Chicago’s Merchandise Mart hosts an annual design extravaganza each fall, featuring speakers from across the country and presentations geared especially to architects, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, and other trade professionals. The event takes place October 2nd and 3rd. Sessions, receptions, and open houses occur in the luxurious product showrooms at the Mart, and many presentations offer professional CEU credits for attending. This year, there are several programs devoted to residential architecture, including The Iconic House held in the Pella Showroom and The Iconic Room hosted by Waterworks.

Meet S. Claire Conroy, editor of Residential Design magazine, at Pella’s Iconic House presentation and True Residential’s Designed for Entertaining session, both on Thursday, October 3rd. There’s also a full day of programming on Wednesday, October 1st. To register and peruse details about the event, click here.

For more information about the architect-led sessions and Residential Design-hosted presentations, see below:

THE ICONIC HOUSE

Doug Farr FAIA, | Julie Hacker FAIA, | S. Claire Conroy, Editor in Chief, Residential Design Magazine | Scott Fortman, AIA, | Stuart Cohen FAIA,
Thursday, October 3rd | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Pella Windows & Doors, Suite 100

For most of recorded history, the history of architecture has been the history of the house. Architects Stuart Cohen, FAIA; Julie Hacker, FAIA; Doug Farr, FAIA; and Scott Fortman, AIA, will discuss the houses that have most influenced their architectural thinking and their built work. The panel will be moderated by S. Claire Conroy, Editor in Chief of Residential Design Magazine, a new national magazine for residential architects and custom builders. Join us to hear about Iconic Houses that have widespread appeal based on culturally determined ideas and forms which they embody, idealize, and often transcend. Coffee and pastries will be served. Followed by Q&A. Attendees earn 1 AIA CEU Seminar

Stuart Cohen, FAIA

Julie Hacker, FAIA

Doug Farr, FAIA

Scott Forman, AIA

S. Claire Conroy, Allied AIA


THE ICONIC ROOM

Margaret McCurry, FAIA, FIIDA, Tigerman McCurry Architects, Ltd | Stuart Cohen, FAIA, Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC | Summer Thornton, Summer Thornton Design | Vladimir Radutny, AIA, Vladimir Radutny Architects
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Waterworks, Suite 136

The rooms that move us the most as memorable experiences can be the conceptual starting points for interior architecture and design. Stuart Cohen FAIA will introduce the idea of an iconic room and three architects and interior designers will then make presentations discussing what they consider to be a room or space that has been influential in their work. They will then show examples of their current work and discuss the relationship between the two. Julie Hacker FAIA will moderate a discussion after the presentations, followed by questions from the audience. Waterworks will be serving light fare and Beverages.

FROM MODERN TO CLASSIC: A TOUR OF THE WORK OF ESTATE ARCHITECTS LANDRY DESIGN GROUP

Brian Pinkett AIA, Partner, Landry Design Group
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | GRAFF- art of bath design center, Suite 103
Please join GRAFF as Brian Pinkett, partner in the world-renowned architecture firm Landry Design Group, demystifies the process behind creating grand estates and shares completed and upcoming projects from the new monograph. A celebratory book signing will follow immediately following the lecture in the GRAFF showroom, Suite 103. Hosted in: Marshall’s Landing, 2nd Floor

Brian Pinkett


DESIGNED FOR ENTERTAINING

Andrew Shead, Marketing Manager, True Residential | Claire Conroy, Editor in Chief, Residential Design Magazine
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | True Residential, Suite 163

Join True Residential and Residential Design Magazine for a CEU presentation, “Designed for Entertaining.” Discover the optimal elements and features for entertainment-focused clients and entertainment-based spaces. Enjoy light bites and champagne following the presentation.

Andrew Shead

S. Claire Conroy