September @ the AIA

Check out this exciting month as we gear up for Design Pittsburgh!

The days are getting shorter, but AIA Pittsburgh is finding ways to fit more into them!  September is quickly filling up with events all around town, particularly the unveiling of the Design Pittsburgh 2012 exhibit!  Design submissions will be available to view via the online digital exhibit next week, with the physical exhibit making its debut at the Cultural District’s Gallery Crawl on September 28th! An autumn evening spent Downtown, taking in art and design… you won’t want to miss it!  AIA Trade Mission to India: The AIA, in conjunction with the US Department of Commerce, has put together the first Architecture trade mission to India.   A half day seminar is scheduled for September 19, for architects and firms interested in...

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From the Firms – August 31, 2012

Astorino has added three more designs to its list of LEED® certified projects, bringing the firm’s number of LEED certified projects up to 21 (2 Platinum, 7 Gold, 10 Silver, and 2 Certified), totaling over 5 million sf and $1.65 billion in construction cost. Paramount Senior Living at Peters Township was awarded LEED Silver certification by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The three-story personal care home includes 96 living units, central and private dining rooms, a commercial kitchen, administrative offices, activity rooms, a dementia care unit and nurses’ stations.The project attained all pre-requisites and 55 points under the LEED-NC v2009 Rating System. The Palm Beach State College Technical Education Center in Belle Glade, FL has achieved a LEED Platinum...

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August @ the AIA

Wrapping up summer with events you won't want to miss!

It’s been a hot summer, and whether you find yourself shaking the sand out of your flip flops or daydreaming while staring out at that clear blue sky, it’s time to find your focus and start thinking about Design Awards.  Entries, for both local and national design competitions, are due towards the end of August.  There’s also a BBQ/House Tour you won’t want to miss and AIA Pittsburgh’s Annual Meeting – “Adapt, Survive, and Thrive” –  where we’ll be looking at the profession and how recent changes – both external and internal – have impacted the foreseeable future. August 14 – YAF Steering Committee Meeting: Join AIA Pittsburgh’s YAF for the monthly steering committee meeting. Learn all about what this...

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From the Firms – July 31, 2012

Carl Bolton, AIA has announced the creation of his new architectural practice, Carlton Bolton Design LLC.  The firm will focus on light commercial, retail, interiors, and residential projects, as well as graphic design services. The office of Fernsler Architecture, LLC is pleased to announce its expansion with the addition of Nate Hutchinson as partner and director of design having begun July 1st of this year. The firm is now known as Fernsler Hutchinson Architecture, LLC.  Nathan Hutchinson has over 18 years of experience as a design architect and project manager.  He has expertise in renovations and new construction of office buildings, healthcare facilities, educational, industrial, single family, and multi-family residential and retail projects. Hutchinson grew up in the State College...

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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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July @ the AIA

A look at the month's events

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.   State Licensing Boards – New Interactive Map: The CES team at AIA National has just launched a...

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From the Firms – June 29, 2012

Astorino was recently named as one of the nation’s leading architectural and engineering firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR). The publication ranked Astorino at 433 among the country’s Top 500 design firms for 2012. The top 500 companies are ranked according to revenue for design services performed in 2011. Signs of the recession’s end can be seen in ENR’s Top 500 list. Taken as a group, the firms had overall design revenue of $85.06 billion in 2011, up 6.6%, from $79.82 billion in 2010. This uptick is reflected in Astorino’s improved ranking, from 499 in the previous year to its current placement at 433. The survey marks the first time in three years that the Top 500 experienced revenue growth for...

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Lobby Treatment

By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP Posted on May 31, 2012

It’s already been over a week since the AIA National Convention came to a close.  Circumstances kept me from attending, but I spent much of that week reminiscing.  During the first week of March, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the AIA’s annual Grassroots convention.  The theme of this year’s event – displayed prominently everywhere one happened to look – was “Come As You Are, Leave Inspired.”  As a first time attendee, I can tell you that truer words have never been spoken. Grassroots is the AIA’s annual lobbying effort, where the membership ascends upon Capitol Hill to meet with our congressmen and tell our story.  As a conference, Grassroots often takes the backseat to...

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From the Firms – May 18, 2012

Peter Rempe has joined the Pittsburgh office of Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC. Astorino has created a new executive management team in which Louis P. Astorino has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer; Timothy Powers, AIA is now President of Architecture; John Francona, LEED AP assumes an expanded role as Senior Vice President – Architecture to include Senior Vice President – Marketing; and Michael Brennan strengthens his role from Senior Vice President – Structural Engineering to Senior Vice President – Project Management.  The firm has also won a Citation of Merit in Regional & Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pennsylvania for the design of “Pittsburgh’s Tribute to Children” honoring Fred Rogers.  Additionally, the  Astorino-designed Children’s Hospital...

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Pittsburgh’s Own Elected as AIA National Secretary

Rich DeYoung, AIA wins the bid.

Rich DeYoung, AIA, president and CEO of WTW Architects, has been elected 2013-14 AIA secretary. A member who has been active on all levels, DeYoung is a past AIA national board member, serving on the board as Pennsylvania regional director from 2009-2011. He was a member of the AIA Secretary’s Advisory Committee in 2011 and an AIA Advocacy Committee member in 2007 and in 2009-2010. He was also president of AIA Pennsylvania in 2006 and president of AIA Pittsburgh in 2003.  To read more about the AIA National election results, click here.

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