The RIBA Midwest Chapter
Welcome to The Royal Institute of British Architects – Midwest
chapter of the RIBA-USA.
There are 36 members in Midwest, of which 13 are based in Chicago.
Zoka Zola, Joe Burns and Lim Chan have initiated the first informal
gathering of the chapter, which took place on May 23rd 2003 in
Chicago. All the Midwest members were invited.
This first meeting was an exciting and energetic event. Members
with various areas of experiences met and shared their interests,
including the mutual recognition of architects between UK / Europe
and US. The second meeting took place at SOM office, www.som.com/,
in Chicago on October 17th 2003.
Following the first RIBA Midwest Chapter meeting, Joe Burns
(www.ThorntonTomasetti.com) submitted a proposal to AIA for a round
table discussion at AIA Convention 2004:
“The Global Architect: The Future of International Professional
As more architects turn to the global marketplace, and the relaxation
of trade barriers promotes a culturally and geographically diverse
workforce, the need arises to bridge communication between the
international architecture organizations. Building on the ideas
of Frank Duffy, past president of RIBA and a member of the international
committee of the ARB, this panel will explore the potential
for expanding mutual recognition of professional qualifications
across national boundaries while ensuring that the standards
of each country are maintained. Moderator Joseph G. Burns, an
engineer and architect registered in both the United States
and the United Kingdom, will lead a panel discussion of leading
representatives from AIA International, RIBA, NAAB, NCARB, and
ARB, including the President of RIBA-USA, Tim Clark.
Interest in this topic is already widespread, and we would gladly
collaborate with others to address how mutual international
accreditation represents a benefit both to architects and to
the practice of architecture.”
Zoka Zola (www.zokazola.com) and Chicago Women in Architecture
(http://www.cwarch.org/) organized an international exhibition
DiverseCity at the McCormick Center during the AIA Convention
in Chicago in June 2003. Women and minority architects in Chicago
were invited to submit a panel for this global and traveling
exhibition. For the list of venues where this “global snowball”
exhibition has traveled see http://www.diversecity-architects.com/P2/venues.htm.
RIBA members: president George Ferguson, Tim Clark, Angela
Brady, Jonathan Wimpenny, and Zoka Zola were invited as part
of RIBA delegation to China as guests of China Council for the
Promotion of International Trade for two weeks to Beijing and
Zhengzhou to judge DiverseCity competition and to participate
in architectural forums in these two cities. This was a fruitful
and only initial meeting between RIBA members, Chinese architects,
and Chinese authorities in order to establish a dialogue between
Chinese and British Architects. A group of prominent Chinese
architects will come to visit Chicago in May 2006 to learn from
Chicago architecture and visit architectural offices, which
are knowledgeable in sustainable architecture.
During the AIA Convention in Chicago RIBA President George
Ferguson hosted, with RIBA Midwest Chapter, a reception for
Midwest members as well as other RIBA members and honorable
guests, including Robert Venturi and Peter Davey.
The next meeting of RIBA Midwest members is planned for July
2005. Date and venue are yet to be confirmed. If you are an
RIBA Midwest member please keep Lim Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
updated about your contact information including your e-mail
I look forward to seeing you at our next event.
Zoka Zola, RIBA, AIA, LEED