Collecting Cans

CANstruction Pittsburgh’s 2016 Award-winning Structures

Earlier this summer, teams comprised of local architecture, engineering, and construction companies came to together to build sculptures out of cans for CANstruction Pittsburgh’s sixth annual event to raise awareness of the fight against hunger while collecting food to donate to local food banks. The structures – built at the Mall at Robinson – were built by 9 different local teams, including: Michael Baker International, Piper O’Brien Architects, DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design, Perkins Eastman, AE Works, Carpenters Union / ASCE, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, Desmone Architecture, and the Boy Scouts. The can structures, totaling 24,875 cans, were on display for a month, during which time the public was able to vote for their favorite by placing a can in front of their...

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Small Project, Big Award

Local Firm Wins AIA Small Project Award

The Studio Hive, a part of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty Teen Zone, has been awarded an AIA 2016 Small Project Award. Designed by GBBN Architects as part of the larger Teen Zone, the Studio Hive is a space for teens to work on multi-media and digital productions. As part of an ambitious capitol project, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is dedicated to providing opportunities within their libraries for teens to explore the worlds of literature and technology while connecting with others. GBBN created the Teen Zone in CLP-East Liberty by transforming a space into places where teens are encouraged to discover their talents, learn new skills, and collaborate with peers and mentors. Based loosely on the...

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AIA+2030: Climate Responsive Design at Chatham University’s Eden Hall

A Recap of the Most Recent AIA+2030 Session

By George Rieke, AIA and Christian Pegher, AIA Posted on July 19, 2016

The summer evening was idyllic. Not too hot, with a slight breeze from the northwest and white fluffy clouds. Over 30 participants stood at the highest point in Allegheny County, absorbing the fresh air and abundant sunlight, experiencing the inception of tomorrow’s college campus: Chatham University’s Eden Hall. The college was the host of AIA Pittsburgh’s third session of the AIA+2030 Professional Series, focusing on “Climate Responsive Design,” and the venue was perfect. We would start with a baseline, including terminology, strategies, climatology, technical applications, and case studies, presented by Christine Mondor, AIA of evolveEA. Next, a very informative history lesson from Charles Rosenblum of Carnegie Mellon University was presented. He would explain through local and regional cases how people...

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What Should Pittsburgh Look Like in 2050?

Young Architects Studio Competition 2016

Pittsburgh isn’t just growing again; it’s thriving. It’s a center of technology, innovation, culture, medicine and education, and has been recognized for its environmental stewardship and sustainable design practices. However, it is not a city without its challenges. The Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC) is a part of AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Design Pittsburgh, a celebration of architecture and design awards competition. This year’s YASC – Vision PGH 2050 – asks you to design a solution for a resilient Pittsburgh of the future.  The City was chosen as a member of the 100 Resilient Cities, whose purpose is to help cities become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Through...

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July @ the AIA

Gearing up for Design Pittsburgh

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! AIA Pittsburgh is working full-throttle as Design Pittsburgh approaches. The Call for Submissions has been announced and we look forward to viewing your standout projects for our annual Design Awards Competition. Another new initiative is the AIA Pittsburgh Foundation for Architecture’s Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals. Applications are due at the end of the month, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity! AXP not IDP: The Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP), has officially launched this week. See...

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June @ the AIA

Summer starts with a few tours and a few free webinars, Join YAF to visit The River House, or attend the next AIA+2030 session and tour Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, a 2015 Design Pittsburgh award-winning project. Looking forward, stay tuned for Design Pittsburgh related announcements in the upcoming weeks and months, including submission categories and the Young Architects Studio Competition. Finally, do you have a new project or interest to share? Consider submitting to present at PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol. 24 on July 14. Proposals are due on July 6.  Free membership for New Grads! Are you a recent graduate of a NAAB-Accredited architecture program? Than you are eligible for up to 18 months of free membership with the...

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National Spotlight on Sustainable Design

Local Project Wins AIA COTE Top Ten Award

By Becky Spevack Posted on May 12, 2016

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a recipient of the 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award. Conceived as a building that provides both a home for administrative and classroom functions, as well as a tool to further the institution’s mission “to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research,” the concept and design brought together many Pittsburgh- and Pennsylvania-based firms to create this skillfully crafted solution. Designed by The Design Alliance Architects, the project team also included Andropogon Associates, Ltd., evolveEA, 7group, Massaro Corporation, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Atlantic Engineering Services and CJL Engineering. Other team members included Turner Construction, Indevco, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and...

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In Memoriam: Tom Williams, FAIA

An Architect Ahead of His Time

G. Thomas Williams, FAIA (Tom), a leader in the Pittsburgh architectural community throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and a founding member of WTW Architects, passed away on Sunday, May 8th, 2016. Upon graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1952, Williams joined Mellon Stuart as a draftsman, working under William H. Young & Associates together with Tom Trebilcock; Paul Whitehead join the duo in 1957. Upon Williams becoming a Registered Architect in 1959, the trio struck out on their own setting up the practice in the Republic Building on the North Side. Initially known as G. Thomas Williams and Associates, the firm name became Williams Trebilcock Whitehead in 1961 when the latter two earned their architectural licenses....

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May @ the AIA

April was a busy month here at AIA Pittsburgh. While May is a little calmer, don’t be fooled – there are plenty of events in the works!  Looking to get involved? How about a social outing? YAF is hosting their annual Pirates tailgate this month. Or possibly you’re heading to Philadelphia for the AIA Conventional?  And don’t forget about the AIA +2030 Series – Session 2 is this month, with more sessions to follow. Enjoy the warmer weather and longer days and check back often for new opportunities.  AIA Increases Focus on Research – AIA is making a renewed commitment to research. With the release of the Practice-Relevant Research Roadmap, the AIA seeks to 1) increase research literacy, 2) enable and support...

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To Fill a Void

AIA Pittsburgh’s Foundation for Architecture Reemerges

By Becky Spevack Posted on April 24, 2016

“We are invested in the future of the profession,” states Sean Sheffler, AIA. At the beginning of the month, AIA Pittsburgh made a big announcement – that the long-defunct Foundation for Architecture has been reestablished. With a focused mission and enthusiastic, hand-selected Board of Directors (of which Sheffler is a member), the Foundation has hit the ground running in its efforts “to provide leadership development for architects and emerging architectural professionals.” Columns talked with the new board members – chair Daniel Rothschild, AIA, Jen Bee, AIA, and Sean Sheffler, AIA – about how the organization found its legs again, and what they hope for its future. Columns: How did the Foundation come to be reformed?  Jen Bee: For quite some...

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