More Fellows Among Us

AIA Pittsburgh welcomes 3 new Fellows

Last week, AIA National announced the 2014 class of Fellows. Among those were local members Paul Knell, Paul Ostergaard, and Roxanne Sherbeck. 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. The 2014 Jury of Fellows elevated 139 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor. Paul F. Knell, FAIA of WTW Architects has been the...

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Learning to Adapt

Symposium to focus on adaptive behavior technologies in design

Looking for something to do this weekend? Intrigued by the role new and responsive fabrication and sensing technologies could play in architectural design? Have you considered attending ELICITING ENVIRONMENTS | ACTUATING RESPONSE? This mini-symposium and exhibition, held from February 7 – 10 at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, will focus on “emerging design trends that embed adaptive behavior into architectural matter.” Organized and moderated by CMU School of Architecture faculty Dana Cupkova and Frank Melendez, the symposium will include an opening reception and keynote lecture by Omar Khan on Friday, a full day of workshops and lectures on Saturday, and a closing lecture on Monday evening. The accompanying exhibition will present mechanic prototypes and artifacts from the invited speakers...

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An Architect in 2033?

One emerging professional's look at the future

By Nicole Graycar, LEED AP BD+C Posted on January 22, 2014

This weekend, the AIA will bring together thought leaders from across the profession – including students, young architects,  firm owners, academics, and more – to address how practice culture can be shaped to prepare current and future architects for their role in society at the Emerging Professionals Summit. Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, they will look ahead 20 years, hoping to address the question of what role architects will be playing in society in 2033 and how to best position the profession for the future. Attendees were asked to tackle the aforementioned questions; here is one local Emerging Professional’s response. It’s 2033. In a perfect world, architects are heralded as visionaries, as innovators, as civic and private sector leaders. The...

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Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA

A Pittsburgh transplant and lover of technology

Name: Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA , LEED AP BD+C Firm: Director of Digital Practice at Astorino Family: Wife – Jennifer; Children – Nate & Abbey Years in practice: 17 Education: Bachelor of Science in Architecture, The Ohio State University Your first job: Clearing tables at Bob Evans. First architectural position was as an Intern Architect at Fanning/Howey (Columbus, Ohio). Project you’re proudest of: The ongoing BIM Implementation Project at The Ohio State University (Buckeye BIM Initiative). Leading this project, the University has already converted more than 10,000,000 sf of the total 34,350,000 sf existing building space on campus from 2D to intelligent 3D building information models. In addition, I’ll be working to develop the BIM Standards & Guidelines for the...

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An Unlikely Leader

Musings - and misconceptions - from this year's chapter president

By Jen Bee, AIA Posted on January 16, 2014

CONFESSION:  I never saw myself serving as President of AIA Pittsburgh’s Board of Directors.  I don’t fit the mold. I don’t fit the mold of what I once thought the AIA is, who exactly it represents, and why it exists. I’m a relatively young architect, I’m a sole proprietor, and I happen to have a vagina. None of these traits fit the model of the “Architect” that I assumed the AIA served. It wasn’t until I became more deeply involved in the organization that I realized how many of my assumptions about the organization were incorrect. Because I have had many conversations with other architects over the years who share many of the misconceptions that I once had, I’d like...

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Making A List…

Top 5 accessories for your favorite architect

By Becky Spevack Posted on December 18, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us, and we all love shopping for that just right something for the special person in our life. Looking for a gift for a fellow architect? Well look no further. AIA Pittsburgh has consulted our resident style experts and come up with our top accessory picks for architects everywhere. Funky glasses. You can always spot an architect in the room by looking at optical wear. Horn-rimmed, rectangular, thick frames, wire-less – there are many options, but regardless of style choice, architects always wear the most fashion-forward and unique glasses. But your architect doesn’t need glasses, you say? Vanity frames! You can find fun and funky frames to highlight any design. Moleskine notebook. Architects are full...

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Pittsburgh Toasts Newly Registered Architects

Congrats to 2013's licensed professionals

This year was witness to more young architects completing the arduous A.R.E. in the Pittsburgh region than any other in recent memory. Eighteen local professionals passed all seven divisions after countless hours of studying and preparation, as well as completing the Intern Development Program. AIA Pittsburgh celebrated their achievement with a toast at the Holiday Party last week. Congratulations again, and take a deep breath – you did it! Here are the 2013 RAs: Gary Atcheson – Lami Grubb Architects Jim Bischoff – A|E Works Melanie Buzgan Dower, AIA – Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Ben Clements – IKM Incorporated Anita Gallo – Strollo Architects Jesse Gidley – Lami Grubb Architects Josh Harter, AIA – Pieper O’Brien Herr Brent Houck, AIA –...

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2013 President’s Holiday Party

2013 President’s Holiday Party On Thursday, December 4, 2013, the wig was passed from 2013 AIA Pittsburgh President, Dutch MacDonald, AIA, to 2014 AIA Pittsburgh President, Jen Bee, AIA. Check out some photos from the fabulous event. Thank you to Ed Massery of Massery Photography, Inc., for the lovely photos of the event! [sws_aia_slideshow AIA_Slideshow=””] [/sws_aia_slideshow]  

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Design Pittsburgh 2013 Awards Ceremony & Gala

Design Pittsburgh 2013 The Design Pittsburgh 2013 Awards Ceremony & Gala took place on Thursday, October 24, 2013, and was held at the Cultural Trust Education Center. Take some time to look through the photos of the event! See all the winners in their proud moments, and explore what was an outstanding event! [sws_aia_slideshow AIA_Slideshow=””] [/sws_aia_slideshow]  

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More Than One Path to Licensure

Five recently registered architects discuss their journeys

By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP Posted on September 23, 2013

The paths in the architectural profession are many and varied, and the nature of those practicing within it, are divergent. Our differing backgrounds, education, and experience each influence our approach to practice, which we perform in different states, in different regions, and in different market segments. Some of us are working in 200-person firms, while others are sole practitioners. Some of us design, some of us market, some of us develop construction drawings. Where our paths converge, however, is in the act of earning one’s license. Registration – whether we are currently working to achieve it, or look back fondly upon the process — is the one thing we all have in common as professionals. We asked five recently registered...

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