Architecture Expo

Discover what’s new, next, & cutting-edge

For two days, we’re turning McCormick Place into a 166,000 sq. ft. product playground. Experience, touch, see, and get technical specs for the newest high-tech materials and solutions to hit the market from 500 of the industry’s best building product manufacturers.


The products & materials building the future

So much has changed in the materials world. The Architecture Expo is your ticket to the products and materials that are building the future, all in one place.

The expo consistently ranks among the top three reasons attendees come to conference. And with good reason—nowhere else gives you the full product experience for so many brands.

Take in a product demo or launch, then take a CE course on what you just saw in the booth, build relationships with product and technical experts, and order samples for your office.

Chicago is one of the most sustainable, design-forward cities in the U.S., and we’re infusing the city’s spirit and culture across the expo floor.

One-on-one time & technical advice

Our industry is brimming with innovative products and materials. But architecture professionals don’t always have access to technical experts to answer their product questions—until now.

Tap into the expertise of some of the industry’s best brands, face-to-face, on the expo floor. A new feature in the A’22 app lets you schedule one-on-one meetings with exhibitors in advance of the show. Or apply during registration for a premier experience that connects buyers at firms with key suppliers who can source products for your firm.

Free materials samples

Get all the materials samples you need from the expo floor with Swatchbox, a new service that packages and ships any samples you choose—for free. Browse a dedicated gallery of samples on the expo floor or visit individual exhibitors to browse and order samples in-booth.

CE with exhibitors

Take a short course with leading building product manufacturers, right on the expo floor. 100+ courses cover topics including sustainability, wall systems, paint technology, coatings, wood innovations, and much more. These courses are extremely popular—register early to reserve your seat.

The Block Party!

Conference’s biggest party is now called The Block Party, and it’s taking over the expo floor Thursday, June 23, from 4:30–6:30pm. Visit exhibitors, parks, and themed Chicago hotspots on the floor for live entertainment, food, and drinks. Catch up with colleagues and friends you haven’t seen in two years, mingle with peers, and meet new people. The AIA community will be there to welcome you—don’t miss it.

Expo hours

Thursday, 9:30am–6:30pm
Friday, 9:30am–4pm

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