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Thomas Vonier, FAIA

Get to Know Build Pittsburgh's Keynote Speaker

This year AIA National President Thomas Vonier, FAIA will deliver the Keynote Address at Build Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 5th.  Make sure you are registered to hear Mr. Vonier present on the nature of influence and demonstrate how good design delivers. He will discuss how the American Institute of Architects is seeking to harness the power of association in order to wield influence more effectively. Name: Thomas Vonier FAIA Firm: Thomas Vonier Architect LLC Family: Françoise (my spouse), Pascale (our daughter) and William (our son-in-law) Years in practice: 38 Education: B.Sc.Arch. and M.Arch. Your first job: Delivering newspapers and shoveling snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Project you’re proudest of: . . . is still to come. What have you always wanted to...

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I Belong to the AIA Because …

Architects on the Value of Membership

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 7, 2017

Columns has included a ‘Dossier’ of AIA members almost since its inception as AIA Pittsburgh’s chapter magazine. Here we feature a selection of members’ answers about why they belong to AIA. 1. Paul Rosenblatt, AIA I value the talents, perspectives, and friendship of my colleagues in the profession. Architects are a rare breed and it takes one to know one. 2. Nicole Graycar, AIA The amazing young women in YAF. 3. Dutch MacDonald, AIA It allows me to stay connected to my colleagues in the profession and contribute to the ongoing evolution of the practice. 4. Christian Hughes, Assoc. AIA It is an association of professionals from all ages, walks of life, and backgrounds with one common goal – designing...

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Taking Office

New Leadership at AIA Pittsburgh Shares A Vision for the Year Ahead

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on January 16, 2017

At the recent 2016 AIA Pittsburgh President’s Holiday Party Jeff Murray, FAIA took the reins as President of the Board of Directors. Ray Bowman, Assoc. AIA received the AIA Pittsburgh President’s Award for his dedication and many contributions to the AIA and has now taken over as Chair of the Young Architects Forum (YAF). Revisit their dossiers and read what they have to say about their vision for the coming year: Jeff Murray, FAIA, President, AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors I’m looking forward to getting to know more within the PGH architectural community.  My goal this year is to help in some small ways to better prove to the rest of the building industry [and to a lesser extent the general public]...

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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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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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Nicole Graycar, AIA

Meet the 2016 YAF Chair

Name: Nicole Graycar, AIA Firm: Carnegie Mellon University Campus Design and Facility Development Years in practice: 6 Education: BArch, Carnegie Mellon University Your first job: Babysitting. But my first proper job was the Drive-Thru at McDonald’s; on 49 cent cheeseburger days it was pretty intense. Project you’re proudest of:  Materials Science & Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. It was the first professional project I ever got to see from start to finish. A little bit of me is still there. Building you’d like to tear down: None – I’d prefer to repurpose it. No need to waste what is already there. What’s the best part of your job? Being able to literally put my money where my mouth is. An owner...

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Michael McDonnell, AIA

AIA Pittsburgh's 2016 President!

Name: Michael P. McDonnell, AIA Firm: IKM Incorporated Family: Son Luke – 14 years old in 8th grade Years in practice: 25 years Education: Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture Your first job: Lifeguard for the Recreation Department in Davenport, Iowa Project you’re proudest of: The Ice Rink & Fountain at PPG Place. It transformed an otherwise unused public space. What’s the best part of your job? The best part of my job is that every day presents something new. New design challenges, new technology, new clients.  I never really know what the day will hold until I am in the middle of it. It drives me forward with excitement. What would you change about your job? I wish I could change the timeline projects typically have today. There...

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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...

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Stephen Winikoff, AIA

Architect... or Dogwalker?

Name: Stephen Winikoff, AIA Firm: Astorino-CannonDesign Family: Susan (spouse) Years in practice: 15 Education: B.Arch, University of Toronto, Canada Your first job: High-end residential work in Toronto, Canada Project you’re proudest of: Allegheny Health Network’s Health & Wellness Pavilion, Wexford Most embarrassing moment: My second job as a recent architectural graduate was working for a small design-build firm in Toronto. The office was in a private home. One day my boss’s husband, a wealthy hedge fund manager, came downstairs to the office and seeing that I was the only one present, says “Hey Champ (did not know my name), when you take your lunch break, would you mind walking Sophie (the dog)? Thanks, Buddy.” Needless to say, Sophie did not...

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Joanna Beres, Assoc. AIA

AIA PA Associate Director and Lover of All Things Italian

Name: Joanna Beres, Assoc. AIA Firm: AIA Pennsylvania (currently the AIA PA Associate Director) Family: MaryEllen and Steve Beres (parents); Stephanie and Andy (siblings);  Frank (fiancé) Years in practice: 6 Education: M.Arch. with a concentration in Urban Design and Conservation at the Catholic University of America; B.A. Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh Your first job: I ran a snack counter at a golf course. What’s the best part of your job? I advocate for fellow associates. What would you change about your job? I would like to find a full time position in the field, so that I may complete IDP. Project you’re proudest of: Participation in the Market Square Place project by STRADA. What have you always wanted...

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