From the Firms – March 18, 2022

By Posted on March 18, 2022

Member Updates


CannonDesign Welcomes New Hires

CannonDesign is thrilled to welcome our new hires for 2022 to our Architecture, Environmental Graphic Design, and Facilities Optimization Services groups in the Pittsburgh office. We continue to expand our people and our services in the Pittsburgh area, and look forward to continuing to work with our valuable clients to help them flourish.

  • Sarah Holton, AIA, RA, Assoc. Vice President.
  • Russell Guest, RA, Senior Associate.
  • Nicole Glaz, Environmental Graphic Design
  • Chelsey Docherty, Environmental Graphic Design
  • Michael Armijo, Facility Optimization Solution
  • Hillary Frisbie, Facility Optimization Solutions


DLA+ Promotes Seven Members of the Firm including New President and Principal

DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design, the 12th largest architectural firm in Pittsburgh, is pleased to announce the promotion and elevation of seven members of the firm for 2022. The hard work and achievements of these individuals is duly recognized by these promotions:

DLA+ Principal Christopher Haupt, AIA has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer for the firm.

DLA+ Principals Nick Doichev, AIA and Jennifer Pavlik, NCIDQ have been promoted to Senior Vice President of Architectural and Interior Design, respectively.

Sunghoon Jung, LEED AP BD+C has become a Principal and shareholder of the firm and is now Vice President and Sports Practice Leader.

John Sickles, AIA has been named a Senior Associate.

Chris Chiusano, CSI, CCCA, CDT and Andrew Schmidt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C have been named Associates. The DLA+ Associate Program fosters growth and leadership within the firm.


evolveEA Team Updates

Ashley Cox, AICP was promoted to Associate and recently achieved AICP Certification. Founding Principals Christine Mondor, FAIA and Marc Mondor, AIA are delighted to recognize Ashley for her valued contributions to projects, urban design problem solving, strategic direction, and firm culture. A number of plans for which Ashley served as project manager have been recognized with awards, like the Allentown 2030 Economic Development Comprehensive Plan, and she regularly facilitates workshops and design exercises that advance social equity in the planning and architecture fields and environmental justice in cities. She is leading evolveEA’s West Coast presence in Los Angeles.

Andrew Forney, AIA, joined evolve as an Architect focusing on sustainable design at all scales. He brings a powerful skill set of design, modeling, and technology systems to the design process and is inspired to transform environments for the betterment of future generations.

“I am enjoying working with teammates and clients that seek out appropriate sustainability principles and want to weave thoughts and concepts into Architecture.”

Christine Mondor, FAIA, was elected to the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors and was appointed to Co-Chair Mayor Ed Gainey’s Infrastructure Transition Committee. Mondor shared how evolveEA’s work has contributed to Community Green Infrastructure as a Catalyst to the Transition of Grey Agency Management at the Ecocity World Summit 2022, an online gathering showcasing the latest research and developments in urban design and city transformation practices.

Perkins Eastman Welcomes New Hires

Perkins Eastman is excited to welcome the following new hires:

  • Leia Cadotte, Senior Associate, NCIDQ
  • Alina Kramkova, Assoc. AIA, Associate, Architectural Designer
  • Tineke Reali, Associate, Interior Designer
  • Alex Culler, Associate, Architectural Designer
  • Fangfang Wang, Project Accountant
  • Nick Pugliese, Web Developer
  • Jarrod McDowell, Marketing Coordinator
  • Dan Brown, Senior Associate, AIA, NCARB
  • Vince DeFazio, RA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Jade Morningstar, Interior Designer


PWWG Welcomes Several New hires

PWWG welcomed several new hires to their team in 2021:

Danielle D’Andrea brings ten years of experience to her position as Project Accountant. Using her education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a steppingstone, she has held positions in a variety of industries including manufacturing, oil & gas, and real estate. When she is not working, she enjoys sewing, crafting, reading, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.

Joe Roy, AIA joins PWWG as an Associate and he has proven that he has a natural ability to work on a wide range of tasks simultaneously as a team member on projects for market rate housing, a private gallery and residence, and a mixed-use commercial addition. He has been a great addition to the team and is always willing to provide whatever support is needed on a project.

