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Dossier: 2018 Young Architects Forum Advisory Committee Chair Larry Fabbroni, AIA

"A great narrative that people connect with is so often key to inspiring great architecture."

Name: Larry Fabbroni Firm: Strada Years in practice: 15 Education: BArch and Masters of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon Your first job: Surveying assistant for my father’s business. I was around construction sites from a very early age, learning about site planning and observing all of the disciplines that contribute to new buildings. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Story-telling. A great narrative that people connect with is so often key to inspiring great architecture. Favorite building: NY Public Library Main Branch Favorite outdoor space: In Pittsburgh: Schenley Park (also maybe the beer garden at Grist House…)…outside of Pittsburgh: Las Ramblas and Assateague Island beaches. Architect you’d like to have a drink with: Marilyn Jordan Taylor If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you...

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p4: What Will Pittsburgh’s Future Look Like?

People, Planet, Place, Performance

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on April 27, 2018

Cities are at the vanguard of new ideas and development. So what is the future of our city? What kind of city and region do we want? How do we make that future inclusive for all area residents? These were the key questions for the third annual p4 Conference – People, Planet, Place, Performance – held this Wednesday and Thursday at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Almost 800 attendees came together to take stock of developments and advancements happening in the Pittsburgh area, and consider what technologies – like advanced manufacturing and autonomous vehicles – could mean for employment, gentrification, the built environment, equality, and the very social fabric of our region. The event sought to learn from other cities...

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From the Firms

From the Firms – April 4, 2018

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on April 4, 2018

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture has honored John Folan, AIA of CMU with two awards for Collaborative Practice for the Cultural Construction Studio and the NavADAPT LAB Studio. The NavADAPT LAB Studio, a 2016 AIA Pennsylvania Social Impact Award recipient, and a 2016 AIA Pittsburgh Design Award recipient explored the design of adaptive environments for underserved populations with sensory, intellectual, and/or limited physical disabilities in the Allegheny County region of Pennsylvania.  Read more here. AIA Pennsylvania announces the addition of four Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives (PASAE) Laurel Awards.  The PASAE Laurel Awards reflect the accomplishments and honor the dedication of the board, committee, and staff of AIA PA.  Read more here. Bea Spolidoro, AIA of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative has...

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Restored by the Fords

Architects on Reality TV

By Maya Henry Posted on March 8, 2018

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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From the Firms

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...

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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...

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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...

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