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...
Design Pittsburgh Submissions Highlight Eateries and Breweries
By Maya Henry Posted on October 10, 2017
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...
Design Pittsburgh 2016
Highlights + Photos
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on November 4, 2016
Design Pittsburgh is a celebration of architecture and design, and honors those who create it. Design Pittsburgh raises the profile of architects as critical resources and industry experts in the Pittsburgh region. Through exhibits and events, this program provides excellent exposure of architects’ work to a wide variety of audiences – including potential customers. This year we had: 1,000+ people visited the exhibit during the gallery crawl, PechaKucha Night, and Storey Telling 570 attended the Design Awards Ceremony & Gala 4,582 votes for the People’s Choice Award, a 20% increase from last year 55,990+ unique page views throughout the Design Pittsburgh promotional period Additionally, Design Pittsburgh highlights the importance of good design in our region – and how our members, sponsors, partners, and...
Miguel Rivera, FAIA
Meet Another Design Pittsburgh Jury Member
Name: Miguel A Rivera, FAIA Firm: Miro Rivera Architects, in Austin, Texas Family: married with 2 girls Years in practice: 26 Education: Master in Architecture, Columbia University Your first job: Luis Flores Architect in Puerto Rico Project you’re proudest of: Lifeworks, Austin Building you’d like to tear down: All Office Depots. What’s the best part of your job? Making people lives better. What would you change about your job? The way we get the jobs. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Trust your architect, make a difference. What’s the next big architectural trend? Going away from trends. Advice to young architects: Listen, travel, patience. The one thing you wish they’d teach you in school: Psychology. Code/zoning requirement I’d change if given the chance: The...
Design Pittsburgh 2015
Highlights + Photos
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 28, 2015
Design Pittsburgh is a celebration of architecture and design, and honors those who create it. Design Pittsburgh raises the profile of architects as critical resources and industry experts in the Pittsburgh region. Through exhibits and events, this program provides excellent exposure of architects’ work to a wide variety of audiences – including potential customers. This year we had: 35% increase in Design Award Submissions 1,000+ people visit the exhibit during the gallery crawl and PechaKucha Night, held in the exhibit space 520 registered to attend the Design Awards Ceremony & Gala 3,647 votes for the People’s Choice Award 49,000+ unique page views to the Design Pittsburgh webpages and online exhibit throughout the promotional period Additionally, Design Pittsburgh highlights the importance...
Design Pittsburgh 2015
View the winners of our juried competition
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 22, 2015
ARCHITECTURE: Honor Award 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 DESCRIPTION: The Uptown Lofts on Fifth are two new multi-unit apartment buildings constructed on opposite sides of Fifth Avenue in Uptown, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh that suffers from steady population decline due to a lack of adequate housing. The developer for the project, ACTION-Housing, Inc., serves a mission to empower people to build secure and self-sufficient lives through decent, affordable housing, and has worked to demonstrate the importance of energy efficiency through various projects. This project was designed to allow for a comparison of the...
James Lord II, AIA
Meet the lead juror for Design Awards 2015
Name: James C. Lord II, AIA Firm: KGA Architecture Family: Married with 4 children Years in practice: 30 years Education: M.Arch and BS from the University of Michigan Your first job: Running blueprints while in college. Projects you’re proudest of: UNLV College of Health Sciences and The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain. Most embarrassing moment: Answering the last question. Building you’d like to tear down: Any addition to one of our designs that we didn’t do. What’s the best part of your job? The creative people I get to meet. What would you change about your job? More time to draw. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Trust your Architect. What’s the most annoying thing architects...
October @ the AIA
A Month-long 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 your photographs in Places That Inspire, a photographic exhibition 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 votes! Go look through...
Design Pittsburgh Offers New Opportunities, New Challenges
What Are You Waiting For? Enter Today!
Design Pittsburgh, one of AIA Pittsburgh’s signature programs, is a great chance to connect with peers, network, support, and be a part of the local architecture community. But at its core, it’s so much more – through events, exhibits, social media, and press it is an opportunity to honor and publicly promote the importance of architectural services, good design, and those who create it. In order to thoroughly recognize how good design is impacting the world around us, we have identified the importance of collaboration and advances in technology that are impacting the profession. With this in mind, two new design award categories have been added to the competition this year. Engineering + Science Award – The Engineering + Science...
Build YOUR Burgh
Bringing the Idea of Design to the Masses
By Becky Spevack Posted on March 12, 2015
Design Pittsburgh. It’s a design competition. An awards ceremony. A gala. The one time each year you catch up with some of your colleagues. But it’s also something more. It is AIA Pittsburgh’s yearly opportunity to expose architects’ work to a wide variety of audiences, to raise the profile of architects in the public’s eye. How to fill such a tall order? Nine years ago, AIA Pittsburgh moved the Design Pittsburgh exhibit to downtown and became a stop on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl, exposing hundreds of ‘crawlers’ to the array of architectural designs submitted for the competition. A few years later, the entries were made available for viewing (and voting) online, bringing in thousands of unique page views...