Cultural Emersion Experience

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A Walk Through Time

Day: 7 November 2024
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Price: $55
Location: Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), 111 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Everyone should meet at the CAC about 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time.  
Facilitators: Mark Roberson, Alicia Crumpton

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Full Description

When it comes to architecture, Chicago matters most because it is the place that the modern movement took hold in the US due to various influences such as:  the 1893 exhibition, the Chicago fire, timing of technological innovations, and the presence of thought leaders being in the right place at the right time (cf. Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe et al.).  The architectural developments of Chicago, born out of a hopeful and fervent response to serious urban issues, affected the leadership of American public policy and commerce for most of the 20th century in both good ways and badArchitecture and leadership are integrally connectedArchitecture contributes to our social fabric by defining and shaping spaces within which people exist reflectively offering a tangible representation of our values and assumptions about reality.   Through a chronological exploration of Chicago architecture, participants will learn about the city’s beginnings on the Chicago River, its rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and its development into a commercial and cultural hub, all while viewing structures in the order they were built. You’ll see up close how each building has its own unique design, often reflecting the style that was popular or prevalent when it was constructedThe walking tour and conversation showcases Chicago architecture illuminating the intersection of architecture and leadershipThis pre-conference workshop affords participants an opportunity to explore historical changes in architectural design including how those shifts reflect underlying leadership values, biases, and assumptionsThis exploration creates an opportunity to tangibly see how leadership through its architecture shapes culture, societal expectations, and community.    

Participants of this tour will gain:   

  • Awareness of Chicago’s vast architectural history and how that history reflects leadership values and decision making.  
  • Understanding of the intersection and complexity of boundaries between culture, art, expression, public spaces, and governmental decision making.  
  • Appreciation for how walking and directed attention increases a leader’s capacity to see and to ask new questions. 
  • Tools and observation skills to create an opinion on the surrounding visual culture. 


Mark Roberson

Mark Roberson, M.Arch, AIA, Dean, CAVAD, Professor of Architecture 

Mark Roberson came to Riverside and California Baptist University in September 2011 to begin his role as founding Dean of College of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design, and to launch the new architecture program. 

Prior to coming to CBU, Mark was the Vice President and Director of Design for Fender Architects in Fort Worth, Texas for 15 years.  Mark has created cutting edge designs for such buildings as Inspire Insurance Company, All Church Home for Children, Trimble Technical High School, 800 Eight Ave., Energy Fitness, Fillmore Law and many others.  Mark is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is LEED certified and is a licensed architect in the State of California.  Mark was born in Fort Worth and attended University of Texas Arlington for his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from UTA.  Mark then earned both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from University of Southern California, and worked in L.A. for several years at the Architecture Studio.  Mark had previously taught architecture at UTA, USC, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and has been a recurring guest lecturer at the Ecole Des Ponts in Paris, France. 

Alicia Crumpton

Alicia Crumpton brings 30+ years of management consulting experience working with an array of clients in the utility, education, and nonprofit sectorsShe has worked with many clients around the United States and has developed a network of seasoned colleagues who share her commitment to technical excellence, quality, and care for client engagement and deliveryHer consulting philosophy is relationally undergirded with a sense of hospitality for her clients and client contexts where she continually asks how this client can best be servedAt the end of the day, she wants to be seen as someone who contributes 110% to a project, likes to have a good laugh, and truly cares about a client’s future.