Welcome to Architecture Week 2022

7 days of exhibits, panels, awards and tours that celebrate the past, present, and future of architectural design and the built environment in greater Pittsburgh. 

AIA Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Architecture Foundation welcome you to the first annual Pittsburgh Architecture Week (PAW), Monday, September 26 through Sunday, October 2. This initiative shares how architects – and all who design and build our spaces and places – create our built environment, how architecture impacts everyone’s daily lives, and highlights our region’s unique architectural identity.

PAW is part of our effort to develop energy and excitement for design excellence in everyday life in our region. Design is not just how something looks, it is more how something works and how it makes you feel. We want to promote meaningful design in our built environment that supports sustainability, equity, innovation and a unique sense of place everyone can be proud of.

In addition to AIA events, we are partnering with local organizations that share our enthusiasm for architecture and how built spaces help shape our lives. See our lineup below!


Pittsburgh Architecture Week Schedule

Keep checking back for additional details and events.


Monday, September 26

VotingLast Day to Vote for the People’s Choice Award projects

Location: Online
Time: Voting closes at 11:59pm tonight – winner will be announced Friday, Sept 30
More info and entries: here

The 2022 AIA Pittsburgh People’s Choice project gallery is open for viewing! This year we have 66 architectural projects designed by local architects for your viewing in four size categories: Small, Medium, Large and Unbuilt.

As you look through this year’s projects, ask yourself: Does the project inspire you? Would you enjoy spending time in that space? Does the project enhance or serve our community? Cast your vote today!


Panel: “Materials, Aesthetics and Empowerment”

Location:  Carnegie Mellon University’s Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts,  5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
5:00 pm – Networking Reception
6:00 pm – Panel Discussion
Cost: Free
More info and registration link here.

Panel Discussion organized by Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture & National Organization of Minority Architects Pittsburgh (NOMA PGH). 

Dario McPhee, AIA, NOMA
Alicia Volcy, NOMA Past President
Melanie Ngami, Assoc. AIA
and more

Tuesday, September 27

Youth Activity: “Learn How to Think like an Architect and Design a Space”

Location: Assemble, 4824 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free – Registration Required
More info and registration link here. 

For youth ages 9-14.  Join us for a fun afternoon with visiting architects! Have you thought of designing your own home, school, or special place? Learn how to bring your ideas from your imagination to reality with design, model making, and drawing! Snacks will be provided.



Storytelling: PechaKucha Night 2022

Location: Ascender, 6401 Penn Ave., 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Time: 5:30 doors open and refreshments / 6:00-7:30 presentations
Cost: $15 / $10 students & 65+
More info and registration here

PechaKucha (pronounced pay-chalk-chaw) is an innovative and dynamic event that provides opportunity for local creative and innovative residents to present their talent in a unique presentation format. In its 12th year and hosted by AIA Pittsburgh, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, this event features approximately ten presenters who will share their work in 6 minutes and forty seconds of exquisitely matched words and images.

Presenters use twenty images – speaking for twenty seconds per image about their work. Past talks have ranged from eco-photography and metal sculpture to urban cardboard models and urban planning.  PechaKucha Night brings artists, designers and creative-minded people together with the public to network in a relaxed, informal environment.


Wednesday, September 28

Placemaking: Grounded Community Volunteer Day: Build a Homewood Community Space!

Location: Oasis Farm and Fishery, 7238 Fleury Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
More info and registration link: here

Volunteer in Homewood to build a community space! Help with garden bed construction, planting trees and flowers, and public furniture assembly that supports an agricultural education program.


Tour: Oakland Civic District—Fifth Avenue Walking Tour

Tour Meeting Point: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 4141 Fifth Avenue Meet on the plaza in front of building entrance, beside the statue of the soldier.
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $20 This is an in-person tour and is limited to 20 participants. (Tickets will not be available after September 27.)
More info and registration link: here

In the years since 1889, when Mary Croghan Schenley donated 300 acres to the City of Pittsburgh to create a park in Oakland, the neighborhood has become a great civic, cultural, medical, and educational center. This tour focuses on the portion of Oakland that encompasses most of the neighborhood’s largest monuments, including elements of its City Beautiful plan and the world’s second-tallest educational building in the world.

