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4/28 - Champaign for Three! Green St Tour, UIUC Colloquium, & Master Plan Workshop #APAISS23

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Once March Madness is done, come to Champaign on April 28th and experience Planning Madness! Join the "sweet" City of Champaign Staff, "elite" University of Illinois students & "championship" faculty, and APA-IL's very own "MVP - most valuable planner" Ferhat Zerin, FAICP for a trifecta of planning events. APA-ISS with the assist, baby!

This mobile workshop is FREE and open to all!


4/28/23 Agenda:

  • 9:30 am - Coffee & Meet at Café Bene (524 E Green St, Champaign, IL 61820)

  • 10:00 am - Green Street Walking Tour starts (CM | 1.5 pending)

  • 11:30 am - Group Lunch at Legends (on your own)

  • 12:15 pm - Walk over to Temple Buell Hall (home of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Lecture with Ferhat Zerin, FAICP (CM | 1.0)

  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Let’s Bake a Master Plan Workshop with Ferhat Zerin, FAICP (CM | 2.0)

Parking available at the Campus Center Public Parking Deck, 509 E Healey St, Champaign, IL 61820. Rates are 1-8 hours - $1.50, 9-12 hours - $13.00. For more information, click here.

Green Street Walking Tour (CM 1.5)

After meeting and networking at Café Bene, attendees will be joined by City of Champaign staff for a walking tour of Green Street. The tour will end at Legends for lunch (food & beverage on your own).

2023 Planning Colloquium (CM | 1.0)

After lunch at Legends, attendees will walk to Temple Buell Hall for lecture and workshop. The lecture is part of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning's 2023 Planning Colloquium.

Our Public Realms define the essence of the places we inhabit – our streets, open spaces, natural areas, waterways, and all other public spaces that are forever protected for everyone to use and enjoy. Ferhat Zerin, FAICP will share real projects that showcase the art and science of designing public realms for regions, cities, suburbs, and neighborhoods. The lecture will be followed by an interactive drawing workshop on basic master planning tools that are essential for creating enduring public realms (see below).

Let's Bake a Master Plan Workshop (CM | 2.0)

Following the lecture, Ferhat Zerin, FAICP will lead professionals and students through the Let's Bake a Master Plan workshop. Free drawing supplies will be provided for you to use and take home thanks to the APA-ISS!

Making a master plan can be just like baking a cake! You need a great framework (recipe), great plan elements (ingredients), and the right drawing/design tools (utensils). You need to practice (and practice more) until you find your own way to draw and design. Most importantly, you have to love the process of making, and the joy of watching others enjoy places you helped create.

During this interactive workshop, experts Ferhat Zerin, FAICP, and Pericles Georgopoulos will help you improve your hand drawing skills and show you how you can draw a great (and delicious) master plan. This master plan cooking class is open to everyone -

  • First time bakers: If you have no hand drawing skills – come and learn the basics of drawing a plan.

  • Food Critics: If you are a municipal planner – see how a quick hand drawing can fix a plan you are reviewing.

  • Julia Child Proteges: If you are an experienced designer – join us for a fun drawing workout!

Just like with baking, the best way to learn is through hands-on experience. Experts will teach attendees the basics of hand drawing using three activities.

This workshop has been a popular session hosted by the APA-IL. It has been a live webinar, on-demand webinar, and was a session at the 2022 APA-IL State Conference.


Don't miss out on the main event!

The 2023 Illinois State Section Conference will connect planners throughout Illinois to continuing education, networking opportunities, mobile workshops and more! This annual event promises to be a great value for the money.

Registration includes:

  • April 13-14, 2023 - Virtual Conference Sessions via Thinkific/Zoom

  • April 13, 2023 - Regional, in-person happy hours

  • April 28, 2023 - Champaign, IL Mobile Workshop

  • May 5, 2023 - Normal, IL Mobile Workshop

Earn 7.5 CM credits including law and sustainability!

$75 member rate

$80 non-member rate

$15 student rate

(We collected payments through PayPal. A PayPal account is not necessary for online transactions.)

Virtual conference registration is through Thinkific. Session recordings and CM credits will be available to attendees post-conference.


There's Another Mobile Workshop!

Champaign isn't the only mobile workshop that is happening in conjunction with the 2023 APA-ISS Spring Conference. Come to Normal, IL and enjoy a FREE bike tour on May 5, 2023

Please RSVP to let us know you're coming. Please note, some mobile workshops may include items not covered by conference registration (example: lunch in Normal).


Registration FAQ

I don't have a PayPal account. Can I still pay with a credit card?

If I have a coupon/promo code, where do I enter it in Thinkific?

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Not a Member? Grab a Membership Before You Register and Save!

If you are not an APA or APA-IL member, it isn’t too late to become one and save $$! The APA-IL Chapter Only membership is just $50/year. Not only can you save on the APA-ISS Conference now, but save on all APA-IL events in 2023 including the 2023 State Conference. Sign up today!


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