Last night, YAF hosted its capstone pandemic event: YAF Explorations. In lieu of our yearly YAFapalooza social event, we hosted a virtual exchange of new ideas and pandemic activities by 8 young architects. Each presenter gave a short presentation followed by a discussion amongst peers. Jason Andrews, Assoc. AIA was the event champion and moderator for the evening. Anastasia Markiw, AIA presented her thesis for her Master of Healthcare Design, exploring the intersections between lighting design and healthcare architecture. By building a full-size patient room and testing a lighting system prototype, she proved that lighting could improve the lives of healthcare occupants. Bea Spolidoro, AIA explained how she is using her time to promote good design and the impacts of...
Young Architects’ Explorations
Members Find Their Groove During COVID-19
By Anastasia Markiw, AIA Posted on October 16, 2020
Around the World with Bill Bates, FAIA
Pittsburgh Architect shares his Adventures as 2019 AIA National President
By Maya Henry Posted on May 1, 2020
Bill Bates, FAIA in South Korea during his tenure as AIA National President in 2019 AIA Pittsburgh’s William “Bill” Bates, FAIA served as President of AIA National in 2019 after being elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. Bates served as AIA’s 2018 President-Elect and was also vice president and chair of the AIA Board Community Committee from 2015-2016. In 1991 and again in 2010, Bill served as president of AIA Pennsylvania and was also president of AIA Pittsburgh in 1987. He has chaired boards for the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Green Building Alliance. After talking to Bill about his role in the recent PBS documentary on Paul Williams, FAIA, I wanted...
Keeping Kids Entertained: Architecture Edition
Design-Related Ideas for Your Kid-Friendly Quarantine
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on April 2, 2020
Courtesy Learn to Play at Home There are a lot of suggestions out there for how to entertain kids while they are staying home during the COVID-19 crisis. Here we’ve rounded up some of our favorites that have an architecture focus. While it doesn’t mean your kids will leave you alone entirely while you attempt to work from home, our hope is that these ideas will provide some new entertainment and help you share your craft with your children. PRESCHOOL Create a box city and practice cutting, painting and building with this activity from Learn With Play at Home. Learn the concepts behind design thinking with this activity from Left Brain, Craft Brain. Craft an Egyptian pyramid with The Pinterested...
Our Quarantine Reading List
What to Read in Self-Isolation
By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on March 17, 2020
X-ray Architecture. Book by Beatriz Colomina. Imprint: Lars Müller Publishers There’s plenty of good reads out there to get us through these trying times. Still, if you don’t have the energy right now to try and decide what to read we’ve rounded up a few of our current favorites. We hope these will inspire, distract, and maybe even give a new perspective on the current state of affairs. Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women. Book by Jane Hall. Imprint: Phaidon Press Publisher’s Description: A ground-breaking visual survey of architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day. “Would they still call me a diva if I were a man?’ asked Zaha Hadid, challenging as she did so more than a...
Dossier: Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA
About the 2020 Build Pittsburgh Keynote Speaker
By Marissa Dello Russo Posted on March 11, 2020
Name: Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA Firm: Thornton Tomasetti Family: Married with two children – TJ (18), Abby (16) Years in practice: 27+ Education: BS in Environmental Studies, UVM. MARCH, University of Oregon Your first job: Camp Counselor, Camp Killooleet, Hancock, VT Union of Concerned Scientists, Renewable Energy Campaign Manager Executive Director, Yestermorrow Design/Build School Research Scholar, Green Building Services, Rocky Mountain Institute Project you’re proudest of: Village Centre, 48 Unit Affordable Housing, Passive House Certified Bosarage Family Education Center, Net Positive Energy & LEED Platinum, Boothbay, Maine. Block C, CityCenter in Las Vegas – for the scale of the project… getting it to LEED Gold was an amazing success story 150+ LEED for Existing Building Certifications for Vasakronan in Sweden What have you always wanted...
