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Paul J. Tellers, AIA, AICP

He quotes Jefferson and loves Gaudi...

Name: Paul J. Tellers, AIA, AICP Firm: Paul J. Tellers, AIA, AICP, Architect/Planner Family: Married to Leah Rubenstein, daughters Kate (35) and Alice (29) Years in practice: 35 Education: B. Arch., University of Detroit Mercy Your first job: Delivering papers in Erie. What’s the best part of your job? Thinking about the built environment, and actually doing something about it. What’s the next big architectural trend? Large buildings designed for natural ventilation, without air conditioning. Advice to young architects: Think of architecture as a craft—as a cabinetmaker thinks about making furniture or a musician making music—before you think of architecture as a business. The one thing you wish they’d teach you in school: The business of architecture. Best gift to give an architect: A straight...

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Eric Osth, AIA

The key is collaboration

Name:  Eric Osth, AIA Firm:  Urban Design Associates Family:  Married, two children Years in practice:  15 Education:  B.Arch., University of Miami, cum laude; M.U.D., University of California, Berkeley, University Fellowship Your first job:  Loading Dumpsters on a construction crew. Project you are proudest of:  Yang Pu Knowledge & Innovation Zone in Shanghai, China (SOM) and A Pattern Book for Habitat for Humanity (UDA) Building you would like to tear down:  East Liberty Giant Eagle What is the best part of your job:  Terrific, passionate clients. What would you change about your job:  A little less air travel. What have you always wanted to tell your clients:  Thank you. What is the most annoying thing that architects do:  Avoid collaboration. What...

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Dutch MacDonald, AIA

Get to know the 2013 Chapter President

Name: Dutch MacDonald, AIA Firm: MAYA Design Family: Wife: Becky Mingo; 3 Children: Max, Toby, and Atticus Years in practice: 22 Education: BArch Carnegie Mellon University Your first job: Paperboy. I traveled about 4 miles roundtrip everyday to deliver 22 papers! Project you’re proudest of: The many loft buildings Downtown and in the Strip that were catalysts for revitalize housing in those areas. What’s the best part of your job? Looking deeply at the intersection of technology, people, and environments. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Don’t short change the design process. It is much more cost-effective to design the right thing in a prototype (design/model) then course-correct while under construction. What’s the most annoying thing architects...

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Anastasia Herk, Assoc. AIA

Meet the 2012 chair of the Young Architects Forum

Name: Anastasia Herk, Assoc. AIA Firm: IBACOS Years in practice: 6 Education: Masters of Architecture from Kent State University Your first job: Architectural intern at VIA design architects in Virginia Beach Project you are proudest of: Bakery Square  Most embarrassing moment: Falling – Anytime. Anywhere. For a former dancer I’m very clumsy!  What would you change about your job: Location. I miss working Downtown. What is the most annoying thing that architects do: Are stuck in their ways and are unwilling to learn new processes, designs, trends….  Favorite tool: Creativity Favorite city: Pittsburgh! (a true yinzer) Wish list for downtown Pittsburgh: Fill the empty buildings, bring more people in, make it livable and more lively after 5pm.  If you had...

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Lisa Schroeder

Get to know the 2012 Gold Medal Recipient

Name: Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder Firm: Riverlife Family: 3 Children – Liz, Lydia, and Jack Years in practice: 25 Education: Master of Science, Columbia University School of Architecture, Preservation & Planning Your first job: Architectural Draftsman at Edmunds & Hyde, Inc. in Baltimore Project you’re proudest of: Three Rivers Park, Pittsburgh! Most embarrassing moment: Approaching a podium, in a full auditorium, to deliver a speech and spectacularly spilling water all over myself and my paper. Building you’d like to tear down: Now that’s a dangerous question! But let’s start with the Parking Garage on Fort Duquesne Blvd. in the Cultural District which occupies a spectacular site on the Allegheny River. What’s the next big architectural trend? Multi-use. Multi-age. Multi–level. Multi-style. Advice...

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Celeste Allen Novak, AIA

Learn more about this sustainability-minded juror

Name: Celeste Allen Novak, AIA, LEED AP Firm:  Celeste Allen Novak Architect Family:  Husband, 2 sons, 2 grandchildren Years in practice: 22 (but…. daughter of an architect so really all of my life.) Education:  M.Arch, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1984; CEW Scholar; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1982; Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota 1973; Georgetown University – AIA Leadership certificate program Your first job: As an architect – with Yamasaki and Associates. Also, my very first job was running blueprints (remember those) for my father, the architect. I can still smell the ammonia. Project you’re proudest of: Writings for McGraw-Hill, primarily on rainwater harvesting, Voices for Earth Justice...

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Craig L. Wilkins, AIA

A bit about this Design Pittsburgh juror and his obsessions

Name: Craig L. Wilkins, PhD, AIA, ARA Firm: Detroit Community Design Center at the University of Michigan Years in practice: 25 years, more or less Education: B.Arch: University of Detroit / MS: Columbia University (NY) / PhD: Univ. of Minnesota Your first job: Mail room at the 1st National Bank of Chicago. Project you’re proudest of: The next one. Most embarrassing moment: Being juuust a bit intoxicated at the design portion of the registration exam. Building you’d like to tear down: Detroit Train Station Building you’d like to renovate into something else and why? Detroit Packard Plant. Great spaces deserve second lives. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Uhm…yes, your cookies are indeed great, but I’d much...

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Matthew Brind’Amour

Meet this residential architect

Name: Matt Brind’Amour Firm: Brind’Amour Design Years in practice: 6 Education: ‘06 B Arch –  The Pennsylvania State University w/ Honors in Architecture from the Schreyer Honors College Your first job: Carter & Burgess in Baltimore designing CVS drug stores throughout the D.C. metro area and beyond. Project you’re proudest of: Laurel Mountain Christian Camp.  This was a large project taking an existing Girl Scouts Camp and renovating some of the buildings and building 10 new cabins in addition to a beautiful new dining hall and other support buildings and site elements.  The natural, picturesque site sits in the heart of the Laurel Highlands and the buildings are really a great addition to the locale, with nods to an adirondack...

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Dossier: Paul Rosenblatt, AIA

"Never lose your creativity."

Name: Paul Rosenblatt Firm: Springboard Design Family: Wife – Artist Petra Fallaux; Children – Lucas (14) , Ella (13) Years in practice: 28 Education: B.A. Yale University, M.Arch. Yale School of Architecture Project you are proudest of: The tiny spare room I converted into my late father’s library – he loved it. What is the best part of your job: Working with my clients. What is the most annoying thing that architects do:  I hate it when architects complain about clients and contractors. I really try not to! Advice to young architects: Never lose your creativity. The one thing you wish they would have taught in school: Accounting. Architectural quote to practice by: “Every wall is a door.” My wife...

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Jen Bee, AIA

A look at this sole-practioner

Name: Jen Bee Firm: Jen Bee Design, LLC Family: Husband Mark Paczan, and a son, 4 years old Years in practice: 12 Education: Hofstra University (freshman year), Art Major; James Madison University, Bachelors of Science in Art, Interior Design Concentration; Virginia Tech, Masters of Architecture Your first job: First architecture job- Balance Associates, Seattle Washington; first job ever – Wendy’s drive through window and salad bar, Greensburg PA Project you are proudest of: Any project that I’ve completed since I’ve had my own practice- I’m still amazed and thankful for each project that comes my way. Most embarrassing moment: About 7 or 8 year ago I was attending a construction meeting with about 15 attendees and one of the subcontractors...

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