The Cullen & Associates team in 2008. Photo courtesy John Cullen. Imagine this. It’s 1985 and the first pick-up game of what would later become the Pittsburgh Architects Softball League is taking place. Architects from Damianos and Associates, and L.D. Astorino & Associates are playing each other. Syl Damianos, FAIA and Lou Astorino, FAIA are pitching for their teams, respectively… batter up! When John Cullen started the league in 1985 he never imagined it would last over 31 years, that it would foster so many friendships and that so many firms and principals would field players over the years. It started so informally, with those first pick-up games and just a desire to get out of the office and have...
Still Crazy After 31 Years
The Architects Softball League
By Maya Henry, COLUMNS editor Posted on May 16, 2019
10 Emerging Leaders and Advocates in Pittsburgh Architecture
Women are leading the way in Pittsburgh
By Point Line Projects and the National Organization of Minority Architects Pittsburgh Posted on March 31, 2019
Safiya J. A. Hodari, AIA on-site at the Fort Wayne VA Medical Center. Image: Megan Carleton. Pittsburgh relies on many different partners, advocates, and allies to build more sustainable, diverse, and vibrant communities. This March for Women’s History Month, AIA Pittsburgh and Point Line Projects have highlighted woman-owned firms in Pittsburgh, reported on the newly revitalized Women in Design group, and channeled the spirit of Pennsylvania’s first licensed woman architect, Anna Wagner Keichline. In this final article in our series, done in conjunction with NOMAPgh, we’re looking forward, shining a spotlight on a generation of emerging women designers who are already changing the face of Pittsburgh’s design scene. Beyond calling Pittsburgh home, they’re also energized around issues that they see as fundamental...
The Right Time for Women in Design Pittsburgh’s Relaunch
By Natasha Tabachnikoff, Point Line Projects Posted on March 14, 2019
Emily Pierson-Brown, Assoc. AIA of Perkins Eastman presents at a Women in Design Pittsburgh happy hour at IKM on January 22, 2019. Photo: Katelyn Rossier, AIA. After political and cultural shifts, some have called 2018 the “Year of the Woman.” This rings true for some women in Pittsburgh’s architecture community, thanks to the revival of Women in Design Pittsburgh (WiD-PGH). Originally co-founded in 2013 by Katie Walsh, now of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and several others,* the group was relaunched in November of 2018 after a three-year hiatus. Two women leading the resurgence, Laurie Butler and Emily Pierson-Brown, Assoc. AIA, both of Perkins Eastman, say that the timing was right for their audience: “Politically, culturally, and economically, issues of gender equity...
Spotlight on 7 of Pittsburgh’s Women-Owned Firms
By Point Line Projects Posted on March 7, 2019
Mary Barensfeld, AIA, founder of Mary Barensfeld Architecture, photographed in her Hilgard Garden project in San Francisco. Photo: Joe Fletcher. For National Women’s Month, AIA Pittsburgh is partnering with Point Line Projects to highlight some of the women architects and designers making an impact in Southwestern PA. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re showcasing some of our region’s woman-owned firms. Next, we’ll look at the comeback of Women in Design Pittsburgh, revisit Pennsylvania’s first registered woman architect (who was, according to some, “the first woman to actually practice architecture professionally”), and finally, highlight emerging practitioners to watch. Join the conversation on social media with the tag #AIAPghWomensMonth Architecture is one of the few industries where women have the means...
Jack Mascaro Receives James Kling Award
For Local Contractor It's All About Collaboration
By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on February 28, 2019
John C. (Jack) Mascaro, the chairman of Mascaro Construction Company, L.P., has been awarded the James Kling Fellowship Award from the AIA-MBA Joint Committee in recognition of the high standards Mascaro has maintained for the industry while fostering a community spirit among design and construction professionals. “A primary focus of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee is dialogue and collaboration between architects and contractors,” says Joseph Chaffin, AIA of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee. “This nomination is based on Jack Mascaro’s longstanding commitment to fostering a more collaborative environment and achieving the best outcomes for our client partners and our community.” The James Kling Fellowship Award is given each year alternately to an architect or contractor, who, through their action and example, provide both members...
From the Firms – February 21, 2019
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 20, 2019
Dwayne Mihalow, AIA has joined Hayes Design Group Architects (HDG) as Project Architect. In this position, Dwayne directs project development from schematic design through construction documents, develops schedules and workflow, and coordinates bidding and construction activities. “Dwayne’s leadership qualities along with his level of experience and its variety will be tremendous assets to the firm. Dwayne joining us will help our firm’s growth and expand the markets we serve, while also reinforcing our capabilities in providing the high level of personal service to our clients that we are known for,” said Kevin Hayes, AIA, HDG Principal and Founder. Following a multi-year planning effort, WTW Architects assisted the University of North Dakota in defining a dynamic vision for its new Memorial Union. Armed with a...
Advancing the Profession Through Project Pipeline
NOMAPGH Leads Workshops for Students
By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on February 7, 2019
Project Pipeline Summer Camp 2018. All photos by Riccardy Volcy Providing students with exposure to architecture at a young age gives each child an opportunity to discover their artistic and technical passions early in their educational development. Students, parents, teachers, and counselors can then place students in classes that will build on the student’s interest in architecture and design. Project Pipeline is a series of architecture summer camps and design workshops led by NOMAPGH (National Organization of Minority Architects Pittsburgh Chapter). The first summer camp was held in 2018 with a follow-up winter workshop this past December. These educational opportunities were supported in great part by AIA Learning By Design. The AIA, with support from the Architects Foundation, and in partnership...
Why Being an Architect Makes Me a Better Etsy Painter
Inspiration From the Profession
By Timothy Reidy, AIA Posted on January 30, 2019
Heinz Chapel Drawing by Timothy Reidy, AIA Most of us have heard of the website Etsy.com. If you haven’t, it’s the Amazon.com of things that are handmade, usually by small home-based businesses. As a result, the products tend to be crafted with more care, thought, and love than your typical off-the-shelf items. I started my own Etsy business in 2014 as a way to make some extra money. I had always loved sketching and water-coloring, and I thought it would be a fun hobby – a practical way to condition my skills with a lead-holder, a brush, and a paint palette. As a teenager, I used to decompress from school and football practice every night by sketching, coloring, and painting. ...
Year in Review
AIA Pittsburgh 2018
By Maya Henry, COLUMNS Editor Posted on January 25, 2019
Design Pittsburgh 2018 2018 was a year of rethinking AIA Pittsburgh’s direction and how best to support the membership at a time of demographic shifts and technology innovation. Under new staff and board leadership, a strategic planning process in early 2018 led the organization to emphasize ‘collaboration and connectivity’ as cross-cutting themes in its work for the year. Here are just some of the highlights of what happened at the local AIA level in 2018: Membership rose to its highest in the last ten years, with 604 architect, associate and emeritus members in the Chapter as of December 31. New staff members Kira Kellner and Marissa Dello Russo came on board with new ideas for programs and...
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...