6th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium - Friday, January 29th, 2016

Chicago's leading planners--in one room.
UPPSA's annual Urban Innovation Symposium showcases planning knowledge from across the Chicago region. During a daytime session, professionals from around the region provide insight into cutting-edge ideas in physical planning, design, housing, and economic development. At the evening event, urban professionals deliver presentations in more casual format, and an informal atmosphere encourages attendees to get to know each other and network while enjoying food and drink. Free and open to the public.

6th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium


The Raw City


The Raw City, will explore the inner-workings of the urban environment, peeling back the layers to acknowledge the ways in which people and communities are the engine to social, economic, and environmental function and innovation. They'll be touching on issues including affordable housing development, equitable bike infrastructure, sustainability, historic preservation, the use of data in urban planning, and the role of artists in placemaking.


January 29, 2016

UIC Student Center East

750 S. Halsted St.

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

January 29, 2016

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th St.

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

6th Annual Urban Symposium: "The Raw City"

January 29, 2015

Daytime Session Speakers

Jamie Simone
Program Director, Chicago Urban Parks Program, Trust for Public Land, Chicago Office
Oboi Reed
President & Co-Founder, Slow Roll Chicago
Carla Bruni
Historic Preservation & Sustainability Consultant
Todd Palmer
Associate Director & Curator, National Public Housing Museum
Nadia Underhill
Director of Real Estate 
Development, Heartland Alliance
William Tippens
Vice President, Related Midwest
Elizabeth Scott
Research & Policy Program
Officer, Chicago Rehab Network
Lauren Nolan
Economic Development Planner

Evening Session Speakers

Brenna Berman
Commissioner & Chierf Information Officer, Department of Innovation & Technology, City of Chicago
Charlie Catlett
Director at Urban Center for
Computation & Data
Chris Huecksteadt
Regional Director, MetroStudy
Alex Linares
Project Officer, Working World USA
Faheem Majeed
Artist, Curator, Community Facilitator
Pete Saunders
Urban Planning Consultant, 
Editor/Publisher, The Corner
Side Yard
Malek Abdulsamad
Urban Planner, Real Estate Consultant
Curtis Witek
Mayoral Fellow at City of Chicago

Photo Gallery

Planned with the help of the 2016 Urban Innovation Symposium Committee

 For more information or questions, email us at urbaninnovatesym@gmail.com.

UIC Urban Planning and Policy Student Association, 2018