Recycling Space

New Architecture for Old Places

By Eric Fisher, AIA, LEED AP Posted on September 7, 2015

This was originally presented as a lecture hosted by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and subsequently posted to Fisher BLOGitecture. This has been edited and reposted with the author’s permission.  I’ve been thinking about the following idea I presented in a previous post, Reimagining Pittsburgh: Only by carefully studying Pittsburgh’s existing context may an architect design new forms for it.  I’m now of the opinion that that not only is context important when you are coming up with the project ideas, it is also important as you design and build the project. There are different ways to take action. There’s the kind of person who (carefully or not) studies a situation where change needs to occur, forms a strong opinion...

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Lessons in Human Nature

Anne Swager's 25 Years with AIA Pittsburgh

By Becky Spevack Posted on August 23, 2015

Anne Swager, Hon. AIA has been called many things – progressive, outspoken, ballsy, an ally, a foe, compassionate, cheerleader, easily distracted, thinker of big ideas. And for the past 25 years, she’s also been called Executive Director of AIA Pittsburgh. I have worked with AIA Pittsburgh and Anne in a handful of capacities over the past decade and one thing I have learned is, if she has a story to tell (and she will), you should sit down and listen. We touched base over a cup of coffee recently to look back over this quarter century of her leadership at AIA Pittsburgh and her career serving as a voice for the architecture community. Columns: First things first, did you ever...

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Design Pittsburgh Offers New Opportunities, New Challenges

What Are You Waiting For? Enter Today!

Design Pittsburgh, one of AIA Pittsburgh’s signature programs, is a great chance to connect with peers, network, support, and be a part of the local architecture community. But at its core, it’s so much more – through events, exhibits, social media, and press it is an opportunity to honor and publicly promote the importance of architectural services, good design, and those who create it. In order to thoroughly recognize how good design is impacting the world around us, we have identified the importance of collaboration and advances in technology that are impacting the profession. With this in mind, two new design award categories have been added to the competition this year. Engineering + Science Award – The Engineering + Science...

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From the Firms – August 4, 2015

Tiffany Haile, Assoc. AIA joins AE Works’ Pittsburgh office as a Project Manager.   Haile, a certified planner and LEED Accredited Professional, brings over fifteen years of diverse A/E industry experience in planning, design, and project management roles. Allen & Shariff Engineering celebrated its 15th anniversary in Pittsburgh this past May. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has promoted two members to Associate Principal here at their Pittsburgh offices – Natalie Gentile Wetmore, AIA and Michael Maiese, AIA. Celli-Flynn Brennan, Architects and Planners, is pleased to announce that Brian P. Roth and Eileen Macioce have become Associate Principals of the firm. Brian is in charge of the architectural management of complex projects and Eileen is responsible for office management, finance and proposals. Desmone Architects...

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House Vs. Home

This Non-Architect Speaks About the One Structure She Intimately Knows

By Becky Spevack Posted on July 7, 2015

I could never claim to be an expert in the field of architecture. The subject is far too broad, and perhaps my attention span too short. My head starts spinning just merely considering the quantity of information – the periods and styles, influences and materials – that is to be found across this vast and varied planet. People have spent their entire lives focused on a single city or trend, a school of thought or even an individual architect; decades learning all there is to know about one piece of a single subject. It’s amazing, fascinating, and… overwhelming. I will never be an expert on any of these things, but there is one small bit of the architecture world that...

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June @ the AIA

Young Architects' Work on Display Along the River

A great public art project and Young Architects’ work on display this month! Check out what’s happening along the Allegheny River with “To Be Determined,” and after that wraps up, start looking forward to Design Pittsburgh 2015. We know you still have lots of time to consider which projects to submit for the annual design competition, but stay tuned to for Design Pittsburgh related announcements in the upcoming weeks and months, including submission categories and the Young Architects Studio Competition. It’s never too soon to start planning and get excited! Free membership for New Grads! Are you a recent graduate of a NAAB-Accredited architecture program? Than you are eligible for up to 18 months of free membership with the...

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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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90 Neighborhoods

Ron Donoughe's Love Letter to Pittsburgh

By Becky Spevack Posted on May 12, 2015

“What is around here that I should paint?” That is the question Ron Donoughe found himself asking a lot last year. In the summer of 2013, he undertook his ’90 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods’ project, committing to paint a scene from each and every one of Pittsburgh’s 90 unique neighborhoods, in alphabetical order, within a year. And he quickly found that reaching out to those who lived there helped guide his brush. “If you humble yourself to ask, it makes a stronger connection to the neighbors, to the community.” THE STUDIO VISIT I find myself hunched against the wind as I wait at the backdoor to a large brick building in Lawrenceville. It’s a grey-skied day… typical Pittsburgh. The solid wood opens...

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From the Firms – April 2, 2015

Astorino/CannonDesign has received the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania’s (ESWP’s) 2014 “Project of the Year” award in the Commercial category for the design of Allegheny Health Network’s Health + Wellness Pavilion. The original concept behind the project was to bring a range of outpatient services into the community, on a level of quality and sophistication normally found only in a hospital. Not only convenient, but because this would be a ‘one stop shop’ with all of the services under one roof, the continuity of care across specialties should be far more seamless and integrated than when transitioning between physically separate facilities. This building is the embodiment of patient-centered care. Desmone Architects welcomes Jen Bee, AIA to the firm. With a Master...

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Joanna Beres, Assoc. AIA

AIA PA Associate Director and Lover of All Things Italian

Name: Joanna Beres, Assoc. AIA Firm: AIA Pennsylvania (currently the AIA PA Associate Director) Family: MaryEllen and Steve Beres (parents); Stephanie and Andy (siblings);  Frank (fiancé) Years in practice: 6 Education: M.Arch. with a concentration in Urban Design and Conservation at the Catholic University of America; B.A. Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh Your first job: I ran a snack counter at a golf course. What’s the best part of your job? I advocate for fellow associates. What would you change about your job? I would like to find a full time position in the field, so that I may complete IDP. Project you’re proudest of: Participation in the Market Square Place project by STRADA. What have you always wanted...

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