Bates Elected Vice President

AIA Pittsburgh member wins national office

Each year at AIA Convention, elections are held to fill the national positions of First Vice President, Vice President, and Secretary. This year, voting took place on June 27th in Chicago, and AIA Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that one of our own was chosen as one of two 2015-2016 Vice Presidents. The chapter congratulates Bill Bates, AIA. William J. Bates, AIA began his involvement when he was elected president of AIA Pittsburgh in 1988. He then went on to serve as president of AIA Pennsylvania not once, but twice. Additionally, he helped to organize the original Prince Charles-helmed Remaking Cities Conference here in Pittsburgh in 1988, and again 25 years later, in 2013. Bates has held a number of...

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Hope for the Hungry

CANstruction Pittsburgh helps the community we live in

By Becky Spevack Posted on August 11, 2013

As of February 2011, the PA Department of Labor estimated that more than 95,000 people were unemployed in the Pittsburgh metro area. Due to the recent recession, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is serving more people than ever. Relying on food solicitation, fund-raising, donations, special events, and community partnerships, the Food Bank distributes around 27 million pounds of food per year in an 11 county area. CANstruction Pittsburgh is one such event that helps the Food Bank meet their needs. Summer 2012 CANstruction Pittsburgh was gearing up for its second annual competition to benefit Pittsburgh’s hungry. Started in New York in 1992, CANstruction brings together design and construction professionals to create structures and sculptures made entirely of canned goods...

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Anastasia Herk, Assoc. AIA

Meet the 2012 chair of the Young Architects Forum

Name: Anastasia Herk, Assoc. AIA Firm: IBACOS Years in practice: 6 Education: Masters of Architecture from Kent State University Your first job: Architectural intern at VIA design architects in Virginia Beach Project you are proudest of: Bakery Square  Most embarrassing moment: Falling – Anytime. Anywhere. For a former dancer I’m very clumsy!  What would you change about your job: Location. I miss working Downtown. What is the most annoying thing that architects do: Are stuck in their ways and are unwilling to learn new processes, designs, trends….  Favorite tool: Creativity Favorite city: Pittsburgh! (a true yinzer) Wish list for downtown Pittsburgh: Fill the empty buildings, bring more people in, make it livable and more lively after 5pm.  If you had...

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CANstruction Pittsburgh 2012

Helping to make a difference, one can at a time

“CANstruction is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. One can to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures. One can to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Since 1992, CANstruction has contributed over 15 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger. Wherever a CANstruction competition is held, thousands of hungry people are fed, a greater awareness of the issues surrounding hunger is brought home to the public, and a spotlight is placed on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build.” Pittsburgh’s CANstruction will be held for the 2nd year at One Oxford Centre, where teams will build...

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