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Seeing the Impact of a Public Architecture

A Look at "Building Optimism" at the CMOA

By Brian Gaudio, Assoc. AIA Posted on November 4, 2016

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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Trends in Residential Design

Local CRAN Members Respond to Projections

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 16, 2016

“While it seems safe to assume that the design of U.S. homes will undergo fairly significant changes over the coming decade, it’s equally likely that these changes will be determined by fundamental economic and demographic developments….” writes Kermit Baker and Jennifer Riskus, the authors of  “The Coming Decade for Residential Design,” an article in AIA ARCHITECT looking at how home design will change in the near future. The article highlights the results of the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey. COLUMNS wanted to see how the survey and the trends compared to the local residential architectural trends, so we turned to AIA Pittsburgh’s CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) and had some local members respond to the national information. Local architects Mary Cerrone,...

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What Is Leadership?

Emerging Professionals Tackle This Big Question

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on May 17, 2016

“Everyone has the potential to be a leader and everyone should have the opportunity to learn to be an effective leader.” What is Leadership? was the question posed in the AIA Pittsburgh Foundation for Architecture’s essay contest last month. The newly reestablished Foundation is focusing on providing leadership development for architects and emerging professionals, and the organization’s first initiative was to send one individual to AIA Convention, chosen via essay. The above quote is just one line from the award-winning essay written by Jessica Stuck, AIA. Keep scrolling to read Stuck’s entire essay, as well as snippets from the other entries. What Is Leadership? by Jessica Stuck, AIA The definition of leadership is often over-generalized and cliché. Effective leaders can be found in...

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To Fill a Void

AIA Pittsburgh’s Foundation for Architecture Reemerges

By Becky Spevack Posted on April 24, 2016

“We are invested in the future of the profession,” states Sean Sheffler, AIA. At the beginning of the month, AIA Pittsburgh made a big announcement – that the long-defunct Foundation for Architecture has been reestablished. With a focused mission and enthusiastic, hand-selected Board of Directors (of which Sheffler is a member), the Foundation has hit the ground running in its efforts “to provide leadership development for architects and emerging architectural professionals.” Columns talked with the new board members – chair Daniel Rothschild, AIA, Jen Bee, AIA, and Sean Sheffler, AIA – about how the organization found its legs again, and what they hope for its future. Columns: How did the Foundation come to be reformed?  Jen Bee: For quite some...

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From the Firms – April 5, 2016

See What Local Firms Are Doing

AE Works has been recognized as a winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business Award. The award recognizes 100 small businesses for their success an contributions to economic growth and vitality. The Hot Metal Flats apartment complex in the South Side Works has achieved LEED Gold Certification. Developed by Oxford Development Company, the 117-unit complex was awarded its certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies for high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. evolveEA was the Sustainability Consultant in the project, helping to determine and prioritize sustainability goals. WTW Architects was the Architect of Record. evolveEA was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review,...

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