This weekend, the AIA will bring together thought leaders from across the profession – including students, young architects, firm owners, academics, and more – to address how practice culture can be shaped to prepare current and future architects for their role in society at the Emerging Professionals Summit. Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, they will look ahead 20 years, hoping to address the question of what role architects will be playing in society in 2033 and how to best position the profession for the future. Attendees were asked to tackle the aforementioned questions; here is one local Emerging Professional’s response. It’s 2033. In a perfect world, architects are heralded as visionaries, as innovators, as civic and private sector leaders. The...
An Architect in 2033?
One emerging professional's look at the future
By Nicole Graycar, LEED AP BD+C Posted on January 22, 2014
Pittsburgh Toasts Newly Registered Architects
Congrats to 2013's licensed professionals
This year was witness to more young architects completing the arduous A.R.E. in the Pittsburgh region than any other in recent memory. Eighteen local professionals passed all seven divisions after countless hours of studying and preparation, as well as completing the Intern Development Program. AIA Pittsburgh celebrated their achievement with a toast at the Holiday Party last week. Congratulations again, and take a deep breath – you did it! Here are the 2013 RAs: Gary Atcheson – Lami Grubb Architects Jim Bischoff – A|E Works Melanie Buzgan Dower, AIA – Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Ben Clements – IKM Incorporated Anita Gallo – Strollo Architects Jesse Gidley – Lami Grubb Architects Josh Harter, AIA – Pieper O’Brien Herr Brent Houck, AIA –...
Karissa Pytlak, Assoc. AIA
Meet the outgoing YAF president
Name: Karissa Pytlak, Assoc. AIA Firm: Sleighter Engineering Years in practice: 2 Education: BA: Art History/Architectural History, University of Pittsburgh; Masters of Architecture, North Carolina State University Your first job: Cashier at my grandma’s bookstore. What’s the best part of your job? Freehand sketching and 3D rendering. What would you change about your job? Location – I want to work downtown. What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Architects are design snobs; sometimes a little overly critical of each other’s designs when we should be complimenting and working together. What’s the next big architectural trend? Sustainability and collaboration. Advice to young architects: Join the YAF! It’s a great starting point to get involved in the local community and connect with fellow...
More Than One Path to Licensure
Five recently registered architects discuss their journeys
By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP Posted on September 23, 2013
The paths in the architectural profession are many and varied, and the nature of those practicing within it, are divergent. Our differing backgrounds, education, and experience each influence our approach to practice, which we perform in different states, in different regions, and in different market segments. Some of us are working in 200-person firms, while others are sole practitioners. Some of us design, some of us market, some of us develop construction drawings. Where our paths converge, however, is in the act of earning one’s license. Registration – whether we are currently working to achieve it, or look back fondly upon the process — is the one thing we all have in common as professionals. We asked five recently registered...
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...
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....
Building Tomorrow’s Architects
Local architects, IKM, receive national award for training program
By Patty Swisher Posted on June 11, 2013
Within the profession, it’s the dreaded “I” word — Intern architect. It’s that glorious period after graduation, after securing that first real job with the paycheck, before becoming a registered professional. Each seasoned professional can tell at least one story of a time during that period of their career that was good, even extraordinary; a story that was bad, so bad it shouldn’t be repeated; and perhaps even a story that was downright ugly. At IKM, it took a culture shift at the firm to make the experience award-winning. The American Institute of Architects announced IKM Incorporated as a recipient of the National Intern Development Program (IDP) Firm Award 2012-2015. This award recognizes IKM, one of only 11 firms in...
Recent Grad? Become a Member!
The AIA offers complimentary membership for new graduates
The AIA would like to congratulate new graduates on completing this first step toward becoming an architect! In celebration of all you’ve achieved, recent grads from an accredited school of architecture are offered complimentary Associate AIA membership for up to 18 months. Associate membership benefits include Intern Development Program and Architect’s Registration Examination resources; AIA Continuing Education and IDP hours; events and networking opportunities; access to the 25 unique AIA Knowledge Communities; subscriptions to AIArchitect, the AIA bi-weekly e-newsletter and ARCHITECT, the print magazine of the AIA; and many other resources. Click here to download a brochure about membership. Welcome to the Profession. Download an application today!
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?...