Call for Presenters



Present at the 2020 Midwest Architecture Conference, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the NIU Naperville Conference Center! Call for speakers will open at the end of March.
Present at ALA's 2020 Midwest Architecture ConferenceInterested in presenting at the 2020 Conference?
Members will receive the announcement when ready.  Non-members can create an account here to receive the 2020 Call for Presenters announcement. Choose the 'Nonmember - Supplier' member type. 

We seek a variety of topics that will qualify for 1.0 ALA and AIA continuing education units. You are invited to submit non-proprietary programs in a seminar or panel format on topics that are current and relevant to the architecture profession. New, problem-solving and innovative topics that directly benefit an architect's work are of high interest. 

Seminars should offer 1.0 LU (50 minutes of instruction). All submissions will be reviewed by a jury of architects. Our call for speakers will open at the end of March.

This year we are stressing the need for non-proprietary education. Presenters can place company information on chairs, but not engage in proprietary product discussions. We recommend purchasing a tabletop space in the exhibit hall for the display of product information. Product samples are not permitted in the room. You may direct attendees to your tabletop for more information.

Topics of Interest:
  • Codes
  • Building Envelope
  • Business Practices
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Legal / Insurance
  • Preservation / Restoration
  • Sustainability / Environment
  • Technology
  • Renovation
  • Innovation
  • Other

Don't Forget! New Venue in 2020
Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center
ALA is moving the Midwest Architecture Conference to the NIU Naperville Conference Center in 2020 while we evaluate other venues for 2021, including NIU, downtown Chicago, the O’Hare area, and returning to our long-term location, Drury Lane. ALA has used the NIU space in the past; it offers great space, location and services.

The NIU Naperville Conference Center is conveniently located in the western suburbs of Chicago and is easily accessible from Interstate I-88, O’Hare Airport (20 Miles), and downtown Chicago (30 miles). NIU Naperville Conference Address: 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL, 60563.

Interested in exhibiting at the conference? Learn more here. Exhibit at the conference to build recognition for your company and meet with attendees who attend your seminar. Contact Joanne Sullivan, Executive Director, ALA, at (847) 382-0630 or for information on exhibiting, advertising and sponsorships.

Questions? Contact Joanne Sullivan at (847) 382-0630 or