In 1988, Maggie Keswick Jencks was diagnosed with breast cancer. For four years she battled, seemingly successfully, but in 1993 the cancer roared back. She was given two months to live. Crushed, she returned home, despondent. And that’s how she may have lived her last two hopeless months. But with her husband Charles Jencks, she assembled a “pile of hope” from popular news at the time. Every day details came out about some new treatment or another. People all over were cheating their own two month death sentences, through treatment, diet, exercise. Empowered by this information, she took charge of her treatment and sought advanced chemotherapy. She also connected with fellow cancer patients for support and community. She lived two full...
Message of Hope, pt. 2
Maggie's Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care
By Raymond Bowman, Assoc. AIA Posted on November 18, 2014
Design Pittsburgh 2014
See the winners of our juried competition
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 23, 2014
ARCHITECTURE: Honor Award PROJECT: Graduate School of Public Health CLIENT: University of Pittsburgh ARCHITECTURE FIRM: Joint Venture: Renaissance 3 Architects, P.C. and Wilson Architects CONTRACTOR: PJ Dick ENGINEERS: Affiliated Engineers Metro DC, Inc.; Barber & Hoffman, Inc.; The Gateway Engineers, Inc. PHOTOGRAPHER: Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics DESCRIPTION: The Graduate School of Public Health is located on a main thoroughfare that runs the length of the University of Pittsburgh’s urban campus. The University sought a building that would establish a real presence for GSPH in the community and reflect the significant research occurring within. By designing an elevated addition with extensive glass facades, the building showcases the school’s activities along the main avenue; the transparent facades eliminate barriers between the...
UDA @ 50
Firm celebrates half a century
Founded in 1964 by David Lewis, FAIA and Ray Gindroz, FAIA, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Urban Design Associates. To mark this milestone, UDA has put together a pop-up exhibit of the firm’s work, which will be on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Grand Staircase Mezzanine from October 28 through November 6. The exhibit is entitled “UDA @ 50 – Democracy in Action” and is co-sponsored by Heinz Architectural Center and the CMOA. “For 50 years UDA has practiced urban design and architecture based on ‘democracy in action,’” writes Lewis. “From our beginning we have enfranchised citizens in the evolution of their neighborhoods, towns and cities, and in this exhibition we celebrate the many partnerships we...
Steps Towards Sustainability
Introducing the COTE Intensives
By Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty Posted on October 16, 2014
AIA Pittsburgh, with its Committee on the Environment (COTE), is presenting a new series entitled COTE Intensives. These lectures/workshops are designed to dive deeply into various sustainability topics of interest. We’ve listened as our members told us the sustainability topics that are of interest to them, focused our efforts, and are now able to present a program that delivers this content. You may be aware that the AIA Pittsburgh COTE delivered the AIA+2030 Series from May 2013 to April 2014. This content-rich series described how to demand, design, deliver, and operate energy efficient and net-zero buildings. The approach for every session has been to seek and deliver expert content, and then view the principles through the lens of case studies, occasional exercises,...
In Memoriam: Anthony Lee Wolfe, AIA
Anthony Lee Wolfe, age 88, of Naples, FL, passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014. Husband of the late Marianne Leas Wolfe; father of Lawrence Wolfe and Sandra Wolfe Wood (husband, James Wolfe Wood); grandfather of Corlett Wolfe Wood and Andrew Wolfe Wood. Predeceased by brothers, Lawrence and Lindsay. Born June 5, 1926, to Mary Clark Wolfe and Laurence Wolfe, Anthony “Tony” grew up in Ben Avon, PA and finished high school in Arlington, Virginia, where his father served as project architect on the Pentagon. A veteran of WWII, Tony attended Swarthmore College and Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), graduating in architecture. In 1950, he married Marianne Leas (who would go on to become stated clerk of Pittsburgh Presbytery)...
For the Love of Pittsburgh
Mayor Peduto on our City in Transition
By Becky Spevack Posted on September 9, 2014
“I love cities, let’s just put it that way.” So proclaims Pittsburgh’s 60th mayor, Bill Peduto. I find myself sitting in his office on a sunny Friday afternoon, alongside Kevin Kunak, Assoc. AIA, to discuss his recent trip to Louisville, Kentucky to partake in the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. The Mayor’s Institute (or MICD) began in 1986, a leadership initiative of the National Endowments for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation, seeking to transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. Each session involves 6-8 mayors gathering in a host city with 6-8 design professionals, spending three days presenting design problems or projects to the group and brainstorming...
Raymond Bowman, Assoc. AIA
You may have to ask a dumb question. It's ok.
Name: Raymond Bowman, Assoc. AIA Family: Married Years in practice: 6 Education: B.Arch., Carnegie Mellon University I belong to the AIA because: I like the friendships I’ve made and participating in the events I’ve heard about through the organization. Some people call this “networking”. What’s the best part of your job? As a young architect, it’s great to be involved in all phases of a project. What would you change about your job? More time outside. I’d settle for more time not immediately in front of a computer screen. Most embarrassing moment: I tore my pants right before a meeting with a client and, to cover it, wore a woman’s sweater around my waist, making the attempt to hide the...
Doctorate of Professional Practice?
School of Architecture to offer new program
Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture is now offering a new academic program – the Doctor of Professional Practice (DPP) – that can be completed without leaving one’s current position. CMU’s DPP program offers distance learning, coupled with on-site educational workshops that support “learning through practice.” The program targets mid-career professionals aspiring to solve advanced problems in the fields of architecture, engineering, or construction. The program is part of CMU’s School of Architecture post-professional degree programs and was developed in collaboration with The University of Salford, UK. The DPP is a three-year program, with specific coursework and scholarship to achieve candidacy status during the first year, a proposal defense the second year, and a thesis defense the final year. Modes of...
Rising to the Challenge
The AIA+2030 Professional Series, Session IX Review
By Melanie Como Harris, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Posted on April 23, 2014
Attendees of the AIA+2030 sessions have, up to this point, met at the Bruno Building for an intimate knowledge exchange. However, Session IX – Hand-Off + Staying in Shape – took a provocative turn. This time around, class was held on the Phipps Conservatory campus. The first half of the evening consisted of presentations by John Greenwald, President of Mechanical Operations & Consulting (MOC), and Jason Wirick, Director of Facilities and Sustainability Management at Phipps. The second half of the evening involved a tour of Phipps’ newer buildings from the facilities operator’s point-of-view. Together, the unique learning experience enlivened the often mundane topic of building operations and maintenance. Series moderator Marc Mondor, AIA kicked off the session by introducing John...
Carl Bolton, AIA
He finds that the AIA brings a sense of community
Name: Carl Bolton, AIA Firm: Allegheny County Department of Public Works Family: Audrey (Wife), Dinks (Associate #1), Belle (Associate #2) Years in practice: 13 Education: M.Arch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; B.F.A., University of Bridgeport Your first job: Shoveling snow for my neighbors as a kid. Project you’re proudest of: Isn’t that a bit like asking a parent about their children? What’s the best part of your job? Walking into a building or space after construction is completed to see people using the space as the design team envisioned they could. Knowing we can improve people’s lives, albeit in small ways, is very satisfying. What would you change about your job? The sometimes adversary roles between Architect, Contractor, and...