Member News & Insights // August 2020

Marc Mondor, AIA, elected Vice-Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC)

AIA Pennsylvania President Marc Mondor, AIA, has been elected Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC). Marc, Principal of evolveEA, will join Chair A. Stevens (Steve) Krug, AIA of Krug Architects, to take on the Committee’s main initiatives: Greenhouse House inventory, Climate Impact Assessment, and the Climate Action Plan. The CCAC is comprised of 18 appointed members and 3 ex officio members. Appointed members are representatives from the scientific, business and industry, transportation, environmental, social, outdoor and sporting, labor and other affiliated communities. Ex officio members are the Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Secretary of Community and Economic Development and the Chair of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission or their designees.

AT • AT Design celebrates launch

AT • AT Design creates branding and marketing content that follows their namesake; always thoughtful, always transformative. Betty Hackney, Assoc. AIA and her partner Alyse Chestnut are designers, creators, educators and promotors who offer content creation, management and education for any industry including a focus and background in AEC.

Gwen Dakis, AIA and Lee Calisti, AIA, featured in Greater Pittsburgh New Home magazine

AIA Pennsylvania Small Firm Exchange Chair, Lee Calisti, AIA, and Gwen Dakis, AIA are featured in the Summer 2020 edition of Greater Pittsburgh New Home magazine, for his contributions to “Creative Floor Plans: Home Designs to Fit the Times.”

Bill Bates, FAIA, shares how architecture and design connect and communicate

Bill Bates, FAIA, two-time AIA PA President and 2019 American Insititute of Architects (AIA) National President is featured as the first guest on the Global Communications Podcast, where guests explore the power of communications to transform across countries, cultures and industries. Take a listen >

ULI Philadelphia announces AIA member leadership

David McHenry, FAIA, Principal, Erdy McHenry Architecture, has been named chair for the new Sustainability & Resiliency Council for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia chapter. With Dave’s insight and expertise, he will continue to promote ULI’s environmental sustainability initiatives and will build engagement with members around this topic with the goal of advancing a healthy, safe, and sustainable built environment. David serves on the ULI Philadelphia Advisory Board with Antonio Fiol-Silva, FAIA, Founding Principal, SITIO architecture + urbanism, and past District Council Chair of the organization.

“City Dreamers” documentary highlights Denise Scott Brown

City Dreamers, a documentary directed by Joseph Hillel, sheds light on the work of four influential women in architecture and design including AIA Pennsylvania Medal of Distinction Recipient, Denise Scott Brown, Hon. FAIA. All now between the ages of 87 and 97, the women broke into the traditionally masculine industry just after the Second World War, when the work to rebuild was plentiful but prominent woman architects were not. The film’s subjects were chosen because their careers “intersect, resemble, and complement each other,” said Hillel.

For starters, their highly original work addressed major societal issues rising at the time, like traffic, population density, green spaces, ghettoization, urban sprawl, and heritage preservation. Sound familiar? We’re still dealing with all these issues today. By examining creative solutions from the past, maybe we’ll be inspired to improve upon them for the cities of the 21st century. Read more on >

Pittsburgh Magazine recognizes Robert Tuñón, AIA, as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40”

Every year, PUMP teams up with Pittsburgh Magazine to honor 40 outstanding people under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision, and passion enrich our region. Through his professional achievements, commitment to his community, and leadership at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, Robert Tuñón, AIA, consistently demonstrates how architects can lead civic advocacy within their communities.

The College Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) at Jefferson University names Troy Hannigan, Assoc. AIA, MS in Real Estate Development program director

The College Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) at Jefferson University has named Troy Hannigan, Assoc. AIA, SEED, its new MS in Real Estate Development program director. Hannigan, a 2009 alumnus of CABE’s Bachelor of Architecture program, has been an adjunct professor since the program’s 2017 launch. He has taught several courses in the core curriculum, including Sustainable Real Estate Development Process, Capstone and Case Study Studio: Urban Revitalization, Historic Neighborhoods and Adaptive Reuse.

Joseph Mulá, AIA, named one of Central Penn Business Journal’s “40 under 40”

Mulá Design Principal, Joseph Mulá, AIA, enjoys working with clients to develop ideas for their office, restaurant, health care organization or manufacturing warehouse. He credits his success to bringing a non-arrogant approach to the process, which cultivates a collaborative minded team effort. He is most passionate about meeting with local high school and college students to promote a career as an architect or interior designer. He says the most rewarding feeling is when a recent graduate reaches out to thank him for taking the time to talk about his job and for inspiring them to follow the same career path. Meet Central Penn Business Journal’s class of “40 under 40.”

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