Architecture – Organizations
American Institute of Architects – initiative “50 to 50”
50 principles that will help architects reduce fossil fuel consumption for 50%
The organization’s mission is to conduct research, and provide information and innovative solutions in the fields of archtiecture and planning, in an effort to address global climate change.
ArchVoices is an independent, nonprofit organization and think tank on architectural education, internship, and licensure.
The Shape of America
Conversations about famous structures and an opportunity to rate them
Architecture – Illinois Colleges and Universities
Consortium for Design and Construction Careers
The Consortium for Design and Construction Careers is a group of individuals, colleges, and allied associations who are joined together to assist individuals who are interested in entering the fields of Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture.
Architecture – Licensing
ARE-Forum is a learning community on the web with active users comprised of both practitioners in architecture and academics involved in research and teaching. The forum is free.
It brings together both academics and practitioners to further develop ideas, share information, and critique theory through practice.
Department of Justice ADA Home Page
The website provides direct access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials; electronic versions of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Freedom of Information Act ADA materials; ADA Business Connection; online ordering form for the ADA Technical Assistance CS-ROM and links to the Department’s press releases; and links to other Federal agencies and Federal grantees that contain ADA information. Capital Development Board (CDB) is the construction management arm of Illinois’ state government ([http://www.cdb.state.il.us/default.shtml]) (coming soon) Illinois Accessibility Code is available here for download.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) video series entitled “NCARB Talks,” features short, informal conversations with architects on staff. These videos give viewers a glimpse of individual triumphs and challenges on the path to licensure. They discuss their experiences with the Intern Development Program (IDP), the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), and the importance of getting licensed and ultimately NCARB certified.
Architecture – Continuing Education
AIA Carlifornia Council Online CES Sessions
AIA California Council (AIA CC) has developed a number of online continuing education courses. From the accessiblity courses required for California licensure to the release of seven sessions filmed at the Monterey Design Conference – these are great opportunities to hear some of these renowned speakers. As always, AIA CC is happy to extend AIA member rates throughout the country.
Brick Industry Association
16 quizzes are currently available to be taken online. If you have already completed one or more of them, that information will appear on your account screen when you sign in.
Greenbuild365 is a learning portal that makes green building education accessible to all. Visit this website to view free, live streaming videos of the 2007 Greenbuild Conference & Expo keynote and master speakers, including former President Bill Clinton, read a journal covering the event highlights; and, share your perspective on green building issues via interactive polls.
Integrated Environmental Solutions
A leading provider of integrated building analysis software. AIA members can now receive Learning Hour Units when undertaking the majority of IES training courses. Its expertise in sustainable design analysis will help educate AIA members on how to leave a greener footprint within all stages of design. The IES AIA/CES registered training courses include sessions on solar analysis, artificial/daylighting design, and natural ventilation analysis, among others.
Leonardo Academy Sustainability Training
Leonardo Academy provides comprehensive LEED training services and has prepared courses on a wide variety of sustainability topics.
Linetec is a paint and anodize finisher, and the largest independent architectural finisher.
Offers interactive, online continuing education to the design and construction industries.
Sustainable Continuing Education
Continuing Education based on sustainable products and sustainable building practices.
Construction – Organizations, etc.
Nonprofit online resource providing information on innovation in advanced facades, heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting systems to support preliminary design of energy-efficient buildings.
Congress of Residential Architects (CORA)
Provides a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by licensed professionals in North America. These forums will be focused on the following principles: • Sharing knowledge amongst architects who have dedicated their practice to designing single-family homes. • Demonstrating the relevance and value of single-family residential design to the public at large. • Enhancing the knowledge and development of design methodologies and technical and social research to benefit the practice of single-family residential design. • Fostering communication between architects and publishing and professional organizations to make single-family residential design accessible to the general public. • Encouraging and improving academic programs that teach the art and science of designing single-family homes. • Providing advocacy in related fields such as land-use laws, aesthetic regulations, and technological systems specific to single-family residential design. • Recognizing excellence in single-family residential design.
Cool Roof Rating Council
Non-profit organization dedicated to implementing and communicating fair, accurate and credible radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces. The website lists the reflectivity and emissivity characteristics of many manufacturers’ roofing systems.
Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse
Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse is a non-profit organization that diverts reusable building materials from becoming waste in landfills by promoting sustainable deconstruction and renovation practices, and then selling reclaimed materials at low cost, typically 50 to 90% off retail. Generally the inventory is geared toward residential construction, but there are also plenty of basic building materials as well. Some of the donated materials include kitchen cabinets and countertops, doors and windows, flooring, light fixtures, hardware and appliances.
SEDAC: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
SEDAC provides free analysis of any existing commercial building along with assistance in modeling new construction. The process usually takes 3-4 months. They visit the site, document the existing systems and envelope, and then provide a full report that list deficiencies along with the remedies including payback and return on investment. The new contruction assistance allows SEDAC to work with the architects early on to make minimize poor energy design. SEDAC is funded by the power companies. They also provide information in regards to funding assistance on implementing many of the recommendations they provide.
The program challenges architecture firms to pledge one percent of their billable hours to the public good through pro bono or public interest work. The program will establish a baseline for existing pro bono and public interest efforts in the architecture profession and plans to establish an online forum to match worthy clients with willing architecture firm.
Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Key responsibilities include: Developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology; Providing technical assistance and training on these guidelines and standards; Enforcing accessibility standards for federally funded facilities
AccessibilityOnline represents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and the US Access Board. The program includes a series of free webinars and audio conferences on different topics of accessibility. Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics concerning accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation.
Major competition events in architecture, landscape architecture, and public art around the world are posted on this web site.
DuPage Community Foundation
The Foundation receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment that is used to offer grants to tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations. NEI has established an endowment fund at The DuPage Community Foundation for the purpose of establishing an ongoing source of funds for NEI student scholarships. All donations to this fund are tax deductible. Donations should be made out to “DuPage Community Foundation” and on the memo line indicate it is for the AIA NEI Scholarship Endowment Fund.
DuPage Homeownership Center
The DuPage Homeownership Center (DHOC), a nonprofit, HUD-certified housing counseling agency, has been helping low-income families become homeowners in high-cost DuPage County through education, counseling and special mortgage financing programs.
Google Earth allows you to view satellite photos, maps, geographic terrain and 3D models of buildings from around the world. Plus, Google has partnered with several content providers to give users even more information about popular and interesting places, and AIA is now one of those providers.
Planetizen: Planning, Design & Development
Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.
Public Architecture identifies practical problems of human interaction in the built environment and acts as a catalyst for public discourse through education, advocacy, and the design of public spaces and amenities. The organization proactively takes a leadership role by identifying significant problems of broad relevance that require innovative research and design. These projects address needs and desires that are palpable, if poorly defined, in circumstances where both clients and financing must be imagined, sought, and secured in new ways.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)
CAF is dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and related design. CAF will educate the public to expect the highest standards from Chicago’s built environment.
U.S. Green Building Council
The Council is a coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The program offers comprehensive and detailed instruction programs, useful online web resources, and a toll-free information line for technical guidance and support.
HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.
National and International Organizations
Architects Without Borders
non-governmental, not-for-profit, volunteer humanitarian relief organization. It is similar to, but not formally affiliated with Builders Without Borders, Engineers Without Borders, and, what is probably the best-known, Doctors Without Borders. Involvement opportunities: Register your name on the AWB website and volunteer to assist with one of the organization’s ongoing relief efforts.
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility
Established in 1981, ADPSR works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. Its goals are to raise professional and public awareness of critical social and environmental issues; further responsive design and planning; and honor persons and organizations whose work exemplifies social responsibility. Involvement opportunities: Local and national chapter membership, award programs, and targeted initiatives such as its ongoing Prison Design Boycott.
Architecture for Humanity
Established in 1999, AFH is a nonprofit organization that promotes architectural and design solutions to global, social, and humanitarian crises. Through competitions, workshops, educational forums, partnerships with aid organizations, and other activities, AFH creates opportunities for architects and designers from around the world to help communities in need. Involvement opportunities: Participate in design competitions and local MeetUp activities, and be sure to subscribe to the monthly AFH newsletter.
Association for Community Design
Established in 1977, the ACD is an international network committed to increasing the capacity of planning and design professions to better serve communities. ACD’s members include practitioners, educators, and organizations engaged in community-based design and planning. Involvement opportunities: Attend the ACD Annual Conference in the spring of each year and get involved with a community design center in your area.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has launched a new website, that provides comprehensive information for building professionals on how to create high-performance, energy-efficient, healthy homes and workspaces, known as “green buildings.” The site is a concise, practical resource designed to help building professionals get started in the green building field.
Established in 1999, Design Corps is a nonprofit architectural group whose mission is to find ways to offer quality, affordable design services to people and communities that could not otherwise afford them. Involvement opportunities: Participate in the annual Structures for Inclusion conference series, apply for a Design Corps Fellowship or the new Summer Studio program, and read Good Deeds, Good Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003).
Habitat for Humanity International
Established in 1976, Habitat is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, which seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To date, Habitat has built more than 175,000 houses around the world, providing more than 750,000 people in more than 3,000 communities. Involvement opportunities: Get out there and swing a hammer, donate surplus building materials from your next job site, or use your design skills to generate new Habitat housing models.
Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI)
LPCI is the state’s leading voice for historic preservation. Its mission is to save architecturally and historically significant archeological sites, structures, and historic districts in all the cities, towns and rural areas of Illinois.
National Preservation Institute
The National Preservation Institute (NPI) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization offering specialized information, continuing education, and professional training to those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of our cultural heritage.
Established in 2002, Public Architecture is a nonprofit organization that identifies and solves practical problems of human interaction in the built environment. It acts as a catalyst for public discourse through education, advocacy, and the design of public spaces and amenities. Public Architecture undertakes a variety of pro bono design projects and encourages architects nationwide to formalize their commitment to the public good through its 1% Solution program. Involvement opportunities: Make a commitment to public interest work within your firm and pledge one percent of your time through the 1% Solution.
Established in 1988, Rebuilding Together’s (formerly Christmas in April) mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners–from the elderly and disabled to families with children–live in warmth, safety, and independence. Involvement opportunities: Get involved with your local Rebuilding Together chapter.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Energy Star Program
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
US-ICOMOS US National Committee International Council on Monuments and Sites
Learn about emerging trends and challenges in preservation in every part of the world through the organization’s publications and information services.