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Reposted from the SHIM website:   Leadership is a skillset and a gifting that has been applied to different persons throughout the course of human history. We each encounter various leaders in the different aspects of our lives. We can each name the leaders in our communities, our churches, our workplaces, and even our homes.…

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The design process is a problem-solving exercise, and it begins by understanding a great many issues. These issues, of course, include what is first presented by the client, but many are hidden beneath the surface. Our clients come to us because they need a new building, an existing building renovated, or a combination of the…

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As the summer comes to an end, so does our internship program. It’s time for the four interns that we welcomed over two months ago to leave us for their next adventures, equipped with all that they’ve learned here at IKM. While we’re sad to see them go, we couldn’t let them get away without…

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The story is always at the heart of a good book. The same is veritable of successful architecture – whether you call it a parti, a thesis, or a question, a building has a guiding concept. Even while architecture and graphic novels are often viewed as discrete pursuits, comics share numerous parallels that serve to…

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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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