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Architects Leading in their Communities

How to Improve Your 2019 Resolutions List

By Eric Fisher, AIA and Bea Spolidoro, AIA Posted on January 8, 2019

As architects making resolution lists for the new year, one item you might add to your list, if you haven’t already, is to become a leader in your community. It’s possible you believe your designs make you a leader. They speak for themselves after all. And we know you are busy. It takes so long, you may think, to do your paid job that you simply don’t have time to do other professional work. Your families call. Your local night spot beckons. However, leadership work can be spiritually rewarding, as we discovered attending a recent day-long leadership seminar. Held on November 9, 2018, and organized by the AIA National Center For Civic Leadership (CCL) the seminar contained a full day of...

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Last Minute Gifts for the Architect in Your Life

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on December 20, 2018

iPhone/Pad holder with planter by STAK ceramics (based in Homewood) Whether you need to buy a last minute gift for the architect in your life, or just want some fresh gift ideas for friends and family, Columns has compiled some great choices here with a little help from the AIA membership.  Take a look, and we’d love to hear your own suggestions in the comments.  All photos from product websites. Knotzland Bow Ties: The architect in a bow-tie may be a stereotype but there is nothing typical about these colorful bow ties from Knotzland.  Locally made in Homewood. STAK ceramics: iPhone/Pad holder with planter by STAK ceramics (also based in Homewood).  Looking for a way to get your succulents closer...

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Ayla Abiad, Assoc. AIA Is Building Bridges

A Designer With a Mission

By Sarah Rafson Posted on December 16, 2018

Ayla Abiad, Assoc. AIA is a designer at AE7 who knows firsthand how complicated the adjustment process is for immigrants and refugees arriving in the US, and works to undo our preconceptions about newcomers. A native of Damascus, Syria, Abiad was studying for her Masters in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Buffalo when the Syrian conflict broke out. What began as an offer to help one Syrian family in Buffalo soon became a non-profit, Build A Bridge (BAB) Foundation, which assists refugees and immigrants “in becoming independent, informed, and contributing members of the community.” As her powerful TEDxBuffalo talk shows, Abiad is a designer with a mission. With an architectural background in healthcare design, BAB merges Abiad’s interest in...

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From the Firms – November 8, 2018

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on November 8, 2018

mossArchitects is proud to welcome a new designer, Kellie Locke, Assoc. AIA, to its team. Kellie brings the Garfield-based firm to a staff of thirteen, with eight registered architects and four LEED certifications. Locke comes to Pittsburgh by way of Cincinnati, where she earned her Master of Architecture from University of Cincinnati. Originally from Indianapolis, her background also includes a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Ball State University. Her professional background includes work on retail, residential, mixed-use, and religious projects, as well as involvement on a variety of non-architectural design projects producing environmental and graphic design deliverables.Randy Hunter, AIA, Project Architect at Hayes Design Group Architects (HDG), recently obtained his professional architect’s license and is now licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.  Randy...

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From Burj Khalifa to PPG Place

Two Designers on Work and Life in Dubai and Pittsburgh

By Aleeza Furman and Kyleen Pickering Posted on October 17, 2018

Architectural practice is an increasingly global endeavor, with materials and collaborators far-flung across the globe. Pittsburgh has long been defined by its waves of immigrants attracted to booming industries and continues to be a place of cultural exchange. The local architectural community continues that trend.  For this Columns Q&A, Aleeza Furman and Kyleen Pickering interview Manar Hashem and Will Jodka, two Pittsburgh-based architectural designers who have done a great deal of work internationally.  They discuss differences in living and working as senior designers between Dubai and Pittsburgh, with insights for young designers contemplating big moves in their careers. Both Hashem and Jodka recently transferred from architecture firm AE7’s Dubai office to its Pittsburgh office—though they have taken different paths to get...

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From the Firms – August 2, 2018

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on August 2, 2018

Radelet McCarthy Polletta Architects and Interior Designers is pleased to announce that Stephen Winikoff, AIA has become the newest member of their firm.  Stephen is a talented architect specializing in Healthcare who utilizes his 15 years of domestic and international experience in architecture, project management, planning and design (totaling over 1M square feet and $300m of construction) to deliver innovative and creative solutions for his clients.  Winikoff also serves as First Vice President of the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors. Hayes Design Group Architects (HDG) welcomes Robert L. Burlett, AIA as Project Architect. In this position, Bob is responsible for developing project parameters and schedules, directing construction document creation, coordinating bidding and construction activities, and assisting with overall project management. Bob...

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From the Firms – April 4, 2018

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on April 4, 2018

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture has honored John Folan, AIA of CMU with two awards for Collaborative Practice for the Cultural Construction Studio and the NavADAPT LAB Studio. The NavADAPT LAB Studio, a 2016 AIA Pennsylvania Social Impact Award recipient, and a 2016 AIA Pittsburgh Design Award recipient explored the design of adaptive environments for underserved populations with sensory, intellectual, and/or limited physical disabilities in the Allegheny County region of Pennsylvania.  Read more here. AIA Pennsylvania announces the addition of four Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives (PASAE) Laurel Awards.  The PASAE Laurel Awards reflect the accomplishments and honor the dedication of the board, committee, and staff of AIA PA.  Read more here. Bea Spolidoro, AIA of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative has...

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From the Firms – January 16, 2018

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on January 16, 2018

Congratulations to the Following Grant Recipients: Kassandra Garza, Associate AIA (left) of IKM Incorporated and Garrett Rauck, Associate AIA (right) of UDBS. The Emerging Professionals Committee has announced the 2017 class of Paula Maynes ARE (Architect Registration Examination) Grant recipients. Since 2015, the grant has recognized outstanding architectural graduates pursuing licensure and their contributions to the architecture profession and their communities at large. Two of the grant recipients were from Paula’s hometown of Pittsburgh. Each grant recipient will receive a $210 award, the cost of each division of the six-part ARE 5.0 exam and a full Brightwood Architecture Education ARE Study Guide Library. Read more about Paula’s legacy, the grant, and the 2017 class of grant recipients here. Hayes Design...

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From the Firms – October 23, 2017

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on October 23, 2017

Sarah Ludwig of Weber Murphy Fox recently obtained her professional architect’s license after passing the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE). She is now licensed to practice in New York State. A graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, Sarah obtained her license in a non-traditional manner.  Utilizing her collegiate schooling and her Associate Degree in Architectural Drafting and Design.  Sarah learned her craft in the field working for several architectural firms. Strada is delighted to welcome Rhonda L. Bolding, CPSM as Marketing Manager. Bolding will manage firm-wide marketing and public relations activities to support the strategic goals and vision of Strada. Bolding’s focus will include local and...

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From the Firms – July 13, 2017

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on July 13, 2017

Desmone Architects has hired Prerana Paliwal, Assoc. AIA as Project Designer.  Prerana previously worked in Dallas and Los Angeles. She is a Revit & BIM specialist with high-level graphics capabilities who excels in large-scale and complex projects. Brad Frankhouser, Assoc. AIA has been named the 6th Principal at Desmone and currently manages the Morgantown, WV office, where he is responsible for the growth and development of the branch. A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology, Brad joined Desmone in 2008, quickly becoming involved in a variety of healthcare, industrial and higher education projects. Jen Bee, AIA has been named Associate at Desmone. Formally a Senior Architect, Jen brings decades of experience in regional large-scale multifamily and hospitality projects. As an...

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