Presley’s Place just received the People’s Choice Award at AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards, demonstrating that there is a growing recognition of the strong impact design has on mental and physical health. Located at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Presley’s Place is named after the son of airport heavy equipment operator Jason Rudge, who originally pitched the idea of a sensory room to Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO, Christina Cassotis, through an employee suggestion box. That simple suggestion led to the design and construction of a 1,500-square-foot space that serves as a respite for travelers with sensory processing issues, and their companions, who may have a need to de-stress while traveling. Pittsburgh International’s space isn’t just a room, it is an entire...
A Look Inside People’s Choice Award Winner Presley’s Place
The First Sensory Space of Its Kind
By Jennifer Beck, AIA Posted on October 10, 2019
Design Pittsburgh 2019
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on
There is growing recognition of the importance of good design in the region and the important effects of the built environment in society. This was a record-breaking year for Design Pittsburgh and there is only more to come. Design Pittsburgh Numbers: 470 Attendees (most ever!) 93 Project Submissions 23 Awards Given 4,139 People’s Choice Award Votes (512 more than last year and most ever!) Media Coverage: (We’ll post more here as it is published) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Presley’s Place wins People’s Choice Award at architects’ gala” NEXTpittsburgh “Check out the winners of this year’s AIA Design Pittsburgh Awards”
Dossier: Lee Davis, AIA
Design Pittsburgh Jury Chair
Name: Lee Davis, AIA Firm: ESa Family: Wife – Julie; Daughter – Simms Years in practice: 15 Education: Bach of Arch from University of Tennessee Knoxville Your first job: Domino’s Pizza Delivery…until my parent’s car insurance carrier caught wise Project you’re proudest of: Gulch Crossing Office Building – Relocating our firm after 30+ years was a painful endeavour, but a rewarding conclusion What have you always wanted to tell your clients? “That’s a terrible idea.” What’s the most annoying thing architects do? In spite of wearing goofy, outlandish glasses, I’m going to have to say “wearing goofy, outlandish glasses”. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Litter Picker Arm Grabber Favorite building: Case Study House 22 Favorite outdoor space: Capitoline Hill Architect you’d like to have a drink with: Mies van de Rohe Best gift...
Dossier: Design Pittsburgh Jury Chair Aaron Hill, AIA
"Get actively involved in the AIA in order to surround yourself with people you will learn from and be inspired by."
Name: Aaron Hill, AIA Firm: Bialosky Cleveland Family: Wife – Carrie & 5-year-old twins – Harper (girl) & Hayden (boy) Years in practice: 20 Education: University of Florida (B. Design) / Georgia Tech (M. Arch) Your first job: Official scorekeeper at the local little league baseball par Project you’re proudest of: NASA Research Support Center – A new workplace being depended on to shift the culture of NASA to attract the next generation of engineers and scientists. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? “They didn’t teach me about you in school.” What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Not listen Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Moleskine Favorite building: TWA Flight Center Favorite outdoor space: The High Line Architect you’d like to have...
Design Pittsburgh 2017
View All of the Winners of Our Juried Competition
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 19, 2017
DESIGN + INNOVATION: Certificate of Merit PROJECT NAME: Penn51 Façade CLIENT: 11 to 3 LLC ARCHITECTURE FIRM: mossArchitects DESIGN TEAM: Andrew Moss, AIA; Darren Lloyd, Rebecca Murden ENGINEERS: Conway Engineering CONTRACTORS: P2 Contracting, LLC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Anthony Musmanno INTENT: The Penn51 project, one of many 1-3 story building facades along the Bloomfield and Garfield commercial corridor, is nestled in the center of the Penn Avenue business district; an area that has been the focus of revitalization, with a strong emphasis on the arts. The design solution seeks to reinterpret the facade as a folded skin that simplifies and unifies its previously disconnected property while adding an artful reinterpretation and visual activity to the busy commercial avenue. The design aims to connect...
Nathan Johnson, AIA, LEED AP
Meet Another Juror from #DesignPgh16
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on November 10, 2016
Name: Nathan Johnson, AIA, LEED AP Firm: 4RM+ULA Family: Married, 4 kids Years in practice: 18 Education: Cornell University Bachelor of Architecture, 1998 Your first job: Women’s Club bus boy. What’s the best part of your job? Different every day. What would you change about your job? More time. Project you’re proudest of: Rondo Commemorative Plaza (on the boards) Most embarrassing moment: At 5 years old taking family picture in Tuscon Arizona, I backed into a cactus, and did not tell my mom for hours that I had a cactus needle stuck in me. Whenever my Mom wants a good laugh she tells the story. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Microsoft Surfacebook Architect you’d like to have a...
Design Pittsburgh 2016
View All of the Winners of Our Juried Competition
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 27, 2016
ARCHITECTURE: Honor Award PROJECT NAME: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Knoxville Branch CLIENT: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh ARCHITECTURE FIRM: GBBN Architects DESIGN TEAM: Anne Chen, AIA; Amanda Markovic; Julian Sandoval ENGINEERS: Sci-Tek Consultants, Inc.; WBCM; WNA Engineering, Inc. CONTRACTORS: Shannon Construction Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS: Massery Photography, Inc. DESCRIPTION: Formally described as a bunker, this project transforms a brutalist 1962 building into an inviting destination for a diverse community. The deeply recessed entrances were moved forward to provide ample glazing that facilitates views to the street and daylight to the interior. Small additions at the front and side of the original building maximize the interior plan, providing a dedicated area for teens and expanded children’s area with an outdoor deck. JURY COMMENTS: With...
Bill Baxley, AIA
Meet the 2016 Design Pgh Jury Chair
Name: Bill Baxley, AIA Firm: Leo A Daly Family: Wife – Laura; 2 children – Sam and Amelia Years in practice: 28 Education: Syracuse University Your first job: A Paper Route in Orangeburg, SC Project you’re proudest of: Two Popes Film – A three-room office production space in a former bottling building…. shoestring budget + demanding client = amazing space. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? ‘Trust me.” What’s the most annoying thing architects do? Wear black. Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Paper Mate Flair pen, medium black. Favorite building: Salk Institute Favorite outdoor space: High Line Architect you’d like to have a drink with: Buckminster Fuller Best gift to give an architect: More time....
October @ the AIA
A Monthlong Celebration of Design!
Each year, the month of October features AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture and design and those who create it. It is once again time for Design Pittsburgh, our annual design competition, exhibit, gala, and awards ceremony. We are also exhibiting the winning photographs from the AIA Pittsburgh / Steel City Grammers Instagram Competition in conjunction with this year’s Young Architects Studio Competition. Looking for a way to reconnect with the architecture community? This is a great time to experience over 90 projects, meet up with other architects, and get inspired! Design Pittsburgh People’s Choice Award – Brought to you by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., the online exhibit of Design Pittsburgh submissions is available for viewing and we need your...
August @ the AIA
Design Awards and Emerging Professional Opportunities
It’s the dog days of summer, and whether you find yourself shaking the sand out of your flip flops or daydreaming while staring out at that clear blue sky, it’s time to find your focus and start thinking about Design Awards. Entries, for both local and national design competitions, are due this month. For the emerging professionals, there is the deadline to apply to PALM, AIA Pennsylvania’s new state initiative to promote dialogue and mentorship, as well as the Paula Maynes AIA Pennsylvania ARE Grant, with applications due on August 12th and 31st, respectively. And don’t forget about the Young Architects Studio Competition, Vision PGH 2050. Looking for More Visibility? Interested in media attention for your project or firm? Get advice from PR professional...