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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Doctorate of Professional Practice?

School of Architecture to offer new program

Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture is now offering a new academic program – the Doctor of Professional Practice (DPP) – that can be completed without leaving one’s current position. CMU’s DPP program offers distance learning, coupled with on-site educational workshops that support “learning through practice.” The program targets mid-career professionals aspiring to solve advanced problems in the fields of architecture, engineering, or construction. The program is part of CMU’s School of Architecture post-professional degree programs and was developed in collaboration with The University of Salford, UK. The DPP is a three-year program, with specific coursework and scholarship to achieve candidacy status during the first year, a proposal defense the second year, and a thesis defense the final year. Modes of...

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From the Firms – November 26, 2013

AE Works has been awarded a contract to provide design and engineering services to renovate and expand the existing Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Center of Excellence (SCI&D COE) at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Providing critical care for veterans with spinal cord injuries, the Richmond facility is one of the largest of the 25 spinal cord injury centers in the VA Medical Center System. The project will renovate targeted areas of the existing facility and also provide a new 20,000 sf addition to optimize delivery of these specialized clinical services. Additionally, AE Works has hired Diane Glarrow, AIA as a senior project manager in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. Glarrow brings over three decades of...

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From the Firms – June 28, 2013

Due to a rapidly expanding firm size, AE Works has relocated to East Liberty, hoping to establish the firm’s roots and ties with the local community. AE Works is also serving as engineer in infrastructure upgrades at all six State Veterans’ Homes in Pennsylvania, which is the final step toward achieving a uniform, all-inclusive security and elopement plan across the State Veterans’ Home System. Astorino has been named as one of the nation’s leading architectural and engineering firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR). The publication ranked Astorino at 426 among the country’s Top 500 design firms for 2012. Chosen from more than 1,000 firms that submitted data for the survey, the Top 500 companies are ranked according to revenue for design...

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