ARCHITECTURE: Honor Award PROJECT: Robert M. Smith Student Center CLIENT: Slippery Rock University ARCHITECTURE FIRM: DRS Architects Inc., with Sasaki Associates – Design Architect CONTRACTOR: Mascaro Construction Company PHOTOGRAPHER: Engelbrecht Photography; Chuck Choi Architectural Photography ENGINEERS: Sasaki Associates; The Gateway Engineers, Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; CJL Engineering DESCRIPTION: Centrally located between residential and academic areas of campus, the Robert M. Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University is designed to create a programmatic and visual hub for student life and community outreach. Organized around and radiating out from an unfolding open atrium, the spaces are arranged by floor – from active and social to quiet and contemplative, reflecting various campus communities’ desired hierarchies of spaces. Large congregation spaces are designed...
Design Pittsburgh 2013
See the winners of this year's juried competition
AIA Pittsburgh Highlights the Great Allegheny Passage
Two great challenges feature this local gem
The Young Architects Studio Competition AIA Pittsburgh is excited to announce the Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), as a part of Design Pittsburgh 2013. Now in its fourth year, the YASC was created for young architects – architecture graduates who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. NEW this year, we are expanding this competition to include architecture undergraduates. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA or AIAS. The goal of this competition is to engage our young and emerging professionals and students, by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. Learn more and download all forms here. The Great Allegheny...
Announcing the 2013 Young Architects Studio Competition
Are you up to the challenge?
The Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC), a part of Design Pittsburgh, is a competition to engage our young and emerging professionals and students, by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. Now in its fourth year, the YASC was created for young architects who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. New this year, the competition is expanding to include architecture undergraduates. Entrants may or may not be licensed, and may or may not be members of the AIA or AIAS. This year’s competition is titled The Great Allegheny Passage, which is the name of the 150-mile, multi-use trail connecting Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. through the Appalachian Mountains, utilizing easements of abandoned...
Design Pittsburgh Call for Entries
The 14th annual design competition is underway!
AIA Pittsburgh invites your participation in our Annual Design Awards Competition. Each year, architects from across the region submit projects to be part of this month-long celebration. Held each October, Design Pittsburgh features an architectural design exhibition, a juried Design Awards competition, public voting opportunity for the coveted People’s Choice Award, a gala for more that 400 members, affiliates, design enthusiasts, and guests, and a ceremony recognizing the winners of the prestigious AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards. The Design Awards is a juried design competition open to AIA members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh. The mission of the awards is to recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation, and achievement in the craft of...
Rebirth in Lawrenceville – May, 2013
Top 5… Books for the Beach
AIA Pittsburgh's top 5 summer architectural reads
By Becky Spevack Posted on July 2, 2013
The Summer Solstice has passed and the season is officially upon us. Summer brings with it many things – longer days, thunderstorms, flip flops, and of course, vacation. No vacation is complete without a good book, so Columns has asked its readers to recommend their favorite architecturally relevant books. With quite a few to choose from, we have picked some of the more recent releases, in hopes that we’ll bring something new to your attention. Here are the top five picks we think are worth having in hand while your toes are buried in the sand. Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012 In a country where...
Wright or Wrong?
Green Architecture: The Art of Architecture in the Age of Ecology by James Wines
By David Julian Roth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Posted on May 15, 2013
“Life is right, and the architect is wrong,” said Le Corbusier toward the end of his life. He may have been pleased however, to see his Paris Plan Voisin vision fulfilled in downtown Pittsburgh’s Gateway Center. A green park was planned within this urban space. Through an integration of nature and architecture, we learn about both in a comfortable public place. Tall trees and a central fountain soften three 1950s modernist-style buildings, bridging time and technology. The matured landscape has become symbolic of our city’s green leadership over the last fifty years. “The architect must be a prophet; if he can’t see at least ten years ahead then don’t call him an architect.” – Frank Lloyd Wright During the...