rock n roll, and just generally how awesome life is.

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The Mind of the Architect

BY LINDA KEANE
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Professor Linda Nelson Keane AIA leverages the mind of the architect and advocates for a curriculum supporting participatory design opportunities for schoolchildren.

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Light is the Theme

BY PETRA BACHMAIER
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Chicago based artist Petra Bachmaier wows the audience at PechaKucha Night during the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Chicago. She shares her husband/wife collaboration Luftwerkwhich plays with projections on icons of modern architecture after the sun sets.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 10, 2014.

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What Tea to Buy When You're a Minimalist

BY CARL SERGIO
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Architect Carl Sergio travels the world listening to U2, channeling George Carlin and carrying a small backpack. He suggests everyone should try the challenge of breaking all of your belongings down, and only keeping 100 things. He is very indecisive when it comes to what kind of tea to buy in the supermarket because there are just too many choices. 

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My Name is Dan, and I Have an eBay Problem

BY DAN WHEELER
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

AIA Chicago architect Dan Wheeler, FAIA has an eBay problem -- but he seems to have put it to exemplary use in the home he shares with his wife Julie.

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Things That Inspire Me

BY CARL SERGIO
@ VOL 15 ON SEP 07, 2010

Carl Sergio reminds us that all creative people need inspiration- and sometimes it can be hard to find and hold on to. Carl discusses his travels and the inspiration he has found along the way from everything around him.

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TIF Illumination Project

BY TOM TRESSER
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Tom Tresser highlights the activist work in the city of Chicago of the TIF Illumination Project, and how this movement has helped raise awareness to the apparent misuse of public funds. As Tom explains, TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are cutting into the expected spending of a city's budget, reducing the amounts that should be spent on things like public education.

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The Importance of Being Empathetic

BY BO PENG
@ TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL GOOD ON APR 25, 2014

Data scientist Bo Peng offers a few lessons from her personal experiences on how and how not to use data to solve problems. She emphasizes the need to focus on the end user, and how putting yourself in their shoes can dramatically improve your work.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 20, 2014.

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