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4th Annual ACSA/AIA Housing & Community Development Workshop

March 27 - March 28


Avenues of Exchange: Professionals, Researchers, and Communities Building the Equitable City

Wednesday, March 27 – Thursday, March 28, 2019 (includes lunch)

A program of ACSA and the AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community, presented in partnership with AIA Pittsburgh, ULI Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Join us for the 4th annual ACSA/AIA interactive workshop expanding exchanges between housing and community development educators and practitioners. Presenters and participants will share examples of successful projects, programs, and resources in Pittsburgh and across the country, opening the conversation up to new collaborations between academics, communities, and practitioners. This workshop is ideal for architects and educators passionate about housing and community development and looking to join a national community of peers.

Today Pittsburgh, like many cities across America, is attracting new investment while confronting growing concerns about equitable development, especially in historically disadvantaged and rapidly changing neighborhoods. As students demonstrate renewed interest in political engagement and social impact design, how can housing and community development education and practice best contribute to collective dialogue and action?

The event will take place over two days with an evening lecture and reception on March 27 and a half-day workshop on March 28 including a local project tour and panel discussion that will consider models of best practices in housing and community development. Participants will get out and see what is happening in Pittsburgh neighborhoods and meet with people who are involved in key design and development initiatives.

Earn up to 6.5 CEUs with the opportunity for HSW credit.


AIA Pittsburgh, 925 Liberty Ave Suite 700


6:00-7:30 pm

Welcome Lecture: A Tale of Two Cities

Introductions: Ceara O’Leary, AIA, AIA National Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community & Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA, Bruner Foundation

William Bates, FAIA, American Institute of Architects, moderator                 Christine Mondor, AIA, evolve EA, Carnegie Mellon University, City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission

Ted Landsmark, PhD, Northeastern University; Boston Planning and Development Authority

Moderated by AIA National President William Bates, this conversation will explore the opportunities and challenges of working at the intersection of education and practice in changing cities like Pittsburgh and Boston. What can we learn from housing and community engaged design work from earlier eras while developing authentic and impactful ways to employ architecture toward greater social, economic, and racial equity?

7:30-9:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres; open to all


Meet in the Westin Pittsburgh Lobby


8:30-11:30 am

Insider’s Tour: Local Housing and Community Development Projects

Workshop participants will tour housing and development sites in East Liberty and Larimer. Led by community representatives, architects, and developers with inside knowledge of the projects and the stories behind them, the tour will include for-profit, non-profit, and community-led planning and development projects. Participants will learn about the ongoing evolution of Pittsburgh’s East End including past, present, and future initiatives.

Tour leaders:
Malik Bankston, Kingsley  Association

Jonathan Kline, Carnegie Mellon University; Studio for Spatial Practice

Skip Schwab, East Liberty Development Inc

Valentina Vavasis, Carnegie Mellon University; Valentina Vavasis Consulting

The tour will be a short public transit ride from the Westin Pittsburgh and will include significant walking. Those with mobility issues are asked to please contact the ACSA staff in advance.

Register HERE


AIA Pittsburgh Office
925 Liberty Avenue, Suite 700
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
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