AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

The Foundry at 41st

Citation of Merit in Architecture, 2017

The jury commented:

  • This project handles its public spaces really well.  The folding doors in the interior shared space are a really nice connection to the outside space, the courtyard and patio.
  • The common roof deck is a great amenity given there is already an attractive outdoor space on the ground floor.
  • The steel bay mirrors the nearby bridge system nicely, and makes the development mirror its surroundings.
  • Overall the project sets a good precedent for whatever comes next in the neighborhood; it’s an invitation to quality.

AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

501 Braddock

Honor Award in Regional and Urban Design, 2017

The jury commented:

  • The process and respect for the existing neighborhood is apparent. This is meaningful community engagement – which resulted in a project that translated community needs and desires into a new built environment with good spatial configuration and a program that provides more community services than what was there before. A project like this is not easy to pull off on a lot of levels.
  • The process, problem solving, planning and the architecture are all well done. It feels so complete.
  • The project is as much about transforming a community environment as it is about the buildings. The project team cared a lot about the process of community engagement; this comes through clearly.
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AIA Pennsylvania Award for Architectural Excellence

The Discovery of Bay 4

Citation of Merit in Regional and Urban Design

The jury commented:

  • Transformative! Less is more. An intervention that will re-engage the edge of the city and make a strong urban connection.
  • Simple idea with transformative change. Successful subtraction.
  • Great vision and urban planning intervention.
  • Simple and ingenious public amenity. Iconic.
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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

The Discovery of Bay 4

Certificate of Merit in Regional + Urban Design, 2016

Jury comments: “This is a wonderful narrative and discovery of a purpose built structure and its transformation. Utilizing an internal armature as a ‘bridge’ to the river—an urban stitch enabling public connection through a future development— it became a powerful icon of the past as a vision to the future. It’s an interesting tenant and study for how we define and value existing conditions for future development.”

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AIA National Honor Award

Sant Lespwa, Center of Hope

Architecture, 2015

“The representation of what design can do and how it can build community is evident for this climate and this community. The way this project sustainably translates energy and architecture to this community is praiseworthy. This building does things that do not always get done, let alone done well, and the architects did a lot of those things nicely, elegantly and simply. This is a very simple yet beautiful design—it is also pragmatic, fundamental, and responsive. The butterfly roof and the articulation of the trusses are particularly worth noting.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Butterfly Balconies

Award of Excellence, 2014

The jury was impressed with how this project transformed and greatly enhanced the existing building. The project stands on its own, and enlivens the entire site. This solution leverages an aged building failure to be much more than a simple in-kind repair.

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Gateway Youth Center

Certificate of Merit, 2014

The jury commented that “We liked how this building reflects the hillside. The architect took care to leverage the view. There is a simplicity, but clarity to the composition. The panels add a textural quality to the building. The interiors have a nice use of daylight.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

The Overlook

Certificate of Merit, 2014

With this development, the architects knit together the community, helping to heal the wound created by the demise of the hospital. Organized around a new public space, the jury liked that the building design puts a lot of entrances on the street and enhances the pedestrian activity. The architects should be applauded for their bold moves that led to an attractive and well-scaled subsidized housing community.

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10,000 Friends of PA Commonwealth Award

Almono Vision

Planning Award
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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Sant Lespwa, Center of Hope

Honor Award, 2013

The jury was impressed with the degree of design quality that the architects achieved while involving members of the community in the design and construction process. The project clearly acknowledges the vernacular architecture of the area while elevating the aspirations of the community.

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AIA Pennsylvania Design Award

Sant Lespwa, Center of Hope

Citation of Merit, 2013
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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Almono Vision

Honor Award, 2012

This is a very thoughtful plan that considers the diverse challenges to bringing back a community in decline. The architect successfully transforms the challenges into opportunities by presenting a doable vision, which would bring value to the existing community and its people as well as the region.

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

South Hills Retirement Residence

Award of Excellence & Green Citation Award, 2012

This adaptive reuse project exemplifies our societal contract to be good to each other. The architect skillfully takes a building built by and for the public and transforms and recycles it to serve the elderly. It shows a nice synergy of life expectancy. This is a valuable addition to the neighborhood.

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EcoHome Design Awards

South Hills Retirement Residence

EcoHome Design Grand Award, 2012
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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

The Avenue Apartments

Certificate of Merit, 2011

The jury was impressed with the architect’s efforts to engage the community in developing their history, which is represented graphically in the testimonial wall. This soulful project has a certain scale that works and an industrial layer that makes it quite interesting. Very well done on a very low budget.

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AIA Pennsylvania Design Award

Chatham University, Mellon Hall

Certificate of Merit, 2011

“This rehabilitation is very well done. We particularly liked the adaptive reuse of the old swimming pool space to a meeting room. This is a beautiful interior with the tile ceiling preserved. The excavation of the facade was handled well. We loved the exterior wall treatment with the exposed stone base.”

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AIA Tri-State Design Award

Chatham University, Mellon Hall

Certificate of Merit, 2011

AIA New Jersey, AIA New York State and AIA Pennsylvania held the 2011 AIA Tri-State Design Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The goal was to unite members of the profession and explore intellectually stimulating and thought provoking topics. The design awards were a central part of the event. Awards submissions were the most recent year’s winners from the three states awards programs. The Excavation of Mellon Hall at Chatham University was selected as one of only two Honor Awards from Pennsylvania.

