2020 ReConnect Conference

Conference Sessions

Jahmal Cole Keynote

Founder & CEO of My Block, My Hood, My City

My Block, My Hood, My CityHow the core values of Interconnectivity, Empathy, Hope and Civic Responsibility are can be major drivers in the evolution of communities and the built environment.

Jahmal’s speech will focus on finding inspiration in overcoming adversity, life-changing moments and simple ways you can make a difference in communities.

Mayors Panel Discussion

Leading Cities Through Crisis followed by live Q&A with the panelist

Mayor Tom McNamara, Rockford, Illinois
Mayor Richard Irvin, Aurora, Illinois
Mayor Julie Moore Wolf, Decatur, Illinois
Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin, Urbana, Illinois
Moderator: Mike Elliott, AIA, Senior Design Architect, Kluber Inc.

Entertainment Break

Peaches, Bacon, and Blake

State of the State Update

Address from Illinois State Senator Harmon and EVP Stacey Pfingsten

Capitol Building Tour

Andrea Aggertt, AIA, Architect of Capitol leads Recorded tour of the Capitol building SPONSORED BY SIKITCH


Hosted by Peter Exley, FAIA Co-Founder, Architectureisfun, 2020 First Vice President, The American Institute of Architects PKs  SPONSORED BY HOMES MURPHY

Sarah Curry, Assoc AIA 2019-20 AIAs President, Philadelphia
William Helm, AIA – AIA El Paso and PK El Paso organizer
Peter Randolph, AIA- Director Eastlake Studio, Chicago
Heidi Ruehle – ExecDir Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
Yiselle Santos, AIA – 2020 AIA Associate Director on the National Board, Global Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion + Medical Planner

Laura Lesnewski Keynote

Principal, BNIM

AIA principle of BNIM will speak to the core values of BNIM to deliver beautiful, integrated, living environments that inspire change and enhance the human condition and how these can be applied in the Midwest.

Entertainment Break

Fred and Eddie

Net Zero Panel Discussion

Lois Vitt Sale, FAIA
Jonathan Tallman, AIA
Kevin Roth, AIA
Jose Rodriquez, International Associate AIA

Moderator: Ryan Siegel, SEDAC

Keller Center Virtual Tour

Keller Center

2020 AIA Illinois Sullivan Award winner the Keller Center led by Doug Farr, FAIA

llinois Energy Codes

llinois Energy Codes Updates with Q & A Ryan Seigel, SEDACllinois Energy Codes Updates with Q & A Ryan Seigel, SEDAC

Green incentives, energy efficiency and PACE financing

Brett Bridgeland and Dan Streit with Slipstream

Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez Keynote

Equity, COVID, Climate Change and the Future of Architectural Pedagogy

Entertainment Break

Danny Bauer and the Red Door Band

National Issues (Building after a Pandemic)

Presented by Rachel Minnery, FAIA Luke Leung, PE, LEED Fellow, P Eng, SOM
Molly Scanlon, PhD, FAIA Dir. of Standards, Compliance and Research Phigenics

National-Economic Updates

Kermit Baker

This presentation will focus on an aspect of architecture that has all too often been overlooked: the role of women and people of color.

Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession

Kathryn H. Anthony, Ph.D., ACSA Distinguished Professor, UIUC

This presentation will focus on an aspect of architecture that has all too often been overlooked: the role of women and people of color.

Invest in South/West

Maurice Cox

How focused development and neighborhood investment will encourage activity and accessibility and, if done correctly, could be a start at healing decades of racist planning.

Jack Baker Studio and Erlanger House in Urbana, IL Virtual Tour

Mike Jackson, FAIA

Cocktail Conference

Jeremy Gentile, Associate AIA

Entertainment Break

Radio 680

Trivia and Closing

Mike Jackson, FAIA

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