Information & Tickets

The Design Pittsburgh Award Ceremony will be held on September 29, 2022 at Nova Place.

About Design Pittsburgh

Presented by AIA Pittsburgh, Design Pittsburgh is a celebration of architecture and design, and honors those who create it. A signature program of AIA Pittsburgh, Design Pittsburgh highlights outstanding architecture and design in the Pittsburgh region. Held annually, Design Pittsburgh features an architectural design exhibition, a juried Design Awards competition, & public voting opportunity for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

Design Pittsburgh raises the profile of architects as critical resources and industry experts in the Pittsburgh region. Through collaboration, this program provides excellent exposure of architects’ and industry professional work to a wide variety of audiences – including potential customers. It highlights the importance of good design in our region – and how our members, sponsors, partners, and the public support and promote the value of architecture and design in the places that we work, live, and play.

Ticket Pricing:

AIA Members*                $90 / $100
Assoc. AIA Members:   $50 / $60
Non-Members:               $110 / $125
Students:                          $25 / $35

* AIA Member rate is honored for all Allied Members



Meet the 2022 Design Pittsburgh Emcee


Until this past May, when she sold her business, Nancy Polinsky Johnson was the publisher and editor of Shady Ave, a quarterly magazine highlighting life in Pittsburgh’s East End and Fox Chapel area neighborhoods. She deeply appreciated the connection to the community that her position provided, and she loved sharing people’s stories with readers, but this year she felt it was time to pass the baton.

Prior to joining Shady Ave in 2002, Nancy worked in broadcasting for over two decades. Her first job was as an overnight disc jockey for a country music radio station in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

Upon graduation from the University of North Carolina, she began a career in television that took her from Charlotte, to Washington, D.C., and then on to Atlanta. In those markets, she worked as a producer, reporter, and evening news anchor.

Marriage to WPXI news anchor David Johnson brought Nancy to Pittsburgh, where she first worked as a producer at KDKA while also commuting to Wheeling to serve as a weekend news anchor at the local CBS affiliate.

In 1986, Nancy began her long and happy association with WQED, Pittsburgh’s public TV station. During her tenure at the station she produced and hosted nightly and weekly shows about a variety of topics. Most viewers, however, know her from the countless hours she has spent cooking in the QED kitchen or asking for pledge dollars during WQED membership drives. She continues to work with WQED on a limited basis and can still be seen each Saturday morning as co-host of “QED Cooks.”

Nancy and her husband have two grown sons, Michael and Eric.


Design Pittsburgh Featured Events:

  • Design Exhibition
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Design Awards Ceremony
  • Young Architects Studio Competition

Design Exhibition & Awards

Each year, AIA Pittsburgh hosts the Design Awards – a juried design competition open to AIA members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh. Additionally, any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 11 county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh can be included in the design competition in a variety of award categories, including the People’s Choice Award, which is chosen by popular vote. All projects must have at least one AIA Pittsburgh architect on the project team. All submissions for the AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards Competition can only be submitted by an AIA Pittsburgh architect. The mission of the awards is to recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation, and achievement in the craft of architecture. All Design Award submissions are available online for viewing and voting.

Design Pittsburgh 2022 Award Categories:

  • Architecture Small (< 5,000 SF)
  • Architecture Medium (5,000 – 50,000 SF)
  • Architecture Large (> 50,000 SF)
  • Architecture / Unbuilt  (ex: Theoretical projects, projects with no expected build date, etc.)

Why Support AIA Pittsburgh & Design Pittsburgh?

Media Partners and Sponsors of Design Pittsburgh realize broad, high-level exposure with access to hundreds of design professionals and potential customers. It is a sound marketing investment that offers opportunities to position and profile corporate brands, reach a sector-focused audience, build and expand new business networks, and meet the decision makers of the architectural firms in the Pittsburgh region – meetings that you may not be able to set up through cold-calling, telemarketing, and direct mail efforts. Design Pittsburgh offers business and design professionals a unique marketing venue and targeted approach to reach the people and corporations who could help your business grow. To become a sponsor of Design Pittsburgh, contact Jessica Pfauth at For more details visit our Sponsors page online.

Join AIA Pittsburgh to Celebrate the People Who Inspire, Shape, Build, and Design Pittsburgh!