The American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter kicked off its annual events related to Design Pittsburgh 2015 and IKM was there. As First Vice President of the Board for AIA Pittsburgh, IKM’s principal architect and COO, Michael McDonnell, AIA, was invited to Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the events that make up Design Pittsburgh 2015 and the importance of architects’ contributions in shaping the community.
During Design Pittsburgh 2015, AIA Pittsburgh’s Annual Design Exhibition, members of the A/E/C (architecture, engineering and contracting) community along with the general public are invited to view the works of talented Pittsburgh architects, designers and photographers. The Cultural Trust’s gallery crawl features the 2015 Design Award Competition Entries, the Young Architects Studio Competition entries, and photographic exhibitions. The program is a celebration of architecture and design highlighting outstanding projects in the Pittsburgh region.
IKM submitted two projects for this year’s Design Pittsburgh Competition, the UPMC Children’s South hospital building and the Erie County Medical Center Renal Care and Transplantation Center of Excellence projects.
As a part of 2015 Design Pittsburgh, the AIA presents the Young Architects Studio Competition. The goal of this design competition is to engage young architects, emerging design professionals and students, by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design problem. This year’s challenge is to reimagine Pittsburgh’s iconic Bayer Billboard site. One of IKM’s “young architects,” graduate architect Katelyn Rossier, submitted an entry. You can see Katelyn’s entry here.
Lastly, IKM in support of AIA Pittsburgh’s event held their monthly office happy hour at an establishment located in the Cultural District, the hub of Design Pittsburgh activities in downtown Pittsburgh and centrally located to the Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl and the location of the AIA board display. Following the happy hour, many of the IKM staff continued on to the gallery crawl.
Held each October, Design Pittsburgh features an architectural design exhibition, a juried Design Awards competition, a gala for more than 400 members of the design community and a ceremony recognizing the winners of the prestigious AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards. Design Pittsburgh raises the profile of architects as critical resources and industry experts in the Pittsburgh region. Through exhibits and events, this program provides excellent exposure of architects’ work to a wide variety of audiences – including potential customers.