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I Belong to the AIA Because …

Architects on the Value of Membership

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 5, 2018

We love to ask our members why they belong to AIA.  Time is precious and we find that every answer is a little bit different, but the common themes are about the value of community and the strength architects have as a collective voice.  We asked the AIA Board of Directors, including new President Mike Gwin, AIA of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, why they participate, and here we share those responses with you. Michael Gwin, AIA, President Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Time is valuable, why AIA? I have found that the answer is always the same. Every time I participate or volunteer time with the AIA I am rewarded. The experiences and skills of the people that I have connected with have helped...

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Freedom by Design at Carnegie Mellon University

Free Weatherization Program Connects Students and Community

By Elizabeth Levy Posted on February 4, 2018

The Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Freedom by Design has taken on their first project to introduce and disperse weatherization kits into homes across Pittsburgh. These kits provide families with a series of means to help insulate their home and a booklet outlining the importance of this cost-saving process. The long winter of Pittsburgh causes high heating costs for many residents across the state. Creating energy efficient spaces benefits the resident both financially and thermally. It is important for one to understand the role they can take in keeping heating costs low and their home warm. The FBD team has prototyped and established a packaged kit organized to assist homeowners and renters across a series of communities in Pittsburgh. The...

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$25,000 Grant Awarded to Passive House Western PA

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) 2018 Conference Comes To Pittsburgh with a Kick Start Grant from West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund

Passive house standards apply to this multi-family project, and 2015 Architecture Honor Award winner, in Uptown. PROJECT: Uptown Lofts on Fifth CLIENT: ACTION-Housing, Inc. ARCHITECTURE FIRM: FortyEighty Architecture ENGINEERS: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.; Keystone Structural Solutions; Iams Consulting, LLC CONTRACTORS: Mosites Construction Company PHOTOGRAPHER: FortyEighty Architecture Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA) received a $25,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF). The contribution will be used to secure space in Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the 2018 North American Passive House Network National Conference on October 17-22, 2018. Passive House applies a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency. As a result, Passive House buildings...

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Top Ten Columns Articles of 2017

Important Moments and Themes from 2017

By Maya Henry Posted on December 28, 2017

10. Plaster ReCast is ongoing as part of Copy + Paste: Hall of Architecture at the Carneige Museum of Art through May 6, 2018.  Interested in reviewing this exhibit in 2018?  We’d love an architect member to participate.  Contact Maya Henry at mhenry@aiapgh.org. Plaster ReCast at the Carnegie Museum of Art 9. There is not one answer to why our members belong to AIA.  Read the diverse viewpoints in this round-up. I Belong to the AIA Because … 8. A roundtable discussion with the architect and developer of the Design Award-winning Penn Mathilda Development.  What can we learn from this development and how can we build more beatiful and functional affordable housing in Pittsburgh? ACTION-Housing’s Penn Mathilda Development 7. Hands...

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Case Technologies wins AIA National People’s Choice Innovation Award

Pittsburgh Technological Solutions Company Wins Award for Reality Capture Workshop in Volterra, Italy

Image credit: Wladek Fuchs, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Thanks to everyone who voted, the Reality Capture Workshop has won the AIA National People’s Choice Award for Innovation! Case Technologies’ Reality Capture Workshop is a long-term collaborative project to create a complete digital documentation of a historical city and a methodology for the information dissemination.  The project is a partnership between Case Technologies, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Civil and Environmental Consultants, among others. Located in the city of Volterra, Italy, the main purpose of Reality Capture is to provide an International educational and research experience in which students and professionals learn to use innovative technologies and collaboratively produce three-dimensional computer models of the ancient city of Volterra, its...

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2017 President’s Holiday Party

New RAs and Updates to the Bylaws

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 12, 2017

At the end of each year, members of the AEC community gather together to celebrate at AIA Pittsburgh’s President’s Holiday Party. This year, the party was held at our new office. Early in the evening we conducted our Annual Meeting. Four AIA members were voted on to be part of the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors – Joe Chaffin, AIA; Quintin Kittle, AIA; Laura Nettleton, AIA; Bea Spolidoro, AIA – as well as one Associate AIA Board representative – Brian Gaudio, Assoc. AIA. Next, the membership voted on the proposed by-law changes. The newly-voted-on bylaws now reads: 6.51 The Board of Directors must meet in regular or special meetings in order to transact business. Meeting in person is expected, however in special circumstances...

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Vote for Case Technologies in AIA National’s Innovation Awards until November 17

Pittsburgh Technological Solutions Company Wins Award for Reality Capture Workshop in Volterra, Italy

Image credit: Wladek Fuchs, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Case Technologies’ Reality Capture Workshop is a long-term collaborative project to create a complete digital documentation of a historical city and a methodology for the information dissemination.  The project is a partnership between Case Technologies, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Civil and Environmental Consultants, among others. Located in the city of Volterra, Italy, the main purpose of Reality Capture is to provide an International educational and research experience in which students and professionals learn to use innovative technologies and collaboratively produce three-dimensional computer models of the ancient city of Volterra, its archaeological remains and some of its treasured artwork. A jury selected by AIA National recently called the project “extraordinary...

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People Are the Foundations of Cities

David Lewis, FAIA

By Maya Henry Posted on October 27, 2017

David Lewis, FAIA will give a lecture at CMU School of Architecture on November 6th which will be preceded by the premiere of a short film by the AIA: “The Legacy of David Lewis.” In honor of Mr. Lewis’ indelible mark on the built environment in Pittsburgh and the greater Mon Valley, Columns spoke to several of his colleagues about his influence on their work. In 1963 David Lewis, FAIA came to Carnegie Institute of Technology (now CMU) as the Andrew Mellon Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. Lewis started one of the first graduate programs in urban design in which students learned to work hands-on with elected officials, agency representatives, and citizens on community design and development projects. In...

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Petrochemical America: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley

Environmentally Anxious Art at SPACE Gallery

By Bea Spolidoro, AIA Posted on October 2, 2017

”Great nations, write their autobiographies in three manuscripts – the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art”, said J. Ruskin (St. Mark’s rest; the history of Venice. (1877). The exhibition PETROCHEMICAL AMERICA: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley, currently at SPACE Gallery until October 7, is an exquisite example of how to touch on all the three manuscripts in one show, while leaving for us to decide whether the nation is getting greater or not. Curator Sophie Riedel walked me through the exhibition, showing how Louisiana’s natural geography has been radically repurposed into a vast network for extracting and storing. One wall at the exhibit relays the history of environmental injustice in...

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Young Architects for an Equitable Pittsburgh

View All the Submissions During This Year's Design Pittsburgh

By Bea Spolidoro, AIA Posted on September 25, 2017

Young Architects Forum members at an informal “Salotto” The Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC) is a special competition within AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards. Currently in its 8th edition, Nick Doichev, AIA established the competition in 2010 as an opportunity to recognize the talent of emerging professionals (defined as still studying or a maximum of ten years out of school). In years past, much creativity has been showcased, but the 2017 edition is particularly special. For the first time, the Young Architects Forum (YAF) has come up with a theme for the come up with a theme for the competition based on a discussion of Pittsburgh’s needs. In spring 2017 YAF held a series of meetings, informally called “Salottos” – an...

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