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:...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More
Feature

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...

Read More

June @ the AIA

Ever wonder how the AIA puts your yearly dues to use? Looking for a way to get involved? Interested in some fun summer activities? Here is a brief breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA.  June 6 – Digital Fabrication: Join AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (AIA TAP) and Case Technologies to explore the implications and possibilities that the convergence of BIM and Digital Fabrication is beginning to have in transforming our industry. Space is limited, so RSVP today! June 14 – Submissions due for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 15: Interested in presenting? Send an email to info@aiapgh.org with a slide and a brief description of your presentation. June 20-22 – 2013 AIA National Convention, “Building...

Read More

Recent Grad? Become a Member!

The AIA offers complimentary membership for new graduates

The AIA would like to congratulate new graduates on completing this first step toward becoming an architect! In celebration of all you’ve achieved, recent grads from an accredited school of architecture are offered complimentary Associate AIA membership for up to 18 months. Associate membership benefits include Intern Development Program and Architect’s Registration Examination resources; AIA Continuing Education and IDP hours; events and networking opportunities; access to the 25 unique AIA Knowledge Communities; subscriptions to AIArchitect, the AIA bi-weekly e-newsletter and ARCHITECT, the print magazine of the AIA; and many other resources.  Click here to download a brochure about membership. Welcome to the Profession. Download an application today!

Read More

May @ the AIA

April was a busy month here at AIA Pittsburgh. While May is a little calmer, don’t be fooled – there are plenty of events in the works!  Looking for a quick way to get involved?  Take the Build Pittsburgh survey and let us know what you thought – we are always looking for feedback!  Enjoy the warmer weather and longer days and check back often for new opportunities.    May 14 – ARE Review Session: Schematic Design May 20 – Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship applications due: The AIA National Associates Committee developed the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship in honor and memory of their late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew. The scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of interns at...

Read More

April @ the AIA

Spring is finally here, and so is Build Pittsburgh! AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference and exhibitor show is a great way to spend the day with other architects and engineers, earn learning units, and catch up on trends in the industry. Start the day with keynote speaker Barry Svigals, FAIA, and stay through ’til the cocktail reception. You won’t want to miss out! ARCHITECT Live Co-host Contest – Vote today! AIA members, AIAS members, and students have submitted a 2-minute audition video for the chance to co-host ARCHITECT Live at the AIA National Convention with Stephen Chung, AIA, ARCHITECT Live host. Voting is now open, so go pick your favorite. Voting closes April 14. April 7 – 13 – Architecture...

Read More