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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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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With Sadness and Celebration in Mind: Thanks.

By Anne J. Swager, Hon. AIA Posted on August 2, 2012

In a city still plagued by pay-to-play and machine politics, it almost goes without saying that many of our best leaders are not in elected office. This past weekend, we lost one of those individuals. Mark Schneider was killed in an accident doing what he loved best, riding his bicycle. By now, many of you will have read the accolades of what Mark contributed to the city as a developer and as a volunteer. His contributions were indeed numerous but most notably he backed projects which took great vision and grit to pull off. We take Washington’s Landing and Summerset at Frick Park for granted now but when Mark was thinking of them and advocating for them, the majority of...

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In Memoriam: Roger Kingsland III, AIA

Local architect a leader in community and ideas

2011 closed on a sorrowful note as the architecture community lost a forward-thinking colleague in Roger Kingsland III, AIA, on December 24th.  Founder and managing partner of KSBA, Kingsland was not bound by traditional use of materials.  An “ideas” man, he was instrumental in conceptualizing the firm’s value-added Customer Service Center practice, which has been implemented on 90 projects in 24 states nationally, and 10 countries internationally.  Using what has evolved into the Sustainable Technology Business Center (STBC) building concept, the firm focuses on architect-led design-build work, creating design solutions that address the rapidly changing needs of the technological age and the people who work in it. Kingsland was actively involved in his community.  A member of the AIA, he...

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