FEATURE

Recent Dossier Round-up

Take Another Look at These Popular Profiles

By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on January 17, 2019

Member Dossiers have been part of Columns since its (print) inception and the popular feature has stuck around since we’ve gone digital.  Here are five of Columns most recent Dossiers and their advice for young architects to inspire you at the start of 2019. Alicia’s advice to young architects: “Don’t let other people convince you that their limitations are your limitations. You can do it if you decide to.” Dossier: Alicia Volcy, Assoc. AIA Mike’s advice to young architects: “Understand the value of being part of a team.  ‘You can go fast alone or you can go far together.” Dossier: AIA Pittsburgh President Mike Gwin, AIA Larry’s advice to young architects: “Choose your own mentors. Don’t settle for an “arranged marriage”...

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Top Ten Columns Articles of 2018

Important Moments and Themes from 2018

By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on January 1, 2019

10. There is not one answer to why our members belong to AIA.  Read the diverse viewpoints from the 2018 Board of Directors in this round-up. I Belong to the AIA Because … 9. Columns Editor Maya Henry interviews Kuza Woodward of IMPACCT Brooklyn about what Pittsburgh can learn from affordable housing development in Brooklyn Q&A with Kuza Woodard of IMPACCT Brooklyn 8. What have Greg Dutton and Matt Diersen, AIA learned as consulting architects on HGTV’s Restored by the Fords? Restored by the Fords 7. Bea Spolidoro, AIA reports on Carnegie Mellon University’s AIAS chapter’s roundtable on what happens after you graduate from architecture school. What Happens After School? 6. John Ryan, AIA explores the evolution of wellness design in...

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2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

New RAs and Updates to the Bylaws

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 6, 2018

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 IKM, Incorporated. 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 – Lisa Carver, AIA, Principal at Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel: NCARB, LEED AP, Leadership Pittsburgh Graduate; Patricia Culley, AIA, Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson:  WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, member of the PA COTE Committee, John Ryan, AIA, Project Architect at DesignGroup, LEED AP, Leadership Institute graduate.  Brian Gaudio, Assoc. AIA was renewed as Associate AIA Board representative. Next, the membership voted on the proposed by-law changes. The new Bylaw changes that were unanimously accepted...

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December @ the AIA

See What's New This Month

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on November 29, 2018

December:  Members will vote at the Annual Meeting and President’s Holiday Party to approve the slate of AIA Pittsburgh Board members. The slate is determined by a candidate process overseen by the Governance Committee that includes outreach, an open call to members, submission of written statements and bios, and in-person interviews.  There is also a Bylaws amendment to be approved that can be viewed here.

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News

AIA Pennsylvania Award Winners

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on November 20, 2018

S. Philip Hundley, AIA, Medal of Distinction honoree Richard DeYoung, FAIA, Chip Desmone, AIA, John Martine, AIA, and Michelle Fanzo at the AIA PA Awards viewing party held at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. This past Thursday, November 15th, the AIA Pittsburgh community gathered to watch the AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Design Awards.  The awards were live-streamed during a viewing party at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s downtown Pittsburgh offices. Remarks from president-elect of AIA Pennsylvania, Chip Desmone, AIA kicked off the evening.  Mr. Desmone let the crowd know that AIA Pittsburgh was proudly celebrating four Special Award Recipients this year: Timothy Khalifa of Carnegie Mellon University was the Student Award Recipient, Rich DeYoung, FAIA received the Medal of Distinction, Urban Design Build Studio was selected as  Impact...

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Feature

Why Color Matters

Two Projects Demonstrate the Importance of Color in Design

By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on November 15, 2018

Color trends may come and go, but the psychology of color is long-standing and universal.  Reds can stir up anger and passion while blues and greens are calming.  Designers who can blend these basic theories with contemporary color trends are more likely to create spaces that resonate with actual users.  People might not know why they feel better in a space, but chances are it has a lot to do with the colors the designer has chosen. Incorporating ideas of biophilia, our inherent connection to the environment, is becoming increasingly popular as new technologies allow for shapes and materials to more closely mimic nature.  Users are demanding natural building materials, ample light, and fresh air that combines to create a...

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November @ the AIA

See What's New This Month

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 30, 2018

November: Design Pittsburgh was just the kick off for your architecture awards season.  On November 15 join your colleagues in Pittsburgh at the offices of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson from 5:30 – 9pm to celebrate architectural excellence with AIA Pennsylvania’s 2nd annual digital design awards reveal.

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Feature

Ice Box Challenge Pgh

How Did 1800 Pounds of Ice Hold Up in the Pittsburgh Sun?

By Maya Henry Posted on October 10, 2018

               Photo by Marissa Dello Russo of AIA Pittsburgh Curious to hear how 1800 pounds of ice has held up over the past four weeks in the Pittsburgh sun (and rain) while encased in two separate boxes designed to simulate conventional construction methods versus Passive House Standard? If you’re an architect (and a gambler) you can feel pretty confident betting that the ice in the Ice Box built to Passive House Standard will win out.  And you would be right.  The Passive House Standard Ice Boxes consistently retain at least four times more ice than the conventional boxes. Passive House Standard is a proven methodology for achieving high-performance from almost any building type and is...

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October @ the AIA

See What's New This Month

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 2, 2018

Photo credit Rob Larson. October: Design Pittsburgh month has dropped.  Make sure you are voting with a purpose for the People’s Choice Award. Voting will end on October 18th, so cast your votes now. You can vote 1x in each category.  Then, make sure to get your tickets to help us celebrate the winners at Design Awards on October 25th at Nova Place.

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Dossier

Dossier: Design Pittsburgh Jury Chair Aaron Hill, AIA

"Get actively involved in the AIA in order to surround yourself with people you will learn from and be inspired by."

Name:  Aaron Hill, AIA Firm:  Bialosky Cleveland Family:  Wife – Carrie & 5-year-old twins – Harper (girl) & Hayden (boy) Years in practice:  20 Education:  University of Florida (B. Design) / Georgia Tech (M. Arch) Your first job:  Official scorekeeper at the local little league baseball par Project you’re proudest of:  NASA Research Support Center – A new workplace being depended on to shift the culture of NASA to attract the next generation of engineers and scientists. What have you always wanted to tell your clients?  “They didn’t teach me about you in school.” What’s the most annoying thing architects do?  Not listen Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…):  Moleskine Favorite building: TWA Flight Center Favorite outdoor space:  The High Line Architect you’d like to have...

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