Chicago’s Built Environment

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Thomas Kerwin, FAIA | Managing Partner – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Lead Designer for the 2016 Olympic Bid

Host: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Santa Fe Building
224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

Architecture is becoming increasingly central in critical debates about sustainability, community development, infrastructure and the health of urban regions. In Chicago, the quintessential city of modern architecture and a model for public-private partnerships, corporate social responsibility leaders are in a unique position to take an active role in these debates. Thomas Kerwin, a trustee of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, will address these and other pressing questions. He will speak about the renewed national attention to issues of urban areas and the built environment and will situate Chicago in the context of the global building boom of the past decade and the current economy. Mr. Kerwin, the lead designer of the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid, will also discuss the impact of the bid on all of these issues for the Chicago area.

In addition, our morning presentation will include a unique “guided tour” of the permanent exhibition “You Are Here” housed in the ArcelorMittal CitySpace Gallery − highlighting and illustrating the morning’s discussion.