Tour leaders also will explore the impact of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, as well as the legacy of one of Pittsburgh’s biggest architectural losses. This tour is handicap accessible. Please notify us of your needs two business days in advance of the tour.


Presentation and discussion: Adaptive Reuse: Seeing our Old Buildings in New Ways

Location: MuseumLab, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Time: 5:45-7:15
Cost: Free
More info and registration link: 

The most sustainable building is the one that already exists. AIA Pittsburgh and the Green Building Alliance reveal the multiple layers of value that old buildings embody. The venue for our talk, MuseumLab, is a quintessential example of an existing, abandoned structure that was reborn as a uniquely beautiful, high-performance building—without sacrificing its historic and aesthetic integrity. Our presentation will briefly outline the themes that drive adaptive reuse and we will engage our attendees in lively discussion as we walk through the MuseumLab, examining its distinctive character. Light refreshments will be served.


Presentation: CONTENT: A Series of Pittsburgh Modern Committee Conversations, the first virtual lecture in a year-long series.

Location: Virtual
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Free
More information and registration here

The Pittsburgh Modern Committee of Preservation Pittsburgh surveys, researches and explores our region’s 20th-century modern and postmodern architecture, design, and public art (circa 1945-1970s) as a groundwork for preservation in collaboration with community members.

CONTENT: A Series of Pittsburgh Modern Committee Conversations.
September: Manchester Modern with Brittany Reilly, founder/chair of the Pittsburgh Modern Committee of Preservation Pittsburgh.
An exploration of sites and stories in Manchester and vicinity from the 1960s onward, a prelude to our walking tour and social on October 22nd.

Questions? Contact info@pittsburghmoderncommittee.org


Thursday, September 29

Presentation and roundtable discussions:“If Cities Were Built By Women”, lecture, discussion and light breakfast, presented by AIA Pittsburgh & ULI Pittsburgh’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Location: The Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, Suite 411, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Cost: Free, Registration Required
More info and registration here***

AIA and ULI have convened women leaders and innovators to examine how Pittsburgh can evolve to be more equitable, diverse and inclusionary from the viewpoint of women in our community. Keynote speaker is Mary Anne Ocampo, Architect, Planner, and Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Six local women leaders from various design and real estate disciplines will lead small group discussions focusing on ideas and experiences that women bring into the field and how we can continue to transform our lived environment to be more inclusive.

***EVENT SOLD OUT | Waitlist only
Please email info@aiapgh.org to be put on the waitlist


Tour: Behind the Scenes Tour of CMOA’s Hall of Architecture – with Theodossis Issaias, Associate Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art

Location: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Cost: Free, Registration Required
More info and registration here

Don’t miss this rare behind the scenes tour with Theodossis Issaias, architect and educator, who will share stories about the nearly 150 building facades, monuments, and architectural fragments from across the globe.

It is hard not to be wowed by the collection of entirely plaster copies, painstakingly cast and reassembled in 1906–1907. It is the only remaining collection of its type in the US, and one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic spaces.


Awards: Design Pittsburgh 

Location: Nova Place, 100 S Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: By Invitation Only

Design Pittsburgh is a celebration of architecture and design, and honors those who create it. A signature program of AIA Pittsburgh, the awards and celebration highlights outstanding architecture and design created by architects in the Pittsburgh region. Held annually for members of the Architecture/ Engineering /Construction community, Design Pittsburgh features an architectural design exhibition, a juried Design Awards competition, the Young Architects Studio Competition, and a public voting opportunity for the coveted People’s Choice Award.


Friday, September 30

Awards: Reveal of the People’s Choice Awards and Design Pittsburgh Award Winners

Design Pittsburgh is a signature program of AIA Pittsburgh, celebrating excellence in architecture and design, and honoring those who create it. It is our opportunity as a community to publicly demonstrate the importance of great design in the Pittsburgh region.

Local AIA member architects submitted 66 projects for review this year, with awards determined by an out-of-town jury of architects. Visit www.aiapgh.org or your local media sources for the list of winners, announced Friday, September 30!


