Thursday, March 30 & Friday, March 31, 2017, Chicago

Beyond Parallels and Gaps:
Seeking Intersections for Industry, Practice, and Education

Where: Illini Center 200 S. Wacker Drive, 19th Floor, Chicago, Illinois  
Who should come:  Industry leaders and decision-makers in architecture, real-estate, development, technology, engineering; design educators, professional associations, clients and employers
Why you should come: We want to hear your voice on this important topic
How:  Register now through March 27, 2017

The Illinois School of Architecture at UIUC always strives to be recognized as educating architects for the challenge of today while asking what will be expected of its graduates. 

As the school looks forward, we ask: 
How do industries surrounding the built environment meet their needs with converging technological advancements, control costs and market in a fast-changing marketplace, and develop and maintain the client/customer experience?  By understanding the intersections, parallels, and gaps within the services used to create the built environment, we begin to identify and inform the next steps in creating those who will build it. 

What does the industry expect of the architect today and of the future?

Share in high-level presentations and discussions at FOREFRONT, an externally facing 1.5 day symposium, including a reception at Perkins+Will in Chicago’s famous Wrigley Building and an opportunity that brings together educators, practitioners, and the industry surrounding the business of the built environment. 

The intersections with design that we are exploring with our experts are:

·         Entitlements, government, public involvement

·         Engineering and construction

·         Technology

·         Firm culture and client relationships

·         Business and marketing

·         Owners and developers 

We will prompt our panelists with these questions, “From your industry perspective, what role does the architect have in your day-to-day work? What do you expect from the architect of today? What problems today do you expect architects to solve? How do you see this changing in the future?”

Space is limited.  Registration is $75 and closes on March 27th.


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Registration will be $75 per person, paid in advance, and includes the reception on Thursday night, continental breakfast, snacks and a box lunch on Friday.  Registration closes on March 27, 2017. This event is open to all professionals who value critical and creative discussion about architecture, design, business, education, and engineering.