July @ the AIA

Gearing up for Design Pittsburgh

It’s July, it’s hot, and you’re counting down the days (or hours) until vacation. Things may feel slower, even sluggish, on these 90° days, but the AIA is still at it, putting your dues dollars to work! AIA Pittsburgh is working full-throttle as Design Pittsburgh approaches. The Call for Submissions has been announced and we look forward to viewing your standout projects for our annual Design Awards Competition. Another new initiative is the AIA Pittsburgh Foundation for Architecture’s Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals. Applications are due at the end of the month, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity! AXP not IDP: The Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP), has officially launched this week. See...

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From the Firms – April 5, 2016

See What Local Firms Are Doing

AE Works has been recognized as a winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business Award. The award recognizes 100 small businesses for their success an contributions to economic growth and vitality. The Hot Metal Flats apartment complex in the South Side Works has achieved LEED Gold Certification. Developed by Oxford Development Company, the 117-unit complex was awarded its certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies for high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. evolveEA was the Sustainability Consultant in the project, helping to determine and prioritize sustainability goals. WTW Architects was the Architect of Record. evolveEA was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review,...

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February @ the AIA

Short Month, Lots of Opportunities

The year has officially begun. The winter may not look like what we are accustomed to, but time is still marching forward, as is planning here at the AIA. With each new calendar year comes some newly elected members of the Board of Director, as well as a new chapter president. This year we welcome Michael McDonnell, AIA to that leadership role. YAF also welcomes new officers and fresh ideas moving forward. And finally, while it may feel like spring recently, Build Pittsburgh is still two months away. Be sure to save the date for Build Pittsburgh 2016 this April 21st. There are sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities still available! February 8 – ARE Review Series: Building Systems Part I February 11...

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January @ the AIA

Make 2016 the Year You Get Involved!

It’s a new year, a time to start over, a reset. How will you take advantage of this yearly opportunity? Did you make a resolution? How about to be more involved, more active, more engaged? Join one of AIA Pittsburgh’s committees or knowledge communities and make your voice heard! AIA Pittsburgh has eight active committees. Member participation – your ideas and input – is what makes this organization great.  There are also the local Knowledge Communities which help make it easy to connect with your colleagues who share your same interests. Think about whether or not the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) or the Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) communities are a good fit for you. And finally, AIA National...

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Sign Up, Make Your Name Known

AIA Pittsburgh Rolls Out Member Firm Directory

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 18, 2015

“When people begin their search for an architect, they call our office, and we direct them to our website.” So says AIA Pittsburgh executive director Anne Swager, Hon. AIA. And it is why the organization has been working ceaselessly with its Board of Directors and web developers to create a member directory worthy of its members. After years of discussion and months of hard work, AIA Pittsburgh launched a much-needed new website in 2012. It was light-years beyond its predecessor, a well-considered and well-designed landing spot for both architects and for the general public looking to learn more about the value of architectural services. But the organization knew it was still a work in progress, and that there was still...

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December @ the AIA

2015 is rapidly coming to a close. As you ponder how yet another year has flown by, remember to take advantage of each day left, and get involved in what the AIA has to offer. It’s time to renew your membership. Or if you’re not a member, maybe 2016 is the year to become one! Deck the halls, bake some cookies, and join us for AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Holiday Party at the offices of 4moms. It’s sure to be a merry evening! AIA Membership Campaign – It’s time to renew your membership, and if you do so by December 31st, you’ll be automatically entered to win a prize package to attend AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia. Check out the membership...

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Get On Board!

Time to Join the AIA

The American Institute of Architects is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners, and has been since 1857. The AIA serves as the voice of the profession and the resource for our members in service to society. We help support architects through advocacy, information, and providing community, both on a local, state, and national level. With over 85,000 members, perhaps it’s time for you to join, too! Join the AIA for 2016 now and get the rest of 2015 free. And, if you renew by December 31, 2015, you’ll be entered automatically to win one of three  prize packages including free registration to AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia, including hotel, airfare, and registration. Refer...

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November @ the AIA

See What's Happening During this Penultimate Month of 2015

Kicking up leaves along a sidewalk. Getting one of the last seats on the bus. An inspiring project. A late-night idea. Homemade meals shared among friends and family. There are so many things to be thankful for and as the year winds down, this month is a great time to keep them in mind. After giving thanks, don’t forget to renew your membership, make sure your continuing education credits are all accounted for, and save room for pie! Design Pittsburgh in the News – Thank you again to all who attended, sponsored, and enjoyed the program! Through exhibits and events, this program provides excellent exposure of architects’ work to a wide variety of audiences – including potential customers. It highlights...

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Design Pittsburgh 2015

View the winners of our juried competition

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 22, 2015

ARCHITECTURE: Honor Award PROJECT: Uptown Lofts on Fifth CLIENT: ACTION-Housing, Inc. ARCHITECTURE FIRM: FortyEighty Architecture ENGINEERS: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.; Keystone Structural Solutions; Iams Consulting, LLC CONTRACTORS: Mosites Construction Company PHOTOGRAPHER: FortyEighty Architecture DESCRIPTION: The Uptown Lofts on Fifth are two new multi-unit apartment buildings constructed on opposite sides of Fifth Avenue in Uptown, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh that suffers from steady population decline due to a lack of adequate housing. The developer for the project, ACTION-Housing, Inc., serves a mission to empower people to build secure and self-sufficient lives through decent, affordable housing, and has worked to demonstrate the importance of energy efficiency through various projects. This project was designed to allow for a comparison of the...

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October @ the AIA

A Month-long 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 your photographs in Places That Inspire, a photographic exhibition 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 votes! Go look through...

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