A Fellow Among Us

Congratulations to AIA Pittsburgh’s Rich DeYoung, who was among the 122 member architects inducted into the College of Fellows for 2013.  The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. DeYoung, president and CEO if WTW Architects, is currently serving as the 2013-14 AIA secretary.  He is also a past AIA national board member, has served as Pennsylvania regional director, a member of the AIA Secretary’s Advisory Committee as well as the AIA Advocacy Committee.  He was president of AIA Pennsylvania in 2006 and president of AIA Pittsburgh in 2003. He, along with the other 2013 Fellows, will be...

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Eric Osth, AIA

The key is collaboration

Name:  Eric Osth, AIA Firm:  Urban Design Associates Family:  Married, two children Years in practice:  15 Education:  B.Arch., University of Miami, cum laude; M.U.D., University of California, Berkeley, University Fellowship Your first job:  Loading Dumpsters on a construction crew. Project you are proudest of:  Yang Pu Knowledge & Innovation Zone in Shanghai, China (SOM) and A Pattern Book for Habitat for Humanity (UDA) Building you would like to tear down:  East Liberty Giant Eagle What is the best part of your job:  Terrific, passionate clients. What would you change about your job:  A little less air travel. What have you always wanted to tell your clients:  Thank you. What is the most annoying thing that architects do:  Avoid collaboration. What...

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Dutch MacDonald, AIA

Get to know the 2013 Chapter President

Name: Dutch MacDonald, AIA Firm: MAYA Design Family: Wife: Becky Mingo; 3 Children: Max, Toby, and Atticus Years in practice: 22 Education: BArch Carnegie Mellon University Your first job: Paperboy. I traveled about 4 miles roundtrip everyday to deliver 22 papers! Project you’re proudest of: The many loft buildings Downtown and in the Strip that were catalysts for revitalize housing in those areas. What’s the best part of your job? Looking deeply at the intersection of technology, people, and environments. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Don’t short change the design process. It is much more cost-effective to design the right thing in a prototype (design/model) then course-correct while under construction. What’s the most annoying thing architects...

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AIA Pittsburgh elects new Board members

AIA Pittsburgh has announced that the following architects have been elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors, which begins on January 1, 2013:  Michael Kuchera, AIA,BBH Design; Marc Mondor, AIA, evolve environment::architecture; and George Halkias, AIA,  Stantec.  Mark Dietrick, AIA, Case Technologies, Inc., was elected to his second term on the Board.

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Good Design Takes Many Types

By Mark Dietrick, AIA, LEED AP Posted on May 16, 2012

I remember being a freshman in college and my professor telling our design studio that only a small percentage of us would end up “designing” buildings, at least in the way we were thinking of “design”.  He proceeded to tell us of all of the many aspects of the profession and that many of us would end up either having some supporting role within a firm, or would end up being in a separate yet related field altogether. At first, this discussion was a bit disturbing.  What we didn’t understand at that time is the fact that designing and constructing environments is an intensely complicated and dynamic process and that it requires many diverse skills to do it well.  I...

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In Memoriam: Roger Kingsland III, AIA

Local architect a leader in community and ideas

2011 closed on a sorrowful note as the architecture community lost a forward-thinking colleague in Roger Kingsland III, AIA, on December 24th.  Founder and managing partner of KSBA, Kingsland was not bound by traditional use of materials.  An “ideas” man, he was instrumental in conceptualizing the firm’s value-added Customer Service Center practice, which has been implemented on 90 projects in 24 states nationally, and 10 countries internationally.  Using what has evolved into the Sustainable Technology Business Center (STBC) building concept, the firm focuses on architect-led design-build work, creating design solutions that address the rapidly changing needs of the technological age and the people who work in it. Kingsland was actively involved in his community.  A member of the AIA, he...

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