Educational seminars

MAPS's team of experts can teach your office new tricks. We have developed succinct seminars to bring architecture and development firms up to speed on the latest rules and requirements. We cover current development topics such as Chicago zoning, Opportunity Zones, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), accessibility, and the Chicago Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO). 

We can host the seminar as a brown bag lunch, catered lunch, or as an evening event.


Updated Chicago building code

MAPS has an hour long presentation that explains some of the changes in the updated Chicago building code as they apply to projects at different scales. It also includes a Code Analysis Guide that teaches how to navigate the updated Chicago building code and conduct a code analysis for any project that’s necessary to be able to fill out a code matrix.

Sign up directly on our calendar below. If you don’t see a date or time you like, please reach out and we can discuss alternatives.

NOTE: We are presenting our seminar to individuals and people who work at small firms (9 or fewer people) on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 10 AM at the Civic Opera Building. Register and pay instantly. This seminar includes 1 hour of AIA continuing education credit.

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Opportunity Zones

Get your development, architecture, or planning team up to speed on this exciting federal legislation that could ignite development in distressed or disinvested areas. Opportunity Zones is a federal tax incentive that gives a tax break to investors who invest certain profits on improving property in designated Census tracts.

MAPS has a comprehensive presentation and discussion for teams large and small with an accompanying handout.

Additionally, through MAPS’s pre-development services, we can work with your specific criteria to find eligible land and properties that can also be combined with additional local incentives. Inquire for pricing

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Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO)

Chicago's Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) is a rule adopted in 2007 to use the resources of the private property development community to generate more affordable housing construction. It was revised substantially in 2015 to change the fees assessed to those who opt out of the requirements, and to require a minimum number of dwelling units to be built on the development site. In 2017, the City Council adopted three "Pilot Areas" that further increase the amount of affordable housing that will be generated in parts of the city that have rapidly increasing housing costs.

Our ARO seminar will cover the basic rules, exceptions, opting out, Pilot Areas, tenant eligibility, and how this intersects with the permit process.


MAPS reviews the accessibility components of dozens of new construction projects annually. We're at the forefront of accessibility reviews with the City of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) and stays current on code changes in the three codes that MOPD administers to ensure that buildings in Chicago are accessible. Those codes are the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the International Building Code, and the Chicago Building Code.

Our Accessibility seminar will review the latest updates to the three codes, the accessibility requirements for residential buildings, and MOPD's review process.

Custom seminar

MAPS can also design a custom instructional seminar related to many urban planning, zoning, code consulting, building permit, and property development topics.