It’s been a hot summer, and whether you find yourself shaking the sand out of your flip flops or daydreaming while staring out at that clear blue sky, it’s time to find your focus and start thinking about Design Awards. Entries, for both local and national design competitions, are due towards the end of August. There’s also a BBQ/House Tour you won’t want to miss and AIA Pittsburgh’s Annual Meeting – “Adapt, Survive, and Thrive” – where we’ll be looking at the profession and how recent changes – both external and internal – have impacted the foreseeable future. August 14 – YAF Steering Committee Meeting: Join AIA Pittsburgh’s YAF for the monthly steering committee meeting. Learn all about what this...
August @ the AIA
Wrapping up summer with events you won't want to miss!
Lisa Schroeder Named 2012 Gold Medal Recipient
Riverlife CEO joins long list of past awardees
AIA Pittsburgh announced this month that Elisabeth (Lisa) Schroeder, president and chief executive officer of Riverlife, is AIA Pittsburgh’s 2012 Gold Medal awardee. Riverlife is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1999 by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, to create a vision and master plan for the city’s riverfronts. Through the Gold Medal award, architecture and design professionals honor a community leader who has made a significant contribution to the profession. “The Gold Medal is not presented annually, but only when an outstanding candidate is identified,” said Mark Dietrick, AIA, president, AIA Pittsburgh. The award is presented by AIA Pittsburgh’s board of directors and is based on a candidate’s role in generating policy, raising public awareness, and/or leading a specific effort regarding...
Young Architect Studio Competition Announced
YASC takes on the Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge
AIA Pittsburgh is excited to announce the Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), as a part of Design Pittsburgh 2012. In its third year, the YASC was created specifically for young architects – architecture graduates who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA. The goal of this competition is to engage our young professionals by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. This year’s competition is titled, The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge, and was inspired by our City of Bridges. The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge is one of these iconic bridges, and a nationally listed historic...
July @ the AIA
A look at the month's events
It’s July, it’s hot, and you’re counting down the days (or hours) until vacation. Things may feel slower, even sluggish, on these 90° days, but the AIA is still at it, putting your dues dollars to work! While the calendar may not look very full, AIA Pittsburgh is working full-throttle as Design Pittsburgh approaches. Have a project you’re particularly proud of? A great design you want to show off to other professionals? A contender for an Honor Award? Submit it to our annual Design Awards Competition! In the meantime, here is a breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA. State Licensing Boards – New Interactive Map: The CES team at AIA National has just launched a...
Architectural Billings Index experiences decline
ABI drops significantly for second month
Following the first negative reading in five months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has had a significant drop in May. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 45.8, following a mark of 48.4 in April. This score reflects a sharp decrease in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 54.0, down slightly from mark of 54.4 the previous month. “For the second year in a row, we’re seeing declines in springtime design activity after a healthy first quarter....
June @ the AIA
A quick look at events this month
Ever wonder how the AIA puts your yearly dues to use? Looking for a way to get involved? Interested in some fun summer activities? Here is a brief breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA. Research Resource Center Online: There is now one location where members can go to for economic data and architectural research. The Research Resource Center can be found under the Practicing Architecture tab of AIA.org . This new portal has links to member grant and research opportunities, the Architectural Billing Index and Home Design Trends Survey reports, as well as professional practice research, and much more. AIA 2013 Institute Honor Awards Call for Entries: The Institute Honor Awards celebrate the best in...
Pittsburgh’s Own Elected as AIA National Secretary
Rich DeYoung, AIA wins the bid.
Rich DeYoung, AIA, president and CEO of WTW Architects, has been elected 2013-14 AIA secretary. A member who has been active on all levels, DeYoung is a past AIA national board member, serving on the board as Pennsylvania regional director from 2009-2011. He was a member of the AIA Secretary’s Advisory Committee in 2011 and an AIA Advocacy Committee member in 2007 and in 2009-2010. He was also president of AIA Pennsylvania in 2006 and president of AIA Pittsburgh in 2003. To read more about the AIA National election results, click here.
AIA Launches Sustainable Project Documents
AIA Contract Documents has released a series of sustainable projects documents at the AIA 2012 National Convention this week that can help customers navigate the unique issues related to sustainable design projects. AIA Contract Documents also has a comprehensive offering of contracts for the small project practitioner . Make sure to check out these exciting products and resources, including document samples and comparatives.
May @ the AIA
A quick look at AIA events for the month
Ever wonder how the AIA puts your yearly dues to use? Looking for a way to get involved? Here’s a brief breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA. New Graduate Membership: The AIA offers recent graduates, from accredited schools of architecture, complimentary Associate AIA Membership for up to 18 months. Click here to download an application. Join today and become a part of this community. To hear a message about the value of AIA Membership from AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA, click here. May 8 – ARE Review Session: “Building Design and Construction Systems”, held at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Offices at 2847 Penn Avenue in the Strip District. May 10 – Submissions open for PechaKucha Night (PKN)...
Knowledge Base: AIA Pittsburgh’s ARE Review Series
Young Architects Forum produces review sessions
By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP Posted on April 26, 2012
For a lot of reasons, the Architectural Registration Exam is a very daunting thing to a young architect, mostly because the exam itself seems like such an enormous task to take on. The biggest problem with the licensing exam is that, when all is said and done, its just a test. That’s it. A task that needs to be completed, a burden that needs to be overcome. And since it’s a basic human tendency to find the simplest method of completing such a task, it comes as no surprise that there are a lot of exam candidates that are just interested in test-taking strategies (being told things like “pick ‘C’,” for example) than drawing upon one’s knowledge and experience to...