October @ the AIA

A Month-long Celebration of Design!

Each year, the month of October features AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture and design and those who create it. It is once again time for Design Pittsburgh, our annual design competition, exhibit, gala, and awards ceremony. We are also exhibiting your photographs in Places That Inspire, a photographic exhibition in conjunction with this year’s Young Architects Studio Competition. Looking for a way to reconnect with the architecture community? This is a great time to experience over 90 projects, meet up with other architects, and get inspired! Design Pittsburgh People’s Choice Award – Brought to you by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., the online exhibit of Design Pittsburgh submissions is available for viewing and we need your votes! Go look through...

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September @ the AIA

The days are getting shorter, but AIA Pittsburgh is finding ways to fit more into them!  September is full of events all around town, particularly the unveiling of the Design Pittsburgh 2015 exhibit!  Design submissions will be available to view via the online digital exhibit in the next few weeks, with the physical exhibit making its debut at the Cultural District’s Gallery Crawl on September 25th! An autumn evening spent Downtown, taking in art and design… you won’t want to miss it! September 7 – AIA Pittsburgh offices closed for observance of Labor Day. September 16 – YAF Steering Committee Meeting September 17-18 – AIA PA Leadership & Development Conference: Architects from across the state while converge at Carnegie Mellon...

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Design Pittsburgh Offers New Opportunities, New Challenges

What Are You Waiting For? Enter Today!

Design Pittsburgh, one of AIA Pittsburgh’s signature programs, is a great chance to connect with peers, network, support, and be a part of the local architecture community. But at its core, it’s so much more – through events, exhibits, social media, and press it is an opportunity to honor and publicly promote the importance of architectural services, good design, and those who create it. In order to thoroughly recognize how good design is impacting the world around us, we have identified the importance of collaboration and advances in technology that are impacting the profession. With this in mind, two new design award categories have been added to the competition this year. Engineering + Science Award – The Engineering + Science...

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August @ the AIA

It’s the dog days of 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. And don’t forget about the Young Architects Studio Competition, A Sign of the Times, and photo exhibition, Places That Inspire. August 15 – AIA Convention 2016 Call for Educational Proposals: Are you an articulate subject matter expert with a great concept for an education session on emerging trends, practice strategies and innovations, or other topics that inspire and engage? Submit your proposal for peer...

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Touring Together

Two Committees Join Together to the Benefit of Everyone

Emerging professionals often have to guess as to what sector they would like to work in, applying to firms that they hope will be a good fit. In an effort to expand their understanding of what custom residential architecture can be, the Young Architects Forum (YAF) has paired up with CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) for a building tour and panel discussion. Next week, both young and established architects will meet in Lawrenceville to tour the new residence by DeNinno Architects on 45th Street, where Jeffery DeNinno, AIA both designed and acted as general contractor. After exploring this three-story residence, Jeffery and other members of CRAN will open up about the challenges and rewards of custom residential design, giving young...

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July @ the AIA

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. Paula Maynes, AIA AIA Pennsylvania ARE Grant – The deadline for this first-ever ARE grant for Associate...

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Honoring Paula Maynes, AIA

Introducing the Paula Maynes AIA Pennsylvania ARE Grant

Paula Maynes was known for her mentorship, her work ethic, and her calm, collaborative nature. She was a leader statewide in the architectural community and understood the importance of supporting aspiring architects to achieve licensure. The AIA Pennsylvania Associates Committee has identified a need to provide assistance to Associates throughout the Commonwealth, who are taking the Architect Registration Examinations (AREs). Due to the lingering impacts of the recession on the architectural, design, and construction fields, many emerging professionals are still underemployed and struggling to pay off school loans. The AIA PA Associates Committee believes it is essential for the future success of our profession to retain as many young professionals and Associates as possible and aims to facilitate their path...

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June @ the AIA

Young Architects' Work on Display Along the River

A great public art project and Young Architects’ work on display this month! Check out what’s happening along the Allegheny River with “To Be Determined,” and after that wraps up, start looking forward to Design Pittsburgh 2015. We know you still have lots of time to consider which projects to submit for the annual design competition, but stay tuned to aiapgh.org for Design Pittsburgh related announcements in the upcoming weeks and months, including submission categories and the Young Architects Studio Competition. It’s never too soon to start planning and get excited! 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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In Memoriam: Dick Rittelmann, FAIA

Pittsburgh Region Loses an Architectural Innovator

Innovator, teacher, born leader. Craftsman, opera singer, renaissance man. Ask anyone who has worked with him (and there are a lot of you out there), and these are just a few of the words commonly used to describe Dick Rittelmann, FAIA. He has contributed so much not only to the local architectural community, but to the profession nationally and internationally, changing what an architectural firm could be.  This man will no longer inspire, invigorate, or intimidate the next generation of architects. Well-known Butler architect Richard “Dick” Rittelmann, 77, died May 10, 2015 at the VNA Inpatient Hospice of Butler from pancreatic cancer. Born on Dec. 27, 1938, in Pittsburgh, he was a 1956 graduate of Butler High School. He  then...

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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 down to Georgia for the AIA Conventional in Atlanta?  Enjoy the warmer weather and longer days and check back often for new opportunities.  AIA + Academy Knowledge Community – The AIA has launched a new Knowledge Community, AIA + Academy, for academics, researchers, and practitioners to encourage collaboration and professional responsibility, promote practice research, and explore changes to architectural education. Sound like the right fit for you? Join today! May 8...

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