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CANstruction Competition and Gala Makes Its Mark

Earlier this month, CANstruction Pittsburgh celebrated its 3rd year with an installation at the Mall at Robinson showcasing six teams building massive sculptural structures completely out of canned goods. More than 10, 250 cans were collected, an estimated $7,654 value, to be donated to local food banks of each team’s choosing. The canned good sculptures were also judged by a local jury comprised of Alyssa Jurewicz-Johns of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Alex Lackner from Fourth Economy, Aire Plichta, a fashion press specialist and blogger, The Honorable Matt Smith, Pennsylvania State Senator, Erin Raff of AIA Pittsburgh, and Dave McGaffin from The Mall at Robinson. Awards were given in categories such as Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, and Jurors’ Favorite,...

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More Than One Path to Licensure

Five recently registered architects discuss their journeys

By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP Posted on September 23, 2013

The paths in the architectural profession are many and varied, and the nature of those practicing within it, are divergent. Our differing backgrounds, education, and experience each influence our approach to practice, which we perform in different states, in different regions, and in different market segments. Some of us are working in 200-person firms, while others are sole practitioners. Some of us design, some of us market, some of us develop construction drawings. Where our paths converge, however, is in the act of earning one’s license. Registration – whether we are currently working to achieve it, or look back fondly upon the process — is the one thing we all have in common as professionals. We asked five recently registered...

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Emily Putas, AIA, LEED AP

She hopes to be remembered as a problem solver

Name: Emily Putas, AIA, LEED AP Firm: Stantec Family: Workin’ on it… Years in practice: 9 Education: BArch from Syracuse University Your first job: Clerk at CVS Project you’re proudest of: The Academic Building for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology What’s the best part of your job? Seeing how the work I do can change the lives of the people in my community. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? There is a first time for everything, so just because I haven’t done it before doesn’t mean I won’t be able to.  As an architect, I’m a problem solver – it’s about how I will solve the problem, not whether or not I’ve solved it before. What’s...

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AIA Pittsburgh Highlights the Great Allegheny Passage

Two great challenges feature this local gem

The Young Architects Studio Competition AIA Pittsburgh is excited to announce the Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), as a part of Design Pittsburgh 2013. Now in its fourth year, the YASC was created  for young architects – architecture graduates who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. NEW this year, we are expanding this competition to include architecture undergraduates. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA or AIAS. The goal of this competition is to engage our young and emerging professionals and students, by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. Learn more and download all forms here. The Great Allegheny...

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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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Katie Walsh, Assoc. AIA

A Pittsburgh transplant who loves Scarpa

Name: Katie Walsh Firm: GBBN Architects Years in practice: 6 years Education: Syracuse University BArch 2007 Your first job: Park Attendant at Sayville Beach Project you’re proudest of: Co-founding Women in Design at Syracuse University with several empowering classmates – Taught me to stick to my guts and beliefs, lessons I carry to this day. Most embarrassing moment: Mistyping “Public” Schools on my resume… spell check didn’t catch that one! What’s the best part of your job? Solving problems through creativity and innovation. What would you change about your job profession? Rethinking the ARE test to be more contextual to building types and location/geography. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Challenge the norm for good design solutions....

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Announcing the 2013 Young Architects Studio Competition

Are you up to the challenge?

The Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), a part of Design Pittsburgh, is a competition to engage our young and emerging professionals and students, by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. Now in its fourth year, the YASC was created  for young architects who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. New this year, the competition is expanding to include architecture undergraduates. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA or AIAS. This year’s competition is titled The Great Allegheny Passage, which is the name of the 150-mile, multi-use trail connecting Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. through the Appalachian Mountains, utilizing easements of abandoned...

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March @ the AIA

Well, the month is certainly “in like a lion”. Will it be out like a lamb? Only time can tell. While you’re wishing for those first warm days, why not consider pulling on your snow boots and coming out to an AIA event? There’s a CRAN Open House, a Hard-hat Tour, and the always-lively PechaKucha Night. Keep busy and before you know it, the sun will be shining and spring will be here… Just in time for Build Pittsburgh! ARCHITECT Live Co-host Contest – Get ready for your close-up. AIA members, AIAS members, and students will be able to submit a 2-minute audition video for the chance to co-host ARCHITECT Live at the AIA National Convention with Stephen Chung, AIA, ARCHITECT...

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Gulf Tower Building Tour

On January 31, 2013  AIA Pittsburgh’s Young Architects Forum took a tour of the Gulf Tower roof lighting system.  The tour, organized by the Green Building Alliance, included a presentation by C&C Lighting LLC., the lighting design firm who recently upgraded the 1932 building’s lighting system from a 1970 neon light design to its current multicolor LED system.  The lights that top the Gulf Tower typically display current weather conditions, such as barometric pressure, temperature, wind speed, and relative humidity.  During special events like the Fourth of July or for a Pirates victory, a specially pre-programmed light show can be triggered by the building owner by smart phone, or by the foyer reception clerk.  The lighting system upgrade, in addition...

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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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