International Education Week Luncheon


Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Mark your calendars for November 21.

The  Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter is celebrating International Education Week with the collaboration of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

You are invited!

Local and international sustainable green architectural environments will be our central topic. Dr. Darsh Wasan, Vice-President of International Affairs at IIT, will introduce keynote speaker Donna Robertson, Dean of IIT’s College of Architecture,  whose talk is entitled “THE EMERGING DESIGN PRACTICE:TOMORROW’S TALENT, CLIENTS AND ISSUES”. Dean Robertson’s talk will provide  an overview of how attention to design excellence and innovative practices has contributed to Chicago’s renaissance as a progressive city focused on quality of life, sustainability and healthy environments for urban dwelling.  In the last decade Chicago has transformed whole neighborhoods, greened its urban space and places, and created unique environments that enhance the experience of residents and visitors.  Chicago has a very strong practice community of design professionals, civic leaders and government officials who work very hard on behalf of attention to design and making improvements where ever possible.  The talk will examine the Illinois Institute of Technology’s self-transformation through a campus master plan, the innovative new skyscrapers being built, the new ideas for infrastructure upgrades, and special new places such as Millennium Park and the Chicago Riverwalk.

The talk will also address progressive practices in architecture focused towards changes in the 21st century.  New technologies and communication media are transforming the professional mode of project execution.  This also is having an effect on education, and how students learn.  Useful if unusual alliances and a more community based design process will also be introduced.  New topics of research in the academy will have direct contributions to the practice of architecture and design, including sustainability in high-rise design and the science of neuroaesthetics.
New buildings, public places and interiors will be introduced, using the textbook of Chicago’s recent attention to design excellence in the built environment.

The luncheon will take place at the IIT’s Crown Hall (a Chicago landmark designed by Mies van der Rohe), located at 3360 S State St. in Chicago, from 11:30 till 2:30 p.m.

RSVP with your name, affiliation, contact information, and the names of all guests who will be joining us.  RSVPs should be emailed to Margo McFarland at and be received by November 16, 2009.


The cost of this luncheon is $30 for Fulbright Association Members and guests and $10 for Fulbright students.

You can get to IIT’s Crown Hall by train (Green Line–Bronzeville/IIT and Red Line—Sox/35th) or by bus, line 29 (north-south) and lines 35, 39 (east-west.)

3 responses to “International Education Week Luncheon

  1. Great graphics, both the one of the Chicago skyline and the other of IIT’s campus. Seeing these really shows Chicago’s contribution to the world of architecture and encourages one to attend the event on Nov. 21!

  2. Congratulations…for ever

  3. Great event! Chicago has great architecture. Perhaps, the chapter could entertain having an architectural tour. What a great way to discover Chicago’s architectural gems. Congratulations, chapter, on a job well done.

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