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Guess-a-Sketch AIA NY/Center for Architecture; Photo Matthew Carasella

Guess-A-Sketch brings together our great community of architects, architecture enthusiasts, young professionals, and suppliers and consultants for an architecture-themed Pictionary competition and networking event!

The game is simple: honorary sketchers draw iconic buildings as eight competing sponsored teams try to guess the correct answer for a chance to win the Guess-a-Sketch Champion title. Audience members participate in unique and fun ways.

All sketches produced during the event will be made available for purchase during the event. Proceeds will benefit the scholarships and programs of the AIA Chicago Foundation.

Teams are tied directly to sponsorship, and there are only 8 teams total. Team sponsorship begins at just $2,000, with non-team sponsorship available starting at $1,000. Gain exposure for your company and have fun doing it!

Thursday, July 20

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology
3137 South Federal Street, Chicago


Individual Tickets
$65 for AIA Members
$75 for Non-AIA Members
$50 for Students

Group Tickets
$300 for five tickets ($25 discount!)

Event includes complementary drinks and passed hors d'oeuvres.

Spectator Tickets SOLD OUT

Honoree Sketchers

Guess-a-Sketch John Ronan

John Ronan, FAIA
John Ronan Architects
Architect of the Kaplan Institute

Headshot of Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Ross Barney Architects
Design Principal and Founder
2023 AIA Gold Medal Recipient

Headshot of Juan Gabriel Moreno, FAIA

Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA


Dan Wheeler, FAIA
Wheeler Kearns Architects
Founding Principal

Headshot of Joe Valerio, FAIA

Joe Valerio, FAIA
Valerio Dewalt Train

Guess-a-Sketch Linda Searl

Linda Searl, FAIA
Searl Lamaster Howe

Competing Teams

Logos of Big Construction and Perkins&Will
exp logo guess a sketch
orange logo for NIA Architects
Silman, a TYLin Company
Grey logo for SmithGroup
Black logo for Stantec
Young Architects Forum AIA Chicago Guess-a-Sketch

Host and Emcee

Headshot of Shawn Waddell
Shawn Waddell, Assoc. AIA, EIT, NOMA

Frequently Asked Questions

Rookie Sponsors

M. Viamontes Architects and Interiors
Mid States
Power Construction
Sherwin Williams Logo

Bar Sponsors


Annual Third Thursday Sponsors

ESD now Stantec

Thanks to our Guess-a-Sketch Volunteer Planning Taskforce

Brett Taylor, AIA, Chair
Richie Hands, Assoc. AIA, Board Taskforce Member
Josh Mings, AIA, Board Taskforce Member
Wei Yu, AIA
, Sponsorship Liaison
Shawn Waddell, Assoc. AIA, Taskforce Member, Host and Emcee
Lauren Amt, AIA, Taskforce Member
Charying Chang, Assoc. AIA, Taskforce Member
Madeline Higdon, AIA, Taskforce Member
Loren Johnson, AIA, Taskforce Member
Maria Tasada AIA, Taskforce Member
John Xiao, Assoc. AIA, Taskforce Member

Questions about the event?

Registration and Logistics Questions
Contact Madison Young, Programs and Events Coordinator

Sponsorship Questions
Contact Kirstin Osgood, Director of Development and Sales

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