From the Firms – December 6, 2016

AE Works was selected for the 2016 Inner City 100 by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune, a list of the fastest-growing inner-city businesses in the US. ICIC’s Inner City 100 is an annually compiled and released list featuring high-power, high-potential businesses from around the country with headquarters in inner cities. Each company is selected by ICIC with help from a national network of nominating partners who seek to identify, spotlight, and further enable the named companies’ innovative urban entrepreneurship. AE Works was also recognized for creating the most positive overall employee impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. The Best for Workers list includes...

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From the Ground Up

Prototype Housing Helps Shape the Places We Call ‘Home’

By Virginia Shields Posted on October 6, 2016

This article originally appeared in Columns Magazine in September 2009. It’s one of humanity’s basic needs. From caves to huts to houses, shelter has changed dramatically as humans sought to better their world. Many housing innovations have had to do with survival, furnaces for warmth, glass windows for protection, while other strides have been in the art of building and the building of art. Nonetheless, humans have been busy perfecting the construction methods of home-building for thousands of years. Each of the new developments in homes had to start with a dreamer architect and a prototype design, be it a Cro-Magnon with a crudely constructed hut or a designer with a neatly grafted blueprint. And today’s architecture is as rich...

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From the Firms – August 25, 2016

BBH Design has announced that Kaitie Gay has joined their firm as a Project Designer. Gay started her career at the BBH Design Raleigh studio as a student intern and joined the firm full-time upon graduation. She earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Gay seeks information from benchmarks and applies her new found knowledge towards innovative design solutions. Gay is joining the BBH Design Pittsburgh studio in August. Celli-Flynn Brennan, Architects and Planners, has been selected by the Community College of Allegheny County to assist CCAC in the preparation of a system-wide Facilities Master Plan encompassing the majority of the college’s campuses...

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August @ the AIA

Design Awards and Emerging Professional Opportunities

It’s the dog days of 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 this month. For the emerging professionals, there is the deadline to apply to PALM, AIA Pennsylvania’s new state initiative to promote dialogue and mentorship, as well as the Paula Maynes AIA Pennsylvania ARE Grant, with applications due on August 12th and 31st, respectively. And don’t forget about the Young Architects Studio Competition, Vision PGH 2050. Looking for More Visibility? Interested in media attention for your project or firm? Get advice from PR professional...

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AIA+2030: Climate Responsive Design at Chatham University’s Eden Hall

A Recap of the Most Recent AIA+2030 Session

By George Rieke, AIA and Christian Pegher, AIA Posted on July 19, 2016

The summer evening was idyllic. Not too hot, with a slight breeze from the northwest and white fluffy clouds. Over 30 participants stood at the highest point in Allegheny County, absorbing the fresh air and abundant sunlight, experiencing the inception of tomorrow’s college campus: Chatham University’s Eden Hall. The college was the host of AIA Pittsburgh’s third session of the AIA+2030 Professional Series, focusing on “Climate Responsive Design,” and the venue was perfect. We would start with a baseline, including terminology, strategies, climatology, technical applications, and case studies, presented by Christine Mondor, AIA of evolveEA. Next, a very informative history lesson from Charles Rosenblum of Carnegie Mellon University was presented. He would explain through local and regional cases how people...

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Trends in Residential Design

Local CRAN Members Respond to Projections

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on June 16, 2016

“While it seems safe to assume that the design of U.S. homes will undergo fairly significant changes over the coming decade, it’s equally likely that these changes will be determined by fundamental economic and demographic developments….” writes Kermit Baker and Jennifer Riskus, the authors of  “The Coming Decade for Residential Design,” an article in AIA ARCHITECT looking at how home design will change in the near future. The article highlights the results of the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey. COLUMNS wanted to see how the survey and the trends compared to the local residential architectural trends, so we turned to AIA Pittsburgh’s CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) and had some local members respond to the national information. Local architects Mary Cerrone,...

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An Ethical Client Relationship

A Guide for Working Together

By C. Herbert Wheeler, FAIA Posted on June 7, 2016

Originally printed in Columns magazine in October 1999, many of these points remain relevant today, nearly two decades later. But what is missing? How has the change in the profession, the change in practice, affected the architect-client relationship? What would you add? The heart and soul of an architect’s service to a client is the personal and ethical relationship from enthusiastic start of a project to its satisfactory completion. Taken for granted but poorly defined is the relationship of the architect and client. Both parties try to do their best. The relationship is not only long and contractual, but also far more complicated and involved than almost any other client-professional relationship. Clients have to learn “how to be a client”...

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Steps Towards Sustainability

Introducing the COTE Intensives

By Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty Posted on October 16, 2014

AIA Pittsburgh, with its Committee on the Environment (COTE), is presenting a new series entitled COTE Intensives. These lectures/workshops are designed to dive deeply into various sustainability topics of interest. We’ve listened as our members told us the sustainability topics that are of interest to them, focused our efforts, and are now able to present a program that delivers this content. You may be aware that the AIA Pittsburgh COTE delivered the AIA+2030 Series from May 2013 to April 2014. This content-rich series described how to demand, design, deliver, and operate energy efficient and net-zero buildings. The approach for every session has been to seek and deliver expert content, and then view the principles through the lens of case studies, occasional exercises,...

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The AIA Manifesto

It's more than three letters after your name

A new video that debuted at Grassroots 2013 explores what it means to be an architect.

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TAPping into Social Media in Architecture

An Interview Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD + C

By Patty Swisher Posted on March 19, 2013

I recently met Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD + C, at the Master Builders Association/AIA Lunch and Learn on Social Media and didn’t want to miss the opportunity to get his take on social media in our industry. Brian, what is your title and role at Astorino? My title at Astorino is the Director of Digital Practice. I’m responsible for providing firm-wide leadership in defining BIM workflows that integrate across all areas of the firm’s design processes, while defining the future vision for digital design technologies within the organization. You recently gave a presentation on “Social Media in Architecture, Broadening the Perspective in Architecture Practice.” What was the focus of your presentation? My presentation was titled Social Media...

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