2019 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

Celebrating New RAs & Welcoming the 2020 Board of Directors

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 6, 2019

Attendees at the 2019 AIA Pittsburgh Annual Meeting and Holiday Party congratulated the 14 young professionals who have successfully completed the A.R.E. and AXP hours to become registered architects in 2019.

At the end of each year, members of the AIA Pittsburgh community gather together to celebrate at the President’s Holiday Party. This year, the party was held at RM Creative.

The Annual Meeting portion of the evening kicked off with the election of four AIA members to serve on the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors – Larry Fabbroni, AIA; Amanda Markovic, AIA; Catherine Adams, AIA, and Nickie Cheung, Assoc. AIA were all elected unanimously.  Joseph Chaffin, AIA  and Dina Snider, AIA had their terms renewed and Lisa Carver, AIA was elected for her first term after completing the vacated term of a previous board member.

In addition to the AIA members serving on the Board, AIA Pittsburgh chose to fill two Public Director positions on the Board this year.  The AIA Pittsburgh Bylaws give the option of having two non-architects serve as ex-officio Board members.  Lena Andrews, Senior Development Officer with ACTION-Housing, Inc. and Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director of the Department of City Planning for the City of Pittsburgh were selected to serve in these public officer positions.

AIA Pittsburgh elects two members to the AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors and Quintin Kittle, AIA and Ken Doyno, AIA were approved to serve on the AIA PA Board.

Anastasia Markiw, AIA was welcomed as the incoming YAF Pittsburgh President.

The membership congratulated Syl Damianos, FAIA, recipient of the AIA PA Medal of Distinction. This is the highest award bestowed by AIA Pennsylvania upon a living AIA Pennsylvania member.

Stephen Winikoff, AIA and Executive Director Michelle Fanzo celebrated the many achievements of the past year including an increase in educational opportunities such as the upcoming December 13th Procrastinator’s Day; two happy hours held for new AIA members; new Committees in Healthcare, Diversity and Inclusion, and Advocacy; and AIA Pittsburgh’s popular firm visits where AIA Staff and Board members go “on the road” to visit directly with member firms of any size to find out more about the work they are doing.

Photo courtesy Massery Photography

Finally, Stephen Winikoff, AIA welcomed Joseph Chaffin, AIA as 2020 AIA Pittsburgh president with the ceremonial passing of the “Golden” triangle, glasses and Pittsburgh snow globe. Many thanks to Stephen for his leadership over the past year.

Congratulations to everyone and we will see you in the new year!

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