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Women’s Architectural League Foundation

Chicago’s Architectural Heritage… past, present and future

The American Institute of Architects Chicago Office

When: Wednesday, January 25th 10:30AM refreshments, 11:00AM presentation.

Where: AIA Chicago Office, Suite 250
35 E Wacker Dr Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60601

Join us to get the behind-the-scenes story of the new AIA Guide to Chicago from its editor, Laurie Petersen. The AIA Guide is the best portable resource for exploring our breathtaking and dynamic city.

The fourth edition, coming eight years after the previous edition, offers entries on transformative new destinations like the Riverwalk, the St. Regis Chicago and The 606, as well as updated descriptions of Willis Tower and other refreshed landmarks.


Mission Statement

Our purposes are to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago area architecture and to provide scholarships to architectural students of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Universities of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign-Urbana.


In 1958, a group of women who were architects or were related to architects formed the Women’s Architectural League Foundation to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago architecture. Over the years, membership has broadened and is open to all women and men interested in architecture.

WALF members organize tours designed to deepen appreciation for both historic and contemporary Chicago architecture. Tours frequently feature buildings under construction or recently completed, led by architects involved in the project.

WALF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is managed by a group of nine Board members from many disciplines but all are focused on architecture and its important role in the life of our great city.

Women’s Architectural League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the Chicago area. ID# 30-0225557


Another interesting and informative site you may enjoy is the Women Who Built Illinois Database found at www.landmarks.org/womenwhobuiltillinois/

It includes information on over 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects, interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979.

This site calls attention to the women who helped to create places that today are cherished by communities and property owners across Illinois.

This website is presented by Landmarks Illinois. WALF is grateful for this interesting presentation and all the effort that was put into the project.