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School’s out for summer, and our interns are in! For 10-12 weeks, our interns in interior design, architecture, and marketing will be fully immersed during their time at IKM on project teams, firm-wide engagement, and presentations. Each with their own set of skills and backgrounds, we are as excited to learn from them as they…

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Another year has come and gone, and we are gearing up for another Pittsburgh Marathon Race Weekend! The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay was so popular last year, we have two, five-person teams hitting the pavement this Sunday on the 26.2 mile course. It’s not just any race, this year we are running for Team…

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Rendering vs. Reality

If you follow the A/E/C industry, you may have noticed that the term “rendering” is thrown around casually these days. It can be hard to distinguish the inspiration for a project from the plans for the real thing. It’s no secret that the design process varies heavily from client to client, project to project, but…

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“What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.” -Margaret Mead   When I joined an architecture firm for the first time a year ago, I was drawn to being part of something bigger than myself (literally) that I could not only appreciate, but see and experience in…

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I’ve known since I was 12 years old that I would use my design talents to impact underrepresented communities, and I never expected that journey would bring me to Pittsburgh.      In 2011, I was invited to Pittsburgh from Florida by the UDREAM Program at Carnegie Mellon University. UDREAM, the Urban Design Regional Employment…

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When our summers interns first walked through the doors of 2200 11 Stanwix this June, they had a few goals set out for themselves – and myths to bust – for their first real experiences at a growing firm. We reluctantly had to say goodbye last Friday, but not without one last homework assignment before…

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey   Throughout its rich history and metamorphosis as a firm, IKM has remained at the forefront of creating significant, meaningful architecture in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. Now in its 11th decade, several of these…

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The Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes [above] is the first institution to receive WELL Platinum Certification – the highest awarded rating. Photo credit: Denmarsh Photography via Phipps Conservatory website.   After nearly 20 years in the architecture industry, it’s safe to say that the LEED Rating System is part of the zeitgeist. Most of…

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