Officers

Chair | Anastasia Markiw | DesignGroup

Time is valuable, why AIA? My early years in the working field was spent in a small firm and having a larger network to tap into of like-minded young professionals was really important to me. The AIA and YAF were critical building blocks in getting licensed and I feel at this point in my career, I have the opportunity to give back to the organization. The connections made through YAF and the AIA end up being significant that last years. Favorite Pittsburgh Restaurant/Favorite Food: Pusadee’s Garden was a traditional Thai restaurant located in Lawrenceville. It had this amazing outdoor space covered by a pergola that greenery grew and created an intimate private space. As a BYOB establishment, it was the best place to have a bottle of wine with friends on a warm summer night. I’m a bit heartbroken, as it recently closed and opened a sister restaurant Burgh Thai. So now I have a new place to try! Favorite Drink: Coffee. I can’t start my day without it. But if we’re talking alcohol, then IPA’s beers. Unless I’m on a beach, then something fruity.

 

Fellowship Co Chairs | Michael Sweterlitsch  |Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

Best way to overcome a creative block: Pinterest break. Time is valuable, why AIA?  I find that I go to AIA events and specifically YAF meetings to stay informed about all the other events happening around the city for emerging professionals. Every time I go to an event, I learn about a number of upcoming events I would probably miss otherwise. Favorite food: Turkey Devonshire. Favorite Pittsburgh Space: The top of the Cathedral of Learning.

 

 

Fellowship Co Chairs | Jason Andrews  |Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

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Mentorship Chair | Cassandra Osterman |Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettell

Best way to overcome a creative block: Get up, stretch, and take a walk about the block.
Time is valuable, why AIA? The Young Architects Forum, as a branch of AIA, exists to support our network of emerging professionals. For me, its greatest value is to be a connector of early career designers scattered throughout the region, in firms big and small.
Favorite food: Thin-crust, New York style pizza

 

 

PR Chair | Walt Haim | Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

Best way to overcome a creative block:
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Past Chair | Eric Phillips, AIAStrada

Time is valuable, why AIA? There are many professional reasons to be involved in the AIA (networking, keeping up on the current state of Pittsburgh’s architecture, supporting colleagues, promoting knowledge, etc.), but my personal goal is outreach. I believe young designers can learn and grow so much by being involved in the many events that YAF and AIA put on during the year. It’s rewarding to create personal connections and help others to get more involved. Favorite Pittsburgh space: It feels rewarding to be a part of the designers that are making Pittsburgh an active, modern and ‘hip’ city again. My favorite part of town is Pittsburgh’s activated streetscapes (which in no coincidence is the thought behind my firm’s name, Strada – Italian for ‘streets’). I love seeing the sidewalks active, seats at cafes and restaurants full, and to feel the energy of those coming and going, enjoying their city. My favorite streetscapes for taking a stroll are Penn Ave. in the Cultural District and Butler St. in my neighborhood of Lawrenceville.  Favorite Pittsburgh Brewery: I’d like to say I’m a craft beer enthusiast. And I’m in luck, as Pittsburgh’s craft beer scene has blown up over the past 5 years. Right now, Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg can’t do wrong. Large bodied, juicy, hazy IPAs/PAs are their jam (they actually have a beer named Jam) and every single one I’ve had is delicious. Their tap room is simple, modern and welcoming (designed by Peter Margittai Architects).