IIT College of Architecture Hosts Michael Hobbs

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On June 26, 2013, Michael Hobbs, SRA, of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy, will speak about Entrepreneurship in Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture

As the market rebounds, the integration of architectural creativity with advanced building technologies will transform the built landscape.

Mark McKinney, AIA, currently conducts Arch 561- Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Architecture, a master’s level course at IIT’s College of Architecture. Through a unique approach of field experience and classroom education, McKinney instructs future architects on advanced topics of architecture. An important aspect of architecture that McKinney specializes in is the practical implications of entrepreneurial approaches to conceiving and designing the built environment. By integrating classroom learning with real-world experience, McKinney insures that masters students receive an insightful perspective on the intersection of architecture and entrepreneurship.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Michael Hobbs, SRA, RAA, LEED GA, will be a guest lecturer for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Architecture. Drawing upon nearly two decades of experience, Hobbs will discuss how innovation in architecture and the use of technology has improved building efficiency, expanded the use of potential building materials, and influenced value to varying degrees. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session focused applying and deepening the students learning objectives.

Michael Hobbs, SRA, RAA, LEED GA, is the President of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy, residential and commercial real estate appraisal and consulting firm founded in 2000. He is a state-certified real estate appraiser in Illinois, performing court testimony as an expert witness in various local, state and federal courts. He holds the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute, LEED GA, an accreditation of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), and RAA designation from the NAR (National Association of Realtors). He is a regularly published author and speaker on the topic of real estate and valuation in the Chicago market. He is also a board member of The Entrepreneur Organization (EO) Chicago Chapter, a global network of more than 9,000 business owners in 40 countries.

Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture is one of the most respected by architectural firms nationwide providing degrees at the Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture. IIT’s NAAB-accredited College of Architecture draws strength from its Chicago setting, its Mies van der Rohe heritage, and award-winning faculty. Many of the city’s soaring heights and innovative spaces were designed or engineered by the College of Architecture alumni and faculty. Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture has a history of design excellence and technical expertise as well as an unmatched professional studio curriculum, and inspiring surroundings.

IIT’s prominence is intertwined with the architectural and cultural legacy of Chicago, recognized internationally for its heritage of leadership in the architectural profession. Modern architecture began in Chicago in the 1890s with the groundbreaking work of creative pioneers including Sullivan, Burnham, Jenny, Root and Wright. Their fiercely independent style led these world-renowned “Chicago School” architects to establish the school that became IIT’s College of Architecture. Their legacy: a profound architecture and a school taught by master architects.

Mies van der Rohe extended IIT’s commitment to architectural excellence when he arrived in Chicago in 1938. His renewed curriculum reflected the revolutionary influence of the German Bauhaus school. Unifying art and technology, his vision found expression in the new campus he designed for IIT – a campus selected in 1976 by the AIA national membership as one of the top 200 architectural achievements in the U.S. Mies’s masterpiece, S.R. Crown Hall, recognized as one of the most significant buildings of the 20th century, continues to house IIT’s College of Architecture—Mies’s “home of ideas and adventures.” The College of Architecture also inhabits 3410 S. State Street and the Minerals and Metals Building, Mies’s first building in the United States.

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