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June 2, 2022   

Former President Obama to Speak at Upcoming A.I.A. Conference

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Past conference speakers include Al Gore in 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2015.


The American Institute of Architects is hosting the AIA Conference on Architecture 2022 at McCormick Place in Chicago, June 22-25. Recently, the AIA announced that Chicago's most famous former politician is making a return with a closing conference session that will feature a moderated discussion with Former President Barack Obama. 

The AIA conference is no stranger to including former high ranking officials as past conference speakers included Al Gore in 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2015.

The dates of A'22 overlap with those of LightFair 2022 which is being held in Las Vegas June 19-23.  Some of the lighting-focused companies that will be exhibiting at the A'22 Architecture Expo include:

  • Dado Lighting


  • Legrand

  • Modular International

  • Rambusch Lighting

  • Solatube International

  • Louis Antique Lighting Co.

Below is the announcement from the AIA:


WASHINGTON - The AIA Conference on Architecture 2022 will feature a Moderated Conversation With President Barack Obama on Friday, June 24.

The American Institute of Architect’s conference is scheduled from June 22-25 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Chicago-based photographer, author, lecturer, and architecture critic Lee Bey will serve as the conference keynote host. Additional conference highlights include AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer, Lakisha Ann Woods’ conversation with Madame Architect Founder Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA, on June 22. On June 23, Lee Bey will convene architects Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, founder and creative director of PAU; Renée Cheng, FAIA, the John and Rosalind Jacobi Family endowed dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington; and Jeanne Gang, FAIA, founding principal of Studio Gang for a conversation on how architects are grappling with an uncertain future.

As part of the Architecture Expo, over 500 of the industry’s best building product manufacturers will exhibit new products and services June 23-24.

Members of the media are strongly encouraged to register for press credentials by June 13. Members of the media who have registered for a Press Pass, but do not receive confirmation by June 22 will have to obtain their press credentials at the main registration desk at McCormick Place.

Information on AIA’s COVID-19 policy at A’22 is available online. Visit conferenceonarchitecture.com for more information about A’22.




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