From the Firms – November 24, 2014

AE Works Ltd. (AE Works) has been certified as a B Corporation, making it the sixth company in Pittsburgh to achieve B Corp status. As a Certified B Corporation, AE Works voluntarily meets a higher standard of transparency, accountability, and performance, harnessing the power of business to solve social and economic problems. AE Works’ full B Impact Report is available to the public here. Astorino has utilized its design-led, integrated design-build delivery method to design and construct the new Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Health + Wellness Pavilion in Wexford, which opened earlier this fall. The 174,000 sf mixed-use medical facility followed an extremely compressed design and construction schedule of just 22 months – an achievement that would have been nearly unattainable...

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In the Houzz

CRAN brings the design platform to Pgh

This past June at Convention, AIA National announced two strategic partnerships to enhance and connect architects in today’s technology-driven world. One such partnership with Houzz, the world’s leading online platform for remodeling and design, is hoped to develop technology initiatives to engage architects and increase the public awareness of how good design can enhance our lives. Next week, this partnership comes to our community, as AIA Pittsburgh’s CRAN welcomes Houzz Community Team member Michael Stein for a Houzz presentation ‘Technology for Storytelling: How to reach new clients and engage a global community’. For architects and other design professionals, technology tools extend far beyond space planning and drafting. Today, technology is used to communicate more effectively with clients, tell engaging stories...

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Design Pittsburgh 2014

See the winners of our juried competition

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 23, 2014

 PROJECT: Graduate School of Public Health 
CLIENT: University of Pittsburgh ARCHITECTURE FIRM: Joint Venture: Renaissance 3 Architects, P.C. and Wilson Architects CONTRACTOR: PJ Dick 
ENGINEERS: Affiliated Engineers Metro DC, Inc.; Barber & Hoffman, Inc.; The Gateway Engineers, Inc. PHOTOGRAPHER: Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics DESCRIPTION: The Graduate School of Public Health is located on a main thoroughfare that runs the length of the University of Pittsburgh’s urban campus. The University sought a building that would establish a real presence for GSPH in the community and reflect the significant research occurring within. By designing an elevated addition with extensive glass facades, the building showcases the school’s activities along the main avenue; the transparent facades eliminate barriers between the...

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UDA @ 50

Firm celebrates half a century

Founded in 1964 by David Lewis, FAIA and Ray Gindroz, FAIA, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Urban Design Associates. To mark this milestone, UDA has put together a pop-up exhibit of the firm’s work, which will be on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Grand Staircase Mezzanine from October 28 through November 6. The exhibit is entitled “UDA @ 50 – Democracy in Action” and is co-sponsored by Heinz Architectural Center and the CMOA. “For 50 years UDA has practiced urban design and architecture based on ‘democracy in action,’” writes Lewis. “From our beginning we have enfranchised citizens in the evolution of their neighborhoods, towns and cities, and in this exhibition we celebrate the many partnerships we...

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Carl Bolton, AIA

He finds that the AIA brings a sense of community

Name: Carl Bolton, AIA Firm: Allegheny County Department of Public Works Family: Audrey (Wife), Dinks (Associate #1), Belle (Associate #2) Years in practice: 13 Education: M.Arch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; B.F.A., University of Bridgeport Your first job: Shoveling snow for my neighbors as a kid. Project you’re proudest of: Isn’t that a bit like asking a parent about their children? What’s the best part of your job? Walking into a building or space after construction is completed to see people using the space as the design team envisioned they could. Knowing we can improve people’s lives, albeit in small ways, is very satisfying. What would you change about your job? The sometimes adversary roles between Architect, Contractor, and...

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Advocating for Architects

A look back at Grassroots 2014

Each March, architects storm the nation’s capital to meet with elected officials and make their voices known. This annual outreach organized by the AIA, called Grassroots, is one of the main forms of advocacy taken on by the profession in hopes to better educate and influence those making laws regarding the built environment. This year, three local architects traveled to Washington, D.C. with AIA Pittsburgh’s executive director, and in an effort to create a greater awareness locally, as well as build momentum for the good that advocacy can do, here are some take-aways from their experience.   Jen Bee, AIA, LEED AP, AIA Pittsburgh 2014 President: In preparation for Grassroots, AIA PA spent weeks working with congress members and scheduling...

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Ready for Your Close-up?

A look at architects in movies and on TV

By Becky Spevack Posted on March 26, 2014

After nine seasons, the finale of the long-running and well-loved sitcom How I Met Your Mother is fast approaching. The show tells the story of a group of young professionals living in Manhattan, with the main character, Ted Mosby, recounting to his future son and daughter the trials and tribulations of dating and eventually meeting and falling in love with their mother. Mosby is also an architect, and over the course of the show has given the viewing audience a taste of the profession (as seen through the eyes of Hollywood, of course.) In honor of you, Ted Mosby, we look at some the top architect characters to grace both the big or small screen. Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch...

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My Pittsburgh – Beth Nelson, AIA – June 2013

Beth Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, is a senior architect and project manager at Desmone & Associates Architects. 2013 marks her third year of Project 365, logging life one photograph per day. These 2012 images capture Beth’s excursions through Lawrenceville. [sws_aia_slideshow AIA_Slideshow=””] [/sws_aia_slideshow]

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Architectural Interiors

The Proscenium 01

By Raymond Bowman, Assoc. AIA Posted on March 16, 2014

I have been known to take in a play or two and not just because my wife, Angela, has a theater degree; I’m a man of refined taste, after all. I have seen quite a few plays and musicals here in Pittsburgh but until Valentine’s weekend I’d never made a trip to see a play. I just couldn’t imagine a scenario in which I could be convinced to drive several hours just to see a play. Then Angela found out that two of theater’s all-time greats, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, would be performing two different comedies in repertory, No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot. Not only that, but giving her the tickets on Christmas for the shows on Valentine’s...

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Jeff Murray, FAIA

This Pittsburgh boomerang spent 30 years away; see what he thinks of it now

Name: F Jeffrey Murray, FAIA Firm: ch2m (formerly branded IDC Architects) Family: wife Gail, children Jake and Clara Years in practice: 30 plus Education: B-ARCH Notre Dame, M-ARCH Ohio State Your first job: Caddy at Oakmont Country Club at 13. Building you’d like to tear down: NOT the Igloo (oops, too late). What’s the best part of your job? When a client says ‘I had no idea it would be this cool.’ What would you change about your job? To not have to listen to the advice of lawyers and insurance people so much. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? “Thank you for giving us the opportunity” (and we do tell them that all the time). What’s...

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