In Memoriam: Mihai ‘Mike’ Marcu, AIA

Former President and Owner of IKM Incorporated

IKM Incorporated is saddened to announce the passing of former president and owner Mihai ‘Mike’ Marcu, AIA.  Mr. Marcu died June 28 in Naples, FL. Mr. Marcu’s legacy as a prominent Pittsburgh architect can be seen in his designs for the entrance to Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about Mr. Marcu’s life and legacy read his full obituary featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., in Pittsburgh. Contributions in Mr. Marcu’s name can be made to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh 15213, or to...

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July @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on July 2, 2018

Can you believe it’s July?  This month offers some nice opportunities to beat the heat and stay connected.  Also, be sure to save-the-date of October 25th for the Design Pittsburgh 2018 Awards Ceremony and Gala at Nova Place.  Look for the new Awards Criteria to be posted shortly.

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Meet AIA Pittsburgh’s New Manager, Programming and Development

Kira Kellner Joins the Team

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 20, 2018

Kellner has worked in the nonprofit field her entire career, most notably spending 10 years at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and five years with the American Diabetes Association. Kira Kellner is AIA Pittsburgh’s new Manager, Programming and Development, replacing Rachael Kelley who left in April to become the executive director of the Housing Innovation Alliance. Kellner brings a wealth of fundraising and event planning experience for other notable nonprofits making her a natural fit to step into this highly demanding role at AIA Pittsburgh. In her spare time, Kellner serves as the race director of the Brentwood Firecracker 5k, one of the largest 5k races in Western Pennsylvania, which takes place on the 4th of July in Brentwood, PA. In...

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AIA PA Presents the Art of Influence: Advocacy 101

AIA Pittsburgh Members, Engineers, and Contractors Learn About Being Advocates for Architecture

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 19, 2018

On June 14th and 15th, AIA Pittsburgh hosted AIA PA President Scott Compton, AIA, and AIA PA Executive Director Stephen Swarney for two days of advocacy events. Compton and Swarney brought their Harrisburg expertise to Pittsburgh to provide a training on how to be an advocate to AIA Pittsburgh architects as well as contractors and engineers and other members of the design/build community.   Following the Advocacy 101 event and happy hour, a Roundtable breakfast was held the next day where updates were provided on current legislation AIA PA has sponsored. Read more about AIA Pittsburgh advocacy in this coverage of AIA Pittsburgh’s participation in AIA PA’s Architects Action Day and this legislative update from the Construction Legislative Council on PAS Infrastructure.

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June @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 1, 2018

Got Advocacy?  This month affords several opportunities to learn more about how the AIA advocates for you AND how to get more involved.  AIA Pittsburgh is hosting AIA PA President Scott Compton, AIA and AIA PA Executive Director Stephen Swarney for two days of events.  You can also see AIA Pittsburgh by the numbers as our 2017 AIA PGH Annual Report has just been released.  And finally, be sure to save-the-date of October 25th for the Design Pittsburgh Awards Ceremony and Gala.  More details coming soon.

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May @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on May 1, 2018

Two opportunities right at the start of the month for continuing education credits, including a building tour of Morningside Crossings, a Passive House in a Large-Scale Retrofit as a follow-up to Build Pittsburgh 2018.  Look for more tours in the coming months.  It’s FINALLY warm enough to be getting back outside.  Look for walking tours and other fun programs to experience the city in the Events section.

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Sexual Harassment Violates AIA’s Code of Ethics

AIA National Responds to Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Richard Meier

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on March 15, 2018

AIA National President Carl Elefante, FAIA recently issued a statement in response to the The New York Times article regarding allegations of sexual harassment by architect Richard Meier.  Mr. Elefante said that AIA National was “deeply troubled by the allegations in The New York Times today, and believe that sexual harassment—in any form and in any workplace—should not be tolerated and must be addressed swiftly and forcefully.” Elefante noted that sexual harassment is against the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that all members agree to abide by, and pointed to the AIA National Sexual Harassment policy as a resource.  “Several years ago, AIA embarked on a multiyear process to understand and address the equity and diversity issues in our profession....

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March @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 28, 2018

March is full of new and unique opportunities and events.  AIA Pittsburgh is hosting a design charette for Western State Penitentiary.  Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 29 is March 8.  And AIA PA COTE is a new statewide Committee on the Environment.

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Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering (MSSE)

University of Pittsburgh Launches New Program

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 13, 2018

Answering a demand for professional programs that help students find sustainable solutions to regional and global engineering issues, the University of Pittsburgh launched a new Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering (MSSE) program. The major and professional degree will utilize a systems-based approach to help students identify and address complex environmental and socioeconomic problems. Housed within the University’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) with the degree granted from the Swanson School of Engineering, the 30-credit MSSE integrates with nine current masters’ degree programs in engineering, and provides students the opportunity to complete two M.S. degree programs with a limited time increase. The MSSE curriculum combines an engineering technical formation with the study of sustainability from multiple perspectives such as business, policy...

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February @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 1, 2018

Did January feel like it lasted about 62 days for anyone else?  Snow, snow days, bitter cold, the flu.  Well, if January was all about hibernation, February’s events are sure to get you out of your office.  There are some great opportunities to hear inspiring speakers, and then, your chance to STEP into the sun and take some solar training for design professionals.  Also, in case you didn’t know, if you want to plan your own event, the AIA Pittsburgh offices are now available for rent (and not just in February, this is ongoing).

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