To raise the design profile of the Chapter through celebrating and promoting design excellence to individual members, member firms, the larger community and to future architects.

Committee on the Environment (COTE)
Sheree Ditmer, email
Promotes environmental leadership among architects and seeks to make sustainability integral to the profession.

Emerging Professionals
Andreas Symeonides, 630/969-7000 , email
Dan Purpura, 630/574-8737, email
Develop ways to involve members in their journey from academia through their first ten years of licensure by offering resources and opportunities in the areas of IDP training, LEED and ARE preparation. With the combination of competitions, service projects, training session, site visits and social events, ways to connect, grow, and serve will be offered.

Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP)
Promotes the use of information technology systems in the practice of architecture by informing the chapter about the most recent developments affecting the electronic practice.


Serve as a liaison between the architectural community and local, regional, and county government agencies within the chapter area.

Community Outreach / Pro Bono
Identify and organize pro bono opportunities within the NEI chapter area and when appropriate, coordinate these opportunities with NEI Emerging Professionals

Program / Continuing Education
Heidi Granke, 630/359-4554, email
Responsible for creating, organizing and implementing annual program schedule and opportunities for NEI members to obtain the required CES Learning Units.

Scott Morlock, 630/221-1212, email
Coordinate the chapter efforts, which support architectural education through the granting of designated chapter funds to local area residents

Public Relations
Seeks to promote the AIA architect, as well as the profession of architecture, to the public.

Robert Plichta, 630/851-4362, email
Seeks to expand AIA membership in all areas relating to the profession.


Golf Outing
Andy Jasek, 630/574-8300, email
Brian Kronewitter, 630/896-4678, email
Curtis Sartor, 847/628-1017, email
Host a yearly event to give members an opportunity to entertain clients, develop relationships, and support the chapter’s scholarship fund.

Honor Awards
This committee is responsible for the Chapter’s biennial honor awards program. The event is designed to honor design excellence. The committee is responsible for collecting and organizing chapter submissions, jury selection, and organizing the culminating event where design excellence is recognized.

Architecture Week
Dan Purpura, 630/574-8737, email
Organize and execute an event(s) and/or activity that fosters public awareness for the profession of architecture.



AIAIL Delegate
Terry Moeller, 630.969.7000, email

Board Retreat
Robert Plichta, 630/851-4362, email

Megan Harte, 312/720-2839, email
Encourage new sponsor participation and strengthen existing relationships in order for sponsorships to make our chapter programs and events fiscally responsible.

Steve Rhodes, 630/572-8228, email

Committee Interest Survey

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