Michael Kollin, Paul Altomare and Christopher Alex will be attending the 2018 World Architecture Festival (WAF) being held at the RAI in Amsterdam November 28-30. WAF is a three-day event where architects, interior design professionals and the world architecture community meet to celebrate, learn, exchange ideas and be inspired. The Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture. It’s the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists, plus global networking and an international product exhibition. The WAF awards sit at the heart of the festival, the only global awards programme where architects present their completed buildings and future projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world. The event will include 400+ presentations, numerous conference sessions, 35+ Category winners, exclusive Amsterdam tours, and multiple social events.

Our Chicago office is now more than a year old and staffed with 3 full-time employees! Although they enjoy the full support of our Long Beach home office, Chris Garcia, Ron Javier, and Dafne Serdio are working hard to make their presence known in the local industry scene. This means that on top of designing projects, collaborating with clients, and maintaining project schedules, this tremendous trio also spends a good deal of time at networking events after-hours rubbing shoulders with designers, suppliers, brand executives and other architecture firms. Two recent events that had our Chicago staff out on the town were Hospitality Design’s CitySCENE Chicago and The AIA Chicago Small Projects/Small Firms Awards.

CitySCENE Next Generation Networking events are gatherings hosted by Hospitality Design Magazine that bring together up-and-coming and established hospitality professionals for a fun evening of networking. These casual events draw together attendees for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at some of the area’s hottest hotels and event spaces. Chris, Ron, and Dafne, along with team members from White Space interiors attended the April 18th event at Boleo Bar and Restaurant at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in Downtown Chicago. The group from KAA/White Space took advantage of the chance to connect with many local professionals, and toured the Hospitality Design model room. Don’t they look cozy?

More recently, our Windy City group attended The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s 7th annual Small Projects/Small Firms Awards on May 4th. Billed as “the biggest little party of the year” by AIA, the evening highlighted the best residential, commercial, and institutional architecture and functional objects designed over the past year. Presented by the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group, the goal of this awards program is to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence. Chris, Ron, and Dafne were each able to vote for their favorite project out of 92 submitted for the People’s Choice Award, and enjoyed exploring the display room at Architectural Artifacts, where the awards were held.