Technological advancements allow for almost photo-realistic simulation in design. Image courtesy Hilda Espinal, AIA/CannonDesign Architecture is a very old practice. Technology by its nature heralds the new. What happens when the two come barreling towards each other? Hilda Espinal, AIA, Build Pittsburgh 2019’s keynote speaker and CannonDesign’s Chief Technology Officer, shared her insights about designing the future with new technologies to a crowded ballroom of early risers. While technology provides a number of exciting opportunities for the architecture profession, Espinal says it can also add new demands and create unrealistic expectations. She noted that clients very often want the quality of Intel, the dependability of Starbucks, the innovation of Tesla, the reliability of FedEx, the variety of Amazon, and the experience of...
Architect 2.0: Designing the Future with New Technologies
Hilda Espinal's Keynote Address at Build Pittsburgh 2019
By Maya Henry, COLUMNS editor Posted on May 2, 2019
Dossier: Hilda Espinal
Build Pittsburgh Keynote Speaker
Name: Hilda Espinal Firm: CannonDesign Years in practice: 23 Education: Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Masters in Information Systems from DePaul University. Your first job: Receptionist at Laboratorios Roldan (Dominican Republic-my country of origin) Project you’re proudest of: Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Design for people and display people-less spaces! And I am guilty as charged waiting for spaces to vacate before taking that perfect picture/shot. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): So hard to pick ONE, so I’ll have to say my mobile. If there is no trace of an event in it, it very likely doesn’t exist/won’t happen <wink> Favorite building: Taj Mahal Favorite outdoor space: Wherever the ocean...
Striking a Balance Between Voice and Vision
Terry Schwarz's Keynote Address at Build Pittsburgh 2018
By Maya Henry Posted on April 19, 2018
Image credit CUDC/MOOS. The theme of Build Pittsburgh 2018 was “design with purpose.” This year’s Keynote Address was given by Terry Schwarz, FAICP to a crowded ballroom of early risers who gathered to hear about design culture and community engagement from the director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC). Schwarz began her presentation by proposing that community design does not need to be about the community OR design (discuss!) but that placemaking could, in fact, include both facets working together. Portions of Schwarz’s keynote address are captured here. Schwarz began by showing examples of her early fascination with Bauhaus design and then showed how residents repurposed the spare spaces in Mies van der Rohe’s Layfette Park in Detroit...
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...
15+ Years of Build Pittsburgh
A Look Back at Graphic Materials
By Becky Spevack Posted on April 12, 2016
This year marks the 15th anniversary of AIA Pittsburgh’s continuing education conference. What began as Tri AIA morphed into Build Pittsburgh within the first few years, and has been growing and evolving ever since. In 2007, the conference moved to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, giving sponsors and attendees alike more space to spend the day learning and networking. The first “themed” conference emerged at Build Pittsburgh 2005 with “A Blueprint for the Region” where then Iowa Governor Thomas Vilsack (a Pittsburgh native) delivered the keynote address – Renaissance and Renewal: Pittsburgh’s Heritage and Future. The importance of branding each conference with an annual theme was set permanently in 2009. Facing a severe downturn in the economy that was...
April @ the AIA
Learn About Resiliency at Build Pittsburgh
Spring is here – blue skies, warmer days, and Build Pittsburgh! AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference and exhibitor show is a great way to spend the day with other architects and engineers, earn continuing education credits, and catch up on trends in the industry. This year’s theme is “Bounce Forward: Design for Resiliency,” looking, in part, at the AIA’s Sustainability Initiative promoting adaptable and resilient buildings and communities. Start the day with the keynote address presented by Grant Oliphant, of The Heinz Endowments, and stay through ’til the cocktail reception. You won’t want to miss out! April 6 – PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 23: Presented by AIA Pittsburgh, AIGA Pittsburgh, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for an evening of...
Build Pittsburgh 2013
Barry Svigals, FAIA
Get to know Build Pittsburgh's keynote speaker
Name: Barry Svigals, FAIA Firm: Svigals + Partners, LLP Years in practice: 36 years practicing architecture Eduction: Bachelor of Arts, Yale College; Master of Architecture,Yale School of Architecture Your first job: With Herbert S. Newman and Partners, a former professor and mentor who was an inspiration to work with. Project you are most proud of: I wouldn’t want to suggest that any one project is more important than another, each is the most important to our clients. As a segment of our work, however, creating schools for small children has been enormously rewarding. Most embarrassing moment: On the first day of my first job, incorrectly feeding an original drawing into the blueprint machine (can we remember those?) and not having...
Build Pittsburgh 2012
DOSSIER: Scott Simpson, FAIA, LEED AP
A glance at Build Pittsburgh's keynote speaker
A brief intro… You may remember a recurring feature of Columns during the 1990s entitled “Dossier”, in which a different member architect was highlighted in each issue. They answered questions to give insight into who they were, both professionally and personally. Well, it has been 15 years, and we have decided it is time to bring it back, featuring updated questions for the world we live in today. A lot has changed in those 15 years but one constant is that AIA Pittsburgh exists because of, and for, its members, and the larger architectural community that the membership represents. Here is a peak into the minds of architects. We begin the resurrection of the Dossier with a look at...