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5 Great Reasons to Participate in Design Pittsburgh 2014

By Becky Spevack Posted on August 5, 2014


Each autumn, AIA Pittsburgh presents its signature program, Design Pittsburgh – a celebration of architecture and design, honoring those who create it. Haven’t been? Never entered the competition? Or don’t want to take the time? Here are five good reasons why you should…

Get your work in front of a wide and varied audience. Last year, AIA Pittsburgh welcomed over 1,000 individuals during the 2013 Design Pittsburgh program, including architects, sponsors, media partners, businesses, community and cultural leaders, and design enthusiasts. Additionally, there were over 2,300 individuals who viewed the Design Award Submissions online and voted for the People’s Choice Award.

There’s a different jury every year. Submitted a project last year that didn’t take top prize? Each year you’ll have new eyes examining your submission. Each jury makes the decision as to what projects they think deserve to win, so enter again and try to wow this year’s jury, hailing from New York City.


Intern architects can win a design award! How’s that for your resume? Now in its fifth year, the Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC) presents a design challenge for young architects to creatively tackle. This year’s theme, ‘Urban Voids’, asks entrants to identify an urban void along the riverfront believed to have untapped potential and offer a creative solution to fill that void. Think you have a solution?


The coveted Silver Medal. The Silver Medal is AIA Pittsburgh’s highest award and is presented at the jury’s discretion. Only one Silver Medal can be awarded and the jury may choose not to award it. The last Silver Medal was awarded in 2012 for the Gateway Station, by Light/Motion Collaborative.

Get to know fellow architects. Whether it’s as a volunteer, helping to install the exhibit,  a participant, anxiously waiting for the Design Awards to be announced, or as a reveler, enjoying a signature cocktail at the Gala, Design Pittsburgh presents the architectural community with a handful of opportunities to connect throughout the month of October.

And we couldn’t make Design Pittsburgh happen without our generous sponsors. Interested in supporting the design community? Here are five reasons to consider sponsorship. 

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