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Thomas Vonier, FAIA

Get to Know Build Pittsburgh's Keynote Speaker

This year AIA National President Thomas Vonier, FAIA will deliver the Keynote Address at Build Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 5th.  Make sure you are registered to hear Mr. Vonier present on the nature of influence and demonstrate how good design delivers. He will discuss how the American Institute of Architects is seeking to harness the power of association in order to wield influence more effectively. Name: Thomas Vonier FAIA Firm: Thomas Vonier Architect LLC Family: Françoise (my spouse), Pascale (our daughter) and William (our son-in-law) Years in practice: 38 Education: B.Sc.Arch. and M.Arch. Your first job: Delivering newspapers and shoveling snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Project you’re proudest of: . . . is still to come. What have you always wanted to...

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March @ the AIA

See What's New This Month

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on March 1, 2017

If you’re submitting for one of the competitions below best of luck to you! This month, AIA National Knowledge Committees announce opportunities to share your work in healthcare and justice design.  AIA National is also there for you if you are making the switch from desktop software to online service.  If your practice works in foreign markets, trade or procurement or if you have any projects at all in international markets then there are several new resources available for you.

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Elevated to Fellowship

Rob Pfaffmann has been inducted into the 2017 College of Fellows

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 20, 2017

Congratulations to AIA Pittsburgh’s Rob Pfaffmann, who was among the 178 member architects inducted into the College of Fellows for 2017.  The Fellows program was developed to elevate architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Pfaffmann, founder and Principal of Pfaffmann + Associates, is also a past AIA Pittsburgh Board President.  Three Pfaffmann + Associates projects—the Port Authority’s Gateway Station, Fort Duquesne & Sixth Garage and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter—have received Silver Medals at AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards, the Chapter’s highest honor.

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And the Winner is … Affordability

A Juror Highlights Affordable Projects from the 2017 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

By Bea Spolidoro, AIA Posted on February 15, 2017

Each year AIA National the 2017 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.  Here are four 2017 winners highlighted by Pittsburgh’s own Bea Spolidoro, AIA who was invited to participate on this year’s jury. Last summer, I was invited to be a juror for the 2017 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture with other eight professionals. The jury typically features architect members of the AIA and one non-architect, acting as an allied professional and client representative. At the time, I was serving as the Associate AIA member of the...

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I Belong to the AIA Because …

Architects on the Value of Membership

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 7, 2017

Columns has included a ‘Dossier’ of AIA members almost since its inception as AIA Pittsburgh’s chapter magazine. Here we feature a selection of members’ answers about why they belong to AIA. 1. Paul Rosenblatt, AIA I value the talents, perspectives, and friendship of my colleagues in the profession. Architects are a rare breed and it takes one to know one. 2. Nicole Graycar, AIA The amazing young women in YAF. 3. Dutch MacDonald, AIA It allows me to stay connected to my colleagues in the profession and contribute to the ongoing evolution of the practice. 4. Christian Hughes, Assoc. AIA It is an association of professionals from all ages, walks of life, and backgrounds with one common goal – designing...

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February @ the AIA

See What's New This Month

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 1, 2017

Love in is the air.  Love, that is, for interesting lectures, mentorship opportunities, and tours of iconic buildings. This month, architecture, art, and fashion intersect at the CMOA in a new exhibit featuring fashion designer Iris van Herpen.  Later in the month 25 lucky members will get to go on the ultimate “date,” a tour of The Tower at PNC Plaza as part of Target 2030: Meeting Goals and Verifying 2030 Strategies.

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Resource RoundUP: Resources

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on January 6, 2017

The American Institute of Architects is made up of nearly 90,000 design professionals at all stages of their careers, and the organization is here to connect you, its members, to top-quality education, business, and career resources, as well as a community deeply engaged in promoting the value of architecture. AIA Pittsburgh is highlighting some of the resources available in a three-part Resource RoundUP, that breaks down some of the great materials and tools made available to AIA members. For this month’s RoundUP the focus is on Resources. If you missed the first and second parts – Support  and Knowledge– be sure to check them out. Join today, get connected to your peers, and start taking advantage of all of the resources...

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January @ the AIA

See What's New This Month

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on January 2, 2017

Wiping the slate clean, rebooting, resolving.  January is a great time to set the tone for the rest of the year.  Set goals, identify opportunities to share your work with the world.  After setting your yearly goals, don’t forget to renew your membership and make sure you’ve accounted for all your continuing education credits.

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New Year, Old Face

What's Old is New Again

By Maya Henry Posted on December 28, 2016

Here at AIA Pittsburgh we are ringing in the new year with a new editor at Columns (you may have read that Becky Spevack signed off to devote herself full-time to her bacon-making business).  I’m Maya Henry and I worked here from 2001-2006 when I left to pursue my degree in Historic Preservation Planning. It was working at AIA Pittsburgh and meeting so many passionate architects and designers that got me excited about historic preservation, and I was proud to have the support and mentorship of many of you as I made the decision to attend Cornell. While pursuing my degree I had many opportunities, including leading a trip to Pittsburgh for the whole Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell,...

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A Letter to Our Members

Our Commitment to You and to Our Community...

Dear AIA Pittsburgh Members and Partners, We have heard from several of you expressing concerns and criticism about Robert Ivy’s initial press release and the subsequent explanation. The fractious nature of the recent campaign is evident in your comments and expressive of the anxiety many feel. While we have responded to many of you individually, we thought it was important to affirm with everyone our commitment to you and to our community. AIA Pittsburgh will continue our work to advance the profession of architecture and to strengthen our community through design. The work of AIA Pittsburgh is based on a set of shared values. We are committed to public health, safety, and welfare of the built environment; diversity; equity; sustainability;...

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