October @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 2, 2017

October is all about Design Pittsburgh! Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award.  View all 99 entries and learn more about the intent behind each project.  Design Awards and Gala will take place October 19th.  Later in the month, come by the AIA Pittsburgh office for a livestream party celebrating the AIA Pennsylvania Design Award winners on October 25th.

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Why is Architects’ Volunteerism so Important to a City’s Disaster Recovery?

AIA's Response to Hurricane Harvey and How You Can Help

Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise, Monday, August 28, 2017. More than 12,000 members of the Texas National Guard have been called out to support local authorities in response to the storm. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West) We’ve all followed the devastating impact that Hurricane Harvey has had on Houston and western Louisiana. Among the hundreds of thousands who have been directly affected by the storm, nearly 3,000 are AIA members. The storm and the flooding have left none of them unscathed. AIA Houston had more than three feet of water in their building, affecting their servers and computers.

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September @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 30, 2017

September is back-to-school so get to work on those design boards which are due the 21st.   This month, the CRAN Symposium will be held in Miami.  Watch for a report from CRAN chair Mary Cerrone, AIA if you can’t attend.   Also, consider submitting to present Pecha Kucha night, Design Pittsburgh edition. PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh 20 x 20 Vol.28 will be held October 12th.

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August @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 1, 2017

This month, it’s time to get your head out of the sand and start thinking about submitting to the Young Architects Studio Competition and Design Pittsburgh 2017. Get the deadlines on your calendar now, review this year’s themes, and decide what projects you plan on submitting.  Take note this year, the submission categories have been updated.

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Pittsburgh Energy Innovation Center Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Preservation Project Achieves Peak Performance

By Maya Henry Posted on July 18, 2017

Photo courtesy Green Building Alliance. A remarkable example of building reuse and historic restoration, a Pittsburgh state-of-the-art green building has successfully met the goal of achieving a high-level LEED Platinum certification.  On July 18, community leaders and government officials, architects, designers, and contractors all gathered to celebrate the the achievement.  The project team includes DLA+ as architect, CJL Engineering as MEP engineer, Klavon Design Associates as landscape architect, evolveEA as the sustainability consultant, and Mascaro Construction as general contractor. The 200,000 square-foot Energy Innovation Center (EIC), which hosts trade apprenticeship programs, energy-related technology labs for five universities, co-working facilities, and other production, design, and workspaces for nonprofit organizations and businesses, was opened in 2015 in the former Connelley Trade School Building....

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July @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on July 4, 2017

This month, PechaKucha Vol. 27 will be held July 18 at City of Asylum, there’s the opportunity to give input on the Pittsburgh Design Review process, apply for the Paula Maynes AIA Pennsylvania ARE Review Process, and an invitation to bid for conceptual design and pre-development technical services in Venango County.

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The Midwife Center’s Expansion Creatively Highlights Women’s Health

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative's design uses iconic mural to weave together old and new

By Maya Henry Posted on June 27, 2017

Photo by Maya Henry This March, nine months after it broke ground on a new 6,700 square-foot expansion, The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health opened its new facility and became the largest free-standing birth center in the United States.  Local architects Rothschild Doyno Collaborative were selected as the design team and both client and architect saw numerous benefits from working together as neighbors. The Midwife Center didn’t set out to work with their new Strip District neighbor when the freestanding birth center thinking about expansion in 2010.  The facility has doubled the number of births and gynecological visits in the practice since 2010 and the expansion would allow for two new birthing suites to better match demand as...

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Photo Tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building

Views of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building During Architects Action Day

By Raymond Bowman, Assoc. AIA Posted on June 7, 2017

Reposted in its entirety from Ray Bowman’s blog RMB-Design: Architecture Made Accessible. As I mentioned last year, I’m doing more and more with the American Institute of Architects (the AIA), both locally, regionally and nationally. It’s part of the reason that I don’t blog about things until months after I do them anymore. One important role of the AIA is to advocate for all architects and support legislation that is supportive for the profession. That’s why the organization moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C. from New York City 50 years ago, to have a louder voice in influencing national legislation. But all politics is local, which is why regional and local chapters of the AIA organize their own lobbying days. Pennsylvania’s...

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June @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 5, 2017

This month, there are lunch and learn opportunities, lots of news from AIA National and the opportunity to submit to be a presenter at PechaKucha Vol. 27 to be held July 18 at City of Asylum, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212

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Meet AIA Pittsburgh’s New Executive Director Michelle Fanzo

Fanzo will assume leadership of the Chapter June 1st

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on May 11, 2017

Through her 25 years of varied experience, Fanzo cites an ongoing fascination with cities and the built environment. Michelle comes to AIA Pittsburgh with an accomplished background in public policy, international affairs, and journalism. Michelle spent nearly two decades working with the United Nations, non-profits and governments to develop initiatives and policies to improve peoples’ lives and their communities. Highlights include being part of Kofi Annan’s Executive Team when he was UN Secretary-General and directing a grassroots NGO in Afghanistan that helped empower women and strengthen civil society. Since founding Four Corners Consulting in 2009, Michelle has supported international organizations, foundations, companies and non-profits on a wide variety of policy and program issues. She is a non-resident Fellow at the World...

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