July @ the AIA

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! While the calendar may not look very full, AIA Pittsburgh is working full-throttle as Design Pittsburgh approaches. Have a project you’re particularly proud of? A great design you want to show off to other professionals? A contender for an Honor Award? Submit it to our annual Design Awards Competition! In the meantime, here is a breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA.     Rebuild By Design Competition – Rebuild By Design is a HUD-launched, multi-stage design competition to...

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AIA Convention 2013: Keynotes

By Raymond Bowman Posted on June 25, 2013

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Ray’s personal blog, rmb-design.com, and re-used here with his permission. I recently attended the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver, Colorado. There’s the giant bear that stands outside the convention center where it was held. I’d like to focus on the keynote speakers and the state of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as it tries to reposition itself to better serve the profession it represents. Thursday’s keynote opened up on a drummer laying down some pretty groovy backbeat. He was later joined by the rest of his band, which turned out to be a 4-piece that covered a song by the band fun.. Then a BMX biker rode down the stairs...

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June @ the AIA

Ever wonder how the AIA puts your yearly dues to use? Looking for a way to get involved? Interested in some fun summer activities? Here is a brief breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA.  June 6 – Digital Fabrication: Join AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (AIA TAP) and Case Technologies to explore the implications and possibilities that the convergence of BIM and Digital Fabrication is beginning to have in transforming our industry. Space is limited, so RSVP today! June 14 – Submissions due for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 15: Interested in presenting? Send an email to info@aiapgh.org with a slide and a brief description of your presentation. June 20-22 – 2013 AIA National Convention, “Building...

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Recent Grad? Become a Member!

The AIA offers complimentary membership for new graduates

The AIA would like to congratulate new graduates on completing this first step toward becoming an architect! In celebration of all you’ve achieved, recent grads from an accredited school of architecture are offered complimentary Associate AIA membership for up to 18 months. Associate membership benefits include Intern Development Program and Architect’s Registration Examination resources; AIA Continuing Education and IDP hours; events and networking opportunities; access to the 25 unique AIA Knowledge Communities; subscriptions to AIArchitect, the AIA bi-weekly e-newsletter and ARCHITECT, the print magazine of the AIA; and many other resources.  Click here to download a brochure about membership. Welcome to the Profession. Download an application today!

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Dossier

George Halkias, AIA

Unfinished musicals... Who knew?

Name: George D. Halkias, AIA Firm: Stantec Family: wife Mary, daughter Lydia Years in practice: 20 Education: B. Arch – Penn State University Your first job: Student Intern with Tasso Katselas at the old Pittsburgh Airport. Most embarrassing moment: In my first year back in Pittsburgh, I labeled the cover sheet for a permit set with the wrong contractor name. It did not take long for my phone to ring. Building you would like to tear down: Allegheny Center. It creates a barrier between the North Shore and the North Side. What is the best part of your job: Working with people who care. What would you change about your job: As my daughter says, Architects have too many meetings....

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April @ the AIA

Spring is finally here, and so is Build Pittsburgh! AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference and exhibitor show is a great way to spend the day with other architects and engineers, earn learning units, and catch up on trends in the industry. Start the day with keynote speaker Barry Svigals, FAIA, and stay through ’til the cocktail reception. You won’t want to miss out! ARCHITECT Live Co-host Contest – Vote today! AIA members, AIAS members, and students have submitted a 2-minute audition video for the chance to co-host ARCHITECT Live at the AIA National Convention with Stephen Chung, AIA, ARCHITECT Live host. Voting is now open, so go pick your favorite. Voting closes April 14. April 7 – 13 – Architecture...

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From the Firms – February 28, 2013

After over two years of design and construction, a new clinic on the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center campus in Altoona, PA is in full operation. Designed and engineered by A|E Works, the new clinic provides rehabilitation therapy and care to Veterans. The team’s design for the new addition relocates and expands physical medicine rehabilitation services and the prosthetic department. One of the project’s main goals was also to make the clinic more accessible. James T. Marsili joined Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC as a Senior Plumbing Designer. Heather Stapel, P.E., CEM, LEED AP BD+C has been hired as a Mechanical Engineer. The Construction Advancement Program of Western Pennsylvania (CAP) has named Thomas A. Landau Chairman of CAP. Landau...

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Dossier

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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A Fellow Among Us

Congratulations to AIA Pittsburgh’s Rich DeYoung, who was among the 122 member architects inducted into the College of Fellows for 2013.  The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. DeYoung, president and CEO if WTW Architects, is currently serving as the 2013-14 AIA secretary.  He is also a past AIA national board member, has served as Pennsylvania regional director, a member of the AIA Secretary’s Advisory Committee as well as the AIA Advocacy Committee.  He was president of AIA Pennsylvania in 2006 and president of AIA Pittsburgh in 2003. He, along with the other 2013 Fellows, will be...

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Dossier

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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