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Living By Example

The timeless influence of Chatham Village

By Becky Spevack Posted on June 5, 2012

2011 was an exciting year for Chatham Village, the residential community in Mt. Washington recognized as a thriving example of the garden city planning movement.  First, the Village was brought back into the limelight with the publication of Chatham Village: Pittsburgh’s Garden City.  Penned by the city’s own Angelique Bamberg, an expert in city planning and historic preservation, this book provides an in-depth look at the history, development, and socioeconomic impact Chatham Village has had both on the region and on the profession of urban planning.  Then Chatham Village, and the architects who designed it, were honored with AIA Pittsburgh’s Timeless Award, an award created to recognize architectural design of enduring significance, conferred on projects that have withstood the test...

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Dossier: Nick Doichev, AIA

Meet a member of the Board of Directors

Name: Nick Doichev, AIA Firm: DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design, Principal Family: Single; Daughters: Maya (10), Nora (7) Years in practice: 17 Education: Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech Your first job: Philadelphia, Kitchen & Associates Architectural Services Project you’re proudest of: On the boards: Energy Innovation Center (Former Connelley Trade School), Pittsburgh, PA; Completed: Yuma Arts Center, Yuma, AZ Most embarrassing moment: January 2010…I could not get out of bed the morning after I was laid off. What’s the best part of your job? I get many chances to work with people to create space. What would you change about your job? Working for a minimum or no fee. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Good architecture...

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In Memoriam: Roger Kingsland III, AIA

Local architect a leader in community and ideas

2011 closed on a sorrowful note as the architecture community lost a forward-thinking colleague in Roger Kingsland III, AIA, on December 24th.  Founder and managing partner of KSBA, Kingsland was not bound by traditional use of materials.  An “ideas” man, he was instrumental in conceptualizing the firm’s value-added Customer Service Center practice, which has been implemented on 90 projects in 24 states nationally, and 10 countries internationally.  Using what has evolved into the Sustainable Technology Business Center (STBC) building concept, the firm focuses on architect-led design-build work, creating design solutions that address the rapidly changing needs of the technological age and the people who work in it. Kingsland was actively involved in his community.  A member of the AIA, he...

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Design Connects: AIA 2012 National Convention

May 17-19, Washington, D.C.

This year’s theme, Design Connects, celebrates the boundless potential the profession of architecture offers when you actively connect – with one another, with your work, and with the community. In response to the pressing issues our world faces today, it is essential that we all reach out to express ideas, exchange perspectives, and expand our network. The National Convention offers the opportunity to expand your knowledge base in a myriad of ways – nearly 200 continuing education sessions to choose from, over 700 exhibitors to visit, architectural  tours, and networking will all enhance your professional development. Join the architectural community from across the country in Washington, D.C. this May to discover what the right connections can do for you. Go...

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Developing Community

The impact of local CDCs on the neighborhoods where we live

By Virginia Shields Posted on February 27, 2012

It starts with a meeting, a seed of concern that grows into a dialog, rooted in the heart of a city. Size, demographics, and location differ at every meeting, but the topic is always the same: how can we make our community safer, more diverse, more livable, and more prosperous? The discussion morphs into analysis. Residents, public officials, police, and community leaders all lend a voice or a concern to address the issues. Market and city data is scoured and absorbed. A plan of action is made and a community development corporation is born. Reinventing East Liberty Pittsburgh is no stranger to Community Development Corporations (CDCs), as the city has been subject to many serious revitalization efforts since its decline...

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Design Pittsburgh 2011

See the winners of our juried competition

By The AIA Posted on January 27, 2012

How it Works Each year, AIA Pittsburgh hosts the Design Awards – a juried design competition open to AIA members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh, or any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 10 county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh. All projects must have at least one AIA Pittsburgh architect on the project team. All submissions for the AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards Competition can only be submitted by an AIA Pittsburgh architect. The mission of the awards is to recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation, and achievement in the craft of architecture. Last year AIA Pittsburgh revamped the Design Award submission categories, introducing three...

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