Local Architect Helps ‘Knit the Bridge’

Recently, the Knit the Bridge project turned the Andy Warhol Bridge into what’s expected to be the nation’s largest “yarn bomb”. This public art installation includes 580 blankets knitted and crocheted by nearly 1,900 volunteers from all across Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania over the past 14 months.  Knit the Bridge celebrates Pittsburgh’s contemporary arts scene, as well as its history as a city of rivers and steel. “I’m so honored to have been just a small part of this project,” said Beth Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, a novice knitter and local architect from Desmone & Associates. “The Warhol Bridge’s unique location really reflects how this project engaged such a wide variety of people. As we were installing it, we were...

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Book Review

Walking the Walk

Walkable City, by Jeff Speck

By David Julian Roth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Posted on August 1, 2013

Mr. Speck thinks that our profession can be obsessed with “gizmo green”, specifying “sustainable” products that often have an insignificant impact on the carbon footprint when compared to a building’s location. It makes little sense to him that we design a LEED-certified building that you must drive to. Architects can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing and just adding a solar panel, wind turbine, bamboo floor, or whatever. Location trumps design.Transportation planner Dan Malouff is quoted here, putting the situation into simple terms: “LEED architecture without good urban design is like cutting down the rainforest using a hybrid-powered bulldozer.” I have been using the real estate web site mentioned in the book to evaluate project locations for my clients. Walkscore.com’s...

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Mary Cerrone, AIA

An architect with a thirst for the outdoors...

Name: Mary Cerrone, AIA Firm: MCAI Family: Kevin (husband), Anna and Peter (kids) Years in practice: almost 20 Education: University of Virginia (UVA), Yale University Your first job: Concession stand at Wheeling Country Club; first architectural job: Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Building you would like to tear down: Any Sheetz service station…they are way too bright; also several buildings at Pitt. What is the best part of your job: Working with great clients and excellent builders. What would you change about your job: Less sitting. What have you always wanted to tell your clients: Similar to advice for travelers: pack what you think you need, then put back half. What is the most annoying thing that architects do: Think...

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Running Pittsburgh

Meeting the gems of my neighborhood, one jog at a time

By Becky Spevack Posted on May 28, 2013

A few weeks ago I did something I never thought I would… I completed the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Four months of training culminated in 13.1 miles, five bridges, either eight or ten neighborhoods (depending on how you count), and two blisters. And I’ve already signed up to run another one in September. I have never been a ‘runner’. An occasional jog would leave me gasping for breath. But this winter, a dream about running through Pittsburgh had me registering for this race. I started my training in early January, slugging through cold and slush in the dark winter evenings, with leftover Christmas decorations lighting my way.  I stuck to streets I knew, the streets of my neighborhood, Brighton Heights. As...

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Mayoral Candidates Forum on Design, Planning, and Public Policy

Let your voice be heard!

One of the four candidates for the Democratic nomination could be the next mayor, providing leadership on development across the City and determining the role of good design and planning in our City’s future. Join the Design Center on Wednesday, May 8th at 6 pm alone with Bill Peduto, A.J. Richardson, Jack Wagner, and Jake Wheatley for the Mayoral Candidates Forum on Design, Planning, and Public Policy, with a reception to follow at 7 pm. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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From the Firms – April 26, 2013

Architectural and engineering firm AE Works has acquired the local engineering firm Lamm Engineering – Emergent Regenerative Design. Lamm Engineering founder, Bernard Lamm will join the AE Works as Director of Design. The firm has also added several new members to their team – Michael Federici, LEED AP joins the firm as a project manager; Christopher Champagne joins AE Works as a mechanical engineer; and Damon Weiss, a 15-year industry veteran and registered civil engineer, bringing a broad range of civil engineering experience, including site design, water systems, transportation solutions and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Allen & Shariff Corporation has recently promoted Anthony Molinaro, Jr., LEED GA to President of Engineering; David Price to Senior Vice President; Donald Beyer to...

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Jason Hindes’ Pittsburgh – February, 2013

Jason’s Pittsburgh: Connecting a City AIA Pittsburgh has asked architects to submit their snapshots of how they see our city.  The first in a new series capturing “my Pittsburgh”, Jason Hindes of IKM, Inc. gives us his unique view of the city’s many bridges. [sws_aia_slideshow AIA_Slideshow=””] [/sws_aia_slideshow]  

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Design Charrette – December 2012

As a part of Design Pittsburgh 2012, AIA Pittsburgh’s members hosted a design charrette on the topic of Complete Streets. Here are some photos from that event. [sws_aia_slideshow AIA_Slideshow=””] [/sws_aia_slideshow]  

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The AIA Manifesto

It's more than three letters after your name

A new video that debuted at Grassroots 2013 explores what it means to be an architect.

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March @ the AIA

Well, the month is certainly “in like a lion”. Will it be out like a lamb? Only time can tell. While you’re wishing for those first warm days, why not consider pulling on your snow boots and coming out to an AIA event? There’s a CRAN Open House, a Hard-hat Tour, and the always-lively PechaKucha Night. Keep busy and before you know it, the sun will be shining and spring will be here… Just in time for Build Pittsburgh! ARCHITECT Live Co-host Contest – Get ready for your close-up. AIA members, AIAS members, and students will be able to submit a 2-minute audition video for the chance to co-host ARCHITECT Live at the AIA National Convention with Stephen Chung, AIA, ARCHITECT...

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