To Fill a Void

AIA Pittsburgh’s Foundation for Architecture Reemerges

By Becky Spevack Posted on April 24, 2016

“We are invested in the future of the profession,” states Sean Sheffler, AIA. At the beginning of the month, AIA Pittsburgh made a big announcement – that the long-defunct Foundation for Architecture has been reestablished. With a focused mission and enthusiastic, hand-selected Board of Directors (of which Sheffler is a member), the Foundation has hit the ground running in its efforts “to provide leadership development for architects and emerging architectural professionals.” Columns talked with the new board members – chair Daniel Rothschild, AIA, Jen Bee, AIA, and Sean Sheffler, AIA – about how the organization found its legs again, and what they hope for its future. Columns: How did the Foundation come to be reformed?  Jen Bee: For quite some...

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April @ the AIA

Learn About Resiliency at Build Pittsburgh

Spring is here – blue skies, warmer days, and Build Pittsburgh! AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference and exhibitor show is a great way to spend the day with other architects and engineers, earn continuing education credits, and catch up on trends in the industry. This year’s theme is “Bounce Forward: Design for Resiliency,” looking, in part, at the AIA’s Sustainability Initiative promoting adaptable and resilient buildings and communities. Start the day with the keynote address presented by Grant Oliphant, of The Heinz Endowments, and stay through ’til the cocktail reception. You won’t want to miss out! April 6 – PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 23: Presented by AIA Pittsburgh, AIGA Pittsburgh, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for an evening of...

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March @ the AIA

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes Build Pittsburgh. This year’s theme is “Bounce Forward: Design for Resiliency.” Programming for our annual continuing education conference will be announced this month as AIA Pittsburgh gears up for the big day on April 21st. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center next month. Until then, take a look at what’s happening in March – a chance for some Learning Units, Architects Action Day, and time to submit for PechaKucha Night. March 11 – Beginner’s Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents and Software: This day-long seminar presented by AIA National will introduce you to AIA Contract Documents and Software, helping explain the importance...

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Leaders Among Us

2 Pittsburgh Architects Elevated to Fellow

Congratulations are in order for AIA Pittsburgh’s Bill Bates and Jeff Murray, who have both been selected to be inducted into the College of Fellows and will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2016 National AIA Convention. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Bill Bates, FAIA of Eat n’ Park Hospitality Group, Inc. has been an active member in the AIA for decades, first serving a leadership role as...

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February @ the AIA

Short Month, Lots of Opportunities

The year has officially begun. The winter may not look like what we are accustomed to, but time is still marching forward, as is planning here at the AIA. With each new calendar year comes some newly elected members of the Board of Director, as well as a new chapter president. This year we welcome Michael McDonnell, AIA to that leadership role. YAF also welcomes new officers and fresh ideas moving forward. And finally, while it may feel like spring recently, Build Pittsburgh is still two months away. Be sure to save the date for Build Pittsburgh 2016 this April 21st. There are sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities still available! February 8 – ARE Review Series: Building Systems Part I February 11...

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January @ the AIA

Make 2016 the Year You Get Involved!

It’s a new year, a time to start over, a reset. How will you take advantage of this yearly opportunity? Did you make a resolution? How about to be more involved, more active, more engaged? Join one of AIA Pittsburgh’s committees or knowledge communities and make your voice heard! AIA Pittsburgh has eight active committees. Member participation – your ideas and input – is what makes this organization great.  There are also the local Knowledge Communities which help make it easy to connect with your colleagues who share your same interests. Think about whether or not the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) or the Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) communities are a good fit for you. And finally, AIA National...

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Sign Up, Make Your Name Known

AIA Pittsburgh Rolls Out Member Firm Directory

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 18, 2015

“When people begin their search for an architect, they call our office, and we direct them to our website.” So says AIA Pittsburgh executive director Anne Swager, Hon. AIA. And it is why the organization has been working ceaselessly with its Board of Directors and web developers to create a member directory worthy of its members. After years of discussion and months of hard work, AIA Pittsburgh launched a much-needed new website in 2012. It was light-years beyond its predecessor, a well-considered and well-designed landing spot for both architects and for the general public looking to learn more about the value of architectural services. But the organization knew it was still a work in progress, and that there was still...

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Lots to Celebrate

In case You Missed the Holiday Party…

At the end of each year, members of the architectural community gather together to celebrate at AIA Pittsburgh’s President’s Holiday Party, sponsored by SOTA Construction Services, Inc. This year, the party was held at the 4moms headquarters, an office downtown that was entered in the Design Pittsburgh Awards competition. Early in the evening some business was announced. Four AIA members were voted on to be part of the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors – Marc Mondor, AIA; Julie Polletta, AIA; George Rieke, AIA; and Stephen Winikoff, AIA – as well as two Associate AIA Board representatives – Ray Bowman, Assoc. AIA and Arthur Notaro, Assoc. AIA. The traditional passing of the wig took place, as 2015 president Alan Schlossberg, AIA...

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December @ the AIA

2015 is rapidly coming to a close. As you ponder how yet another year has flown by, remember to take advantage of each day left, and get involved in what the AIA has to offer. It’s time to renew your membership. Or if you’re not a member, maybe 2016 is the year to become one! Deck the halls, bake some cookies, and join us for AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Holiday Party at the offices of 4moms. It’s sure to be a merry evening! AIA Membership Campaign – It’s time to renew your membership, and if you do so by December 31st, you’ll be automatically entered to win a prize package to attend AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia. Check out the membership...

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Get On Board!

Time to Join the AIA

The American Institute of Architects is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners, and has been since 1857. The AIA serves as the voice of the profession and the resource for our members in service to society. We help support architects through advocacy, information, and providing community, both on a local, state, and national level. With over 85,000 members, perhaps it’s time for you to join, too! Join the AIA for 2016 now and get the rest of 2015 free. And, if you renew by December 31, 2015, you’ll be entered automatically to win one of three  prize packages including free registration to AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia, including hotel, airfare, and registration. Refer...

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