Design Pittsburgh Gala and Awards Ceremony

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In Memoriam: Frank McCurdy, AIA

AIA Pittsburgh remembers this Past President

Frank G. McCurdy, 77, of Harrison Twp. passed away on Friday, October 12th, 2012, peacefully in his home.  Frank was born in Tarentum on March 6, 1935, the son of the late Irene (Robertson) and Frank M. McCurdy. A 1953 graduate of St. Joseph High School, he was instrumental in the design of the school’s new gymnasium. He completed the five year Architectural program at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1958, and he received his Master’s Degree in Urban Design from Harvard University in 1963. In 1982, he was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving a term as President of the Pittsburgh...

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Design Pittsburgh 2012

See the winners of this year's juried competition

ARCHITECTURE: Silver Medal PROJECT: Gateway Station – North Shore Connector CLIENT: Port Authority of Allegheny County ARCHITECTURE FIRM: Light/Motion Collaborative CONTRACTOR: Whiting-Turner PHOTOGRAPHER: Massery Photography, Inc. ENGINEERS: AECOM; Atlantic Engineering Services; Allen & Shariff Corporation DESCRIPTION: Gateway Station is the centerpiece of a 1.2-mile extension of the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s light rail system.  Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle business district, the station provides intermodal connections and dramatic views of the city.  The extensive use of glass introduces natural light deep into the station and serves as a visible gateway and readily identifiable landmark. JURY COMMENTS:  As the entry says, “It is intuitive, it’s transparent, and it’s transit.”  The architect captured this very essence. This is...

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Lisa Schroeder

Get to know the 2012 Gold Medal Recipient

Name: Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder Firm: Riverlife Family: 3 Children – Liz, Lydia, and Jack Years in practice: 25 Education: Master of Science, Columbia University School of Architecture, Preservation & Planning Your first job: Architectural Draftsman at Edmunds & Hyde, Inc. in Baltimore Project you’re proudest of: Three Rivers Park, Pittsburgh! Most embarrassing moment: Approaching a podium, in a full auditorium, to deliver a speech and spectacularly spilling water all over myself and my paper. Building you’d like to tear down: Now that’s a dangerous question! But let’s start with the Parking Garage on Fort Duquesne Blvd. in the Cultural District which occupies a spectacular site on the Allegheny River. What’s the next big architectural trend? Multi-use. Multi-age. Multi–level. Multi-style. Advice...

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Celeste Allen Novak, AIA

Learn more about this sustainability-minded juror

Name: Celeste Allen Novak, AIA, LEED AP Firm:  Celeste Allen Novak Architect Family:  Husband, 2 sons, 2 grandchildren Years in practice: 22 (but…. daughter of an architect so really all of my life.) Education:  M.Arch, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1984; CEW Scholar; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1982; Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota 1973; Georgetown University – AIA Leadership certificate program Your first job: As an architect – with Yamasaki and Associates. Also, my very first job was running blueprints (remember those) for my father, the architect. I can still smell the ammonia. Project you’re proudest of: Writings for McGraw-Hill, primarily on rainwater harvesting, Voices for Earth Justice...

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Craig L. Wilkins, AIA

A bit about this Design Pittsburgh juror and his obsessions

Name: Craig L. Wilkins, PhD, AIA, ARA Firm: Detroit Community Design Center at the University of Michigan Years in practice: 25 years, more or less Education: B.Arch: University of Detroit / MS: Columbia University (NY) / PhD: Univ. of Minnesota Your first job: Mail room at the 1st National Bank of Chicago. Project you’re proudest of: The next one. Most embarrassing moment: Being juuust a bit intoxicated at the design portion of the registration exam. Building you’d like to tear down: Detroit Train Station Building you’d like to renovate into something else and why? Detroit Packard Plant. Great spaces deserve second lives. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Uhm…yes, your cookies are indeed great, but I’d much...

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CANstruction Pittsburgh 2012

Helping to make a difference, one can at a time

“CANstruction is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. One can to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures. One can to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Since 1992, CANstruction has contributed over 15 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger. Wherever a CANstruction competition is held, thousands of hungry people are fed, a greater awareness of the issues surrounding hunger is brought home to the public, and a spotlight is placed on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build.” Pittsburgh’s CANstruction will be held for the 2nd year at One Oxford Centre, where teams will build...

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Lisa Schroeder Named 2012 Gold Medal Recipient

Riverlife CEO joins long list of past awardees

AIA Pittsburgh announced this month that Elisabeth (Lisa) Schroeder, president and chief executive officer of Riverlife, is AIA Pittsburgh’s 2012 Gold Medal awardee. Riverlife is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1999 by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, to create a vision and master plan for the city’s riverfronts. Through the Gold Medal award, architecture and design professionals honor a community leader who has made a significant contribution to the profession. “The Gold Medal is not presented annually, but only when an outstanding candidate is identified,” said Mark Dietrick, AIA, president, AIA Pittsburgh. The award is presented by AIA Pittsburgh’s board of directors and is based on a candidate’s role in generating policy, raising public awareness, and/or leading a specific effort regarding...

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Young Architect Studio Competition Announced

YASC takes on the Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge

AIA Pittsburgh is excited to announce the Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), as a part of Design Pittsburgh 2012. In its third year, the YASC was created specifically for young architects – architecture graduates who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA. The goal of this competition is to engage our young professionals by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. This year’s competition is titled, The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge, and was inspired by our City of Bridges. The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge is one of these iconic bridges, and a nationally listed historic...

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Lobby Treatment

By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP Posted on May 31, 2012

It’s already been over a week since the AIA National Convention came to a close.  Circumstances kept me from attending, but I spent much of that week reminiscing.  During the first week of March, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the AIA’s annual Grassroots convention.  The theme of this year’s event – displayed prominently everywhere one happened to look – was “Come As You Are, Leave Inspired.”  As a first time attendee, I can tell you that truer words have never been spoken. Grassroots is the AIA’s annual lobbying effort, where the membership ascends upon Capitol Hill to meet with our congressmen and tell our story.  As a conference, Grassroots often takes the backseat to...

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