Kellner has worked in the nonprofit field her entire career, most notably spending 10 years at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and five years with the American Diabetes Association. Kira Kellner is AIA Pittsburgh’s new Manager, Programming and Development, replacing Rachael Kelley who left in April to become the executive director of the Housing Innovation Alliance. Kellner brings a wealth of fundraising and event planning experience for other notable nonprofits making her a natural fit to step into this highly demanding role at AIA Pittsburgh. In her spare time, Kellner serves as the race director of the Brentwood Firecracker 5k, one of the largest 5k races in Western Pennsylvania, which takes place on the 4th of July in Brentwood, PA. In...
Meet AIA Pittsburgh’s New Manager, Programming and Development
Kira Kellner Joins the Team
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 20, 2018
Architects Oppose U.S. Withdrawal from Climate Treaty
Reaffirm Commitment to Mitigating Climate Change
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 1, 2017
AIA today reaffirmed its commitment to climate change mitigation and announced it was opposing the Administration’s decision to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Paris Agreement. That accord, signed in late 2015 within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), commits the international community to fighting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.The United States must remain a leader in the battle to cease harmful and needless practices that damage the planet and its climate, acting out of both environmental concerns and national economic interests. Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors.” “The United States must remain a leader in the battle to...
Mancini’s Bakery Expansion RFQ
Popular Pittsburgh Bakery Seeks Architect for Expansion Project
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on May 18, 2017
Mancini’s Bread Company (“Mancini’s”) invites submission of a Statement of Qualifications to provide construction design services for the Mancini’s Bakery Expansion Project. The commercial bakery will renovate about 2,500 square feet of the existing ground floor bakery and add about 6,000 square feet of new, one and one-half story, masonry and structural steel construction to the existing bread bakery facilities, located in McKees Rocks, PA, 15136. Download the full RFQ due May 26: Architects RFQ for Mancini’s bakery expansion.
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...
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...
Elevated to Fellowship
Rob Pfaffmann has been inducted into the 2017 College of Fellows
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 20, 2017
Congratulations to AIA Pittsburgh’s Rob Pfaffmann, who was among the 178 member architects inducted into the College of Fellows for 2017. The Fellows program was developed to elevate architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Pfaffmann, founder and Principal of Pfaffmann + Associates, is also a past AIA Pittsburgh Board President. Three Pfaffmann + Associates projects—the Port Authority’s Gateway Station, Fort Duquesne & Sixth Garage and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter—have received Silver Medals at AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards, the Chapter’s highest honor.
2016 President’s Holiday Party
In Case You Missed the Holiday Party…
At the end of each year, members of the architectural community gather together to celebrate at AIA Pittsburgh’s President’s Holiday Party. This year, the party was held at the Alloy 26 designed by Desmone Architects. Early in the evening some business was announced. Four AIA members were voted on to be part of the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors – Eric Booth, AIA; Mike Gwin, AIA; Jeff Murray, FAIA; Dina Snider, AIA- as well as two Associate AIA Board representatives – Ray Bowman, Assoc. AIA; Bea Spolidoro, Assoc. AIA. The traditional passing of the wig took place, as 2016 president Michael McDonnell, AIA welcomed 2017 president Jeff Murray, FAIA. Next, Ray Bowman, Assoc. AIA was awarded the AIA Pittsburgh President’s Award for his...
October @ the AIA
A Monthlong Celebration of Design!
Each year, the month of October features AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture and design and those who create it. It is once again time for Design Pittsburgh, our annual design competition, exhibit, gala, and awards ceremony. We are also exhibiting the winning photographs from the AIA Pittsburgh / Steel City Grammers Instagram Competition in conjunction with this year’s Young Architects Studio Competition. Looking for a way to reconnect with the architecture community? This is a great time to experience over 90 projects, meet up with other architects, and get inspired! Design Pittsburgh People’s Choice Award – Brought to you by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., the online exhibit of Design Pittsburgh submissions is available for viewing and we need your...
July @ the AIA
Gearing up for Design Pittsburgh
It’s July, it’s hot, and you’re counting down the days (or hours) until vacation. Things may feel slower, even sluggish, on these 90° days, but the AIA is still at it, putting your dues dollars to work! AIA Pittsburgh is working full-throttle as Design Pittsburgh approaches. The Call for Submissions has been announced and we look forward to viewing your standout projects for our annual Design Awards Competition. Another new initiative is the AIA Pittsburgh Foundation for Architecture’s Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals. Applications are due at the end of the month, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity! AXP not IDP: The Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP), has officially launched this week. See...
April @ the AIA
Learn About Resiliency at Build Pittsburgh
Spring is here – blue skies, warmer days, and Build Pittsburgh! AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference and exhibitor show is a great way to spend the day with other architects and engineers, earn continuing education credits, and catch up on trends in the industry. This year’s theme is “Bounce Forward: Design for Resiliency,” looking, in part, at the AIA’s Sustainability Initiative promoting adaptable and resilient buildings and communities. Start the day with the keynote address presented by Grant Oliphant, of The Heinz Endowments, and stay through ’til the cocktail reception. You won’t want to miss out! April 6 – PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 23: Presented by AIA Pittsburgh, AIGA Pittsburgh, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for an evening of...