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By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 1, 2017

This month, it’s time to get your head out of the sand and start thinking about submitting to the Young Architects Studio Competition and Design Pittsburgh 2017.

Get the deadlines on your calendar now, review this year’s themes, and decide what projects you plan on submitting.  Take note this year, the submission categories have been updated.

Apply to the Leadership Institute – Deadline August 3rd

Interested applicants must be an Associate AIA member or an AIA member licensed for 10 years or less. Class size is limited. The application process is competitive. Selected participants will be required to sign a commitment statement with signed acknowledgment and support from their firm/place of employment. Read more about the Foundation for Architecture’s Leadership Institute.  Deadline is midnight on August 3rd.

Module – Defining the Future of Housing – August 9 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This free event brings together leaders in the field who push the bleeding edge of housing in the US. The panel discussion will touch on the following questions: What aspects of housing will be smart in 10 years? How much will the sharing economy affect housing? Will houses really be built like cars?  The event will include a panel discussion (livestreamed) as well as a networking session.  For more info and to register click here.
Earn 1.5 LU hours. Continuing education credits provided by AIA Pittsburgh.

Design Pittsburgh 2017 is here!

Through exhibits and events, a variety of audiences have the potential to gain an understanding of an architect’s expertise, and we need our members to help us accomplish this! So when you submit for a design award this year, please commit to attending events and support this year’s program.
August 18 – Submission Request Forms must be received by AIA Pittsburgh.
August 25 – Your Dropbox folders must contain all required elements for the project submission to be eligible for judging.
September 21 – Design Boards must be received by AIA Pittsburgh Office.

Young Architects Studio Competition 2017

Equitable Pittsburgh: The Most Livable City for Everyone
This year’s challenge is to design a project that will make a statement on the theme of “Equitable Pittsburgh.” Participants are asked to describe a problem that makes Pittsburgh and/or its surroundings less welcoming and to present a project that tackles that chosen aspect of inequality. #equitablePGH
August 18 – Submission Request Forms must be received by AIA Pittsburgh. Please email to
August 25 – Project submission must be received by AIA Pittsburgh via DropBox to be eligible for judging.

PALM 2017 Deadline August 28

PALM stands for Promoting Advocacy and Licensure through Mentorship and is in its third year as Pittsburgh’s premiere architectural mentorship program. Each PALM participant is placed in a small group with architects at different stages in their career. Each group meets three times in the fall to share experiences, advice, and skills and to discuss architectural issues. If you’re interested in participating in PALM, please save the date for August 31st when we will be kicking off the program with an optional icebreaker event.
Interested in PALM 2017? To participate in the program, send an email to with the following information by Monday, August 28th:
Subject: PALM 2017
Your name.
Your experience level: student, intern, recently licensed, established professional.
RSVP by Monday, August 28th to the PALM 2017 Kick Off Event held on August 31 at the AIA Pittsburgh Office, 925 Liberty Ave., Suite 700.

Advocate for Architects: AIA Pennsylvania PAC Tour of Fallingwater

Join the PA Architect’s PAC to welcome State Senator John Gordner, Majority Caucus Administrator to Fallingwater.  Tour the Fallingwater property and attend a luncheon at The Barn at Fallingwater. Senator Gordner was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 2003 and is a member of the Senate Republican Leadership team.  The event will be held August 29th from 12:30 pm -3:30 pm.

CRAN Symposium in Miami: September 16-19 – 2017

The annual gathering of the top custom residential architects follows the completely sold-out Sonoma Symposium last year.  The CRAN Symposium includes the popular Home Tour where we will visit several contemporary and period homes in the Miami area and engaging education sessions, such as a discussion of Alfred Browning Parker’s works and a panel on rising water.

Residential work from CRAN Components around the country will be showcased at a reception on Saturday, September 16. The work from our Pittsburgh contingent will be displayed during this reception and additionally may be used at the 2018 AIA National Conference. Submit as many as 5 images of your work. Learn more and contact Mary Cerrone, AIA with questions.

2017 Women’s Leadership Summit: Creating Tailwinds
September 14-16 – Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, D.C.

The Women’s Leadership Summit 2017 is a two-day event focused on supporting women architects, creating new paths to leadership, and providing a forum to recognize and champion their work.

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