We take a look back at past winners of the prestigious Silver Medal as a part of AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Pittsburgh competition. The Silver Medal is presented at the jury’s discretion. It is only presented in the Architecture Category. Only one Silver Medal can be awarded and the jury may choose not to award it. [sws_aia_slideshow AIA_Slideshow=””] [/sws_aia_slideshow]
SIlver Medal Award Winners – October 2012
Libraries for Life
Exceptional, award-winning libraries of the Carnegie Library System
By Becky Spevack Posted on January 3, 2013
In 2011, the Design Pittsburgh jury awarded another Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) project an Honor Award for the renovation and expansion of a branch library within the system. This is the fifth such award granted over the past eight years, and does not take into consideration awards and accolades given at the national level. What lies behind this recent dedication to these key community spaces? It all started in 2001 with the CLP’s Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign, raising money to renew and reinvigorate libraries as neighborhood centers, with a focus on energy efficiency and quality design as a way to look to the continued and future relevancy and functionality of these places. The Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign...
Design Pittsburgh Gala and Awards Ceremony
Design Pittsburgh 2012
See the winners of this year's juried competition
ARCHITECTURE: Silver Medal PROJECT: Gateway Station – North Shore Connector CLIENT: Port Authority of Allegheny County ARCHITECTURE FIRM: Light/Motion Collaborative CONTRACTOR: Whiting-Turner PHOTOGRAPHER: Massery Photography, Inc. ENGINEERS: AECOM; Atlantic Engineering Services; Allen & Shariff Corporation DESCRIPTION: Gateway Station is the centerpiece of a 1.2-mile extension of the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s light rail system. Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle business district, the station provides intermodal connections and dramatic views of the city. The extensive use of glass introduces natural light deep into the station and serves as a visible gateway and readily identifiable landmark. JURY COMMENTS: As the entry says, “It is intuitive, it’s transparent, and it’s transit.” The architect captured this very essence. This is...
Observations… and A Few Suggestions
An inside look at the jurying process
By Anne J. Swager, Hon. AIA Posted on October 10, 2012
Many years ago, I was tortured for a number of months by an architect who insisted we had to standardize the graphic presentation of the notebooks that everyone submitted for design awards. He was convinced and remained so, no matter what I said, that the jury members would be unduly influenced by a flashy graphic presentation. I never saw any evidence of that then anymore than I see it now. I had another architect tell one of his employees that if I didn’t like a project I could influence the jury to not give an award. Again not true. Juries are extremely independent. While I am flattered that anyone would think I have that much power, even if that was...
Get to know the 2012 Gold Medal Recipient
Name: Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder Firm: Riverlife Family: 3 Children – Liz, Lydia, and Jack Years in practice: 25 Education: Master of Science, Columbia University School of Architecture, Preservation & Planning Your first job: Architectural Draftsman at Edmunds & Hyde, Inc. in Baltimore Project you’re proudest of: Three Rivers Park, Pittsburgh! Most embarrassing moment: Approaching a podium, in a full auditorium, to deliver a speech and spectacularly spilling water all over myself and my paper. Building you’d like to tear down: Now that’s a dangerous question! But let’s start with the Parking Garage on Fort Duquesne Blvd. in the Cultural District which occupies a spectacular site on the Allegheny River. What’s the next big architectural trend? Multi-use. Multi-age. Multi–level. Multi-style. Advice...
Celeste Allen Novak, AIA
Learn more about this sustainability-minded juror
Name: Celeste Allen Novak, AIA, LEED AP Firm: Celeste Allen Novak Architect Family: Husband, 2 sons, 2 grandchildren Years in practice: 22 (but…. daughter of an architect so really all of my life.) Education: M.Arch, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1984; CEW Scholar; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1982; Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota 1973; Georgetown University – AIA Leadership certificate program Your first job: As an architect – with Yamasaki and Associates. Also, my very first job was running blueprints (remember those) for my father, the architect. I can still smell the ammonia. Project you’re proudest of: Writings for McGraw-Hill, primarily on rainwater harvesting, Voices for Earth Justice...
Craig L. Wilkins, AIA
A bit about this Design Pittsburgh juror and his obsessions
Name: Craig L. Wilkins, PhD, AIA, ARA Firm: Detroit Community Design Center at the University of Michigan Years in practice: 25 years, more or less Education: B.Arch: University of Detroit / MS: Columbia University (NY) / PhD: Univ. of Minnesota Your first job: Mail room at the 1st National Bank of Chicago. Project you’re proudest of: The next one. Most embarrassing moment: Being juuust a bit intoxicated at the design portion of the registration exam. Building you’d like to tear down: Detroit Train Station Building you’d like to renovate into something else and why? Detroit Packard Plant. Great spaces deserve second lives. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Uhm…yes, your cookies are indeed great, but I’d much...
Lisa Schroeder Named 2012 Gold Medal Recipient
Riverlife CEO joins long list of past awardees
AIA Pittsburgh announced this month that Elisabeth (Lisa) Schroeder, president and chief executive officer of Riverlife, is AIA Pittsburgh’s 2012 Gold Medal awardee. Riverlife is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1999 by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, to create a vision and master plan for the city’s riverfronts. Through the Gold Medal award, architecture and design professionals honor a community leader who has made a significant contribution to the profession. “The Gold Medal is not presented annually, but only when an outstanding candidate is identified,” said Mark Dietrick, AIA, president, AIA Pittsburgh. The award is presented by AIA Pittsburgh’s board of directors and is based on a candidate’s role in generating policy, raising public awareness, and/or leading a specific effort regarding...
Young Architect Studio Competition Announced
YASC takes on the Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge
AIA Pittsburgh is excited to announce the Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), as a part of Design Pittsburgh 2012. In its third year, the YASC was created specifically for young architects – architecture graduates who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA. The goal of this competition is to engage our young professionals by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. This year’s competition is titled, The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge, and was inspired by our City of Bridges. The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge is one of these iconic bridges, and a nationally listed historic...