SMPS Chicago October Luncheon - Awards and Publications: What Judges and Editors are Looking For

October 10, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

150 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Join us for a panel discussion on what judges look for in winning award entries and what editors consider when deciding what to publish.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the best strategies and tactics to submit winning award entries
  • To learn the best strategies and tactics to have work published in industry and other publications
  • To better understand the process of entering work in competitions and the editorial process, and the judges’ and editors’ process for making their selections
  • To leave the event better equipped to win award competitions and get work published



11:30 am – 11:45 am Registration/Networking

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Seating at Tables/Order Entrees/Networking at Tables*

12:00 pm – 12:10 pm Welcome Announcements and Introductions

12:10 pm – 1:10 pm Program

1:10 pm – 1:15 pm Closing Remarks

*New this year: Networking at your table! We want to make sure you have an opportunity to meet everyone you are sitting with during the Program! Table Hosts (the 2018-19 Board!) will help facilitate introductions to provide additional time for networking.

About Our Speakers

Pamela Albers, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP

Pamela is a Vice President at RS&H, leading the firm’s national Workplace Design and Strategy team in architecture, interior design and engineering services. Prior to her position at RS&H, Pamela spent two decades leading the firm she founded, designing office, technology, institutional, and healthcare facilities for clients from the Fortune 500 to emerging small businesses.

Rob Cassidy, Executive Editor, Building Design+Construction

Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor of Building Design+Construction and Multifamily Design+Construction, served as Editorial Director of BD+C from 2002-2014. He holds a bachelor’s from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s in urban studies from Yale. He was a city planner in Providence, R.I., and Arlington, Virginia, and was editor of Planning Magazine, the publication of the American Planning Association. In 1979 he co-founded the Friends of the Chicago River and served as its Chair from 1979 to 1982. Among his books are Livable Cities: A Grass-roots Guide to Rebuilding Urban America and Margaret Mead: A Voice for the Century.

Cary Johnson, FIIDA, Visiting Professor, Kent State University

Cary is recognized as an industry leader in Project Management, Design and Process Development. With 44 years of experience, 11 of them at Gensler Chicago, he focused on workplace projects using his knowledge of alternative office concepts, designing for the mobile workforce and high-performance workplace solutions. Prior to his retirement from Gensler, he was also one of three Firmwide leaders for the new Not-for-Profit Practice Area, developing and delivering 

Anjulie Rao, AIA Chicago Communications Director; Editor, Chicago Architect

As Communications Director of AIA Chicago, Anjulie is the Editor of "Chicago Architect" bi-monthly magazine, composing original content and managing publication. She also creates and executes marketing and PR strategy resulting in local and national media placements for 150+ events/year. Anjulie produces comprehensive editorial calendars and bi-weekly e-mail newsletters.

Meghan Stromberg, Editor in Chief, American Planning Association

Meghan Stromberg is the American Planning Association’s Editor in Chief, where she oversees all aspects of Planning magazine and other publications. An APA editor since 2004, Meghan previously worked on a home building industry publication. Planning is the monthly magazine of the APA, reaching all 40,000 members of the association. APA provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to effect positive change. APA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Ashleigh Wayland, Communications Officer, LISC Chicago

Specializing in strategic communications and media relations, Ashleigh serves as the communications manager of the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). A national leader in comprehensive community development, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Ashleigh oversees all communications efforts. Additionally, Ashleigh oversees communications for the annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA) and works closely with the judges, applicants and awardees throughout the entire CNDA process.



Parking is available at the garage located across the street from Petterino’s at 181 N. Dearborn. When checking in for the program, please make sure you receive a parking voucher. Please insert the parking voucher into the automated machine at the garage in order to receive the discount of $14 for a max of 3 hours. 

CPSM CEU Credits: 1.5

This is a Programs event.

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$50.00 SMPS Members
$75.00 after 6:00 pm October 8

$95.00 Non-members
$120.00 after 6:00 pm October 8

$0.00 Annual Sponsor - Member