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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...

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Design Pittsburgh 2016

View All of the Winners of Our Juried Competition

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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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!  

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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...

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Anne Marie Decker, AIA

Meet one of the Design Pittsburgh 2013 jurors

Name: Anne Marie Decker, AIA Firm: Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. Family: Husband and two children, 7 and 13 Years in practice: 19 Education: BArch from Mississippi State University Your first job: My Dad’s pharmacy, Duvall Drugs, Inc. Project you’re proudest of: Truly, they are like children, and I am proud of all of them.  Right now, I am particularly proud of the Jobie L. Martin Building at Hinds Community College. Building you’d like to tear down: Chain drugstores at intersections, the ones with the chopped off corners. What’s the best part of your job? That it is different every day. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? In certain moments, I have wanted to say “Seriously?!” out loud...

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A Bright Idea: Supporting Good Design

Top 5..... Reasons to Sponsor Design Pittsburgh 2013

By Becky Spevack Posted on August 25, 2013

Design Pittsburgh is AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture and design – it’s a design competition and exhibition, a gala, an awards ceremony, and a time to focus on the importance of good design, and the value of design services. It’s a month-long series of events to highlight outstanding architecture in the Pittsburgh region. And, it’s a tremendous opportunity to promote your company, products, and services. AIA Pittsburgh invites you to be a Design Pittsburgh 2013 sponsor. Your support is essential in making everything happen. Here’s a quick list why we think being a sponsor is a great idea! Access a large audience who loves design. Design Pittsburgh is host to a number of events, including a stop on The Pittsburgh...

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AIA Pittsburgh Highlights the Great Allegheny Passage

Two great challenges feature this local gem

The Young Architects Studio Competition AIA Pittsburgh is excited to announce the Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), as a part of Design Pittsburgh 2013. Now in its fourth year, the YASC was created  for young architects – architecture graduates who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. NEW this year, we are expanding this competition to include architecture undergraduates. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA or AIAS. The goal of this competition is to engage our young and emerging professionals and students, by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. Learn more and download all forms here. The Great Allegheny...

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