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U.S. Green Building Council

Chatham University, Eastside Campus

LEED Silver
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U.S. Green Building Council

South Hills Retirement Residence

LEED Gold
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Best New Multi-Family Home of the Year Under $250,000

Federal Hill

2010
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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Penn at 29th

Certificate of Merit, 2009

“The jury admired this modest adaptive reuse that transformed the existing building into a vibrant part of a new urban street fabric while keeping the utilitarian nature of the original garage intact. The jury found it both skillful and lively in the weaving of the large scale and the intimate scale, and of urban and tectonic gestures. In this same light, it is a model for renovating buildings that can express a respect for the tradition of simple and honest structures alongside the complexities of new programs and urban roles.”

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Master Builders' Association of Western Pennsylvania

Master Builders’ Association

MBA Building Excellence Award for Special Recognition, 2009
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Master Builders' Association of Western Pennsylvania

Sarah Heinz House

Best New Construction Under $10 Million, 2009
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Smart Growth Planning Award

Laurel Highlands Village

2009

Western Pennsylvania Golden Trowel Award

Chatham University, Mellon Hall

Best of Category: Restoration, 2009
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Western Pennsylvania Golden Trowel Award

National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

Best of Category: Municipal / Institutional, 2009
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U.S. Green Building Council

Master Builders’ Association

LEED Gold Certified
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U.S. Green Building Council

Sarah Heinz House

LEED Gold Certified
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AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards

Chatham University, Mellon Hall

Architecture, Honor Award, 2008

“This is a beautiful restoration of an existing space. The architect made the space come to life. Unearthing the pool was a great concept, and then the architect took it a step further by using and respecting the original architecture, which they uncovered. They did an exquisite job of adding new elegant details, such as windows and doors, which are in the spirit of the old building but beautiful in the world of today. The level of craftsmanship on these newly inserted pieces is extraordinary. The architects practiced great restraint and left the building real. The result is a gem of a building for this campus.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Sarah Heinz House

Architecture, Certificate of Merit, 2008

“We liked the way the architect used sunlight to activate the function of the building. This project energizes a whole neighborhood. The barriers that kept the community away were broken down by letting the neighborhood see what was happening inside the space. The jury liked the sophisticated use of materials in the interior spaces. The spaces are sturdy and durable as they should be, but are treated with care and sensitivity.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Rediscover History! High Street District

Urban Design, Certificate of Merit, 2007

“Newark is an American city most in need of planning and renewal, which is tough given its history. The project demonstrates a political planning process that was completed very successfully. A number of social stalemates came to an end as a result of the planning process. The graphics are lively, and contribute to the sense that we are looking at separate interventions. The architects show a genuine interest and concern for the development of place. The project demonstrates the efficacy of political planning as an important strand within the design discipline.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

The River’s Edge of Oakmont

Urban Design, Honor Award, 2007

“This is a very nice juicy urban design task, a discreet site in a well-shaped context. A planner’s tools are graphics, and this plan has precise and intuitive graphics. The architect practiced great restraint. This project is lucid, very well executed, and integrates a great site into a larger context.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Riverview Canopy

Open Plan, Award of Excellence, 2007

“Among the several reasons to admire the Pittsburgh AIA Chapter, the jury appreciated this “Open” Category to recognize good work subgenres. The Riverview Canopy seems just such a category buster. The simple task, which could be seen as an adjustment to a building without a weather protected entry walkway, instead took on a poetic program in an articulate form and a robust engineering aesthetic. The result provides a lovely place to wait in the rain, hearing and seeing it fall.”

Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Pennsylvania

Laurel Highlands Village

Award of Merit, 2007

Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Pennsylvania

The Legacy

Award of Merit
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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Fairmont

Architecture, Certificate of Merit, 2006

“This is a very smart project. It employs many sound traditional urban strategies while managing to keep the design fresh and modern. Nice detailing in spite of a very tight budget. Kept it simple with correct proportions. The architects achieved a design that accomplished much more than its budget might have implied. The use of geometry is very purposeful in breaking up and scaling the buildings. It is a restrained but thoughtful response to the precedent set across the street without being slavishly historic. Simple gestures in the rhythm and the palette.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Penn-Fairmont Master Plan

Urban Design, Certificate of Merit, 2006

“The architectural project was worthy of more recognition because of what they accomplished from an urban design standpoint with a very limited budget. The design plan is a hopeful expression of what it means to have an urban community.”

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US Green Building Council

Unitarian Universalist Church of Wayne County

LEED Gold, 2006
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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

A Vision for the Center of East Liberty

Urban Design, Certificate of Merit, 2005

“The plan deals with the convergence of a number of street systems. It is a very important strategy for the neighborhood. Each road spoke is identified, and recommendations are made for redevelopment. The plan identifies the character of each corridor and works to strengthen its identity. This project takes a large neighborhood and figures out the pieces.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Chatham College Center for Art & Design

Interior Design, Certificate of Merit, 2005

“It is interesting as an insertion and a reuse of a space. It is a successful adaptive reuse and celebrates a system of elements, they are appropriate and well detailed. The elements totally reveal what was there before. The spirit of the original space is still there.”

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AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Univ. of Pitt Honors College

Interior Design , Certificate of Merit, 2004
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City of Pittsburgh & The Historical Review Commission

Univ. of Pitt Honors College

Historic Preservation Award, 2004
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Master Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania

Univ. of Pitt Honors College

Excellence in Craftsmanship, 2004
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