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The Diversity of Sustainability and Resilience in Design

Submissions for the 2018 Design Awards

By Maya Henry Posted on September 20, 2018

New for Design Pittsburgh 2018, any built project submitted in another Design Awards category is eligible to also be reviewed for the Excellence in Sustainability + Resiliency award category.  This award recognizes built projects that have successfully integrated sustainable and/or resilient building strategies and practices into the design. As defined by the AIA Pittsburgh Design Pittsburgh Committee, sustainability envisions the enduring prosperity of all living things, while sustainable design seeks to create communities, buildings, and products that contribute to this vision.  Resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain/regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance, while resilient design is the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to these...

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Rethinking Public Space Starts with a Spark

A Look at the Inspiration for #YAFforSPARK

By Maya Henry Posted on September 13, 2018

The new Spark public patio outside Onion Maiden at 639 East Warrington Avenue in Allentown. Image courtesy Onion Maiden To most of Pittsburgh, new outdoor patio spaces located in Allentown and Downtown may seem to have materialized overnight.  However, these two pilot City of Pittsburgh Spark projects were carefully planned, designed and built over many months. The goal of a Spark is to extend the sidewalk into a street’s parking lane, providing space for gathering and relaxation. Part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Complete Streets initiative, Sparks are part of a long-term effort to enhance businesses and invigorate the public realm in a new and unique way.  Sparks originated in 2010 in San Francisco to convert parallel parking spaces into areas for...

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Dossier: 2018 AIA/YAF Liaison for AIAS at CMU Chitika Vasudeva

"A great building must begin with the unmeasurable ..."

Name: Chitika Vasudeva, AIAS Family: Parents and a younger brother in Kuwait Years in practice: -2 Education: Carnegie Mellon University (B’Arch ’20) Your first job: Research assistant at CMU for professors Francesca Torello and Joshua Bard on the Plaster ReCast project. Whats the most annoying thing architecture students do?  Overuse the word ‘juxtaposition’ and compare notes on who slept the least and/or is the most overworked. Favorite tool: Analog tools all the way, whether its Micron pens and Copic markers on trace, or quick and messy conceptual models Favorite building: Schindler House Favorite outdoor space: The Erasmus Bridge The architectural personality you’d like to have a drink with: Ada Louise Huxtable Best gift to give an architect: An all-expenses-paid trip to see...

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From the Firms

From the Firms – August 2, 2018

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 2, 2018

Radelet McCarthy Polletta Architects and Interior Designers is pleased to announce that Stephen Winikoff, AIA has become the newest member of their firm.  Stephen is a talented architect specializing in Healthcare who utilizes his 15 years of domestic and international experience in architecture, project management, planning and design (totaling over 1M square feet and $300m of construction) to deliver innovative and creative solutions for his clients.  Winikoff also serves as First Vice President of the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors. Hayes Design Group Architects (HDG) welcomes Robert L. Burlett, AIA as Project Architect. In this position, Bob is responsible for developing project parameters and schedules, directing construction document creation, coordinating bidding and construction activities, and assisting with overall project management. Bob...

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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 – 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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