VIEW the 2016 Online Exhibit



Welcome to AIA Pittsburgh’s online exhibit, featuring all of the 2016 Design Award Competition entries. View all of the projects in the ten submission categories!  Vote for the People’s Choice Award in person at the exhibition opening on September 23rd and during all Design Pittsburgh events leading up to the Award Ceremony. Online voting will open on Monday, September 26th and end on Thursday, October 20th. The 2016 People’s Choice Award, brought to you by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., will be announced during the Design Awards Ceremony on October 27th.



 timthumbArchitectural Detail + Craftsmanship

The Architectural Detail + Craftsmanship Award category honors the creation, execution, and craftsmanship of outstanding construction details and fixtures – ones that stand-alone or that reinforce an overall building concept in an exceptional way. The project completion date cannot be more than five years old.



The Architecture Award category is for built projects. The project completion date cannot be more than five years old.




timthumb-2Design + Innovation

The Design + Innovation Award category is for the wide range of work represented by innovative design elements in unbuilt, theoretical, research, and allied design projects. This is an open category to recognize unique, remarkable design and innovative work in the field of architecture or related fields of practice. Members of AIA Pittsburgh, and members of AIAS are eligible to enter this category.


timthumb-3Engineering + Science

The Engineering + Science Award category recognizes innovative uses of building, site, campus, community and regional engineering to advance the design field, approach to systems and infrastructure integration and demonstrate use of engineering science to solve complex problems. Projects must be completed within the last 5 years, and may involve new construction, adaptive reuse, renovation, preservation, infrastructure and regional systems.


timthumb-4Excellence in Sustainable Design

Sustainability envisions the enduring prosperity of all living things while sustainable design seeks to create communities, buildings, and products that contribute to this vision. This award recognizes built projects that have successfully integrated sustainable building strategies and practices into the design. The project completion date cannot be more than five years old.


timthumb-5Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Award category is for built projects, which include historic restoration, historic rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse. The project completion date cannot be more than five years old.




Interior Architecture

The Interior Architecture Award category is for completed building interiors. The projects may be large or small in scope and may involve new construction, adaptive reuse, renovation, or preservation/renovation. The project completion date cannot be more than five years old.


timthumb-7Regional + Urban Design

The Regional + Urban Design Award category is for regional and urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, environmental programs, and redevelopment projects. Since many urban design projects are never “completed” in the traditional sense, “incomplete” projects or ongoing programs may be recognized if a significant portion has been completed, implemented, or adopted by a local jurisdiction. The projects may be large or small in scope and do not need to be built, but they must be economically and socially realistic. The awards seek to identify projects and programs that involve public participation and contribute to the quality of the urban environment.


timthumb-8Timeless Architecture

The Timeless Architecture Award category is for built projects that are at least twenty-five years old. Projects must have been originally designed by a member of AIA Pittsburgh and must be submitted by a current AIA Pittsburgh member.



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Vision PGH 2050 | Design for a resilient future.
What should Pittsburgh look like in the year 2050? Pittsburgh isn’t just growing again; it’s thriving. It’s a center of technology, innovation, culture, medicine and education, and has been recognized for its environmental stewardship and sustainable design practices. However, it is not a city without its challenges.

In 2014, Pittsburgh was selected as a member of the 100 Resilient Cities. Instituted by Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) whose purpose is to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Through this process air quality issues, inequality, public health challenges, flash floods, infrastructure failure, and extreme weather were identified as the chronic stresses and acute shocks that challenge and threaten our city. Pittsburgh has come a long way since the days of the booming steel industry that created environmental pollution, but it still has work to do in an effort to go beyond sustainable to become a truly resilient city where all residents can thrive. What creative design solutions would it take to get us there?