Jim Malone, AIA joins PWWG as an Associate with 15+ years of experience as manager and senior designer for projects in the Washington DC area, working along the spectrum of project scale, typology, and phases. At PWWG, Jim’s deep, nuanced understanding of how context informs architecture, and his skill developing and communicating design concepts with hand sketches and digital media, guide his current focus on site and building envelope design, where public and private intersect.

Josty Sieverding officially joined the PWWG Cincinnati office as a Graduate Architect. After completing his final co-op at PWWG he joined the firm full-time and has since worked on historical preservation projects with a focus on hospitality. His prior experience in LA and Chicago spans high end residential and mixed use high-rises. When he is not designing spaces, he is an avid maker with a specialty in digital fabrication.


Retiring Principal Kevin Wagstaff Reflects on Three Decades with PWWG Architects and the Firm’s Clear Path to Continued Growth

Pittsburgh-based PWWG Architects announced a change in firm leadership. Principal Kevin Wagstaff, AIA will step down from his position as shareholder with the firm at the end of March 2022, a role he has held since 2004. He will remain involved with projects currently under his leadership through December 2022 and retire at the end of the year.

Effective April 1st, under the proactive succession plan, current partners and long-term team members Anthony Pitassi, AIA (Managing Principal), Lisa Carver, AIA, and Brent Houck, AIA will take full control of firm management, day-to-day operations, and business development. Under Pitassi’s leadership, each will remain dedicated to their design and project-related work with the firm’s existing clients, and each will assume responsibility for projects for which Wagstaff is currently Principal-in-Charge.

Over 33 years of professional practice, Wagstaff also served as President of the Pittsburgh chapter of AIA, taught design studios at Savannah College of Art and Design and Carnegie Mellon University and led design for over 80 projects. Reflecting on his work at the firm, Wagstaff said he is especially proud of how PWWG’s projects—particularly current and recent work–have contributed to revitalization of neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh. Among these are multiple projects in the Cultural District, the historic North Side, East Liberty, Lawrenceville, the Hill District, and Oakland.

Managing Principal Anthony Pitassi said, “Kevin has established deep trust with our clients in commercial, academic, and non-profit sectors on designs for new construction and reuse. Throughout his tenure, he has demonstrated creative problem solving and decisive leadership. And he has demonstrated how to arrive at inspiring, imaginative outcomes – balancing pragmatic concerns with aesthetics, and applying current and emerging best practices in building technology, project management, and sustainability. All of these have established Kevin’s legacy and the foundation for the firm’s growth and how we operate into the future.”


South Side-based R3A Architecture Promotes Architects and Interior Designer to Associates and Welcomes New Hires

R3A Architecture, one of the most established architecture and interior design firms in Pittsburgh, is pleased to announce the elevation of its four team members. Just as we value our relationships with our clients, we take pride in the hard work and talent of our team. R3A Architecture celebrates the following four new Associates (pictured above, from left top clockwise):

  • Jon Williams, AIA, LEED GA – Associate, Architecture
  • Naomi Williams, AIA – Associate, Architecture
  • Barbara Pschirer, NCIDQ, IIDA, WELL AP – Associate, Interior Architecture
  • Patrick Russell, AIA – Associate, Architecture

R3A Architecture also celebrates two new hires, Tyler Rosas, AIA, RA, NCARB, LEED GA, and Cynthia Andujar, IIDA, pictured below.

Tyler started his architecture career in Chicago and since moving to Pittsburgh has worked in a variety of projects including K-12 additions, multi-phase community projects, and municipal buildings. He is now excited to be involved with the collaborative process between R3A and its clients. Cynthia has a unique blend of experience working in different industries, from engineering, manufacturing, to currently design. She is amazed by R3A’s passion for the design process and eager to be part of the interior architecture team.


WTW Architects is Pleased to Announce Five New Staff Additions

Chaz Barry, Elena Chodkowski, and Huynh Le join the WTW team as Intern Architects. Chaz graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with his Masters of Architecture in 2019. Elena completed her Bachelor of Architecture at Penn State University in 2021. Hunyh completed her Bachelor studies at Kent State University in 2021.

Max Vicini joined WTW as an Interior Designer during the summer of 2021, after graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Joe Adiutori, Jr, AIA joins the WTW team as a Project Architect. He brings ten years of architectural experience, including several years of work as a Project Architect for the City of Pittsburgh.

