Photo credit Lexi Ribar Greg Dutton and Matt Diersen, AIA of Midland Architecture have had a long working relationship with interior designer Leanne Ford, completing many residential projects, both in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In fact, one of their first collaborations was just awarded Best Kitchen Renovation by Pittsburgh Magazine. So when Ms. Ford, along with her carpenter brother Steve, was looking for an architect to help with the technical aspects involved in bringing the ideas to life for their new renovation show, they reached out to Midland to collaborate. The pilot episode of Restored by the Fords aired in December on HGTV and after a well-received first season, a second season has already been green-lit. The show features types of homes that you see all...
Restored by the Fords
Architects on Reality TV
By Maya Henry Posted on March 8, 2018
Dossier: AIA Pittsburgh President Mike Gwin, AIA
“You can go fast alone or you can go far together.”
Name: Michael Alan Gwin Firm: Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Family: Wife Renee and three boys Jordan, Rowan, and Nolan Years in practice: 20 years Education: Virginia Tech – I wasn’t familiar with Virginia Tech when I was in high school. I found my way there through running rather than architecture. I was recruited for their track team and started into architecture at the second year level. After my freshman year, I participated in their summer architecture program. This was a rigorous program that created an opportunity for people to get into the architecture school program. It was two sessions long, after the first session we had close to half of the 50 or so people that started! From there 4 or 5 of us got selected...
Freedom by Design at Carnegie Mellon University
Free Weatherization Program Connects Students and Community
By Elizabeth Levy Posted on February 4, 2018
The Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Freedom by Design has taken on their first project to introduce and disperse weatherization kits into homes across Pittsburgh. These kits provide families with a series of means to help insulate their home and a booklet outlining the importance of this cost-saving process. The long winter of Pittsburgh causes high heating costs for many residents across the state. Creating energy efficient spaces benefits the resident both financially and thermally. It is important for one to understand the role they can take in keeping heating costs low and their home warm. The FBD team has prototyped and established a packaged kit organized to assist homeowners and renters across a series of communities in Pittsburgh. The...
Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home
A Conversation with Contemporary Craft Executive Director Janet McCall
By Maya Henry Posted on February 1, 2018
Holly Grace. Round Mountain Hut, 2015. Blown glass kiln formed with glass powder and metal leaf surfaces, sandblasted imagery – with internal light. 7.5″ x 13.75″ x 8.6″. Photo courtesy of Holly Grace. Shelter is universally identified as a basic human right, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions worldwide. To bring this subject to light, Contemporary Craft (CC) opened Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home, a socially engaged art experience, in September 2017, to focus public attention on the basic human need for safe housing. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 17th at CC’s Strip District gallery located in the Produce Terminal at the intersection of 21st and Smallman Streets. Featuring more than 40...
From the Firms – January 16, 2018
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on January 16, 2018
Congratulations to the Following Grant Recipients: Kassandra Garza, Associate AIA (left) of IKM Incorporated and Garrett Rauck, Associate AIA (right) of UDBS. The Emerging Professionals Committee has announced the 2017 class of Paula Maynes ARE (Architect Registration Examination) Grant recipients. Since 2015, the grant has recognized outstanding architectural graduates pursuing licensure and their contributions to the architecture profession and their communities at large. Two of the grant recipients were from Paula’s hometown of Pittsburgh. Each grant recipient will receive a $210 award, the cost of each division of the six-part ARE 5.0 exam and a full Brightwood Architecture Education ARE Study Guide Library. Read more about Paula’s legacy, the grant, and the 2017 class of grant recipients here. Hayes Design...
What Did You Say?
Public Input on Design Pittsburgh Submissions
By Maya Henry Posted on December 5, 2017
As part of the People’s Choice Award voting this year (over 3,415 online votes), we asked each person to tell us why they voted for their selection. We received over 1,400 comments and we read every single one! Here we have a selection of the projects that received the most comments from the general public, the people who use and see the buildings every day. Zerega Residence Addition and Renovations Client: Megan and Todd Zerega Architecture Firm: qkArchitecture Contractor: Jimmy Johns Construction, LLC Photographer: Luke Mawhinney Landscape Architect: Gwen Wisniewski Landscape and Garden Design, LLC Everything was perfect, except for the house. Our clients sought our services as the housing stock in their most desired neighborhood was turning up limited options in their search...
Dossier: Alicia Volcy, Assoc. AIA
"Since we get to design the world we live in, we may as well make it great for everybody."
Name: Alicia L. Volcy, Assoc. AIA Firm: IKM, Inc. Family: Husband, Riccardy Volcy. Years in practice: Six. Education: BArch, Florida A & M University. Your first job: Judson Architecture in Miami, Florida. I was only a sophomore. Project you’re proudest of: My home renovation. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Cheap short cuts = long expensive wounds. What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Critique a restaurant’s finishes and details while at the dinner table. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Museum board and tacky glue. Favorite building: The Aqua Tower Architect you’d like to have a drink with: David Adjaye Best gift to give an architect: An unlimited budget. If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you have...
#IMadeThat, From Youth to Professionals
Pittsburgh's Architecture Learning Network
By Samantha Weaver Posted on November 18, 2017
Images of the ACE Mentorship Program, photo credit Anastasia Dubnicay. Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Architecture Design Challenge, photo credit Louise Sturgess. CMU Saturday Sequence Program, photo credit Paul Moscoso Pittsburgh is a city that embodies an interconnected web of makers and learners of all ages, truly living up to its title as one of America’s City of Learning. No matter your age, each citizen of the world has knowledge and expertise about their environment and can have agency to effect change in their communities. Pittsburgh’s Architecture Learning Network is one partnership in the city where eight non-profits have joined forces to support architecture educational programs in the region. The result is an architecture-learning pathway that helps youth prepare for...
Plaster ReCast at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Augmented Reality App Provides New Look at Old Technology
By Maya Henry Posted on November 16, 2017
Plaster ReCast app in use, photo by Bryan Conley Augmented reality app Plaster ReCast has launched for play-testing in Carnegie Museum of Art’s (CMOA) Hall of Architecture. The Hall is the world’s third-largest architectural plaster cast collection, which includes monumental replicas of portions of buildings and fragments from across the Western world. When it opened in 1907, the Hall of Architecture brought portions of important monuments to the public and allowed them to be viewed in 3-D. Plaster ReCast brings new life to these objects and connects them not just to their geographical context but also gives historical context to their selection. Plaster casts were also used regularly in architectural education because the models allowed architects see true proportions in 3-D. Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection survives today as...
People Are the Foundations of Cities
David Lewis, FAIA
By Maya Henry Posted on October 27, 2017
David Lewis, FAIA will give a lecture at CMU School of Architecture on November 6th which will be preceded by the premiere of a short film by the AIA: “The Legacy of David Lewis.” In honor of Mr. Lewis’ indelible mark on the built environment in Pittsburgh and the greater Mon Valley, Columns spoke to several of his colleagues about his influence on their work. In 1963 David Lewis, FAIA came to Carnegie Institute of Technology (now CMU) as the Andrew Mellon Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. Lewis started one of the first graduate programs in urban design in which students learned to work hands-on with elected officials, agency representatives, and citizens on community design and development projects. In...