1869Circle

The 1869Circle, named after the year AIA Chicago was founded, is a program of unprecedented recognition for AIA Chicago members who invest a cumulative amount of $10,000 or more in AIA Chicago sponsorships, advertising, and AIA Chicago Foundation support on an annual basis.


Partner Benefits

As an 1869Circle Partner, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition at all AIA Chicago events (Designight, Guess-a-Sketch, Third Thursdays, Annual Meeting and Holiday Party, and designated Knowledge Community events and programs)
  • Company logo and link to your website on the 1869Circle page on the AIA Chicago website
  • Company name on the column wrap on the AIA Chicago office pillar
  • A spotlight feature on designated AIA Chicago social media
  • Recognition in new member welcome email communications
  • Logo in an 1869Circle partner 'Thank You' advertisement in Chicago Architect
  • Permission to use the 1869Circle logo
  • Invitation to an exclusive partner and sponsor thank you networking event with key industry stakeholders
  • Presented with a 1869Circle partner plaque at the thank you event
  • An annual partner wrap up is available to all 1869Circle partners
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Architecture Firm Qualification Checklist

All four qualifications must be met.
  1. Sponsor a minimum of two 2022 AIA Chicago events, Selected from: Designight, Guess-a-Sketch, Third Thursdays, Annual Meeting and Holiday Party, Knowledge Communities, Affinity Groups, Professional Development Programs.
  2. Support of an AIA Chicago Foundation program or initiative (support starts at $1,000, tax deductable), Selected from: Diversity Scholarship, Architects in Schools, or indiciate “where needed most.”
  3. Minimum of $10,000 in sponsorships and charitable giving to qualify.
  4. Membership (a member of the firm must be an AIA Chicago member).

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Suppliers, Vendors, and Consultants Qualification Checklist

All four qualifications must be met. In addition, partners are invited to contribute to the AIA Chicago Foundation.
  1. Sponsor a minimum of two 2022 AIA Chicago events: Selected from: Designight, Guess-a-Sketch, Third Thursdays, Annual Meeting and Holiday Party, Knowledge Communities, Affinity Groups, Professional Development Programs.
  2. Advertise in Chicago Architect magazine (1869Circle partners receive discount pricing; ads start at $500).
  3. Minimum of $10,000 in sponsorships and advertising to qualify.
  4. Membership (Affiliate AIA Chicago Firm)

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Thank you to our current 1869Circle Partners:

Black Spectacles
Cosentino Logo
Eggersmann
EQUITONE Logo
Gensler
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HED
Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Legat Architects
Lerch Bates Building Insight
Lightning Protection Institute
Longboard Architectural Products
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Norcon
PAC-CLAD | Peterson Logo
Perkins&Will Logo
Schuler Shook Logo
SmithGroup Logo
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Logo
Stantec Logo