Dossier: Peter Margittai, AIA

Meet the 2022 Pittsburgh PechaKucha Night Emcee!

By Posted on September 22, 2022

Name: Peter Margittai, AIA

Firm: Margittai Architects

Family: Michele (wife), Sophia (daughter), Nico (son)

Years in practice: 29 years (yikes!)

Education: B.S. and B.Arch from Penn State University

Your favorite AIA event or offering: PechaKucha (of course) 

Your first job: Not first but probably worst – fully costumed local radio station mascot.

Project you’re proudest of: The next one.

What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Good clients make for good projects.

Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser (yes, I still draw by hand).

Favorite building: It’s a tie between the Guggenheim in New York and the Pantheon in Rome

What do you like to do when you’re not working? Play squash or pickleball when my knee acts up.

Best gift to give an architect: Travel miles.

If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you have been? Any job that would allow me to draw all day.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where? South Side, Pittsburgh.

The secret to my success: I’ll let you know if I ever get there.

Advice to young architects: Be brave and learn fast.

Architectural quote to practice by: Delight your clients. It’s not a quote, but it is a Core Value at Margittai Architects.









PechaKucha Night 2022


PechaKucha is BACK! After a three-year hiatus, AIA Pittsburgh is once again hosting the ever-popular PechaKucha Night. PechaKucha Nights are informal, fun gatherings held in more than 1,000 cities world-wide, where creative people share their ideas, works and thoughts in a 20×20 format. PechaKucha Night is based on a simple, dynamic presentation style: 20 images x 20 seconds per image. It’s about artistic and creative celebration, and promotion of local talent. The event is constantly varied and dynamic, and always produces a relaxed, informal, and fun environment.

Meet, network, and show your work in only six minutes and forty seconds of exquisitely matched words and images!


Tuesday, September 27, 2022
5:30 – 7:3op.m.
• 5:30 Doors open / 6:00 p.m. Presentations begin
$15 General Admission // $10 Student / 65+
Location: Ascender, 6401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

* Light Food & Beverage included in ticket price.

Words. Images. 20 slides x 20 seconds each.


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