May @ the AIA

April was a busy month here at AIA Pittsburgh. While May is a little calmer, don’t be fooled – there are plenty of events in the works!  Looking to get involved? How about a social outing? YAF is hosting their annual Pirates tailgate this month. Or possibly you’re heading down to Georgia for the AIA Conventional in Atlanta?  Enjoy the warmer weather and longer days and check back often for new opportunities.  AIA + Academy Knowledge Community – The AIA has launched a new Knowledge Community, AIA + Academy, for academics, researchers, and practitioners to encourage collaboration and professional responsibility, promote practice research, and explore changes to architectural education. Sound like the right fit for you? Join today! May 8...

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April @ the AIA

Spring is here, and so is 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. Start the day with the keynote address, “Getting Back on Your Horse: The Evolving Professional Practice”, presented by Peter Kuttner, FAIA, Cambridge Seven Associates, and stay through ’til the cocktail reception. You won’t want to miss out! Volunteers Needed – Interested AIA members are encouraged to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, May 14-16. Members who commit to at least four (4) time slots will receive full complementary registration to the Convention....

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Our Loss of Paula

In Remembrance of Paula Maynes, AIA

By Greg Maynes, AIA Posted on March 12, 2015

It is with great sadness that I write to you about the untimely death of my business partner and friend, Paula Maynes, AIA, who unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday night from a brain aneurism. She was just 54 years old. Each of us who had the honor of knowing Paula appreciated what a remarkable woman she was. Our relationship was evidence of that. We married after meeting at Carnegie Mellon University, had our son, then started an architecture firm so Paula could be a stay-at-home mom. Even though we divorced and married other spouses, we continued to manage a thriving architectural firm and maintain a lasting personal relationship throughout our lifetime. As a woman architect in Pittsburgh, Paula was peerless....

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March @ the AIA

Well, the month is certainly “in like a lion”. Will it be out like a lamb? Only time can tell. While you’re wishing for those first warm days, why not consider pulling on your snow boots and coming out to an AIA event? There’s a YAF Building Tour and the next COTE Intensive. Or stay in where you know it’s warm, and work on a submission for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh, taking place in April at the Carnegie Museum of Art.  #ilookup – Join the March SketchUp by sharing your architecture #doodles and #sketches using #ilookup. March 9 – Submissions due for the AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards. March 12 – Building Tour: Global Headquarters of Industrial Scientific – Join YAF for a building tour of...

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Georgia On My Mind

Pittsburgh Architect Gets Ready for AIA Convention

While it is still a few months away, most of the planning for AIA Convention has already happened, including the schedule of workshops, seminars, and events. Speakers have been lined up, and among those is one of AIA Pittsburgh’s own who will be traveling down to Atlanta this May to lend their voice and expertise. Nicole Graycar, AIA, of IDC Architects | CH2M Hill, will be part of the team to present “Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!” An invited guest at last year’s AIA Emerging Professionals Summit, and Vice Chair of YAF, Graycar’s engagement in both the profession and the community makes her a great choice for this workshop. “Equity by Design” will look at how to advance the...

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February @ the AIA

Yes, it’s cold. Yes, it’s snowy. Don’t let that keep you from getting out and getting involved! Join AIA Pittsburgh for the first COTE Intensive – “The Business Case for High Performance Design” – or think about getting involved on a national level with an opportunity such as volunteering at AIA Convention. AIA Convention 2015 – Call for Volunteers:Interested AIA members are encouraged to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, May 14-16. Members who commit to at least four (4) time slots will receive full complementary registration to the Convention. Sign up here. February 10 – ARE Review Session – Building Systems, Part I  February 12 – COTE Intensive: “The Business Case for High...

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What do you see when you look up?

AIA National Introduces Campaign to Inspire the Public

As an architect, walking down a city street is likely a very engaging activity. You are surrounded by buildings, by someone else’s designs, by materials and techniques, angles and choices. Would you have created a similar streetscape? What do you think of a given skyline? The built world is all around us, and you are uniquely aware of it. But what does your spouse see walking down the street, or your child? How would your neighbors or friends view that house or skyscraper or building complex? What do they see when they look up? The AIA has launched a national public awareness campaign asking just that. The “Look Up” campaign has been developed to reach out to communities everywhere, helping...

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Fourteen Strong

Pittsburgh Welcomes Newly Registered Architects

At the end of each year, AIA Pittsburgh brings together members of the architectural community to celebrate the holidays, welcome the incoming Chapter president, and congratulate the young professionals who have successfully completed the A.R.E. to become registered architects. This year, the President’s Holiday Party was held at the award-winning office of NEXT Architecture and sponsored by SOTA Construction Services, Inc. 2014 president Jen Bee, AIA ‘crowned’ 2015 president Alan Schlossberg, AIA with the ceremonial passing of the wig. Additionally, two awards were presented. First, the AIA Pittsburgh President’s Award – given to someone who personifies the ‘citizen architect’ – was presented to Katie Walsh, AIA, who continuously gives back within her firm and community. She was the 2014 chair...

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January @ the AIA

Start the new year by becoming more active with AIA Pittsburgh!

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 and make your voice heard! Or think about attending Convention and become involved on a national level. AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal! January 15 – YAF Steering Committee Meeting January 16 – 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards submission deadline. The AIA and American Library Association have created this award to distinguish accomplishments in library architecture. January 20 – ARE Review Session: Structural Systems January 26 – AIA COTE Top Ten submission deadline. The AIA...

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December @ the AIA

2014 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 2015 is the year to become one! Deck the halls, bake some cookies, and join us for AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Holiday Party at the award-winning offices of NEXT architecture. It’s sure to be a merry evening! Calling all newly registered architects! Congratulations! Becoming an RA is no small feat, and you deserve some recognition for it! The Young Architects Forum (YAF) would like to recognize your achievement at AIA Pittsburgh’s upcoming President’s Holiday Party...

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