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Architects Leading in their Communities

How to Improve Your 2019 Resolutions List

By Eric Fisher, AIA and Bea Spolidoro, AIA Posted on January 8, 2019

As architects making resolution lists for the new year, one item you might add to your list, if you haven’t already, is to become a leader in your community. It’s possible you believe your designs make you a leader. They speak for themselves after all. And we know you are busy. It takes so long, you may think, to do your paid job that you simply don’t have time to do other professional work. Your families call. Your local night spot beckons. However, leadership work can be spiritually rewarding, as we discovered attending a recent day-long leadership seminar. Held on November 9, 2018, and organized by the AIA National Center For Civic Leadership (CCL) the seminar contained a full day of...

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Last Minute Gifts for the Architect in Your Life

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 20, 2018

iPhone/Pad holder with planter by STAK ceramics (based in Homewood) Whether you need to buy a last minute gift for the architect in your life, or just want some fresh gift ideas for friends and family, Columns has compiled some great choices here with a little help from the AIA membership.  Take a look, and we’d love to hear your own suggestions in the comments.  All photos from product websites. Knotzland Bow Ties: The architect in a bow-tie may be a stereotype but there is nothing typical about these colorful bow ties from Knotzland.  Locally made in Homewood. STAK ceramics: iPhone/Pad holder with planter by STAK ceramics (also based in Homewood).  Looking for a way to get your succulents closer...

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Ayla Abiad, Assoc. AIA Is Building Bridges

A Designer With a Mission

By Sarah Rafson Posted on December 16, 2018

Ayla Abiad, Assoc. AIA is a designer at AE7 who knows firsthand how complicated the adjustment process is for immigrants and refugees arriving in the US, and works to undo our preconceptions about newcomers. A native of Damascus, Syria, Abiad was studying for her Masters in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Buffalo when the Syrian conflict broke out. What began as an offer to help one Syrian family in Buffalo soon became a non-profit, Build A Bridge (BAB) Foundation, which assists refugees and immigrants “in becoming independent, informed, and contributing members of the community.” As her powerful TEDxBuffalo talk shows, Abiad is a designer with a mission. With an architectural background in healthcare design, BAB merges Abiad’s interest in...

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From the Firms

From the Firms – November 8, 2018

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on November 8, 2018

mossArchitects is proud to welcome a new designer, Kellie Locke, Assoc. AIA, to its team. Kellie brings the Garfield-based firm to a staff of thirteen, with eight registered architects and four LEED certifications. Locke comes to Pittsburgh by way of Cincinnati, where she earned her Master of Architecture from University of Cincinnati. Originally from Indianapolis, her background also includes a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Ball State University. Her professional background includes work on retail, residential, mixed-use, and religious projects, as well as involvement on a variety of non-architectural design projects producing environmental and graphic design deliverables.Randy Hunter, AIA, Project Architect at Hayes Design Group Architects (HDG), recently obtained his professional architect’s license and is now licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.  Randy...

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From Burj Khalifa to PPG Place

Two Designers on Work and Life in Dubai and Pittsburgh

By Aleeza Furman and Kyleen Pickering Posted on October 17, 2018

Architectural practice is an increasingly global endeavor, with materials and collaborators far-flung across the globe. Pittsburgh has long been defined by its waves of immigrants attracted to booming industries and continues to be a place of cultural exchange. The local architectural community continues that trend.  For this Columns Q&A, Aleeza Furman and Kyleen Pickering interview Manar Hashem and Will Jodka, two Pittsburgh-based architectural designers who have done a great deal of work internationally.  They discuss differences in living and working as senior designers between Dubai and Pittsburgh, with insights for young designers contemplating big moves in their careers. Both Hashem and Jodka recently transferred from architecture firm AE7’s Dubai office to its Pittsburgh office—though they have taken different paths to get...

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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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Beyond the Safe Job Site

The Importance of ICRA Construction

By Bea Spolidoro, AIA, Posted on July 15, 2018

Using ICRA construction methods in Pittsburgh The CDC estimates that, every year, there are 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections (HAI), resulting in 90,000 deaths. Pennsylvania alone has over 25,000 HAI.  Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) construction is about preventing contamination from fungi (aspergillum, molds) and bacteria (legionella) during construction, renovation, and maintenance projects, primarily in occupied healthcare facilities.  Pittsburgh is a center for excellence and a reference for the ICRA community in North America. Following ICRA construction good practices can actually save lives.  Outbreaks and infections often result in poor outcomes for compromised patients and a precise process must be followed in order to track the origin of the problem. Unfortunately, the construction site is often the source of the infection in...

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Finding Leadership in All the Right Places

AIA Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals

By Emily Pierson-Brown, Assoc. AIA Posted on July 3, 2018

Riding the elevator up to the AIA office on the seventh floor of one of Pittsburgh’s stately old office buildings, you could tell we were all a little bit nervous. It was mid-September 2017, and each of us had been accepted into the second year of the AIA Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals. What this actually meant and what our experiences would be over the course of the next nine months, few of us had any idea about. But we would soon find a unique mix of professional camaraderie, personal inspiration, healthy discomfort, and perhaps slow to develop but deeply sincere friendship. I have often found myself to be an ersatz leader, filling space when there is a leadership vacuum,...

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Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture EX-CHANGE

Faculty and Guests Celebrate and Reflect at Second EX-CHANGE Event

By Chitika Vasudeva Posted on June 5, 2018

Photo credit: Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture / Christina Brown This past fall, the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture (SoA) inaugurated EX-CHANGE, an end-of-semester exhibition celebrating student work. On 4 May 2018, the school opened the second EX-CHANGE, which featured a week-long exhibition followed by a day of discussions with Ming Fung, AIA, principal, and co-founder of Los Angeles-based Hodgets+Fung and director of Academic Affairs at SCI-Arc; Mitch McEwen, assistant professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, principal of McEwen Studio and co-founder of A(n) Office; and Amy Kulper, associate professor and head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Discussions on Saturday, May 5 covered issues of pedagogy and practice framed by questions posed...

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Evolution of Wellness Design

New Tools for Enhancing Campus Wellness

By John Ryan, AIA Posted on May 21, 2018

In my first week of graduate school, the department chair told our cohort – “What we do here is not normal. That’s why we provide student health services.” He then launched into a listing of the various services provided by the university for student wellness, reciting a litany of different offices and facilities for safety and security, mental, physical and emotional health. Over time, we’ve come to think of student wellness as a set of disparate health services provided for student well-being. This change has largely resulted from specific trends and changes in college healthcare needs, such as rising stress and anxiety levels among students, attention deficit disorders, suicide awareness and prevention, and increasing levels of violence and sexual assault on...

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