Joanna Beres, Assoc. AIA

AIA PA Associate Director and Lover of All Things Italian

Name: Joanna Beres, Assoc. AIA Firm: AIA Pennsylvania (currently the AIA PA Associate Director) Family: MaryEllen and Steve Beres (parents); Stephanie and Andy (siblings);  Frank (fiancé) Years in practice: 6 Education: M.Arch. with a concentration in Urban Design and Conservation at the Catholic University of America; B.A. Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh Your first job: I ran a snack counter at a golf course. What’s the best part of your job? I advocate for fellow associates. What would you change about your job? I would like to find a full time position in the field, so that I may complete IDP. Project you’re proudest of: Participation in the Market Square Place project by STRADA. What have you always wanted...

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Together, We Can!

Thoughts on Building a Stronger Profession

By Paula Maynes, AIA Posted on March 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: Last week, Paula Maynes, AIA passed away unexpectedly of a brain aneurism. As has already been recounted, she was an incredible architect, partner, and friend. In looking back, Columns unearthed this Viewpoint, written by Paula at the beginning of her term as AIA Pittsburgh chapter president in 2008. Her words exemplify her thoughtful and inclusive nature,  which she brought to both her professional and personal life. Her insights will be greatly missed.  We can each point to moments in our lives when we grew a little more, when we realized that we had more to give, that we were bigger, braver, or wiser than we had previously thought. My abbreviated list includes some classic life-altering events: Overcoming a...

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Our Loss of Paula

In Remembrance of Paula Maynes, AIA

By Greg Maynes, AIA Posted on March 12, 2015

It is with great sadness that I write to you about the untimely death of my business partner and friend, Paula Maynes, AIA, who unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday night from a brain aneurism. She was just 54 years old. Each of us who had the honor of knowing Paula appreciated what a remarkable woman she was. Our relationship was evidence of that. We married after meeting at Carnegie Mellon University, had our son, then started an architecture firm so Paula could be a stay-at-home mom. Even though we divorced and married other spouses, we continued to manage a thriving architectural firm and maintain a lasting personal relationship throughout our lifetime. As a woman architect in Pittsburgh, Paula was peerless....

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Build YOUR Burgh

Bringing the Idea of Design to the Masses

By Becky Spevack Posted on

Design Pittsburgh. It’s a design competition. An awards ceremony. A gala. The one time each year you catch up with some of your colleagues. But it’s also something more. It is AIA Pittsburgh’s yearly opportunity to expose architects’ work to a wide variety of audiences, to raise the profile of architects in the public’s eye. How to fill such a tall order? Nine years ago, AIA Pittsburgh moved the Design Pittsburgh exhibit to downtown and became a stop on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl, exposing hundreds of ‘crawlers’ to the array of architectural designs submitted for the competition. A few years later, the entries were made available for viewing (and voting) online, bringing in thousands of unique page views...

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Georgia On My Mind

Pittsburgh Architect Gets Ready for AIA Convention

While it is still a few months away, most of the planning for AIA Convention has already happened, including the schedule of workshops, seminars, and events. Speakers have been lined up, and among those is one of AIA Pittsburgh’s own who will be traveling down to Atlanta this May to lend their voice and expertise. Nicole Graycar, AIA, of IDC Architects | CH2M Hill, will be part of the team to present “Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!” An invited guest at last year’s AIA Emerging Professionals Summit, and Vice Chair of YAF, Graycar’s engagement in both the profession and the community makes her a great choice for this workshop. “Equity by Design” will look at how to advance the...

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What do you see when you look up?

AIA National Introduces Campaign to Inspire the Public

As an architect, walking down a city street is likely a very engaging activity. You are surrounded by buildings, by someone else’s designs, by materials and techniques, angles and choices. Would you have created a similar streetscape? What do you think of a given skyline? The built world is all around us, and you are uniquely aware of it. But what does your spouse see walking down the street, or your child? How would your neighbors or friends view that house or skyscraper or building complex? What do they see when they look up? The AIA has launched a national public awareness campaign asking just that. The “Look Up” campaign has been developed to reach out to communities everywhere, helping...

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Social Media for Architects, by Enoch Sears, AIA

A Beginner's eBook

By Patty Swisher Posted on January 22, 2015

When Becky asked me to read and review the e-book, “Social Media for Architects,” I jumped at the opportunity. One of the many things I’ve found about learning about social media is that you must read, read, read to learn, to keep up with changes, to find out about best practices, and to avoid major fails. The book contains six chapters of content on Social Media, Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Case Studies. From the author’s LinkedIn profile, he describes the book as a “brief tome [that] discusses how architects can use social media for lead generation through didactic examples, commentary and case studies.” This accurate and concise statement summarizes the publication. The book is short in length, quick, and...

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Alan Schlossberg, AIA, LEED AP

Meet the 2015 Chapter President

Name: Alan Schlossberg, AIA, LEED AP Firm: Perkins Eastman Family: Wife Loretta, daughters Sarah (age 16) and Anna (age 14), dog Bruce (age 3, people years) Years in practice: 27 (February will be my 20th anniversary with PE) Education: Master of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University Your first job: Stock boy, frozen food aisle, Waldbaums supermarket, Long Island, NY. Always dress warm! Favorite building: Any school. Schools hold the potential to shape the people who create our future. Favorite outdoor space: Bryant Park, NY – perfect balance of formality and respite in an urban greenspace. Favorite indoor space: Grand Central Terminal, NY …the ultimate city arrival experience. Favorite city: New York. What’s the...

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Is the profession floundering?

By Vincent DeFazio, Assoc. AIA Posted on January 8, 2015

In the matter of three weeks, the field of (capital -A)rchitecture has been brought to the forefront of media outlets in two different world-renowned, American periodicals. Both Forbes and The New York Times have sparked a debate deep inside the profession that has heads ringing and pedagogical debates spurring. Academia from all over the world are chiming in on the quality and state of architecture, including some well-regarded ‘starchitects’ who claim that normal, everyday architects like you and I create ‘pure shit’. And therein lies perhaps the largest problem of them all; the groups involved in this discourse are so far removed from the underlying issues that their coined opinions are nothing more than lackadaisical words strewn together to piss...

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Three Rivers, Endless Possibilities

Honoring Lisa Schroeder's impact on Pittsburgh

By Becky Spevack Posted on January 6, 2015

Throughout the history of Columns (in print and online) AIA Pittsburgh has documented the issues surrounding riverfront reiteration and development. AIA members have played important roles in the work and have served to foster public understanding of the importance of our riverfronts. Here are some highlights from our coverage over the years. UNEXPLOITED OPPORTUNITY “Pittsburgh is a water city…. Anyone would think we loved our rivers. Yet I can think of few cities which treat their waterfronts with less respect than we do…. Look at the river banks. Discover an essay in neglect and unexploited opportunity…” The year is 1990, and David Lewis, FAIA has a lot to say about the state of Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. He is rightfully appalled at...

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