Leaders Among Us

2 Pittsburgh Architects Elevated to Fellow

Congratulations are in order for AIA Pittsburgh’s Bill Bates and Jeff Murray, who have both been selected to be inducted into the College of Fellows and will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2016 National AIA Convention. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Bill Bates, FAIA of Eat n’ Park Hospitality Group, Inc. has been an active member in the AIA for decades, first serving a leadership role as...

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February @ the AIA

Short Month, Lots of Opportunities

The year has officially begun. The winter may not look like what we are accustomed to, but time is still marching forward, as is planning here at the AIA. With each new calendar year comes some newly elected members of the Board of Director, as well as a new chapter president. This year we welcome Michael McDonnell, AIA to that leadership role. YAF also welcomes new officers and fresh ideas moving forward. And finally, while it may feel like spring recently, Build Pittsburgh is still two months away. Be sure to save the date for Build Pittsburgh 2016 this April 21st. There are sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities still available! February 8 – ARE Review Series: Building Systems Part I February 11...

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January @ the AIA

Make 2016 the Year You Get Involved!

It’s a new year, a time to start over, a reset. How will you take advantage of this yearly opportunity? Did you make a resolution? How about to be more involved, more active, more engaged? Join one of AIA Pittsburgh’s committees or knowledge communities and make your voice heard! AIA Pittsburgh has eight active committees. Member participation – your ideas and input – is what makes this organization great.  There are also the local Knowledge Communities which help make it easy to connect with your colleagues who share your same interests. Think about whether or not the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) or the Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) communities are a good fit for you. And finally, AIA National...

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Get On Board!

Time to Join the AIA

The American Institute of Architects is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners, and has been since 1857. The AIA serves as the voice of the profession and the resource for our members in service to society. We help support architects through advocacy, information, and providing community, both on a local, state, and national level. With over 85,000 members, perhaps it’s time for you to join, too! Join the AIA for 2016 now and get the rest of 2015 free. And, if you renew by December 31, 2015, you’ll be entered automatically to win one of three  prize packages including free registration to AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia, including hotel, airfare, and registration. Refer...

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Feature

Building A Leader

An Interview with Danielle Jones, AIAS

By Becky Spevack Posted on November 23, 2015

Danielle Jones, AIAS is the Midwest Quadrant Director for the American Institute of Architecture Students who originally hails from Western Pennsylvania. She has also been selected as the AIAS representative for the 2016 AIA National Honor Awards jury. Columns caught up with Jones over the summer to ask her about her experiences, both as a student and as an active member of AIAS.  How did you get involved with AIAS? How would you describe your experiences with the organization? Any surprises? I became involved with AIAS my freshman year of Undergraduate at Kent State University. A very influential classmate named Belana Antar came to me the second week of school and encouraged me to attend meetings and become a member. After...

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Viewpoint

Take Five

Clarification from the AIA-Appointed Architect Licensing Adviser of PA...

By Sean Sheffler, AIA Posted on August 25, 2015

Anyone that knows me has probably noticed that I spend a lot of time talking to a lot of young professionals. And it surprises me that, even with the massive effort NCARB has undertaken to educate the community about the pending changes in the exam process (including publishing the Test Specification), there’s still a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding about what’s actually going on. So let’s all take a collective breather –take five, if you will – and review some of the more important facts about ARE 5.0… 1. The new version of the exam is still over a year away.  ARE 5.0 is not set to launch until late 2016, well over a year from now.  Anyone that...

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Dossier

Stephen Winikoff, AIA

Architect... or Dogwalker?

Name: Stephen Winikoff, AIA Firm: Astorino-CannonDesign Family: Susan (spouse) Years in practice: 15 Education: B.Arch, University of Toronto, Canada Your first job: High-end residential work in Toronto, Canada Project you’re proudest of: Allegheny Health Network’s Health & Wellness Pavilion, Wexford Most embarrassing moment: My second job as a recent architectural graduate was working for a small design-build firm in Toronto. The office was in a private home. One day my boss’s husband, a wealthy hedge fund manager, came downstairs to the office and seeing that I was the only one present, says “Hey Champ (did not know my name), when you take your lunch break, would you mind walking Sophie (the dog)? Thanks, Buddy.” Needless to say, Sophie did not...

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Determined to Empower

YAF Chair Shares Experiences from Grassroots

By Joshua Harter, AIA Posted on April 9, 2015

This year’s Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference was my first experience participating in an AIA National event. I returned home from the conference with a confidence and passion in what the AIA does to promote our profession and a refreshed view of what it means to be a young architect member of the AIA. I left determined to empower my fellow young architects in becoming the next generation of leaders. Everyday our colleagues are taking action, standing firm and working to defend the role of the architect, providing legislative resources towards important issues such as national model code development, empowering communities back from disaster, and working off the debt aspiring architects face. According to the NAAB 6,347 accredited degrees were...

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Together, We Can!

Thoughts on Building a Stronger Profession

By Paula Maynes, AIA Posted on March 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: Last week, Paula Maynes, AIA passed away unexpectedly of a brain aneurism. As has already been recounted, she was an incredible architect, partner, and friend. In looking back, Columns unearthed this Viewpoint, written by Paula at the beginning of her term as AIA Pittsburgh chapter president in 2008. Her words exemplify her thoughtful and inclusive nature,  which she brought to both her professional and personal life. Her insights will be greatly missed.  We can each point to moments in our lives when we grew a little more, when we realized that we had more to give, that we were bigger, braver, or wiser than we had previously thought. My abbreviated list includes some classic life-altering events: Overcoming a...

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Georgia On My Mind

Pittsburgh Architect Gets Ready for AIA Convention

While it is still a few months away, most of the planning for AIA Convention has already happened, including the schedule of workshops, seminars, and events. Speakers have been lined up, and among those is one of AIA Pittsburgh’s own who will be traveling down to Atlanta this May to lend their voice and expertise. Nicole Graycar, AIA, of IDC Architects | CH2M Hill, will be part of the team to present “Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!” An invited guest at last year’s AIA Emerging Professionals Summit, and Vice Chair of YAF, Graycar’s engagement in both the profession and the community makes her a great choice for this workshop. “Equity by Design” will look at how to advance the...

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