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Designers and Architects Talk:

A Series About Design and Its Impact on Client Success

Designers and Architects Talk Series

2020 Designers and Architects Talk Series

IIDA and AIA Chicago are committed to keeping our community healthy and safe, and in the interest of public health, and in accordance with state-issued mandates, we will be postponing the April 14 and May 5 Designers & Architects Talk events. 

Tickets purchased for these events will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to request a refund after the new dates are announced if they are unable to attend. AIA Chicago and IIDA will provide updates as they become available.

Presented by IIDA and AIA Chicago, this second annual series of four discussions at IIDA headquarters in spring 2020 will address commercial interior architecture and design. Both architects and commercial interior designers will learn from the provocative discussions about projects, firm leadership, and design strategy.

February 11

Lauren Rottet in Conversation with Cheryl S. Durst

Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA
Featured Designer
Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, President and Founding Principal of Rottet Studio

March 10

Repositioned and Reimagined: Willis Tower, Tribune Tower, and Old Post Office

Zurich Esposito, Hon. AIA, Executive Vice President of AIA Chicago
Lee Golub, Managing Principal, Golub & Company
Todd Heiser, IIDA, Principal, Gensler
Meg Prendergast, IIDA, Principal, The Gettys Group
Sheryl Schulze, Principal, Gensler


New Design Firms Changing the Face of Chicago

John Czarnecki, Hon. IIDA, Assoc. AIA, Deputy Director and Senior Vice President of IIDA
Ross Barney, AIA, Founder, Tumu Studio
Nina Grondin, Partner and Founder, Curioso
Julie Purpura, Owner and Creative Director, Avenir Creative
Chris Sommers, IIDA, Partner, Harken Interiors


Fulton Market: an Evolving City

Peter Exley, FAIA, 2021 AIA National President
Kyle Kamin, Executive Vice President, CBRE
Rick Kintigh, AIA, Architect, Sterling Bay
Aracely Nevarz, AIA, Partner, Hartshorn Plunkard Architecture
Sarah Oppenhuizen, AIA, IIDA, Director of Interiors, HOK


Host Sponsor: 
Corporate Concepts / Knoll
Champion Sponsors: 
Andreu World | Bernhardt Design
BIFMA | Caesarstone | Cosentino
Hunter Douglas Architectural
J+J Flooring Group | Maya Romanoff 
Mohawk Group | Mortarr | OFS
Patcraft | Shaw Contract | Tarkett