Call for Nominations: AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors

Nominations due Friday, September 28th, 5:oopm.

The AIA Pittsburgh Governance Committee is compiling a list of nominated and solicited names for the following positions for the 2019 AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors. (2 or 3) Directors (3-year term, renewable once for a total of 6 years max; serving 2019-2021) (1) Associate AIA (1-year term, renewable once for a total of two years max, serving 2019) If you are an AIA member in good standing interested in being considered for one of the open positions, please submit: your resume and in 100 words of less tell us why you want to be on the board, by 5:00pm September 28th  to Jeffrey Murray, FAIA, Chairman of the Governance Committee: The Governance Committee will review nominees for skills and experience the Board...

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In Memoriam: Mack V. Godfrey, Jr.

Godfrey Was Instrumental in Creating the People's Choice Award

Longtime AIA Pittsburgh supporter Mack Godfrey passed away this past Sunday, September 9th. During his long tenure at Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, and beyond, Godfrey, understanding the importance and impact of good design on the region was a champion of AIA Pittsburgh’s mission. Godfrey served as a professional affiliate board member of AIA Pittsburgh for close to a decade and was a good friend to so many in the AIA Pittsburgh community. Former AIA Pittsburgh board member and principal at Strada Ed Shriver, AIA remembers his friend Mack: “I first met Mack while on the board of AIA Pittsburgh. We came on about the same time, somewhat unsure about our roles. At least I was unsure. Mack already knew what he wanted...

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September @ the AIA

See What's New This Month

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 31, 2018

September: back-to-school and the promise of cooler temps in the air.  Many young architects are just starting out their studies (read about 2018 AIA/YAF Liaison for AIAS at CMU Chitika Vasudeva right here).  

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In Memoriam: Jon C. Jackson, FAIA

Retired Principal Jon Jackson Has Died

Jon C. Jackson, FAIA, retired principal of national architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), passed away on August 17, 2018. A Pittsburgh area native, Jon was a highly-respected figure in both the Western Pennsylvania and national design communities, and his life’s work was a major influence in BCJ’s rise to national and international prominence. Much of Jon’s career was devoted to the realization of large, technically complex projects. He was especially skilled in designing academic spaces and laboratories for scientific advancement, often noted for their vivid architectural expressions. His career also paralleled the emergence of computer science as a distinct discipline, and his work helped to define the interactive workplace that serves as a model for today’s innovative technology companies. Jon’s...

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Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral RFQ

Administration/Education Building Renovation and Addition

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 16, 2018

Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral (SGAOC) invites submission of a Statement of Qualifications to provide construction design services. The SGAOC, located in the City of Pittsburgh 4th Ward, invites the submittal of responses to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firm(s) interested in providing architectural services in connection with the design of an addition and renovation for new administrative offices, church school classrooms, conference room, and a tiered presentation room. Additional multi-purpose space shall be included. A walkthrough of the facility will be August 31, 2018. RFQ due no later then Friday, September 28, 2018. Download the full RFQ – RFQ For SGAOC

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Meet AIA Pittsburgh’s New Membership Marketing & Communications Associate

Marissa Dello Russo Joins the Team

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 15, 2018

Dello Russo has worked in general contracting and at the National Aviary and Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania Marissa Dello Russo is AIA Pittsburgh’s new Membership Marketing & Communications Associate. Dello Russo earned a degree in Communication/ PR from Slippery Rock University and brings a wealth of communications and membership experience to her new role from her previous position at the Girl Scouts and National Aviary.  Additionally, experience as an assistant project manager for her family’s general contracting company in Riverhead, NY makes her a natural fit to step into this position at AIA Pittsburgh. “I am excited to learn and grow with the AIA and participate in the large-scale events that go on each year,” says Dello Russo who is also looking...

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Dispatch from AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 3, 2018

Quintin Kittle, AIA, Emily Dritz, Michelle Fanzo, Mike Gwin, AIA, and Ken Doyno, AIA enjoying some downtime at A’18. in New York City. This past June, architects from all over the world gathered in New York City for A’18, AIA’s Conference on Architecture.  Local members in attendance remarked that New York City was the perfect place to set the stage for this year’s theme: Blueprint for Better Cities. AIA Pittsburgh President Mike Gwin, AIA had the unique experience this year in that he attended a lot of conversations with architects running for office at AIA National (see the winners here) and through those candidate conversations what became clear were several main themes and elevated priorities for the AIA: Relevancy: How...

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Top 10 Factors Influencing the Built Environment Today

By Ashley Nowicki, AIA Pittsburgh Intern Posted on August 2, 2018

Click here or on the image above to view the video of Kermit Baker’s presentation This week AIA chief economist, Kermit Baker, released his Top 10 factors influencing the built environment and discussed the impact they will have on business. Following is a summary of his findings, while the above video provides a deeper dive into his thinking. Top 5 Challenges for the A/ E/ C community 1. Labor force: Few women and young people (under 35) are attracted to the construction labor force, 3.1% and 33.2% respectively. Immigrants, however, are attracted to the work, but half of the immigrant workforce in construction is undocumented and are vulnerable to deportation. 2. Construction costs: Costs are rising faster than inflation. Overall...

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August @ the AIA

See What's New This Month

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on July 31, 2018

It’s that time of year – if you’ve been around here for any length of time you know that the deadline to submit for Design Pittsburgh 2018 is coming up on August 24th, but we MUST receive your Submission Request Form by August 17th.  And then, of course, be sure to save-the-date of October 25th for the Design Pittsburgh 2018 Awards Ceremony and Gala at Nova Place.

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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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