In Memoriam: Frank McCurdy, AIA

AIA Pittsburgh remembers this Past President

Frank G. McCurdy, 77, of Harrison Twp. passed away on Friday, October 12th, 2012, peacefully in his home.  Frank was born in Tarentum on March 6, 1935, the son of the late Irene (Robertson) and Frank M. McCurdy. A 1953 graduate of St. Joseph High School, he was instrumental in the design of the school’s new gymnasium. He completed the five year Architectural program at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1958, and he received his Master’s Degree in Urban Design from Harvard University in 1963. In 1982, he was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving a term as President of the Pittsburgh...

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October @ the AIA

Experience architecture this month with Design Pittsburgh

Each year, the month of October features AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture 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 honoring Lisa Schroeder, President and CEO of Riverlife, with AIA Pittsburgh’s Gold Medal for her contributions to good design.  Looking for a way to reconnect with the architecture community? This is a great time to experience over 80 projects, meet up with other architects, and get inspired! AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal!  Renew by December 31st and you will both receive a free continuing education course via AIA Virtual Convention as well as be entered into a drawing...

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AIA Pittsburgh elects new Board members

AIA Pittsburgh has announced that the following architects have been elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors, which begins on January 1, 2013:  Michael Kuchera, AIA,BBH Design; Marc Mondor, AIA, evolve environment::architecture; and George Halkias, AIA,  Stantec.  Mark Dietrick, AIA, Case Technologies, Inc., was elected to his second term on the Board.

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September @ the AIA

Check out this exciting month as we gear up for Design Pittsburgh!

The days are getting shorter, but AIA Pittsburgh is finding ways to fit more into them!  September is quickly filling up with events all around town, particularly the unveiling of the Design Pittsburgh 2012 exhibit!  Design submissions will be available to view via the online digital exhibit next week, with the physical exhibit making its debut at the Cultural District’s Gallery Crawl on September 28th! An autumn evening spent Downtown, taking in art and design… you won’t want to miss it!  AIA Trade Mission to India: The AIA, in conjunction with the US Department of Commerce, has put together the first Architecture trade mission to India.   A half day seminar is scheduled for September 19, for architects and firms interested in...

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AIA BIM/Digital Practice Document Update

AIA National asks for your feedback

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has changed the way the construction industry interacts and communicates internally. Project plans have moved beyond two-dimensional design to multi-dimensional models that have parametric capabilities. The American Institute of Architects has commenced an effort to evaluate the continued development and adoption of BIM and the impact it has on contracts. As part of this effort, AIA is updating its BIM and Digital Practice documents for use on construction projects involving digital data or BIM, and have made the updated documents available for public comment. The feedback received will help to deliver the most relevant and complete documents possible. During this unique opportunity, the draft documents are available for review through the AIA Contract Documents website. After...

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CANstruction Pittsburgh 2012

Helping to make a difference, one can at a time

“CANstruction is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. One can to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures. One can to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Since 1992, CANstruction has contributed over 15 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger. Wherever a CANstruction competition is held, thousands of hungry people are fed, a greater awareness of the issues surrounding hunger is brought home to the public, and a spotlight is placed on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build.” Pittsburgh’s CANstruction will be held for the 2nd year at One Oxford Centre, where teams will build...

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Art Activity Day at LESLIE Park Pool

An action-packed community event in Lawrenceville

Pittsburgh is commonly referred to as the biggest small town – with its 80+ neighborhoods, there is always something happening and it’s easy to miss out on any number of events due to shear quantity.  Here is a look at an upcoming community event that Columns thought may be of interest to you…. And if you know of others, please let us know! The LESLIE Collective has been producing unusual, family-friendly events in empty LESLIE Park Pool for over 3 years to re-imagine a use for a decommissioned CitiParks pool in Lawrenceville.  They’ve done it again! Art Activity Day on Sunday August 19th, 12pm-5pm, kicks off “Project: Lido,” a curated art installation that uses this gorgeous urban ruin as inspiration. ...

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August @ the AIA

Wrapping up summer with events you won't want to miss!

It’s been a hot summer, and whether you find yourself shaking the sand out of your flip flops or daydreaming while staring out at that clear blue sky, it’s time to find your focus and start thinking about Design Awards.  Entries, for both local and national design competitions, are due towards the end of August.  There’s also a BBQ/House Tour you won’t want to miss and AIA Pittsburgh’s Annual Meeting – “Adapt, Survive, and Thrive” –  where we’ll be looking at the profession and how recent changes – both external and internal – have impacted the foreseeable future. August 14 – YAF Steering Committee Meeting: Join AIA Pittsburgh’s YAF for the monthly steering committee meeting. Learn all about what this...

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Lisa Schroeder Named 2012 Gold Medal Recipient

Riverlife CEO joins long list of past awardees

AIA Pittsburgh announced this month that Elisabeth (Lisa) Schroeder, president and chief executive officer of Riverlife, is AIA Pittsburgh’s 2012 Gold Medal awardee. Riverlife is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1999 by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, to create a vision and master plan for the city’s riverfronts. Through the Gold Medal award, architecture and design professionals honor a community leader who has made a significant contribution to the profession. “The Gold Medal is not presented annually, but only when an outstanding candidate is identified,” said Mark Dietrick, AIA, president, AIA Pittsburgh. The award is presented by AIA Pittsburgh’s board of directors and is based on a candidate’s role in generating policy, raising public awareness, and/or leading a specific effort regarding...

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Young Architect Studio Competition Announced

YASC takes on the Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge

AIA Pittsburgh is excited to announce the Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), as a part of Design Pittsburgh 2012. In its third year, the YASC was created specifically for young architects – architecture graduates who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA. The goal of this competition is to engage our young professionals by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. This year’s competition is titled, The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge, and was inspired by our City of Bridges. The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge is one of these iconic bridges, and a nationally listed historic...

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