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Delicious Design

Design Pittsburgh Submissions Highlight Eateries and Breweries

By Maya Henry Posted on October 10, 2017

Interior of BRGR Downtown Pittsburgh at 535 Liberty Avenue.  Photo by Candidly Yours Photography With James Beard award nominations growing each year and a solid standing on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants list several years in a row, there is no doubt Pittsburgh’s food scene has greatly improved over the last decade.  This has meant more opportunities for architects to leave their mark on Pittsburgh’s food renaissance.  Restaurant (and brewery) design is not simple.  This year’s Design Pittsburgh submissions show us how important good design can be for a restaurant.  To see this year’s exhibit and vote for your favorite entry click here. American Natural Harmar Energy Centre Address: 2 Rich Hill Road, Cheswick, PA 15024 Client: Cleopatra Resources, LLC Architecture Firm: DLA+ Architecture & Interior...

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Petrochemical America: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley

Environmentally Anxious Art at SPACE Gallery

By Bea Spolidoro, AIA Posted on October 2, 2017

”Great nations, write their autobiographies in three manuscripts – the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art”, said J. Ruskin (St. Mark’s rest; the history of Venice. (1877). The exhibition PETROCHEMICAL AMERICA: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley, currently at SPACE Gallery until October 7, is an exquisite example of how to touch on all the three manuscripts in one show, while leaving for us to decide whether the nation is getting greater or not. Curator Sophie Riedel walked me through the exhibition, showing how Louisiana’s natural geography has been radically repurposed into a vast network for extracting and storing. One wall at the exhibit relays the history of environmental injustice in...

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Young Architects for an Equitable Pittsburgh

View All the Submissions During This Year's Design Pittsburgh

By Bea Spolidoro, AIA Posted on September 25, 2017

Young Architects Forum members at an informal “Salotto” The Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC) is a special competition within AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards. Currently in its 8th edition, Nick Doichev, AIA established the competition in 2010 as an opportunity to recognize the talent of emerging professionals (defined as still studying or a maximum of ten years out of school). In years past, much creativity has been showcased, but the 2017 edition is particularly special. For the first time, the Young Architects Forum (YAF) has come up with a theme for the come up with a theme for the competition based on a discussion of Pittsburgh’s needs. In spring 2017 YAF held a series of meetings, informally called “Salottos” – an...

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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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Pittsburgh Energy Innovation Center Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Preservation Project Achieves Peak Performance

By Maya Henry Posted on July 18, 2017

Photo courtesy Green Building Alliance. A remarkable example of building reuse and historic restoration, a Pittsburgh state-of-the-art green building has successfully met the goal of achieving a high-level LEED Platinum certification.  On July 18, community leaders and government officials, architects, designers, and contractors all gathered to celebrate the the achievement.  The project team includes DLA+ as architect, CJL Engineering as MEP engineer, Klavon Design Associates as landscape architect, evolveEA as the sustainability consultant, and Mascaro Construction as general contractor. The 200,000 square-foot Energy Innovation Center (EIC), which hosts trade apprenticeship programs, energy-related technology labs for five universities, co-working facilities, and other production, design, and workspaces for nonprofit organizations and businesses, was opened in 2015 in the former Connelley Trade School Building....

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From the Firms

From the Firms – July 13, 2017

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on July 13, 2017

Desmone Architects has hired Prerana Paliwal, Assoc. AIA as Project Designer.  Prerana previously worked in Dallas and Los Angeles. She is a Revit & BIM specialist with high-level graphics capabilities who excels in large-scale and complex projects. Brad Frankhouser, Assoc. AIA has been named the 6th Principal at Desmone and currently manages the Morgantown, WV office, where he is responsible for the growth and development of the branch. A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology, Brad joined Desmone in 2008, quickly becoming involved in a variety of healthcare, industrial and higher education projects. Jen Bee, AIA has been named Associate at Desmone. Formally a Senior Architect, Jen brings decades of experience in regional large-scale multifamily and hospitality projects. As an...

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The Midwife Center’s Expansion Creatively Highlights Women’s Health

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative's design uses iconic mural to weave together old and new

By Maya Henry Posted on June 27, 2017

Photo by Maya Henry This March, nine months after it broke ground on a new 6,700 square-foot expansion, The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health opened its new facility and became the largest free-standing birth center in the United States.  Local architects Rothschild Doyno Collaborative were selected as the design team and both client and architect saw numerous benefits from working together as neighbors. The Midwife Center didn’t set out to work with their new Strip District neighbor when the freestanding birth center thinking about expansion in 2010.  The facility has doubled the number of births and gynecological visits in the practice since 2010 and the expansion would allow for two new birthing suites to better match demand as...

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Lessons in Human Nature

Anne Swager's 27 Years with AIA Pittsburgh

By Becky Spevack Posted on June 21, 2017

Anne Swager, Hon. AIA has been called many things – progressive, outspoken, ballsy, an ally, a foe, compassionate, cheerleader, easily distracted, thinker of big ideas. And for the past 27 years, she’s also been called Executive Director of AIA Pittsburgh.  With Anne’s recent retirement on June 5th we are re-running this inspiring interview with then-editor Becky Spevack.  Best of luck in your future travels Anne! Columns: First things first, did you ever expect to be at the AIA this long, to make a career out of it? Anne Swager: No, absolutely not! I never thought I would be around this long. You know, my mom used to say she thought I’d become an architect but my kindergarten teacher spent the...

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Architecture That Sparks Conversation

Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio at the Heinz Architectural Center

By Bea Spolidoro, AIA Posted on May 1, 2017

The Heinz Architectural Center is currently displaying an exhibit covering five decades of work by Arthur Lubetz. Lubetz, fully active and with no intention to retire, is one of the principals at Front Studio, an award-winning firm based in Pittsburgh and New York City. It is rare to see the work of an active architect being celebrated in a museum, but if you visit the exhibit, you will immediately understand why. The architecture of Arthur Lubetz is always provocative, even when it’s only proposed, and sparks conversation. That conversation typically involves colorful,  modern architecture, but in a more traditional context. Although Arthur Lubetz says “I learned a long time ago that red paint doesn’t cost any more than beige,” the...

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From the Firms – December 6, 2016

AE Works was selected for the 2016 Inner City 100 by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune, a list of the fastest-growing inner-city businesses in the US. ICIC’s Inner City 100 is an annually compiled and released list featuring high-power, high-potential businesses from around the country with headquarters in inner cities. Each company is selected by ICIC with help from a national network of nominating partners who seek to identify, spotlight, and further enable the named companies’ innovative urban entrepreneurship. AE Works was also recognized for creating the most positive overall employee impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. The Best for Workers list includes...

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