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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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Emily Putas, AIA, LEED AP

She hopes to be remembered as a problem solver

Name: Emily Putas, AIA, LEED AP Firm: Stantec Family: Workin’ on it… Years in practice: 9 Education: BArch from Syracuse University Your first job: Clerk at CVS Project you’re proudest of: The Academic Building for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology What’s the best part of your job? Seeing how the work I do can change the lives of the people in my community. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? There is a first time for everything, so just because I haven’t done it before doesn’t mean I won’t be able to.  As an architect, I’m a problem solver – it’s about how I will solve the problem, not whether or not I’ve solved it before. What’s...

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Katie Walsh, Assoc. AIA

A Pittsburgh transplant who loves Scarpa

Name: Katie Walsh Firm: GBBN Architects Years in practice: 6 years Education: Syracuse University BArch 2007 Your first job: Park Attendant at Sayville Beach Project you’re proudest of: Co-founding Women in Design at Syracuse University with several empowering classmates – Taught me to stick to my guts and beliefs, lessons I carry to this day. Most embarrassing moment: Mistyping “Public” Schools on my resume… spell check didn’t catch that one! What’s the best part of your job? Solving problems through creativity and innovation. What would you change about your job profession? Rethinking the ARE test to be more contextual to building types and location/geography. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Challenge the norm for good design solutions....

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Mary Cerrone, AIA

An architect with a thirst for the outdoors...

Name: Mary Cerrone, AIA Firm: MCAI Family: Kevin (husband), Anna and Peter (kids) Years in practice: almost 20 Education: University of Virginia (UVA), Yale University Your first job: Concession stand at Wheeling Country Club; first architectural job: Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Building you would like to tear down: Any Sheetz service station…they are way too bright; also several buildings at Pitt. What is the best part of your job: Working with great clients and excellent builders. What would you change about your job: Less sitting. What have you always wanted to tell your clients: Similar to advice for travelers: pack what you think you need, then put back half. What is the most annoying thing that architects do: Think...

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George Halkias, AIA

Unfinished musicals... Who knew?

Name: George D. Halkias, AIA Firm: Stantec Family: wife Mary, daughter Lydia Years in practice: 20 Education: B. Arch – Penn State University Your first job: Student Intern with Tasso Katselas at the old Pittsburgh Airport. Most embarrassing moment: In my first year back in Pittsburgh, I labeled the cover sheet for a permit set with the wrong contractor name. It did not take long for my phone to ring. Building you would like to tear down: Allegheny Center. It creates a barrier between the North Shore and the North Side. What is the best part of your job: Working with people who care. What would you change about your job: As my daughter says, Architects have too many meetings....

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Barry Svigals, FAIA

Get to know Build Pittsburgh's keynote speaker

Name: Barry Svigals, FAIA Firm: Svigals + Partners, LLP Years in practice: 36 years practicing architecture Eduction: Bachelor of Arts, Yale College; Master of Architecture,Yale School of Architecture Your first job: With Herbert S. Newman and Partners, a former professor and mentor who was an inspiration to work with. Project you are most proud of: I wouldn’t want to suggest that any one project is more important than another, each is the most important to our clients. As a segment of our work, however, creating schools for small children has been enormously rewarding. Most embarrassing moment: On the first day of my first job, incorrectly  feeding an original drawing into the blueprint machine (can we remember those?) and not having...

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Luke Havrilla, AIA, LEED AP

Meet this Build Pittsburgh Facilitator

Name: Luke A. Havrilla, AIA, LEED AP Firm: Stantec (formally Burt Hill) Family: Parents Tom and Lynn in Northern Cambria, PA, and brother, sister-in-law, and niece in Johnstown, PA Years in practice: 5 Education: The Pennsylvania State University Your first job: Lifeguard at the local community pool, but architecturally, a summer intern at Weber Murphy Fox in State College, PA. Project you’re proudest of: My 5th year thesis. What’s the best part of your job? Working with people I love. What would you change about your job? Reduce the commute. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? You can have it cheap, reliable, or pretty, but you can only pick two. What’s the most annoying thing architects do?...

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Paul J. Tellers, AIA, AICP

He quotes Jefferson and loves Gaudi...

Name: Paul J. Tellers, AIA, AICP Firm: Paul J. Tellers, AIA, AICP, Architect/Planner Family: Married to Leah Rubenstein, daughters Kate (35) and Alice (29) Years in practice: 35 Education: B. Arch., University of Detroit Mercy Your first job: Delivering papers in Erie. What’s the best part of your job? Thinking about the built environment, and actually doing something about it. What’s the next big architectural trend? Large buildings designed for natural ventilation, without air conditioning. Advice to young architects: Think of architecture as a craft—as a cabinetmaker thinks about making furniture or a musician making music—before you think of architecture as a business. The one thing you wish they’d teach you in school: The business of architecture. Best gift to give an architect: A straight...

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Eric Osth, AIA

The key is collaboration

Name:  Eric Osth, AIA Firm:  Urban Design Associates Family:  Married, two children Years in practice:  15 Education:  B.Arch., University of Miami, cum laude; M.U.D., University of California, Berkeley, University Fellowship Your first job:  Loading Dumpsters on a construction crew. Project you are proudest of:  Yang Pu Knowledge & Innovation Zone in Shanghai, China (SOM) and A Pattern Book for Habitat for Humanity (UDA) Building you would like to tear down:  East Liberty Giant Eagle What is the best part of your job:  Terrific, passionate clients. What would you change about your job:  A little less air travel. What have you always wanted to tell your clients:  Thank you. What is the most annoying thing that architects do:  Avoid collaboration. What...

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Dutch MacDonald, AIA

Get to know the 2013 Chapter President

Name: Dutch MacDonald, AIA Firm: MAYA Design Family: Wife: Becky Mingo; 3 Children: Max, Toby, and Atticus Years in practice: 22 Education: BArch Carnegie Mellon University Your first job: Paperboy. I traveled about 4 miles roundtrip everyday to deliver 22 papers! Project you’re proudest of: The many loft buildings Downtown and in the Strip that were catalysts for revitalize housing in those areas. What’s the best part of your job? Looking deeply at the intersection of technology, people, and environments. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Don’t short change the design process. It is much more cost-effective to design the right thing in a prototype (design/model) then course-correct while under construction. What’s the most annoying thing architects...

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