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Living By Example

The timeless influence of Chatham Village

By Becky Spevack Posted on June 5, 2012

2011 was an exciting year for Chatham Village, the residential community in Mt. Washington recognized as a thriving example of the garden city planning movement.  First, the Village was brought back into the limelight with the publication of Chatham Village: Pittsburgh’s Garden City.  Penned by the city’s own Angelique Bamberg, an expert in city planning and historic preservation, this book provides an in-depth look at the history, development, and socioeconomic impact Chatham Village has had both on the region and on the profession of urban planning.  Then Chatham Village, and the architects who designed it, were honored with AIA Pittsburgh’s Timeless Award, an award created to recognize architectural design of enduring significance, conferred on projects that have withstood the test...

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Dossier: Nick Doichev, AIA

Meet a member of the Board of Directors

Name: Nick Doichev, AIA Firm: DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design, Principal Family: Single; Daughters: Maya (10), Nora (7) Years in practice: 17 Education: Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech Your first job: Philadelphia, Kitchen & Associates Architectural Services Project you’re proudest of: On the boards: Energy Innovation Center (Former Connelley Trade School), Pittsburgh, PA; Completed: Yuma Arts Center, Yuma, AZ Most embarrassing moment: January 2010…I could not get out of bed the morning after I was laid off. What’s the best part of your job? I get many chances to work with people to create space. What would you change about your job? Working for a minimum or no fee. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Good architecture...

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Hand Crafted

Exploring the man behind the monster

By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP Posted on May 11, 2012

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is a rags to riches story with a twist. The protagonist, Kevin Clash, finds fame not through sports or music, as so many heroes in these stories tend to do, but through a much less mainstream manner; all his life, Kevin Clash wanted only to be a puppeteer. In chronicling Clash’s journey from church entertainer to local television personality, all the way to Sesame Street, the film is as much a story about ambition as it is about personal discovery… that even those of us that seem to know exactly what we are destined to become, and work steadfastly in pursuit of that goal, can still be transformed by the process. Clash is portrayed as...

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DOSSIER: Scott Simpson, FAIA, LEED AP

A glance at Build Pittsburgh's keynote speaker

A brief intro… You may remember a recurring feature of Columns during the 1990s entitled “Dossier”, in which a different member architect was highlighted in each issue. They answered questions to give insight into who they were, both professionally and personally.  Well, it has been 15 years, and we have decided it is time to bring it back, featuring updated questions for the world we live in today.  A lot has changed in those 15 years but one constant is that AIA Pittsburgh exists because of, and for, its members, and the larger architectural community that the membership represents.   Here is a peak into the minds of architects. We begin the resurrection of the Dossier with a look at...

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Maya Lin: Intimate Landscape

Land, water, and bringing the outdoors in

By Kathryn Walsh, Assoc. AIA Posted on February 28, 2012

Architects and designers of Pittsburgh are all too familiar with the post-industrial landscape, weaving design through landscape and infrastructure. It is with Maya Lin‘s new exhibit at the Heinz Architectural Center of the Carnegie Museum of Art that we are given an opportunity to escape the built world and strip down to the intimacy of the land. In her new piece specifically made for Pittsburgh, “Pin River — Ohio (Allegheny and Monogahela),” individual custom-made pins are strategically tapped into a white gallery wall to honor the three rivers that merge at Pittsburgh.  Parts to the whole, we are presented with the impact of Pittsburgh’s connection to the larger geographic network. Having had a large influence on my academic days at...

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Developing Community

The impact of local CDCs on the neighborhoods where we live

By Virginia Shields Posted on February 27, 2012

It starts with a meeting, a seed of concern that grows into a dialog, rooted in the heart of a city. Size, demographics, and location differ at every meeting, but the topic is always the same: how can we make our community safer, more diverse, more livable, and more prosperous? The discussion morphs into analysis. Residents, public officials, police, and community leaders all lend a voice or a concern to address the issues. Market and city data is scoured and absorbed. A plan of action is made and a community development corporation is born. Reinventing East Liberty Pittsburgh is no stranger to Community Development Corporations (CDCs), as the city has been subject to many serious revitalization efforts since its decline...

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Design Pittsburgh 2011

See the winners of our juried competition

By The AIA Posted on January 27, 2012

How it Works Each year, AIA Pittsburgh hosts the Design Awards – a juried design competition open to AIA members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh, or any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 10 county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh. All projects must have at least one AIA Pittsburgh architect on the project team. All submissions for the AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards Competition can only be submitted by an AIA Pittsburgh architect. The mission of the awards is to recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation, and achievement in the craft of architecture. Last year AIA Pittsburgh revamped the Design Award submission categories, introducing three...

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