In Memoriam: Dick Rittelmann, FAIA

Pittsburgh Region Loses an Architectural Innovator

Innovator, teacher, born leader. Craftsman, opera singer, renaissance man. Ask anyone who has worked with him (and there are a lot of you out there), and these are just a few of the words commonly used to describe Dick Rittelmann, FAIA. He has contributed so much not only to the local architectural community, but to the profession nationally and internationally, changing what an architectural firm could be.  This man will no longer inspire, invigorate, or intimidate the next generation of architects. Well-known Butler architect Richard “Dick” Rittelmann, 77, died May 10, 2015 at the VNA Inpatient Hospice of Butler from pancreatic cancer. Born on Dec. 27, 1938, in Pittsburgh, he was a 1956 graduate of Butler High School. He  then...

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May @ the AIA

April was a busy month here at AIA Pittsburgh. While May is a little calmer, don’t be fooled – there are plenty of events in the works!  Looking to get involved? How about a social outing? YAF is hosting their annual Pirates tailgate this month. Or possibly you’re heading down to Georgia for the AIA Conventional in Atlanta?  Enjoy the warmer weather and longer days and check back often for new opportunities.  AIA + Academy Knowledge Community – The AIA has launched a new Knowledge Community, AIA + Academy, for academics, researchers, and practitioners to encourage collaboration and professional responsibility, promote practice research, and explore changes to architectural education. Sound like the right fit for you? Join today! May 8...

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April @ the AIA

Spring is 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 continuing education credits, and catch up on trends in the industry. Start the day with the keynote address, “Getting Back on Your Horse: The Evolving Professional Practice”, presented by Peter Kuttner, FAIA, Cambridge Seven Associates, and stay through ’til the cocktail reception. You won’t want to miss out! Volunteers Needed – Interested AIA members are encouraged to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, May 14-16. Members who commit to at least four (4) time slots will receive full complementary registration to the Convention....

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March @ the AIA

Well, the month is certainly “in like a lion”. Will it be out like a lamb? Only time can tell. While you’re wishing for those first warm days, why not consider pulling on your snow boots and coming out to an AIA event? There’s a YAF Building Tour and the next COTE Intensive. Or stay in where you know it’s warm, and work on a submission for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh, taking place in April at the Carnegie Museum of Art.  #ilookup – Join the March SketchUp by sharing your architecture #doodles and #sketches using #ilookup. March 9 – Submissions due for the AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards. March 12 – Building Tour: Global Headquarters of Industrial Scientific – Join YAF for a building tour of...

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Georgia On My Mind

Pittsburgh Architect Gets Ready for AIA Convention

While it is still a few months away, most of the planning for AIA Convention has already happened, including the schedule of workshops, seminars, and events. Speakers have been lined up, and among those is one of AIA Pittsburgh’s own who will be traveling down to Atlanta this May to lend their voice and expertise. Nicole Graycar, AIA, of IDC Architects | CH2M Hill, will be part of the team to present “Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!” An invited guest at last year’s AIA Emerging Professionals Summit, and Vice Chair of YAF, Graycar’s engagement in both the profession and the community makes her a great choice for this workshop. “Equity by Design” will look at how to advance the...

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February @ the AIA

Yes, it’s cold. Yes, it’s snowy. Don’t let that keep you from getting out and getting involved! Join AIA Pittsburgh for the first COTE Intensive – “The Business Case for High Performance Design” – or think about getting involved on a national level with an opportunity such as volunteering at AIA Convention. AIA Convention 2015 – Call for Volunteers:Interested AIA members are encouraged to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, May 14-16. Members who commit to at least four (4) time slots will receive full complementary registration to the Convention. Sign up here. February 10 – ARE Review Session – Building Systems, Part I  February 12 – COTE Intensive: “The Business Case for High...

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“Great Day for Pittsburgh”

Local Firm Wins Big Award

By Becky Spevack Posted on January 25, 2015

At the beginning of each year, AIA National unveils the newest recipients of the Institute Honor Awards. And each year I scroll through the dozen or so projects, hoping to see one I recognize, hoping to see one of ‘our own’ listed, a local firm receiving this big honor. This year, for the first time in over a decade, Pittsburgh made the list! A huge congratulations goes to Rothschild Doyno Collaborative for their Honor Award for Sant Lespwa Center for Hope. This project has now won an award at all three levels of the AIA – a 2013 Honor Award from AIA Pittsburgh, a 2013 Citation of Merit from AIA Pennsylvania and now this. Columns caught up with Dan Rothschild,...

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December @ the AIA

2014 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 2015 is the year to become one! Deck the halls, bake some cookies, and join us for AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Holiday Party at the award-winning offices of NEXT architecture. It’s sure to be a merry evening! Calling all newly registered architects! Congratulations! Becoming an RA is no small feat, and you deserve some recognition for it! The Young Architects Forum (YAF) would like to recognize your achievement at AIA Pittsburgh’s upcoming President’s Holiday Party...

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In the Houzz

CRAN brings the design platform to Pgh

This past June at Convention, AIA National announced two strategic partnerships to enhance and connect architects in today’s technology-driven world. One such partnership with Houzz, the world’s leading online platform for remodeling and design, is hoped to develop technology initiatives to engage architects and increase the public awareness of how good design can enhance our lives. Next week, this partnership comes to our community, as AIA Pittsburgh’s CRAN welcomes Houzz Community Team member Michael Stein for a Houzz presentation ‘Technology for Storytelling: How to reach new clients and engage a global community’. For architects and other design professionals, technology tools extend far beyond space planning and drafting. Today, technology is used to communicate more effectively with clients, tell engaging stories...

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UDA @ 50

Firm celebrates half a century

Founded in 1964 by David Lewis, FAIA and Ray Gindroz, FAIA, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Urban Design Associates. To mark this milestone, UDA has put together a pop-up exhibit of the firm’s work, which will be on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Grand Staircase Mezzanine from October 28 through November 6. The exhibit is entitled “UDA @ 50 – Democracy in Action” and is co-sponsored by Heinz Architectural Center and the CMOA. “For 50 years UDA has practiced urban design and architecture based on ‘democracy in action,’” writes Lewis. “From our beginning we have enfranchised citizens in the evolution of their neighborhoods, towns and cities, and in this exhibition we celebrate the many partnerships we...

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