DESIGN + INNOVATION: Certificate of Merit PROJECT NAME: Penn51 Façade CLIENT: 11 to 3 LLC ARCHITECTURE FIRM: mossArchitects DESIGN TEAM: Andrew Moss, AIA; Darren Lloyd, Rebecca Murden ENGINEERS: Conway Engineering CONTRACTORS: P2 Contracting, LLC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Anthony Musmanno INTENT: The Penn51 project, one of many 1-3 story building facades along the Bloomfield and Garfield commercial corridor, is nestled in the center of the Penn Avenue business district; an area that has been the focus of revitalization, with a strong emphasis on the arts. The design solution seeks to reinterpret the facade as a folded skin that simplifies and unifies its previously disconnected property while adding an artful reinterpretation and visual activity to the busy commercial avenue. The design aims to connect...
Design Pittsburgh 2017
View All of the Winners of Our Juried Competition
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 19, 2017
Design Pittsburgh Submissions Highlight Eateries and Breweries
By Maya Henry Posted on October 10, 2017
Interior of BRGR Downtown Pittsburgh at 535 Liberty Avenue. Photo by Candidly Yours Photography With James Beard award nominations growing each year and a solid standing on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants list several years in a row, there is no doubt Pittsburgh’s food scene has greatly improved over the last decade. This has meant more opportunities for architects to leave their mark on Pittsburgh’s food renaissance. Restaurant (and brewery) design is not simple. This year’s Design Pittsburgh submissions show us how important good design can be for a restaurant. To see this year’s exhibit and vote for your favorite entry click here. American Natural Harmar Energy Centre Address: 2 Rich Hill Road, Cheswick, PA 15024 Client: Cleopatra Resources, LLC Architecture Firm: DLA+ Architecture & Interior...
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...
Nathan Johnson, AIA, LEED AP
Meet Another Juror from #DesignPgh16
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on November 10, 2016
Name: Nathan Johnson, AIA, LEED AP Firm: 4RM+ULA Family: Married, 4 kids Years in practice: 18 Education: Cornell University Bachelor of Architecture, 1998 Your first job: Women’s Club bus boy. What’s the best part of your job? Different every day. What would you change about your job? More time. Project you’re proudest of: Rondo Commemorative Plaza (on the boards) Most embarrassing moment: At 5 years old taking family picture in Tuscon Arizona, I backed into a cactus, and did not tell my mom for hours that I had a cactus needle stuck in me. Whenever my Mom wants a good laugh she tells the story. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Microsoft Surfacebook Architect you’d like to have a...
Design Pittsburgh 2016
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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 27, 2016
ARCHITECTURE: Honor Award PROJECT NAME: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Knoxville Branch CLIENT: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh ARCHITECTURE FIRM: GBBN Architects DESIGN TEAM: Anne Chen, AIA; Amanda Markovic; Julian Sandoval ENGINEERS: Sci-Tek Consultants, Inc.; WBCM; WNA Engineering, Inc. CONTRACTORS: Shannon Construction Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS: Massery Photography, Inc. DESCRIPTION: Formally described as a bunker, this project transforms a brutalist 1962 building into an inviting destination for a diverse community. The deeply recessed entrances were moved forward to provide ample glazing that facilitates views to the street and daylight to the interior. Small additions at the front and side of the original building maximize the interior plan, providing a dedicated area for teens and expanded children’s area with an outdoor deck. JURY COMMENTS: With...
Bill Baxley, AIA
Meet the 2016 Design Pgh Jury Chair
Name: Bill Baxley, AIA Firm: Leo A Daly Family: Wife – Laura; 2 children – Sam and Amelia Years in practice: 28 Education: Syracuse University Your first job: A Paper Route in Orangeburg, SC Project you’re proudest of: Two Popes Film – A three-room office production space in a former bottling building…. shoestring budget + demanding client = amazing space. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? ‘Trust me.” What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Wear black. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Paper Mate Flair pen, medium black. Favorite building: Salk Institute Favorite outdoor space: High Line Architect you’d like to have a drink with: Buckminster Fuller Best gift to give an architect: More time....
October @ the AIA
A Monthlong Celebration of Design!
Each year, the month of October features AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture and design and those who create it. It is once again time for Design Pittsburgh, our annual design competition, exhibit, gala, and awards ceremony. We are also exhibiting the winning photographs from the AIA Pittsburgh / Steel City Grammers Instagram Competition in conjunction with this year’s Young Architects Studio Competition. Looking for a way to reconnect with the architecture community? This is a great time to experience over 90 projects, meet up with other architects, and get inspired! Design Pittsburgh People’s Choice Award – Brought to you by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., the online exhibit of Design Pittsburgh submissions is available for viewing and we need your...
What Should Pittsburgh Look Like in 2050?
Young Architects Studio Competition 2016
Pittsburgh isn’t just growing again; it’s thriving. It’s a center of technology, innovation, culture, medicine and education, and has been recognized for its environmental stewardship and sustainable design practices. However, it is not a city without its challenges. The Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC) is a part of AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Design Pittsburgh, a celebration of architecture and design awards competition. This year’s YASC – Vision PGH 2050 – asks you to design a solution for a resilient Pittsburgh of the future. The City was chosen as a member of the 100 Resilient Cities, whose purpose is to help cities become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Through...
Design Pittsburgh 2013 Awards Ceremony & Gala
Design Pittsburgh 2013 The Design Pittsburgh 2013 Awards Ceremony & Gala took place on Thursday, October 24, 2013, and was held at the Cultural Trust Education Center. Take some time to look through the photos of the event! See all the winners in their proud moments, and explore what was an outstanding event!
Design Pittsburgh 2013
See the winners of this year's juried competition
ARCHITECTURE: Honor Award PROJECT: Robert M. Smith Student Center CLIENT: Slippery Rock University ARCHITECTURE FIRM: DRS Architects Inc., with Sasaki Associates – Design Architect CONTRACTOR: Mascaro Construction Company PHOTOGRAPHER: Engelbrecht Photography; Chuck Choi Architectural Photography ENGINEERS: Sasaki Associates; The Gateway Engineers, Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; CJL Engineering DESCRIPTION: Centrally located between residential and academic areas of campus, the Robert M. Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University is designed to create a programmatic and visual hub for student life and community outreach. Organized around and radiating out from an unfolding open atrium, the spaces are arranged by floor – from active and social to quiet and contemplative, reflecting various campus communities’ desired hierarchies of spaces. Large congregation spaces are designed...