April @ the AIA

Spring is here! Time to make sure your membership is current and maybe even get started earning those Learning Units with some webinars offered by various AIA Knowledge Communities, right from the comfort of your own office. Or if you want to get and enjoy the slowly warming temperatures and sunshine, there’s PechaKucha Night and an AIA CRAN event.  AIA Pittsburgh’s Industry Resource Directory – The Industry Resource Directory has undergone a navigation and design makeover! Check out the new features and help us welcome the returning members of March. Returning Industry Partner Members are Allegheny Construction, orginally DGI-Menard, now Menard USA, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., Senate Engineering, Hope Furrer Assoc. Inc., and Trans Associates Engineering Consultants, Inc. Are you interested in becoming an Industry Partner?...

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December @ the AIA

2013 is rapidly coming to a close. As you ponder how yet another year has flown by, remember to take advantage of each day left, and get involved in what the AIA has to offer. It’s time to renew your membership. Or if you’re not a member, maybe 2014 is the year to become one! Deck the halls, bake some cookies, and join us for AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Holiday Party at the award-winning offices of MAYA Design. It’s sure to be a merry evening! AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal! Renew by December 31st and you will be entered to win either a 21.5 inch iMac or an autographed copy of The Architecture of the Barnes...

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Call for Entries: TAP BIM Awards

Submissions due December 16, 2013

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community is hosting its Tenth Annual Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards competition. The competition is seeking projects that exhibit exemplary use of integrated and interoperable building information modeling. The Tenth BIM Awards Call for Entries builds upon the innovative responses received for previous award winners in 2005-2013. Since 2005, the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community has spearheaded an effort to highlight award winning “best of breed” case studies from the profession in the harnessing of Building Information Model (BIM) technology and processes to further design, construction and project excellence. Award winning projects will be recognized in AIA publications and electronic media, and also at the BIM Awards presentation prior...

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November @ the AIA

Kicking up leaves along a sidewalk. Getting one of the last seats on the bus. An inspiring project. A late-night idea. Homemade meals shared among friends and family. There are so many things to be thankful for and as the year winds down, this month is a great time to keep them in mind. After giving thanks, don’t forget to renew your membership, make sure your continuing education credits are all accounted for, and save room for pie! AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal! Renew by December 31st and you will be entered to win either a 21.5 inch iMac or an autographed copy of The Architecture of the Barnes Foundation: Gallery in a Garden, written...

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October @ the AIA

Experience architecture this month with Design Pittsburgh

Each year, the month of October features AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture and those who create it. It is once again time for Design Pittsburgh, our annual design competition, exhibit, gala, and awards ceremony. We are also exhibiting your photographs of the Great Allegheny Passage in conjunction with this year’s Young Architects Studio Competition. Looking for a way to reconnect with the architecture community? This is a great time to experience over 75 projects, meet up with other architects, and get inspired! AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal!  Renew your AIA membership by December 31, 2013, and be entered to win either a 21.5-inch iMac or an autographed copy of The Architecture of the Barnes Foundation:...

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September @ the AIA

The days are getting shorter, but AIA Pittsburgh is finding ways to fit more into them!  September is quickly filling up with events all around town, particularly the unveiling of the Design Pittsburgh 2013 exhibit!  Design submissions will be available to view via the online digital exhibit in the next few weeks, with the physical exhibit making its debut at the Cultural District’s Gallery Crawl on September 27th! An autumn evening spent Downtown, taking in art and design… you won’t want to miss it! September 9 – GAP Trail Photo Submissions Due: This year’s Young Architects Studio Competition is featuring the Great Allegheny Passage, and part of the exhibit displaying YASC entries will be to showcase selected photographs taken of...

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August @ the AIA

It’s been a hot summer, and whether you find yourself shaking the sand out of your flip flops or daydreaming while staring out at that clear blue sky, it’s time to find your focus and start thinking about Design Awards. Entries, for both local and national design competitions, are due towards the end of August. And don’t forget about the Young Architects Studio Competition and photo exhibit, focusing on the recently completed Great Allegheny Passage. August 22- 24 – CRAN Symposium 2013: The 6th annual Custom Residential Architects Network symposium will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This three-day event addresses elevating the art of residential design and practice. August 23 – Design Pittsburgh Submission Kit Request Forms are...

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July @ the AIA

It’s July, it’s hot, and you’re counting down the days (or hours) until vacation. Things may feel slower, even sluggish, on these 90° days, but the AIA is still at it, putting your dues dollars to work! While the calendar may not look very full, AIA Pittsburgh is working full-throttle as Design Pittsburgh approaches. Have a project you’re particularly proud of? A great design you want to show off to other professionals? A contender for an Honor Award? Submit it to our annual Design Awards Competition! In the meantime, here is a breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA.     Rebuild By Design Competition – Rebuild By Design is a HUD-launched, multi-stage design competition to...

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AIA Convention 2013: Keynotes

By Raymond Bowman Posted on June 25, 2013

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Ray’s personal blog, rmb-design.com, and re-used here with his permission. I recently attended the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver, Colorado. There’s the giant bear that stands outside the convention center where it was held. I’d like to focus on the keynote speakers and the state of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as it tries to reposition itself to better serve the profession it represents. Thursday’s keynote opened up on a drummer laying down some pretty groovy backbeat. He was later joined by the rest of his band, which turned out to be a 4-piece that covered a song by the band fun.. Then a BMX biker rode down the stairs...

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Building Tomorrow’s Architects

Local architects, IKM, receive national award for training program

By Patty Swisher Posted on June 11, 2013

Within the profession, it’s the dreaded “I” word — Intern architect. It’s that glorious period after graduation, after securing that first real job with the paycheck, before becoming a registered professional. Each seasoned professional can tell at least one story of a time during that period of their career that was good, even extraordinary; a story that was bad, so bad it shouldn’t be repeated; and perhaps even a story that was downright ugly. At IKM, it took a culture shift at the firm to make the experience award-winning. The American Institute of Architects announced IKM Incorporated as a recipient of the National Intern Development Program (IDP) Firm Award 2012-2015. This award recognizes IKM, one of only 11 firms in...

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