Keynote Address



We are doing things a little differently this year…

What we did: 
AIA Pittsburgh took a new, more in-depth approach to this year’s continuing education planning. We scheduled brainstorming sessions and designed surveys because we wanted to know exactly what our members wanted to learn in 2014!

All courses offered at Build Pittsburgh 2014 are based directly off of member feedback and the results of our continuing educational needs assessment.

What we heard: 
The message was clear: Our members want to be able to better identify business and leadership opportunities to get and retain work; keep and/or get better control of their practice, people, and partnerships to maximize profitability; and effectively communicate to clients the value they bring to the project through skills, expertise, and knowledge.

With more than 450 responses, there was one response that dominated throughout this entire process, which was the need to know the opportunities that will be available under the new mayoral administration. Therefore, this year’s keynote address will give our audience a chance to find out exactly what the new administration can offer local design/build professionals.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
1 LU/HSW Hour

Presented by: Ray Gastil, Director of the Department of City Planning, City of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

New Administration: New Opportunities

GastilPic 2New mayors bring new vision. The mayor depends on his staff to carry out his vision, and build a better future for our city. For architects and design professionals, City Planning’s functions and direction greatly affect their day-to-day practice and future projects.

Join us for this year’s keynote address titled “New Administration: New Opportunities.” The newly appointed director of City Planning, Ray Gastil, will be on hand to share his vision; address existing issues and proposed solutions; and discuss anticipated outcomes and a timetable for proposed departmental changes, including the planned involvement of the design community to help inform these changes.



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