UrbanWorks’ Buckingham Fountain Restoration in Chicago Architecture Biennial Tour

By | September 24, 2017 | Projects, Tours | No Comments

Fountain tour BUZZOn September 23, UrbanWorks was featured in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Chicago Women in Architecture Walking Tour, which highlighted sites in downtown Chicago designed by female architects. UrbanWorks’ restoration of Buckingham Fountain was among the six sites featured on the walking tour. The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America.

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Tej Volunteers at USGBC Green Homes Tour

By | July 23, 2017 | Community, Staff Happenings, Tours | No Comments

Tej USGBC BuzzUrbanWorks’ Sustainability Coordinator, Tej Varpe, volunteered for the USGBC Illinois Chapter Green Built Home Tour of +Plus House in Pilsen on Saturday, July 22. +Plus Houses are affordable, LEED Certified homes. Eleven High Performance Green Homes were featured, including those with high efficiency envelopes, foam insulated foundation, smart furnaces, CarbonCure concrete and radon venting. Each +Plus House was also solar ready.

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UrbanWorks Welcomes I-NOMA

By | March 23, 2017 | Community, Tours | No Comments

INOMA BUZZUrbanWorks welcomed the I-NOMA (Illinois chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) General Body Meeting to our office on March 22, 2017. Ameera Ashraf-O’Neil, UrbanWorks’ Senior Project Manager, led a firm tour and introduction. NOMA’s mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members. I-NOMA is a local chapter and subdivision of NOMA, which encompasses a community of design professionals committed to impacting Chicago through design and education.

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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SAH April 2015 Conference: Magnitudes of Change

By | December 8, 2014 | Panels, Tours | No Comments

sah-2015-annual-conferencePatricia Saldaña Natke, UrbanWorks Design Principal, is a panelist at the SAH (Society of Architectural Historians) Saturday April 18, 2015 National Conference at the Gatz Center, 126 E. Chestnut. The half day program will address the issues of community and preservation in Chicago neighborhoods and Chicago Waterways. The day’s other panelists include Martin Felson, Jeanne Gang, Carol Ross Barney, and Robert Bruegman. Keynote address by Charles Waldheim of the Harvard School of Design.

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CAF/CWA Emerging Chicago Tour

By | August 9, 2014 | Tours | No Comments

Bus TourUrbanWorks’ Galewood Charter School was part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Annual Emerging Chicago bus tour. The tour began at the CAF with an overview of the Lecture Hall Exhibit, followed by a stop at the GEMS World Academy, Clark Park Boathouses, and ending at the Galewood Charter School.

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Also noted in NEWCITY’s July 30 Design Roundup: Pinups, Provacateurs, Proposals

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AIA National Convention Tour of UrbanWorks Veterans Memorial Campus on the Chicago Schools: Designing for the 21st Century

By | June 25, 2014 | Tours | No Comments

Veterans-Blog-200pxThis 2014 AIA National Convention tour, Designing for the 21st Century, visits four Chicago schools to see how architects are designing and renovating spaces for the 21st century. UrbanWorks’ Veterans Memorial School is a 180,000 sq ft facility located in Chicago’s Archer Heights. Over 110 architects toured this abandoned baked goods manufacturing buildings which was transformed into two elementary schools and a high school, serving 1,800 students.  Veterans Memorial School is the receipient of the First Place Dreihaus Award for Excellence in Community Design and an AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award.