Emily Pierson-Brown, Assoc. AIA of Perkins Eastman presents at a Women in Design Pittsburgh happy hour at IKM on January 22, 2019. Photo: Katelyn Rossier, AIA. After political and cultural shifts, some have called 2018 the “Year of the Woman.” This rings true for some women in Pittsburgh’s architecture community, thanks to the revival of Women in Design Pittsburgh (WiD-PGH). Originally co-founded in 2013 by Katie Walsh, now of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and several others,* the group was relaunched in November of 2018 after a three-year hiatus. Two women leading the resurgence, Laurie Butler and Emily Pierson-Brown, Assoc. AIA, both of Perkins Eastman, say that the timing was right for their audience: “Politically, culturally, and economically, issues of gender equity...
The Right Time for Women in Design Pittsburgh’s Relaunch
By Natasha Tabachnikoff, Point Line Projects Posted on March 14, 2019
Spotlight on 7 of Pittsburgh’s Women-Owned Firms
By Point Line Projects Posted on March 7, 2019
Mary Barensfeld, AIA, founder of Mary Barensfeld Architecture, photographed in her Hilgard Garden project in San Francisco. Photo: Joe Fletcher. For National Women’s Month, AIA Pittsburgh is partnering with Point Line Projects to highlight some of the women architects and designers making an impact in Southwestern PA. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re showcasing some of our region’s woman-owned firms. Next, we’ll look at the comeback of Women in Design Pittsburgh, revisit Pennsylvania’s first registered woman architect (who was, according to some, “the first woman to actually practice architecture professionally”), and finally, highlight emerging practitioners to watch. Join the conversation on social media with the tag #AIAPghWomensMonth Architecture is one of the few industries where women have the means...
Jack Mascaro Receives James Kling Award
For Local Contractor It's All About Collaboration
By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on February 28, 2019
John C. (Jack) Mascaro, the chairman of Mascaro Construction Company, L.P., has been awarded the James Kling Fellowship Award from the AIA-MBA Joint Committee in recognition of the high standards Mascaro has maintained for the industry while fostering a community spirit among design and construction professionals. “A primary focus of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee is dialogue and collaboration between architects and contractors,” says Joseph Chaffin, AIA of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee. “This nomination is based on Jack Mascaro’s longstanding commitment to fostering a more collaborative environment and achieving the best outcomes for our client partners and our community.” The James Kling Fellowship Award is given each year alternately to an architect or contractor, who, through their action and example, provide both members...
Advancing the Profession Through Project Pipeline
NOMAPGH Leads Workshops for Students
By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on February 7, 2019
Project Pipeline Summer Camp 2018. All photos by Riccardy Volcy Providing students with exposure to architecture at a young age gives each child an opportunity to discover their artistic and technical passions early in their educational development. Students, parents, teachers, and counselors can then place students in classes that will build on the student’s interest in architecture and design. Project Pipeline is a series of architecture summer camps and design workshops led by NOMAPGH (National Organization of Minority Architects Pittsburgh Chapter). The first summer camp was held in 2018 with a follow-up winter workshop this past December. These educational opportunities were supported in great part by AIA Learning By Design. The AIA, with support from the Architects Foundation, and in partnership...
Year in Review
AIA Pittsburgh 2018
By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on January 25, 2019
Design Pittsburgh 2018 2018 was a year of rethinking AIA Pittsburgh’s direction and how best to support the membership at a time of demographic shifts and technology innovation. Under new staff and board leadership, a strategic planning process in early 2018 led the organization to emphasize ‘collaboration and connectivity’ as cross-cutting themes in its work for the year. Here are just some of the highlights of what happened at the local AIA level in 2018: Membership rose to its highest in the last ten years, with 604 architect, associate and emeritus members in the Chapter as of December 31. New staff members Kira Kellner and Marissa Dello Russo came on board with new ideas for programs and...
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”...
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...
Last Minute Gifts for the Architect in Your Life
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 20, 2018
iPhone/Pad holder with planter by STAK ceramics (based in Homewood) Whether you need to buy a last minute gift for the architect in your life, or just want some fresh gift ideas for friends and family, Columns has compiled some great choices here with a little help from the AIA membership. Take a look, and we’d love to hear your own suggestions in the comments. All photos from product websites. Knotzland Bow Ties: The architect in a bow-tie may be a stereotype but there is nothing typical about these colorful bow ties from Knotzland. Locally made in Homewood. STAK ceramics: iPhone/Pad holder with planter by STAK ceramics (also based in Homewood). Looking for a way to get your succulents closer...
Ayla Abiad, Assoc. AIA Is Building Bridges
A Designer With a Mission
By Sarah Rafson Posted on December 16, 2018
Ayla Abiad, Assoc. AIA is a designer at AE7 who knows firsthand how complicated the adjustment process is for immigrants and refugees arriving in the US, and works to undo our preconceptions about newcomers. A native of Damascus, Syria, Abiad was studying for her Masters in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Buffalo when the Syrian conflict broke out. What began as an offer to help one Syrian family in Buffalo soon became a non-profit, Build A Bridge (BAB) Foundation, which assists refugees and immigrants “in becoming independent, informed, and contributing members of the community.” As her powerful TEDxBuffalo talk shows, Abiad is a designer with a mission. With an architectural background in healthcare design, BAB merges Abiad’s interest in...
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...