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The Design Pittsburgh People's Choice Award is your opportunity to weigh in on some of the recently designed (or redesigned) places and spaces in our community. Architecture is a part of our daily environment and we want to hear from you what good design means to you.
As you look through the projects submitted, ask yourself: Does the project inspire you? Would you enjoy spending time in that space? How does the project enhance or serve our community?
The University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information (Pitt SCI) needed a temporary location to occupy for the next few years while the department develops a permanent home. This project brings all faculty, staff, graduate students, and Ph.D. candidates together in a single location. As a place of transition for the SCI, the space offers flexibility and the opportunity to experiment with various workstyles. Most importantly, the new workspace creates a collaborative environment by facilitating interaction between all occupant types.
In early visioning sessions, the design team used precedent images and emotional response exercises to establish the foundation of the interior design theme. Stakeholders gravitated toward a photo of a campfire in the woods, which inspired the organization of collaborative spaces in the middle of the floor, surrounded by more private focus rooms. A maker space showcases the innovation and collaboration of students and faculty at the SCI.
Category: Medium Architecture
Architecture Firm: IKM Architecture
Project Team: Jonathan Lusin, AIA, LEED AP; Samara Wheaton; Alek Kirchmann, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Client: University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information
Engineers: Barton Associates, Inc., Lawrence Zdinak - MEP Engineer
Photographer: Adam Warner, IKM Architecture
Consultants: Dobil Laboratories, John Williams - Audio/Visual Consultant