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Bill Baxley, AIA

Meet the 2016 Design Pgh Jury Chair

By Posted on October 19, 2016

baxley-faceName: Bill Baxley, AIA
Firm: Leo A Daly
Family: Wife – Laura; 2 children – Sam and Amelia
Years in practice: 28
Education: Syracuse University
Your first job: A Paper Route in Orangeburg, SC
Project you’re proudest of: Two Popes Film – A three-room office production space in a former bottling building…. shoestring budget + demanding client = amazing space.
What have you always wanted to tell your clients? ‘Trust me.”
What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Wear black.
Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Paper Mate Flair pen, medium black.
Favorite building: Salk Institute
Favorite outdoor space: High Line
Architect you’d like to have a drink with: Buckminster Fuller
Best gift to give an architect: More time.
If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you have been? Geologist
If you could live anywhere in the world, where? Copenhagen
What’s on your iPod/Pandora/Spotify? James Brown, Gregorian Chants, Beastie Boys
The secret to my success: Thick skin.
Advice to young architects: Question everything.
Architectural quote to practice by: ‘Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.’ –K. Gibran

Hear more from Bill Baxley, AIA at the Design Awards Ceremony on October 27th as he comments on the award-winning projects for Design Pittsburgh 2016.

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