WTW is also pleased to announce the well-deserved advancement of Jeffrey Krill, AIA to the role of Associate. We are proud to recognize his contributions to the firm and his outstanding service to our clients and projects. His thoughtfulness and organizational skills are a benefit to projects through all phases of design and implementation



VEBH Architects has changed name to DRAW Collective

2021 marked 75 years for us as a company. In that time our architecture firm has seen many leaders and talented designers who have contributed to the successful creation of medical and educational facilities throughout our regional communities. Our name has evolved many times since 1945, adapting as the firm leadership changed. 2022 begins out next 75 years and with that, out firm’s name will change to represent who we are as an organization and how we strive to serve the architectural community.

It gives us great please to announce that we will now be known as DRAW Collective.

Our collective experience, talent, and values, as well as our empathetic approach to design and planning have come to reflect the quality and creativity we bring to architecture. At DRAW Collective, we design places that matter, together.


Partner Updates

Allen & Shariff Welcomes New Hire

Allen + Shariff Corporation is pleased to announce that Wasim Saliby, EIT has joined the Pittsburgh Office, as a Mechanical Designer.

Allen + Shariff Corporation is a mechanical/electrical/plumbing/fire protection engineering and commissioning services company, with its headquarters in Columbia, MD and offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Zelienople, PA, Salisbury, MD, and Wilmington, NC.



CannonDesign Designs Across PA

The CannonDesign Pittsburgh office is currently engaged on a wide range of projects, including supporting the State of Pennsylvania on a Job Order contract for our FOS group, design and planning studies for Slippery Rock University’s expanded Health and Engineering programs, and a significant graphics and signage upgrade for Geisinger Health system. We are finishing design on a significant research facility for the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in Rochester, in design development on a cutting edge Quantum Information Science laboratory for Syracuse University. We are in construction for Seneca Valley’s new K-6 school, in early design on the new $1B Second Target Station for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and in design development on a high rise research tower for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Recently completed local projects include KTA’s new HQ and Laboratory facility, two buildings at Westmore County Community College – the Science Center and Founders Hall, and new engineering teaching laboratories for Slippery Rock.


Perkins Eastman Sweeps National Association of Home Builders 55+ Housing Awards

Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the recognition of three senior living projects in the National Association of Home Builders Best of 55+ Housing Awards. The NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council Best of 55+ Housing Awards are the 55+ sector’s only national awards program that honor the people, companies, projects, and programs that have contributed to industry-leading design and community lifestyle features that appeal to all life stages.


R3A Architecture’s Nuclear Innovation Commons at the Penn State University’s Main Campus Awarded 2021 IIDA PA/NJ/DE Design Award, Best of Education

R3A Architecture designed the 4,800 sf Nuclear Innovation Commons to offer a diverse landscape of spatial opportunities that would support various levels of interaction, enclosure and activity for students and faculty, all of which are supported by flexible furniture and plug and play technology. The Innovation Commons is anchored by the Nuclear Smart Lab which was designed more as a platform for learning than a classroom. Utilizing state of the art technology, the lab will be used to host nationally and internationally attended courses to expand the reach of the department. The material palette and form logic of the design was driven by nuclear symbolism, derived from studying iconography that would evoke the notion of nuclear. The IIDA jurors felt that this space brings together an interesting mix of elements, textures, and well-executed interiors; the seamless integration of technology and collaboration stand out, and the circulation path is strong and inviting.

R3A Architecture’s Arnold Palmer Learning Center Placed as Finalist for New Construction Under $5 Million by Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.

R3A Architecture designed the Arnold Palmer Learning Center (APLC) to support educational programs that teach life skills and character education through the game of golf. To this end, the design of the new facility was driven by inclusivity, to welcome people of all backgrounds within Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. At 13,700 square feet, the APLC provides space for retail, education, training, socializing, and meeting. Spatially the interior was designed around central “collector” space. This three-story tall space is anchored by a forum stair, which provides a place for visitors to socialize or auditorium seating for students to sit for lessons. The primary objective of the “collector” was to enhance visual connectivity between all levels of the building. From the exterior, the second level terrace allows for views down into the collector creating further interconnection between inside and outside thereby enhancing visibility. Contractor on the project was Massaro Corporation.

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