Robert Natke to Present at NeoCon in Chicago

By | April 6, 2017 | Lectures/Presentations | No Comments

NeoCon Buzz2UrbanWorks’ Robert Natke, following his presentation at NeoCon East in November 2016, has been invited to present “It’s Not Business As Usual: Academic Places Go Through Compression and Change Providing Design Challenges and Successes” at NeoCon in Chicago on June 12, 2017 at 4 p.m. This design show, now in its 49th year at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, will feature exhibitions from over 500 companies, as well as almost 100 CEU seminars for an anticipated audience of over 50,000 design professionals.

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UrbanWorks Named Member of the Month by HACIA

By | April 3, 2017 | Lectures/Presentations, Milestones | No Comments

HACIA BUZZUrbanWorks has been named Member of the Month for April 2017 by the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA). HACIA “works to ensure the equitable participation of its constituents in the construction industry,” with a focus on Minority and Female-owned firms, “while also promoting the growth, quality of work, professionalism and integrity of these individuals and businesses.” As part of this honor, Patricia Saldaña Natke, UrbanWorks’ Design Principal, will be recognized at HACIA’s monthly meeting in April.

Juan Calahorrano, HACIA’s Director of Operations, released in a statement that HACIA “is proud to recognize UrbanWorks Ltd; an HACIA member since 1998, in its April 2017 Membership Meeting.  HACIA recognizes the hard work, determination and contribution that UrbanWorks and its Principal Patricia Saldaña Natke AIA have made to HACIA and the construction community through the years.”

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UrbanWorks Featured at UofC Professional Services Symposium

By | November 18, 2016 | Lectures/Presentations, Staff Happenings | No Comments

UofC Prof Serv Symp BUZZ2UrbanWorks was a Featured Partner Firm as part of the University of Chicago’s 8th Annual Professional Services Symposium. The event, held by the University’s Office of Business Diversity, is an opportunity for senior leaders at the University to network and build sustainable relationships with minority and women owned firms.  In a “Fireside Chat” between NBC5 Chicago’s Marion Brooks and UofC President Robert J. Zimmer, the President affirmed the University’s commitment to a diverse professional services vendor pool by saying, “Diversity and Inclusion-we need to do more, not less.”

Robert Natke to Present at NeoCon East

By | September 21, 2016 | Lectures/Presentations, Panels | No Comments

NeoCon BuzzRobert Natke, UrbanWorks’ Principal, will present “It’s Not Business As Usual: Academic Places Go Through Compression and Change Providing Design Challenges and Successes” at NeoCon East on November 9, 2016. NeoCon East is the “premier design expo and conference for interiors on the East Coast” and will include 25+ CEU seminars and 200+ exhibitors over two days, November 9th and 10th, in Philadelphia, PA. Rob will be joined by Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, owner & principal at INSYNC Education Research + Design, in a discussion moderated by Dr. Holly Cline, professor and department of design chair at Radford University.

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Robert Natke to Present at PechaKucha Vol. 39

By | August 19, 2016 | Lectures/Presentations, Staff Happenings | No Comments

Rob Pecha KuchaRobert Natke, UrbanWorks’ Principal presents “A2: Automobiles + Architecture” at PuchaKucha Vol. 39:  20×20 on September 6, 2016 at Martyrs 3855 N. Lincoln in Chicago. 8pm – 10:30 pm. PechaKucha is a presentation style which began in Tokyo. 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. They are informal gatherings where creative people get together and share ideas, works, and thoughts. PechaKucha Nights happen in over 900 cities. Rob will highlight the intrinsic links of automobiles and architecture in his life.

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TEDx Talk Video

By | August 11, 2016 | Lectures/Presentations, Staff Happenings | No Comments

Pat TedXPatricia Saldaña Natke was a speaker at TEDx UChicago, on April 30, 2016 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall. The theme of this year’s conference was On the Margins, which focused on “the grey area between established knowledge and new theory”. Pat’s lecture, “Architecture & Design: Renewing the Social Agenda”, spoke to her view that architectural solutions can be, and ought to be, societal solutions. Her talk included highlights of UrbanWorks’ Pilsen Master Plan,  La Casa Student Housing, and Re-Imagining the South Branch of the Chicago River.

Video from that presentation can now be accessed online HERE.

Patricia Saldaña Natke, Maria Pellot and Ameera Ashraf-O’Neil Participated in On the Table 2016

By | May 10, 2016 | Lectures/Presentations, Panels, Staff Happenings | No Comments

On the TablePatricia Saldaña Natke, Maria Pellot and Ameera Ashraf-O’Neil joined Chicago-area residents in On the Table discussions in May 2016. Patricia participated in the conversation, “The State of Civic Engagement in Chicago” led by New Civics Chicago; Maria Pellot participated in “Envisioning Equitable Communities” led by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; and Ameera participated in “Creative Solutions to House and Feed all Chicagoans” led by the Society of Architectural Historians.

On the Table is sponsored by Chicago Community Trust and is an annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience across the Chicago-area. Thousands of residents participated in small-group conversations intended to inspire new ways to work together to make communities stronger, safer and more dynamic.

Patricia Saldaña Natke of Urbanworks Speaks at TEDxUChicago

By | March 29, 2016 | Lectures/Presentations, Staff Happenings | No Comments

Pat TedXPatricia Saldaña Natke presents “Architecture & Design: Renewing the Social Agenda” at TEDx at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center on April 30, 2016. This year’s conference theme, On the Margins, focuses on the grey area between established knowledge and new theory. Where is innovation right now? How is existing knowledge being pushed to its limits? Patricia will present UrbanWorks’ bold Pilsen Masterplan including groundbreaking transformative LaCasa student housing.

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue. Patricia joins ten other renowned speakers from a variety of backgrounds to present at this all-day conference.

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Maya Ruiz Leads Public Tours for Art Institute of Chicago

By | September 25, 2015 | 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Lectures/Presentations, Staff Happenings, Tours | No Comments

MayaUrbanWorks Communications Associate and Business Manager, Maya Ruiz, led public tours of the exhibition “Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye” for the Art Institute of Chicago Family Festival. The tour engaged families with children under 12 with concepts of visual language, cultural context and socially-responsible design. The Family Festival served over 300 visitors with free arts programming in the museum’s Ryan Education Center.

The “Making Place” exhibition is a Partner Program of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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Tim Wang to Speak at Forming Functions Artist Talks

By | September 28, 2015 | 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Lectures/Presentations, Staff Happenings | No Comments

UrbanWorks Designer, Tim Wang, will be featured with seven other artists and architects at Forming Functions, as part of this year’s Chicago Artists Month. The event, held at the Euro Furniture, will be a series of talks allowing the artists and architects to discuss “their work and the ability of the arts and architecture to shape the functions of community, culture and our everyday lives.” Tim will be speaking about “The Sustainable Future of Architecture.”

The event will be held on October 24th, from noon until 4:30 pm, at 2145 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL.