2022 Annual Conference: Attend Online

photo by James Caulfield

This page provides information about the online conference experience, which is currently in development and not yet open for registration.
For details about attending in person, click here.
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The Progressive City is the Conservancy’s third Chicago conference, the first there in fifteen years. Chicago around 1900 was a laboratory of progressive reforms addressing widespread social inequality, public health crises, and lack of access to education, nature and affordable housing. Morning education sessions will focus on the efforts of Wright, his peers and collaborators to improve the city through innovations in architecture, urban planning, parks, public health, education, social services, and housing. We will revisit must-see favorites from our past tours including Unity Temple and the Frederick C. Robie House (both a part of The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage inscription and restored since our last visit), as well as the Bradley House, The Rookery, Wright’s Oak Park Home & Studio, Emil Bach House, and more. We will also have the opportunity to visit homes never before toured during in-person Conservancy events: the Jessie and William Adams House, Foster House, Baker House, Kathryn and Lloyd Lewis House, and others. Evening events will provide fellowship, support the Conservancy’s mission, and celebrate the recipients of the 2022 Wright Spirit Awards. The Conservancy’s Annual Meeting will take place on the morning of Thursday, October 20. We hope you will join us in Chicago – or online!

2022 Conference Co-Chairs
Kelly Jones, FLWBC Board
Carmen Korleski, TAWANI Hospitality/Emil Bach House
Heidi Ruehle, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Online Conference Agenda

The online conference experience is currently under active development and all details are subject to change. All times are Central Daylight Time.  A more detailed agenda, along with links to access live video streams and recordings of events that have concluded, will be available in the online Event Hub. Registrants will receive an email providing access to the Event Hub before the conference begins.

Monday, October 17

Silent auction bidding opens online

Thursday, October 20

8:30 a.m. Conservancy Annual Meeting
9 a.m. Education Sessions

Friday, October 21

9 a.m. Education Sessions
6:30 p.m. Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner (livestreamed program will begin after this time)

Saturday, October 22

9 a.m. Education Sessions
7 p.m. Gala and Wright Spirit Awards (livestreamed program will begin after this time)
10 p.m. Silent auction bidding closes online

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Final day to stream event recordings

Education Session Speakers

Education sessions will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings beginning at 9 a.m. Online attendees will be able to livestream these sessions and ask questions via chat, which may be asked to the presenters when time permits. Detailed schedules will be announced soon, but the following presentations are confirmed:

  • Frederick and Grace Bagley: Progressive and Influential Early Clients
    Julia Bachrach & Jean Follett, Independent Historic Preservation Consultants
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Francisco Terrace as Model for Urban Living
    Gregory Brewer, Independent Researcher
  • Casting Their Lots with the Wage-Earners: The Development of Social Science at Hull- House in the 1890s
    Kit Ginzky, PhD Student, Department of History and Crown Family School of Social Work, University of Chicago
  • Mapping Chicago: social science, social change, and the progressive city
    Jennifer Gray, Director of the Taliesin Institute, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • The Architecture of Progressive Education: Building Transformative Social Change
    Kris Hartzell, Director of Facilities, Visitor Services, and Collections, Evanston History Center
  • A progressive interpretation of a progressive building: the Abraham Lincoln Center
    Ayad Rahmani, Professor of Architecture, Washington State University
  • TO WAKE LEVIATHAN – On Public Health and Chicago’s Park Systems 1840-1940
    Matthew Skjonsberg, Associate Director, Future Cities Laboratory, ETHZ-FCL Global
  • Preservation Session
    Paul Harding, architect and owner, Davenport House
    Tom Bassett-Dilley, architect, Balch House
    Carol Yetken, landscape architect, numerous Wright properties

Register to Attend Online

Online General Registration

Online attendees will be able to livestream the events list above as they occur, and watch recordings of the events for three months after the event.  If you require assistance registering or have any questions, please email or call 312.663.5500.

AIA credit will be sought for multiple conference programs. We anticipate that online attendees will be able to receive credit for attending education sessions and certain other events. Additional details and instructions will be available to registrants in the Event Hub once credit has been approved. Please note that, in order to receive credit, it will be necessary to livestream sessions; viewing recorded sessions after they take place will not confer credit.

Online registration rates and the link to register will become available here in late summer 2022. Conservancy members and the staff and volunteers of Wright public sites will receive discounted rates for online registration.

Silent Auction

The Conservancy’s most popular annual fundraiser will take place online in conjunction with the conference. Bidding will open on Monday, October 17 and close on Saturday, October 22 after the gala. The auction offers rare Wright memorabilia, artwork, collectibles, experiences at Wright sites, books, and more. All proceeds support our mission of preserving Wright’s remaining structures. The silent auction is open to everyone; registration for the conference is not required.

Learn more about the silent auction

Conference Sponsors

The Conservancy is grateful for the support of our conference sponsors. Interested in becoming a conference sponsor? Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits.

Presenting Partner

TAWANI Hospitality

Major Partners

Kelly Jones
Ron and Jan Scherubel

Conference Partners

Chuck and Kit Henderson
Lukas Ruecker and Safina Uberoi
Blossoms and Turkel House

Blossoms & Turkel House

SC Johnson




Berglund Construction
CYLA Design Associates, Inc. Landscape Architecture & Planning
Eifler & Associates Architects
Tim Gibson representing Rotary District #6540
WJE Engineers, Architects & Materials Specialists


Architectural Resources Group
Harding Partners, Architects
George Meyer
Janet Parks
Mary and Tom Roberts
Sassetti, Accountants

Special Thanks

J. Charles
Doug McGoldrick Photography
The Rookery