Design Matters; You Matter
Blueprint for Better: Pittsburgh amplifies the value of architecture
By Amanda Markovic, AIA Posted on March 5, 2020
The built environment is not neutral. It either enables progress or obstructs it; contributes to wellbeing or disturbs it. Our region is experiencing the most development it has seen in decades with buildings that will be around for the next 40 to 120 years. Because development impacts people in our community today and for years to come, there is an urgency to be thoughtful and informed about what we are cementing into new places and spaces. And yet, we as a society and a region do not talk about how buildings impact human wellbeing. Blueprint for Better: Pittsburgh (B4B) was developed to change that, and we are looking for more people (i.e. architects, designers of all kinds, neuroscientists, sociologists, EDAC...
Grassroots 2020: The Big Takeaways
Grassroots 2020: The Big Takeaways
By Michelle Fanzo Posted on February 28, 2020
Every year AIA holds a national gathering for Chapter and Component leaders – the Grassroots Leadership Conference. This year, four AIA Pittsburgh members and one staff attended the event, held February 18-20 in New Orleans. This year’s agenda emphasized an increased commitment to sustainability, equity and civic leadership. Asserting a leadership role President-Elect, Peter Exley, FAIA acknowledged the implications of being in New Orleans, a city that became synonymous with a new normal of more extreme and more frequent storms driven by climate changes. “This is our leadership moment, and it comes with the most important deadline of our careers.” Exley highlighted four ways architects can lead: Mitigating GHG sources and owning the footprint buildings have in cities/ regions Adapting...
She Drew While Designing and Designed While Drawing
Review of Lina Bo Bardi Draws at the Heinz Architectural Center
By Robyn Engel AIA Posted on February 20, 2020
Lina Bo Bardi, L’ombra della sera, 1965 Lina Bo Bardi was a vivid, new name to me prior to exploring the phenomenal exhibit brought to the Carnegie Museum of Art by the Heinz Architectural Center. Learning about her and her impressive oeuvre, however, imparted upon me a sense of awe and gratitude. The sheer span and depth of her portfolio is stunning, all saturated with color and conceptually vibrant. She was a true Renaissance designer and her work feels effortless and radiant, regardless of subject: from stage sets to chairs, to buildings. The collection, beautifully curated by Zeuler R. Lima, unfolds with such tenderness and attention to detail, that each showcased piece feels valued – by curator, and by creator. Influenced by...
Dossier: AIA Pittsburgh 2020 Board President, R. Joseph Chaffin, AIA
Name: Ronald Joseph Chaffin, AIA Firm: Michael Baker International Family: Wife, Victoria + Sons, Pierce (21) & Noah (18), both Computer Science majors at Penn State University Years in practice: 30 years Education: University of Cincinnati + Ecole d’Art Americaines, Ecole des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France Your first job: Significantly influencing my decision to attend architecture school, I was fortunate to have a summer job with Zando, Martin, & Milstead (ZMM) Architects/Engineers in Charleston, WV. Although the “job,” not internship, primarily consisted of running blue line prints, errands, and even weeding the parking lot, I was able to experience some hand-drafting and drawing skills. While still in high school, my relationship with ZMM was developed through a Boy Scouts of...
Hollywood’s Big Night Starts with Paul R. Williams, AIA
Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story Debuts on PBS
By Maya Henry Posted on February 5, 2020
Paul R. Williams, AIA in front of the LAX terminal. Before diving into the Oscar’s broadcast this Sunday, if that’s your thing, consider taking a gander at a new documentary airing on WQED-TV at 4 pm. This one-hour special explores the journey of iconic Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams, AIA, and his professionalism and determination in the face of discrimination. From the early 1920s until his retirement 50 years later, Williams was one of the most prolific architects in America. His list of celebrity clients included Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. He is noted for his mastery of various iconic architectural styles that include the Beverly Hills Hotel, the original MCA Headquarters Building...