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Last Minute Gifts for the Architect in Your Life

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 20, 2018


iPhone/Pad holder with planter by STAK ceramics (based in Homewood)

Whether you need to buy a last minute gift for the architect in your life, or just want some fresh gift ideas for friends and family, Columns has compiled some great choices here with a little help from the AIA membership.  Take a look, and we’d love to hear your own suggestions in the comments.  All photos from product websites.

Knotzland Bow Ties: The architect in a bow-tie may be a stereotype but there is nothing typical about these colorful bow ties from Knotzland.  Locally made in Homewood.


STAK ceramics: iPhone/Pad holder with planter by STAK ceramics (also based in Homewood).  Looking for a way to get your succulents closer to your most-used device?  These hand-crafted ceramics do just that, with bonus points for appealing to the “archi-chef” in your life, some models hold wooden spoons instead of plants.

Kerf Case:  These wooden phone cases are designed by a former architect and bring a great natural touch to your technology.


HackPGH: Ever hear the adage that experiences can be better gifts than “things?”  A subscription to HackPGH to access to CNC machines, 3d printers and much more, might be just the thing for someone who is super hands-on.  Located in Uptown.

Hanover Design: Concrete jewels made locally that can look elegant or rustic.

Browsing Options

Here are two local concept stores where you can view a carefully curated selection of well-designed products.

Lawrenceville: Small Mall is a local arts marketplace and concept store located at 5300 Butler Street and run by Casey Droege Cultural Productions.

Downtown: PG&H is Pittsburgh’s newest concept store located at 536 Smithfield Street and featuring products from Monmade’s producers.

Online Resources

Here are some online choices for gifts as well as a gift guide from The Architects Newspaper with more inspiration.


Hestia Bottle Opener or Corkscrew from Forage Modern Workshop.

Urbanistic jewelry from AMINIMAL 

Shapeways is an online shop of 3d printed… everything! You can also submit your own stuff and get it printed.

Urban Map glass tumblers from Uncommon Goods.

Moleskine planners.

Wooden dice penholder on Etsy.

The Architects Newspaper: “Last minute holiday shopping? Here’s what to get an architect”

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