Feature

Walking the Walk

The AIA Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals

By Nicole Grayburn Posted on October 9, 2017

Editor’s note: Reposted in its entirety from IKM’s website.  Used with permission. What is an “emerging professional?”  As architects, we use the term to describe any professional with 10 years of experience or less. At IKM Architecture, our “emerging professionals” represent the largest and most influential group at the firm. In many ways, their diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and technical acumen make them our go-to resource for mentoring the upcoming generation of designers and forming a symbiotic relationship with firm leadership. No pressure, right? Last year, the AIA Pittsburgh’s Foundation for Architecture launched the inaugural class of the AIA Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals to support a cohort that is ripe with talent and ambition but remains hungry for direction.Through a...

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October @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 2, 2017

October is all about Design Pittsburgh! Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award.  View all 99 entries and learn more about the intent behind each project.  Design Awards and Gala will take place October 19th.  Later in the month, come by the AIA Pittsburgh office for a livestream party celebrating the AIA Pennsylvania Design Award winners on October 25th.

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Dossier

Dossier: Monica Blasko, AIA

"This is not HGTV."

Name: Monica Blasko, AIA Firm: qkArchitecture Family: Husband- Matt; Furkid- Axel Years in practice: 6 Education: Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute; Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati Your first job: Farmers’ market cashier– duties included quickly making change without the use of a cash register or calculator (a great life skill) and expert veggie and fruit display making, which came in handy at my next job as a Sheetz “sandwich artist.” Project you’re proudest of: The eternally in-progress renovations to our 1890s row house in Lawrenceville. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? This is not HGTV. What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Us architects tend to flock together, so I tend...

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September @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 30, 2017

September is back-to-school so get to work on those design boards which are due the 21st.   This month, the CRAN Symposium will be held in Miami.  Watch for a report from CRAN chair Mary Cerrone, AIA if you can’t attend.   Also, consider submitting to present Pecha Kucha night, Design Pittsburgh edition. PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh 20 x 20 Vol.28 will be held October 12th.

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August @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 1, 2017

This month, it’s time to get your head out of the sand and start thinking about submitting to the Young Architects Studio Competition and Design Pittsburgh 2017. Get the deadlines on your calendar now, review this year’s themes, and decide what projects you plan on submitting.  Take note this year, the submission categories have been updated.

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July @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on July 4, 2017

This month, PechaKucha Vol. 27 will be held July 18 at City of Asylum, there’s the opportunity to give input on the Pittsburgh Design Review process, apply for the Paula Maynes AIA Pennsylvania ARE Review Process, and an invitation to bid for conceptual design and pre-development technical services in Venango County.

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June @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 5, 2017

This month, there are lunch and learn opportunities, lots of news from AIA National and the opportunity to submit to be a presenter at PechaKucha Vol. 27 to be held July 18 at City of Asylum, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212

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Feature

Meet AIA Pittsburgh’s New Executive Director Michelle Fanzo

Fanzo will assume leadership of the Chapter June 1st

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on May 11, 2017

Through her 25 years of varied experience, Fanzo cites an ongoing fascination with cities and the built environment. Michelle comes to AIA Pittsburgh with an accomplished background in public policy, international affairs, and journalism. Michelle spent nearly two decades working with the United Nations, non-profits and governments to develop initiatives and policies to improve peoples’ lives and their communities. Highlights include being part of Kofi Annan’s Executive Team when he was UN Secretary-General and directing a grassroots NGO in Afghanistan that helped empower women and strengthen civil society. Since founding Four Corners Consulting in 2009, Michelle has supported international organizations, foundations, companies and non-profits on a wide variety of policy and program issues. She is a non-resident Fellow at the World...

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William Bates, FAIA has been elected AIA National First Vice President/2019 President-elect

Bates Now Holds the Position of 2018 First Vice President/2019 President-elect

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on April 11, 2017

I’m assuming this national office with hopes of making the AIA more responsive to it members needs and enabling our profession to better serve society. You probably know him as Bill.  He’s been an active member of the Chapter and a familiar face in the Pittsburgh architectural community since serving as the AIA Pittsburgh Board President in 1987.  Since then, Bates has gone on to serve as President of AIA Pennsylvania (twice), become an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon and held a number of positions with AIA National including the Equity Commission and Diversity Council. Most recently Bates, who works at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, has served as Vice-President of the Board at AIA National.  After being elected during the...

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April @ the AIA

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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on April 3, 2017

This month, AIA National Convention will be held in Orlando April 27-29.  Just announced was former First Lady Michelle Obama as the featured keynote speaker on Thursday, April 27.  Also at A’17, AIA Pittsburgh president Jeff Murray will be casting the Chapter’s votes for national office, including Pittsburgh own Bill Bates, FAIA of Eatn’ Park Hospitality Group for the position of 2018 First Vice President/2019 President-elect.

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