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...
The Right Time for Women in Design Pittsburgh’s Relaunch
By Natasha Tabachnikoff, Point Line Projects Posted on March 14, 2019
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...
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...
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...