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2018 Keynote Speaker:

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA


2018 APA-IL State Conference

Springfield, IL

September 26-28, 2018

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All events slated to be held at the Wyndham Hotel unless otherwise indicated. 


Keynote Speaker:

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time: 1:45-2:45p

Cost: (included with registration)

From earning her Bachelors of Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, to planning national parks whilst serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, to designing the Chicago Riverwalk, 606 Trail Master Plan, and earning the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award (among many other honors)...  it is with great excitement that we are able to share Carol Ross Barney, FAIA will be the keynote speaker at this year’s 2018 APA-IL Conference in Springfield, IL!

Named a “Gamechanger” by Metropolis magazine in 2018, Carol has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. With a career that spans over 40 years, Carol has made significant contributions to the built environment, the profession, and architectural education. As an architect, urbanist, mentor, and educator, she has relentlessly advocated that excellent design is a right, not a privilege. Her body of work occupies a unique place within the panorama of contemporary architecture, being exclusively composed of work in the public realm.


Carol’s projects vary in type and scale, but uphold a deep commitment to the role architecture plays in life quality. For nearly two decades, Carol’s studio has been working along Chicago’s Rivers. These efforts include the design of the Chicago Riverwalk and studies on all one-hundred-and-fifty-miles of riverfront across the city.

Other Notable projects include the McDonalds’ Chicago Flagship Restaurant, CTA Cermak-McCormick Place and CTA Morgan Street Stations, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue, James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building, Oklahoma City Federal Building, Bloomingdale / 606 Trail.


Her work has been honored with over 100 major design awards, including six national American Institute of Architects Institute Honor Awards, over 40 AIA Chicago Awards, two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project Awards, and the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture and the AIA Illinois Gold Medal, all for a distinguished body of work.

The Goal: reconnect people with the dynamic and changing life of the City’s natural resources.



Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

Time: 9:00a-12:00p

Cost: FREE (conference registration not required)


The APA-IL is proud to once again provide the widely successful AICP Exam Prep Workshop. The session will be led by the same trainers who have conducted AICP training throughout the country for over a decade and the past 8 National APA Conferences including the 2018 National APA Conference in New Orleans: John Houseal, FAICP, Devin Lavigne, AICP, LEED AP, founders of Houseal Lavigne Associates, and Trevor Dick, AICP, LEED AP, Illinois Chapter APA Professional Development Officer. Each registrant will be provided a course booklet .pdf.

Plan Commissioner Training

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time: all-day

Cost: single day $75 | full conference (3 days): $200  (click here for registration page)

It's back! Plan commissioners work hard reading packets, reviewing cases, conducting public hearings, and considering policy matters; but they rarely get the chance to sit back and look at the big picture of what they do and the significance it has to the communities in which they live. That will be the focus of this all-day track.


Most commissioners are not professionals in the planning or development field and can benefit from a bit of extra training on the topic. Even seasoned commissioners appreciate the chance to step back from the task of plan review and approval, learn what’s new in planning, and discuss their role with fellow commissioners.

All planning officials, boards, and commissions are welcome. Professional planners are welcome to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions. Planners will likely find the afternoon session, which includes a mock hearing and best practices for public hearings, the most useful.

Session 1:  Panel Discussion with Planners and Attorneys: 9:00 - 12:00 (commissioners only)

  • Location: Wyndham Springfield City Centre

  • Introduction to planning and tools of the trade – History, comp plans, zoning, roles of other parties, responsibilities of commissioners 

  • Planning Tricks of the Trade – Running a meeting, Findings of Fact, Ethics, Ex Parte, conflict of interest, open meetings


Networking Lunch: 12:00 - 1:30 (commissioners only)

  • Location: Wyndham Springfield City Centre

  • This is a great opportunity to network with commissioners from other communities! Box lunch provided.


Session 2: Mock Hearing 1:30 to 4:00 (open to all attendees)

  • Location: Springfield City Council Chambers

  • We will cover typical items that occur during a public hearing and how best to handle the process. Commissioners will be asked to volunteer to read a script and play the parts, such as developer, attorney, engineer, architect, planner, neighbor. At several points, we will ask the audience how the hearing is going based on what they learned in the morning. We will discuss whether certain things could have been handled in a different manner so the commissioners will learn about best practices for conducting a hearing. 

Reception 4:00 - 5:45 (commissioners only)

  • Location: Wyndham Springfield City Centre

  • Enjoy light appetizers and beverages as we recount the lessons of the day with fellow commissioners. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn about the concepts and standards of planning.

  2. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of a plan commissioner.

  3. Learn about the roles and perspectives of others involved in the development approval process.


Michael Blue, FAICP, Teska Associates

Greg Jones, AICP Ancel Glink
Laurie Marston, FAICP, Chaddick Institute

David Silverman, AICP, Ancel Glink

Plan Commissioner Training

Social Events

Social Events

Awards Reception and Exhibitor Meet & Greet

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Awards Ceremony - 4:30 to 5:30
Exhibitors Meet and Greet Reception - 5:30 to 7:30


This complimentary event is open to all attendees. 

After the Awards Program, mingle with award winners and exhibitors at the meet and greet immediately following the awards. This reception joins you and other attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors while you enjoy complimentary appetizers and and a cash bar.

If you already registered but did not add the Awards Ceremony to your registration, it's ok! Email our registration manager at and tell him you'd like to join us.

Thursday Evening Social Event - SOLD OUT!

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 7pm to 9pm

Obed & Isaacs Microbrewery + Eatery (Front Room - Reserved)

500 S. 6th Street, Springfield, IL

Light appetizers and 1 drink ticket, cash bar following

Cost:  $10 | Limited Capacity

Located in the heart of Springfield between the Illinois Capitol and Lincoln’s Home, Obed & Isaac’s features inspiring sightlines, lawn games, beer garden, delectable food and historic ambiance, including a restored bar from the 1800’s! In September 2011, construction began on the restaurant and pub in the historic Booth-Grundendike house and the brewery plant in Obed Lewis’ carriage house.

APA-IL will be reserving a private room and serving plentiful buffet offerings. Share stories, catch up with colleagues, & enjoy delicious fare and (we quote) “direct access to the freshest and finest brews in the area!” Following the event, guests are invited to stay to play bocce and hang out in the outdoor patio.

The Sponsors




Wyndham Main Lobby
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