From the Firms

From the Firms – March 5, 2021

By Brigid Moser Posted on March 4, 2021

Member & Partner Updates    AE Works Becomes a B Corp Real Leaders recently selected winners of its 2021 “Top Impact Companies” from around the world.  In the company of game-changers such as Patagonia, Tesla and Beyond, AE Works made the global list of 150 organizations that represent a range of industries.  A full list of this year’s impact companies is available here. As one of two integrated building design and consulting firms in the world to achieve B Corporation certification, AE Works voluntarily meets a higher standard of transparency, accountability, and performance, harnessing the power of business to solve social and economic problems. “We believe there is a better way to do business, and we want our work, the...

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From the Firms

From the Firms – December 3, 2020

By Brigid Moser Posted on December 3, 2020

Member & Partner Updates  AE Works, a Pittsburgh-headquartered building design and consulting services firm, is excited to announce the appointment of Patrick Rakszawski, AIA to the role of Design Manager. Patrick brings experience on a diverse range of commercial, healthcare and science and technology projects spanning international corporate headquarters, research laboratories and highly unique spinal cord injury care facilities.   Margittai Architects is excited to welcome Allison Huchko as a Graduate Architect. Allison graduated with highest honors and earned a B.S. and Master’s of Architecture degree with a focus in Urban Design from Kent State University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology. LGA Partners is pleased to announce the hiring of Gerard Schmidt, RA,...

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AIA Pittsburgh Office Closed

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From the Firms

From the Firms – August 28, 2020

By Marissa Dello Russo Posted on August 26, 2020

Member & Partner Updates    Matthew Dawson, AIA, Architect at Hayes Design Group Architects, recently obtained his professional architect’s license and is now licensed to practice architecture in Pennsylvania.  Matt is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelors of Architecture.   Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC is pleased to announce that Alexander Radkoff, PE has joined the Pittsburgh Office, as a Mechanical Engineer. Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC is a mechanical/electrical/plumbing/fire protection engineering and commissioning services company, with its headquarters in Columbia, MD and offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Zelienople, PA, and Salisbury, MD.   Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC is pleased to announce that Sean Daugherty has joined the Pittsburgh Office, as an Electrical Designer. Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC is...

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From the Firms

From the Firms – May 29, 2020

By Marissa Dello Russo Posted on May 26, 2020

evolveEA has named Anna Rosenblum, Chris Guignon, AIA, and Elijah Hughes as Associates and Senior Project Managers. Founding Principals Christine Mondor, FAIA and Marc Mondor, AIA are pleased to recognize these outstanding employees, for their significant and far-sighted contributions to projects, client management, strategic direction and firm culture. As Associates, Anna, Chris, and Elijah will continue to advance evolveEA’s strategic consulting work in architecture and landscape design, mobility and water infrastructure, energy and community systems, and ecodistrict planning. Read more about their accomplishments and contribution to architecture here.   In February, team members of DLA + Architecture & Interior Design, attended the American Heart Association Heart Ball to support medical advancements related to heart disease and stroke.   Anthony Pitassi,...

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Feature

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...

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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...

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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...

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From the Firms

From the Firms – February 28, 2020

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on February 27, 2020

Congratulations to Lena Andrews, AICP, for her new role of Director of Real Estate Development at  ACTION-Housing. Lena joined the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors in 2020 as a Public Director. Congratulations to Ernest Bellamy, Assoc. AIA, of Ae7, for his new role of Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Ernest will be co-teaching an introductory architecture studio course. Anthony J. Lucarelli, AIA, has joined Pittsburgh-based DLA+ Architecture and Interior Design (DLA+) as vice president, Higher Education.  Lucarelli, a veteran expert in architecture for higher education who brings significant expertise and a national perspective to DLA+, will also oversee the firm’s marketing and business development initiatives. Congratulations to Anastasia Markiw, AIA, NCARB, of DesignGroup, on becoming the 2020 Chair...

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REVIEW

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...

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