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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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Review

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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HAPPENINGS

Design Pittsburgh 2016

Highlights + Photos

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on November 4, 2016

Design Pittsburgh is a celebration of architecture and design, and honors those who create it. Design Pittsburgh raises the profile of architects as critical resources and industry experts in the Pittsburgh region. Through exhibits and events, this program provides excellent exposure of architects’ work to a wide variety of audiences – including potential customers. This year we had: 1,000+ people visited the exhibit during the gallery crawl, PechaKucha Night, and Storey Telling 570 attended the Design Awards Ceremony & Gala 4,582 votes for the People’s Choice Award, a 20% increase from last year 55,990+ unique page views throughout the Design Pittsburgh promotional period Additionally, Design Pittsburgh highlights the importance of good design in our region – and how our members, sponsors, partners, and...

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Review

Seeing the Impact of a Public Architecture

A Look at "Building Optimism" at the CMOA

By Brian Gaudio, Assoc. AIA Posted on

As I walked into the Heinz Architecture Center I was greeted by large 4’ x 8’ sheets of finished plywood leaning against the wall. On them was printed in bright blue letters, “Building Optimism: Public Space in South America.” The exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art showcases “the powerful public role of architecture and urban design.” Many of the projects are located in informal portions of the city where residents use found materials and repurpose them in meaningful ways (hence the plywood title boards seen throughout the exhibit). The show features innovative public space and infrastructure projects in Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, and Colombia. El Equipo de Mazzanti’s awe-inspiring Biblioteca España, ELEMENTAL’s incremental housing project Villa Verde, and Urban...

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September @ the AIA

The days are getting shorter, but AIA Pittsburgh is finding ways to fit more into them!  September is full of events all around town, particularly the unveiling of the Design Pittsburgh 2016 exhibit!  Design submissions will be available to view via the online digital exhibit in the next few weeks, with the physical exhibit making its debut at the Cultural District’s Gallery Crawl on September 23rd! An autumn evening spent Downtown, taking in art and design… you won’t want to miss it! September 9 – Design Boards Due: Design Pittsburgh boards are due to the AIA Pittsburgh office by 5 pm. September 14 – YAF Steering Committee Meeting September 18 – 22 – Wine & Design: Annual CRAN Symposium: The...

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From the Firms – August 25, 2016

BBH Design has announced that Kaitie Gay has joined their firm as a Project Designer. Gay started her career at the BBH Design Raleigh studio as a student intern and joined the firm full-time upon graduation. She earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Gay seeks information from benchmarks and applies her new found knowledge towards innovative design solutions. Gay is joining the BBH Design Pittsburgh studio in August. Celli-Flynn Brennan, Architects and Planners, has been selected by the Community College of Allegheny County to assist CCAC in the preparation of a system-wide Facilities Master Plan encompassing the majority of the college’s campuses...

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August @ the AIA

Design Awards and Emerging Professional Opportunities

It’s the dog days of summer, and whether you find yourself shaking the sand out of your flip flops or daydreaming while staring out at that clear blue sky, it’s time to find your focus and start thinking about Design Awards. Entries, for both local and national design competitions, are due this month. For the emerging professionals, there is the deadline to apply to PALM, AIA Pennsylvania’s new state initiative to promote dialogue and mentorship, as well as the Paula Maynes AIA Pennsylvania ARE Grant, with applications due on August 12th and 31st, respectively. And don’t forget about the Young Architects Studio Competition, Vision PGH 2050. Looking for More Visibility? Interested in media attention for your project or firm? Get advice from PR professional...

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Collecting Cans

CANstruction Pittsburgh’s 2016 Award-winning Structures

Earlier this summer, teams comprised of local architecture, engineering, and construction companies came to together to build sculptures out of cans for CANstruction Pittsburgh’s sixth annual event to raise awareness of the fight against hunger while collecting food to donate to local food banks. The structures – built at the Mall at Robinson – were built by 9 different local teams, including: Michael Baker International, Piper O’Brien Architects, DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design, Perkins Eastman, AE Works, Carpenters Union / ASCE, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, Desmone Architecture, and the Boy Scouts. The can structures, totaling 24,875 cans, were on display for a month, during which time the public was able to vote for their favorite by placing a can in front of their...

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Architects Who Run

A Semi-Serious Essay on the Importance of Running for Architects

By Bea Spolidoro, Assoc. AIA Posted on June 28, 2016

The English poet, William Wordsworth, defined poetry as “a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” I feel similarly about running, with the difference being that my thoughts take origin from pain in my left knee. Tranquil once again following the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, I want to address why architects, more than anyone else, should run.  This is especially true for those who, like myself, are not quite yet registered, but on their way. Running is like life: we set goals and then we go about achieving them. The pride I feel when I finish a run allows me to study harder and design with increased rigor. Also, we all know that running releases lots...

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