Pittsburgh Architecture Foundation

Established in partnership with the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Pittsburgh Architecture Foundation (PAF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance architects’ meaningful and collaborative involvement throughout the Pittsburgh region, fostering civic activism and leadership, promoting sustainability, and improving the well-being of our communities.

PAF connects local architects with opportunities to support communities in our region, strengthen pathways for the next generation of architects, and engages the public and decision-makers on the role of design in building an environment that supports human wellbeing.

We do this through three programs:

Façade Renovation Program

In Pittsburgh’s tight-knit communities, small businesses often serve as the hubs for entire neighborhoods, though many lack the resources to maintain or upgrade their storefronts. To help these businesses thrive, the Façade Renovation Program pairs volunteer architects with small business owners to facilitate a collaborative partnership that makes every stage of the rehabilitation process a reality. These collective efforts uplift small businesses, revitalize local economies, and elevate Pittsburgh’s diverse neighborhoods.

Blueprint for Better (B4B)

Blueprint for Better Pittsburgh (B4B) raises awareness of the impact buildings and spaces have on our daily lives. It seeks to translate the findings of science and design in ways that engage and empower a wide audience, especially those who make decisions about regional development, real estate, housing, and civic spaces. The overall goal is to increase the mental and physical well-being of our region’s population by creating knowledge of and demand for quality design of our built spaces. Check out the B4B video.

Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals

Structured around a nine-month training program, the Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals provides early to mid-career architects with the skills and mentorship necessary to be leaders in both their profession and their community. During the training, participants collaborate on a group project focused on how to apply architectural and design skills to pressing issues such as immigration, affordable housing, and sustainability.

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