In Memoriam: Tom Williams, FAIA

An Architect Ahead of His Time

G. Thomas Williams, FAIA (Tom), a leader in the Pittsburgh architectural community throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and a founding member of WTW Architects, passed away on Sunday, May 8th, 2016. Upon graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1952, Williams joined Mellon Stuart as a draftsman, working under William H. Young & Associates together with Tom Trebilcock; Paul Whitehead join the duo in 1957. Upon Williams becoming a Registered Architect in 1959, the trio struck out on their own setting up the practice in the Republic Building on the North Side. Initially known as G. Thomas Williams and Associates, the firm name became Williams Trebilcock Whitehead in 1961 when the latter two earned their architectural licenses....

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In Memoriam: Dick Rittelmann, FAIA

Pittsburgh Region Loses an Architectural Innovator

Innovator, teacher, born leader. Craftsman, opera singer, renaissance man. Ask anyone who has worked with him (and there are a lot of you out there), and these are just a few of the words commonly used to describe Dick Rittelmann, FAIA. He has contributed so much not only to the local architectural community, but to the profession nationally and internationally, changing what an architectural firm could be.  This man will no longer inspire, invigorate, or intimidate the next generation of architects. Well-known Butler architect Richard “Dick” Rittelmann, 77, died May 10, 2015 at the VNA Inpatient Hospice of Butler from pancreatic cancer. Born on Dec. 27, 1938, in Pittsburgh, he was a 1956 graduate of Butler High School. He  then...

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Together, We Can!

Thoughts on Building a Stronger Profession

By Paula Maynes, AIA Posted on March 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: Last week, Paula Maynes, AIA passed away unexpectedly of a brain aneurism. As has already been recounted, she was an incredible architect, partner, and friend. In looking back, Columns unearthed this Viewpoint, written by Paula at the beginning of her term as AIA Pittsburgh chapter president in 2008. Her words exemplify her thoughtful and inclusive nature,  which she brought to both her professional and personal life. Her insights will be greatly missed.  We can each point to moments in our lives when we grew a little more, when we realized that we had more to give, that we were bigger, braver, or wiser than we had previously thought. My abbreviated list includes some classic life-altering events: Overcoming a...

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Our Loss of Paula

In Remembrance of Paula Maynes, AIA

By Greg Maynes, AIA Posted on March 12, 2015

It is with great sadness that I write to you about the untimely death of my business partner and friend, Paula Maynes, AIA, who unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday night from a brain aneurism. She was just 54 years old. Each of us who had the honor of knowing Paula appreciated what a remarkable woman she was. Our relationship was evidence of that. We married after meeting at Carnegie Mellon University, had our son, then started an architecture firm so Paula could be a stay-at-home mom. Even though we divorced and married other spouses, we continued to manage a thriving architectural firm and maintain a lasting personal relationship throughout our lifetime. As a woman architect in Pittsburgh, Paula was peerless....

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In Memoriam: Anthony Lee Wolfe, AIA

Anthony Lee Wolfe, age 88, of Naples, FL, passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014. Husband of the late Marianne Leas Wolfe; father of Lawrence Wolfe and Sandra Wolfe Wood (husband, James Wolfe Wood); grandfather of Corlett Wolfe Wood and Andrew Wolfe Wood. Predeceased by brothers, Lawrence and Lindsay. Born June 5, 1926, to Mary Clark Wolfe and Laurence Wolfe, Anthony “Tony” grew up in Ben Avon, PA and finished high school in Arlington, Virginia, where his father served as project architect on the Pentagon. A veteran of WWII, Tony attended Swarthmore College and Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), graduating in architecture. In 1950, he married Marianne Leas (who would go on to become stated clerk of Pittsburgh Presbytery)...

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In Memoriam: Jim Johnson, AIA

James Boyd Johnson, AIA passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at his home in Clearwater, FL at the age of 83. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan M. Johnson; and his children, Jeffrey M. Johnson and wife, Colleen, Leanne J. Mihelic and husband, Michael, Jocelyn Johnson Gold and husband, Andrew and James C. Johnson and wife, Tiffany. He was also blessed with eight grandchildren, Kelly and Jeffrey Johnson, Morgan and Parker Mihelic, Sophia Gold and Ava, Lilah and Adelaide Johnson. Johnson was a prominent architect and CEO of the venerable Pittsburgh, PA architectural firm, JSA. He began his notable career in architecture in 1957. By 1980, Johnson became owner and CEO of Johnson/Schmidt & Associates, later renamed as...

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In Memoriam: Jessica Forsythe, AIA

Jessica Marie Forsythe, AIA died last month on June 22, 2014. Forsythe was president and co-owner of 4-Most Group Inc. Architects, which she founded with her husband, Richard Forsythe, AIA in 1997. Born on January 18, 1949 in Millersburg, Forsythe was the first female to participate in technical drafting classes at Knoch High School and one of the first women to go through the architectural program at the University of Cincinnati, where she received her Bachelor of Architecture. She worked for Burt Hill Kosar Rittelman from 1975 to 1997, when she left to start her own firm. In a profession that is predominantly male, she not only survived but excelled in both a large firm setting and within her own practice....

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In Memoriam: Gary Carlough, AIA

Pittsburgh loses a design visionary

Gary Carlough, AIA, a continuous force for good design and community revival, passed away on June 29th, 2014. He was one of the managing partners of GBBN’s Pittsburgh office and lead designer on countless projects in the Pittsburgh community. Gary founded EDGE studio in 1995 and together with his wife and partner, Anne Chen, AIA, led the office in creating award winning design. Through his commitment and passion for good design, he led numerous projects that have greatly impacted the Pittsburgh community such as the Gateway Light Rail Station, the PNC Legacy Project, the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Born in Bethlehem, PA, Carlough attended school in Grosse Isle, MI...

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In Memoriam: L. Robert Kimball

L. Robert Kimball, 89, passed away on January 11th, 2013 at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Born on March 6, 1923 in Ebensburg, he started his career there as a two-person surveying and civil engineering firm. He founded his company – L. Robert Kimball and Associates – in 1953 and has actively helped it grow into its current status of 16 offices, employing over 600 people. He retired as President/CEO of L. Robert Kimball in 2011. A highly decorated war veteran and head of a large family, he will be greatly missed. Click here to read his full obituary.

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For the Joy of Architecture

A tribute to an amazing mentor

By Mark Dietrick, AIA, LEED AP Posted on November 1, 2012

Over the past several years, you undoubtedly have read (both here in Columns and in other industry journals) about the significant challenges facing the profession of architecture. The unprecedented economic downturn has had a devastating impact on our profession. Many are questioning our ongoing relevance causing much pessimism about our future. Many baby boomer architects are beginning to retire while a shrinking number of young professionals are seeking accreditation. Simultaneously the industry is becoming increasingly more complex, causing a significant need for the effective mentoring of young architects so that they will be able to step up and take on the many challenges.  To help meet the ever growing complexities of projects and the demand for more efficiency in project...

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