Chair | Greg Coni | GBBN
Best way to overcome a creative block: Going for a run or clearing my mind with yoga. Time is valuable, why AIA?: AIA offers a community of fellow architects and recent grads beyond my office’s employees to connect and socialize with. YAF provides a valuable service to many recent grads and young architects looking to achieve licensure and network with other individuals at a similar stage of their careers. I am looking forward to continuing to help other younger designers achieve their goals of licensure as I was able to and to grow our network of Young Architects. Favorite food: Homemade Mac and Cheese! Favorite Pittsburgh Space: Mellon Square
Vice Chair | Jason Andrews |Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Most significant lesson learned: Every end is a beginning. Best way to overcome a creative block: Extended coffee break Time is valuable, why AIA: To help shape the future of architecture in Pittsburgh Favorite Pittsburgh space: Polish Hill city steps Favorite food: Tacos al Pastor Favorite drink: Iron City Beer Summer reading list: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Mantra: There is a solution to every problem.
Mentorship Chair | 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.
Communications Chair | Oyuki Sulu | Shelton Design Associates
Time is valuable, why AIA? Being a young international architect, one of the biggest challenges is finding a way to grow your professional circle. I have found AIA and YAF to be the best way to get connected, socialize, and share knowledge with professionals who are passionate about Architecture and design Best way to overcome a creative block: Digital detox Favorite Pittsburgh place: Phipps Conservatory Favorite food: Tacos & Guacamole Favorite drink: Irish Tea or a good cider Mantra: Keep it simple
Fellowship Chair | Cassidy Roberts | IKM
Best way to overcome a creative block: I like to spend time outdoors wandering in nature or indoors exploring Pinterest Time is Valuable, Why AIA? Being involved with AIA has allowed me to meet other designers and architects working in my local area and beyond. It has been a great way to connect with other young professionals after moving to a new city and has helped me find mentors within my field Favorite Food: Thai green curry Favorite Drink: Coffee Favorite Pittsburgh Place: Frick Park
Secretary | Meredith Ludlam | CPL
Best way to overcome a creative block: Get around other creators whether that’s through new creative friends or even scrolling through pinterest or instagram. Time is valuable, way AIA? I just recently graduated from college and moved to a new city so finding that creative field here was vital. I want to be able to have connections to early career designers like me who are all on the same route either to some certain creative outlook or to licensure. Favorite food: Pad Thai but specifically spicy level 3 pad see ew noodles from Pad Thai Noodles on Liberty Ave
PALM Director | Natalie Mitchell | IKM
Best way to overcome a creative block: Take a break. Go for a walk. Read a book. Time is valuable, why AIA? AIA has provided me with community both in school and in the early years of my career. By participating in the AIA’s programming, I have felt grounded in the profession of architecture and continue to learn about the universal issues of our world. Favorite food: Reese’s peanut butter cups or really anything peanut butter related.
YASC Director | Ian Kemler | DesignGroup
Best way to overcome a creative block: deadlines. Time is valuable, why AIA?: Ongoing initiative to dominate other YAF chapters and bring glory and honor YAF PGH. Favorite PGH place: Fort Pitt Tunnel – view of the city at night coming out of the tunnel. Favorite PGH restaurant: The Abbey on Butler – pub curry fries are addicting. Favorite drink: Rye whiskey.
Past 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