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DETAILS 2024: Entrez


Entrez: French, inflection of entrer; “to enter”

The entrance of a building is oftentimes the user’s first impression of the project. How this space makes someone feel can impact the user’s experience once fully inside of the building.

This program’s presenters will introduce participants to a selected detail at the point of entry of three projects, will investigate various topics, including plan, aesthetic concepts, materials, documentation, specification tools, fabrication means, and logistics. All projects were submitted into the 2023 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the process of developing the design of details supporting a project’s overall planning and/or aesthetic concept; particularly at the point of entry, i.e. a visitors introduction to the function, scale and purpose of the overall project space.
  2. Develop strategy for effectively selecting and incorporating materials and/or components (i.e. lighting, hardware, finishes, color, etc.) for details that support an overall project design concept.
  3. Manage the of documentation (i.e. specifications, drawings, manufacturer shop drawings, etc.) necessary to illustrate and organize the fabrication, installation and construction of the details by contractors, consultants and others as necessary, in the field.
  4. Learn design management skills necessary to collaborate successfully during construction and/or fabrication processes and logistics used by others to manufacture and install components creating the detail.


Eric Rothfeder, AIA, LEED
Founder, ERA / Eric Rothfeder Architect

Juan M. Villafane, AIA, LEED
Partner, Krueck Sexton Partners

Annabell Ren, NOMA
Principal, New Office

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Tuesday | 03.19.2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




AIA Members: Free
Non-Members: $20
Students: Free

Learning Unit:

1.0 LU

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