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Dossier: AIA Pittsburgh President Mike Gwin, AIA

“You can go fast alone or you can go far together.”

Name: Michael Alan Gwin Firm: Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Family: Wife Renee and three boys Jordan, Rowan, and Nolan Years in practice: 20 years Education: Virginia Tech – I wasn’t familiar with Virginia Tech when I was in high school.  I found my way there through running rather than architecture.  I was recruited for their track team and started into architecture at the second year level.  After my freshman year, I participated in their summer architecture program.  This was a rigorous program that created an opportunity for people to get into the architecture school program.  It was two sessions long, after the first session we had close to half of the 50 or so people that started!  From there 4 or 5 of us got selected...

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I Belong to the AIA Because …

Architects on the Value of Membership

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 5, 2018

We love to ask our members why they belong to AIA.  Time is precious and we find that every answer is a little bit different, but the common themes are about the value of community and the strength architects have as a collective voice.  We asked the AIA Board of Directors, including new President Mike Gwin, AIA of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, why they participate, and here we share those responses with you. Michael Gwin, AIA, President Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Time is valuable, why AIA? I have found that the answer is always the same. Every time I participate or volunteer time with the AIA I am rewarded. The experiences and skills of the people that I have connected with have helped...

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Freedom by Design at Carnegie Mellon University

Free Weatherization Program Connects Students and Community

By Elizabeth Levy Posted on February 4, 2018

The Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Freedom by Design has taken on their first project to introduce and disperse weatherization kits into homes across Pittsburgh. These kits provide families with a series of means to help insulate their home and a booklet outlining the importance of this cost-saving process. The long winter of Pittsburgh causes high heating costs for many residents across the state. Creating energy efficient spaces benefits the resident both financially and thermally. It is important for one to understand the role they can take in keeping heating costs low and their home warm. The FBD team has prototyped and established a packaged kit organized to assist homeowners and renters across a series of communities in Pittsburgh. The...

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Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home

A Conversation with Contemporary Craft Executive Director Janet McCall

By Maya Henry Posted on February 1, 2018

Holly Grace. Round Mountain Hut, 2015. Blown glass kiln formed with glass powder and metal leaf surfaces, sandblasted imagery – with internal light. 7.5″ x 13.75″ x 8.6″. Photo courtesy of Holly Grace. Shelter is universally identified as a basic human right, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions worldwide. To bring this subject to light, Contemporary Craft (CC) opened Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home, a socially engaged art experience, in September 2017, to focus public attention on the basic human need for safe housing. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 17th at CC’s Strip District gallery located in the Produce Terminal at the intersection of 21st and Smallman Streets. Featuring more than 40...

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Top Ten Columns Articles of 2017

Important Moments and Themes from 2017

By Maya Henry Posted on December 28, 2017

10. Plaster ReCast is ongoing as part of Copy + Paste: Hall of Architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art through May 6, 2018.  Interested in reviewing this exhibit in 2018?  We’d love an architect member to participate.  Contact Maya Henry at mhenry@aiapgh.org. Plaster ReCast at the Carnegie Museum of Art 9. There is not one answer to why our members belong to AIA.  Read the diverse viewpoints in this round-up. I Belong to the AIA Because … 8. A roundtable discussion with the architect and developer of the Design Award-winning Penn Mathilda Development.  What can we learn from this development and how can we build more beatiful and functional affordable housing in Pittsburgh? ACTION-Housing’s Penn Mathilda Development 7. Hands...

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What Did You Say?

Public Input on Design Pittsburgh Submissions

By Maya Henry Posted on December 5, 2017

As part of the People’s Choice Award voting this year (over 3,415 online votes), we asked each person to tell us why they voted for their selection.  We received over 1,400 comments and we read every single one!  Here we have a selection of the projects that received the most comments from the general public, the people who use and see the buildings every day. Zerega Residence Addition and Renovations Client: Megan and Todd Zerega Architecture Firm: qkArchitecture Contractor: Jimmy Johns Construction, LLC Photographer: Luke Mawhinney Landscape Architect: Gwen Wisniewski Landscape and Garden Design, LLC Everything was perfect, except for the house. Our clients sought our services as the housing stock in their most desired neighborhood was turning up limited options in their search...

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Dossier: Alicia Volcy, Assoc. AIA

"Since we get to design the world we live in, we may as well make it great for everybody."

Name: Alicia L. Volcy, Assoc. AIA Firm: IKM, Inc. Family: Husband, Riccardy Volcy. Years in practice: Six. Education: BArch, Florida A & M University. Your first job: Judson Architecture in Miami, Florida. I was only a sophomore. Project you’re proudest of: My home renovation. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Cheap short cuts = long expensive wounds. What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Critique a restaurant’s finishes and details while at the dinner table. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Museum board and tacky glue. Favorite building: The Aqua Tower Architect you’d like to have a drink with:  David Adjaye Best gift to give an architect: An unlimited budget. If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you have...

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#IMadeThat, From Youth to Professionals

Pittsburgh's Architecture Learning Network

By Samantha Weaver Posted on November 18, 2017

Images of the ACE Mentorship Program, photo credit Anastasia Dubnicay.  Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Architecture Design Challenge, photo credit Louise Sturgess.  CMU Saturday Sequence Program, photo credit Paul Moscoso Pittsburgh is a city that embodies an interconnected web of makers and learners of all ages, truly living up to its title as one of America’s City of Learning. No matter your age, each citizen of the world has knowledge and expertise about their environment and can have agency to effect change in their communities. Pittsburgh’s Architecture Learning Network is one partnership in the city where eight non-profits have joined forces to support architecture educational programs in the region. The result is an architecture-learning pathway that helps youth prepare for...

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Plaster ReCast at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Augmented Reality App Provides New Look at Old Technology

By Maya Henry Posted on November 16, 2017

Plaster ReCast app in use, photo by Bryan Conley Augmented reality app Plaster ReCast has launched for play-testing in Carnegie Museum of Art’s (CMOA) Hall of Architecture. The Hall is the world’s third-largest architectural plaster cast collection, which includes monumental replicas of portions of buildings and fragments from across the Western world. When it opened in 1907, the Hall of Architecture brought portions of important monuments to the public and allowed them to be viewed in 3-D.  Plaster ReCast brings new life to these objects and connects them not just to their geographical context but also gives historical context to their selection.  Plaster casts were also used regularly in architectural education because the models allowed architects see true proportions in 3-D. Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection survives today as...

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People Are the Foundations of Cities

David Lewis, FAIA

By Maya Henry Posted on October 27, 2017

David Lewis, FAIA will give a lecture at CMU School of Architecture on November 6th which will be preceded by the premiere of a short film by the AIA: “The Legacy of David Lewis.” In honor of Mr. Lewis’ indelible mark on the built environment in Pittsburgh and the greater Mon Valley, Columns spoke to several of his colleagues about his influence on their work. In 1963 David Lewis, FAIA came to Carnegie Institute of Technology (now CMU) as the Andrew Mellon Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. Lewis started one of the first graduate programs in urban design in which students learned to work hands-on with elected officials, agency representatives, and citizens on community design and development projects. In...

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