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Anastasia Herk, Assoc. AIA

Meet the 2012 chair of the Young Architects Forum

Name: Anastasia Herk, Assoc. AIA Firm: IBACOS Years in practice: 6 Education: Masters of Architecture from Kent State University Your first job: Architectural intern at VIA design architects in Virginia Beach Project you are proudest of: Bakery Square  Most embarrassing moment: Falling – Anytime. Anywhere. For a former dancer I’m very clumsy!  What would you change about your job: Location. I miss working Downtown. What is the most annoying thing that architects do: Are stuck in their ways and are unwilling to learn new processes, designs, trends….  Favorite tool: Creativity Favorite city: Pittsburgh! (a true yinzer) Wish list for downtown Pittsburgh: Fill the empty buildings, bring more people in, make it livable and more lively after 5pm.  If you had...

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Lisa Schroeder

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...

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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...

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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...

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Matthew Brind’Amour

Meet this residential architect

Name: Matt Brind’Amour Firm: Brind’Amour Design Years in practice: 6 Education: ‘06 B Arch –  The Pennsylvania State University w/ Honors in Architecture from the Schreyer Honors College Your first job: Carter & Burgess in Baltimore designing CVS drug stores throughout the D.C. metro area and beyond. Project you’re proudest of: Laurel Mountain Christian Camp.  This was a large project taking an existing Girl Scouts Camp and renovating some of the buildings and building 10 new cabins in addition to a beautiful new dining hall and other support buildings and site elements.  The natural, picturesque site sits in the heart of the Laurel Highlands and the buildings are really a great addition to the locale, with nods to an adirondack...

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Dossier: Paul Rosenblatt, AIA

"Never lose your creativity."

Name: Paul Rosenblatt Firm: Springboard Design Family: Wife – Artist Petra Fallaux; Children – Lucas (14) , Ella (13) Years in practice: 28 Education: B.A. Yale University, M.Arch. Yale School of Architecture Project you are proudest of: The tiny spare room I converted into my late father’s library – he loved it. What is the best part of your job: Working with my clients. What is the most annoying thing that architects do:  I hate it when architects complain about clients and contractors. I really try not to! Advice to young architects: Never lose your creativity. The one thing you wish they would have taught in school: Accounting. Architectural quote to practice by: “Every wall is a door.” My wife...

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Jen Bee, AIA

A look at this sole-practioner

Name: Jen Bee Firm: Jen Bee Design, LLC Family: Husband Mark Paczan, and a son, 4 years old Years in practice: 12 Education: Hofstra University (freshman year), Art Major; James Madison University, Bachelors of Science in Art, Interior Design Concentration; Virginia Tech, Masters of Architecture Your first job: First architecture job- Balance Associates, Seattle Washington; first job ever – Wendy’s drive through window and salad bar, Greensburg PA Project you are proudest of: Any project that I’ve completed since I’ve had my own practice- I’m still amazed and thankful for each project that comes my way. Most embarrassing moment: About 7 or 8 year ago I was attending a construction meeting with about 15 attendees and one of the subcontractors...

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Dossier: Nick Doichev, AIA

Meet a member of the Board of Directors

Name: Nick Doichev, AIA Firm: DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design, Principal Family: Single; Daughters: Maya (10), Nora (7) Years in practice: 17 Education: Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech Your first job: Philadelphia, Kitchen & Associates Architectural Services Project you’re proudest of: On the boards: Energy Innovation Center (Former Connelley Trade School), Pittsburgh, PA; Completed: Yuma Arts Center, Yuma, AZ Most embarrassing moment: January 2010…I could not get out of bed the morning after I was laid off. What’s the best part of your job? I get many chances to work with people to create space. What would you change about your job? Working for a minimum or no fee. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Good architecture...

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DOSSIER: Scott Simpson, FAIA, LEED AP

A glance at Build Pittsburgh's keynote speaker

A brief intro… You may remember a recurring feature of Columns during the 1990s entitled “Dossier”, in which a different member architect was highlighted in each issue. They answered questions to give insight into who they were, both professionally and personally.  Well, it has been 15 years, and we have decided it is time to bring it back, featuring updated questions for the world we live in today.  A lot has changed in those 15 years but one constant is that AIA Pittsburgh exists because of, and for, its members, and the larger architectural community that the membership represents.   Here is a peak into the minds of architects. We begin the resurrection of the Dossier with a look at...

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