SMPS Chicago Blog

SMPS Chicago September Program photos

To see more SMPS Chicago photos from the September Lunch Program at the East Bank Club click here. Thanks to Bob Elmore Photography for photographing our Chapter event! Please contact Bob with inquiries about these photos, or how he could help your firm document a featured building project: [email protected]

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Design-Build with the CTA Event


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You Could Win! Register this month for HRC.


Introducing our Early Bird Registration Contest.  

The SMPS Heartland Regional Conference takes place in May 2015. I'm sure you're thinking, I'll just wait and register later. Please DON'T. That's right, we're talking to all you procrastinators. Registering now is a smart business move. That's because right now you can get the super early bird special rate. It's our lowest rate and the longer you wait the more it will cost.

But wait, there's more. To reward your savvy business decision, you'll automatically be entered in our Early Bird Registration Contest. We're on a mission to get more than 125 registrations by October 31st. If we meet our goal, we're going to pull one lucky name out of our hat and they will get their conference registration absolutely FREE! That's right, it will cost zilch, nada, nothing.  

So don't delay.  That's so 2013. Click our link below and register online.  It's fast, it's easy and it's one less thing on your to do list.  

Register online today!

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Save the Date – SMPS/AIA Holiday Event 12/8

SMPS and AIA will again host a holiday event together. Last year was a sell-out! Stay tuned for all the exciting event details. 


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Open House Chicago is this weekend

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago.

Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.

150 cool places. 48 hours. Go. It's free.


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SMPS Chicago New Member Lunch

As this month's official guest, Megen Briars, Past President of SMPS Chicago, answered a few questions on how SMPS has helped her career and professional growth. Join her at the lunch next week to learn more!

For questions regarding the lunch, contact: Lauren Mead, RTKL Associates, Inc., [email protected]



Where do you work and what’s your role?

OKW Architects; Title: Director of Marketing and Business Development Manager; role: Queen of Everything Lovely…I kid! My role is to support OKW with marketing and business development strategies as we continue to serve our valued clients for the past 53 years with architectural, interior and planning design solutions.  

Why did you join SMPS Chicago?

I had no choice! On my 3rd day at  OKW, our Director of Design, Mike Breclaw took me to my first SMPS meeting and said, “okay, join a committee – these are your people.” And I luckily was introduced to Tim Padgett with The Pepper Group and he took me under his wing to learn the ropes on Communications. Through his fantastic mentorship and leadership, I stayed with Communications as a Committee Member then was Communications Director for a number of years and most recently, President.

How has SMPS been beneficial to you, your firm, and/or your career?

Invaluable connections, professionals that want to help you and your firm do better and be better, and education that is available to SMPS Chicago only-members; it’s a perfect trifecta!

How can a new member of SMPS get the most out of their membership?

“Lean in.” Do not just sit back and attend once in awhile, lean in and join a committee – there is a role on committees for someone that has 1 hour a month and up; show the value in SMPS by bringing in connections, leads, and work – the BEST way to do that is to be on the frontline with our committees.

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?

I might be bias, but Bub City at the Holiday Party last year. Yep, definitely bias!

What do you do to kick back and relax?

Documentaries on Netflix, my fake ice cream (frozen bananas and peanut butter) and trashy gossip mags.

What is your favorite musical group/performer?

It’s a tie: Bette Midler and Chicago

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? 

Karlsrue, Germany – it was my first time out of the country and I learned so much about a culture that I had only read about or seen in films. It was interesting more to me because my Grandmother was born in a neighboring town and it was so special to take the paths she used to take, meet our relatives that still live there, and see such a beautiful country in-person after years of trying to picture her moments and experiences there.

Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”)?

Reba McEntyre

If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?

Doris Day – I can’t explain it, just would love to meet her and hear about her life!

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SMPS Chicago October Program photos

To see more SMPS Chicago photos from the October Lunch Program at the East Bank Club click here. Thanks to Bob Elmore Photography for photographing our Chapter event! Please contact Bob with inquiries about these photos, or how he could help your firm document a featured building project: [email protected]


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CTBUH Awards, Symposium and Dinner 11/6

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Hermann Hall Auditorium & S.R. Crown Hall – Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, Illinois



The CTBUH 2014 Award Winners will be recognized and awards conferred at the CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner, organized in conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology. All of the winning projects and finalists will be celebrated at this gala event, as well as the 2014 CTBUH Fellows. Additionally from the four regional Best Tall Building winners, one "Worldwide" winner will be chosen and announced to close out the Dinner event.

The Ceremony & Dinner will be preceded by a free Awards Symposium which will feature presentations from all of the 2014 winners. Join us to hear from senior representatives of these ground breaking projects, as well as from the 2014 CTBUH Lifetime Achievement Award winners who have influenced the tall building profession for decades.

The CTBUH 2014 Awards Exhibition, showcasing poster presentations of the winning projects and finalists, will also be open for viewing during the Awards Symposium in IIT Hermann Hall's Gallery Lounge.

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Members - Set your SMPS Chicago website passwords

You have probably taken a look at the brand new SMPS Chicago website. But don't skip that Welcome email asking you to set your password and review your profile. As a member, you have access to the members-only parts of the website and you need that login to register for upcoming events. October alone has several events! 

Don't delete the email, click set your password, and enjoy the members-only areas of the website.

Once you login, you will have access to member only information, the ability to update your member profile, register for meetings, and much more…

Who Can I Contact If I Have Questions?

If you have problems please contact us via email at [email protected].

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