Reception: Reveal of the Top Ten Preservation Opportunities List by the Young Preservationists Association

Location: Energy Innovation Center (1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219)
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
More info and registration here

Young Preservationists Association and Patterns of Meaning invite you to join them at the Energy Innovation Center on Bedford Avenue in the Hill District as they return to an in-person event for the first time in two years! YPA’s Top Ten Preservation Opportunities List shines the spotlight on the historic sites in our region that are in need of our collective attention. This is YPA’s 20th year compiling an annual list, and they will be pulling out all of the stops for this celebration of some of the region’s best historic architecture. The Top Ten List will be announced at the evening reception.


Saturday, October 1

Youth Activity: K-12 Architecture Day, Presented by Center for Architecture Explorations & Architecture Learning Network at the CMU School of Architecture

Location: Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, 4919 Frew St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: Free
More info and registration coming here

Learn how to think like an architect or how to realize an idea for a special space! Hands-on architecture experiences provided by a wide range of Architecture Learning Network partners. Free and open to K-12 students excited about exploring Architecture!


Placemaking: Grounded Community Volunteer Day: Build a Homewood Community Space!

Location: Oasis Farm and Fishery, 7238 Fleury Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
More information and registration here

Volunteer to build a community space in Homewood! Help with garden bed construction, planting trees and flowers, and public furniture assembly that supports an agricultural education program.


Tours: Doors Open Pittsburgh 2022

Location: Downtown
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $18 general admission (discount for kids and seniors)
More info and tickets here (on sale Sept 5)

Far too often we stumble upon a charming building, or a beautiful church with the most incredible stained glass windows, and wish we could open the door and walk inside, but the door is locked.  DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh opens that door for you. Find out what you DON’T already know about Pittsburgh’s architecturally-rich downtown in this full day self-guided tour of over 40 buildings in the Golden Triangle.  Docents will give you a deeper understanding of many of the buildings’ histories and former uses. 


Sunday, October 2

Panel and discussion: Pittsburgh Fall Home Show Panel, “How and When to Work with an Architect”

Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Cost: Free as part of the Pittsburgh Fall Home Show

The Architect is In! Are you planning to build a home or renovate your existing one? Join AIA Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Fall Home Show. Some of the leading residential architects in town will be on stage to talk about the design process and how they support their clients. After their presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask your questions about architecture and how to best collaborate with an architect. You will also get tips on how to avoid costly mistakes, and how to make the most of your property.


Launch celebrationMODERN SURVEY / GREATER PITTSBURGH –A Series of digital guides to Modern 20th-century architecture, public art and design in our city and region, curated by the Pittsburgh Modern Committee.

Location: Downtown Pittsburgh
Time: Sunday October 2nd onward – access online or pick up the guide and explore at your leisure.
Cost: Free
Register here and unlock access to the digital guide or pick up a printed guide at Material Books located in Lawrenceville Markethouse, 4112 Butler Street, Sunday 10am-5pm.  

Experience the first edition – Central Downtown Pittsburgh – of what will be a series of digital guides exploring the rich palette of mid-late 20th century architecture and design in our region. 


All Week

Exhibit: CANstruction

Location: The Main Concourse of the Mall at Robinson, 100 Robinson Centre Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Time: 9am – 9pm
Cost: Free

This year’s theme, “Into the Wild,” is composed of innovative structures designed and built using only canned goods. Viewers can vote for their favorites in person or online here while helping to fight hunger throughout our region! 

Canstruction is an international hunger relief charity that raises millions of pounds of food each year for local food banks. Every year, the Canstruction Pittsburgh chapter has a competition citywide where teams create CanArt® to compete for awards in the following categories: Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Best Original Design, Most Cans, Best Use of Labels, and People’s Choice awards. The Pittsburgh Design Community steps up for this event with local architects, engineers and contractors forming teams to support this awesome event. Please stop by the Mall at Robinson between September 10th and October 1st to see all of these amazing structures in person.

If you have a question or problem, please email us at: info@aiapgh.org


Thank You to Our Partners!


The first-ever Pittsburgh Architecture Week would not have been possible without the help of our partner organizations: