E026 LIVE! Storey Telling v.05

This is the live and lightly cut audio from the fifth Storey Telling event, part of Design Pittsburgh 2017.

There are four others you can listen to, too.


If you’ve listened to them already, you know how it works: I bring a few architects (and other designers) together to share stories on a theme. This time the theme was built around Design Pittsburgh’s theme this year: Design With Purpose. The AIA will be working with these theme all year long, so I wanted to kick things off with people talking about searching for that purpose. Our amazing presenters for this time were Natalie Stewart, Michelle Fanzo, Marc Mondor, AIA, and John Folan, AIA.

ST05 Crowd

Thanks so much to everyone who participated and helped put together this event, in particular: the amazing AIA Staff who also put together the exhibit you see in the photo.

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E025 LIVE! Storey Telling v.04

This is the live and lightly cut audio from the third Storey Telling event, part of Design Pittsburgh 2016.


There are three others you can listen to, too.

If you’ve listened to them already, you know how it works: four architects come together to share stories on a theme. This time the theme was built around St. Patrick’s day. We had several interpretations: stories about green architecture, getting lucky, and potent potables. Our amazing presenters for this time were Christina Hohman, Rebecca Schwartz, AIA, and F. Jeffrey Murray, FAIA.


Rebecca (left) and Christina (right), both of Michael Baker International




F. Jeffrey Murray, FAIA, of CH2M, our headliner for tonight

Jeff Murray had a visual aid for his story, which you can see below.


And thanks to Michael Baker International for opening up their corporate offices (and all of its amazing views) to us.



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E024 LIVE! Storey Telling v.03

This is the live and lightly cut audio from the third Storey Telling event, part of Design Pittsburgh 2016.

There are two others you can listen to, too.

If you’ve listened to them already, you know how it works: four architects come together to share stories on a theme. This time the theme was Scary Stories for Halloween. Our amazing presenters for this time were Bea Spolidoro, Quintin Kittle, Anne Swager, and Rob Pfaffmann.


Unfortunately, we had to lose some of Quintin’s talk due to the slideshow not making very good radio. We’ll just have to have him back again.

Rob Pfaffmann had a vision plan for saving the Civic Arena, find out more on his website.

You can find out more about the August Wilson house here.

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E023.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Nina Chase

This is the second interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Nina Chase.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Nina Chase is a transplanted West Virginian, in Pittsburgh by way of Boston, where she was an associate at Sasaki Associates.


Image from Sasaki Associates

She’s Senior Project Manager at Riverlife Pittsburgh now, seeing through things like that plan for the Strip District.


Image from Riverlife Pittsburgh

She’s talking about urban prototyping. Think things like Open Streets Pittsburgh [link will play music].

Here’s a picture of the tackle box game we played.


And here’s a picture of a least weasel.


Visit her website, chuckle at the Bruce Springsteen reference, and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

E018 LIVE! Storey Telling v.02

This is the live and uncut audio from the second Storey Telling event.

For those that missed the first, you can listen to that, too.

The short story: four architects come together to share stories on a theme. This time the theme was Love Stories for Valentine’s Day. Here are the four great presenters:

Thanks to (from left to right) Felix Fukui, Lisa Adkins, Miriam Devlin and Mike Gwin for making this possible.

Some of the pictures that I promised:

The Old Chicago Post Office, that you can drive through:


The first generation of Scripps’ profiler, the lunar-lander-looking-thing that I described on the show:


And the second generation that Felix worked on (more photos in this pdf):


Thanks again to everyone who came out.

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S03E01 LIVE! Storey Telling v.01

We have something totally different to start out the third season of Design:interviewed. A live event that I put together with the members of the Young Architects Forum in Pittsburgh, with the help of Eric Fisher. And before we get started, if you’re new to the show, please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

The blurb:

Mentors are invaluable to any profession, sharing their experience with the next generation. Architects are gifted storytellers, through their words and the forms they create. Storey Telling combines both, creating a way for mentees to connect with compatible mentors through personal experience. At every Storey Telling event, architects and designers share a short personal story on a theme. After, they are available to connect with mentees after over drinks and light fare.

Four people were kind enough to come out and share a story.

Emily Putas, a fellow YAF member, Syracuse alum and employed at Stantec (formerly Burt Hill, may it rest in peace).

Freddie Croce, founding parter at inter*Architecture, CMU professor and previous podcast guest.

John Barbera, another Syracuse alum, employed at Penner and Associates Architects (where we worked together for a spell).

Eric Fisher, Harvard man, founding principal of FISHER ARCHitecture, gracious host for this event, and another previous podcast guest.

Fun fact: John was a teaching assistant when completing his Master’s at Syracuse, and assisted in teaching Emily who was working on her undergrad. They didn’t expect to meet each other at this event. It’s a small world after all.

Everyone had so much fun, here are some pictures to prove it.

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Bea Spolidoro took all of the photos, special thanks to her. She’s also on the YAF Committee with me. Here’s how to connect with us if you’re a Young Architect in Pittsburgh:

Request to join the Facebook Group
Visit our corner of the AIA Pittsburgh website
Follow on Twitter: @YAFpgh
and on Instagram: @YAFpgh

Get your tickets to the next PKN event before they sell out.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

S02E05.5 Freddie Croce

In case you missed the last episode where I teased this talk with Freddie Croce you can get caught up here.

Freddie lives and works in Garfield at inter*ARCHITECTURE. We each independently had the idea for a logo consisting of 2 letters and a punctuation mark. Great minds, I guess.

I hope to update this page soon with some of the images that Freddie used in his presentation, so check back soon.

Until then, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E05 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 19 Presenters

Today on the show we have four of the presenters for PechaKucha Night happening this Thursday, October 9: Addy Smith-Reiman, Freddie Croce, Julie Mallis and Nikki Dy-Liacco.

Come out and see these people present. They’ll be joining many others, including Phyllis Kim, who you remember from last time.

PKN vol. 19 takes place on October 9 at 6:20 pm at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Center, 805 Liberty Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh. Admission is $15 and includes, drinks, eats, and entertainment.

To start out the show we have a fun audio tour of the sand casting process. Here are the pictures that accompany that tour.

S02E05_Tour forms

the forms, made of high density foam, sitting inside a flask

a tool for packing sand, and some more flasks

a tool for packing sand, and some more flasks

the resin

the resin

the mixer. you'll be hearing a lot from the mixer

the mixer. you’ll be hearing a lot from the mixer

scrap iron ...

scrap iron …

S02E05_Tour iron2

to be broken down …

... all the way down

… all the way down

… so it can be melted to be poured into the sand casts. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

First we hear from Nikki Dy-Liacco. When she’s not working for DDI, she’s looking at cities through their lamp posts.

See more in her Facebook album.

Julie Mallis’ digital prints can be seen on her website. I like this one a lot …

… but they’re all good. Make sure you check out the moving images, too.

She’s got a million other things going on, too. Like helping run BOOM Concepts (who you can like on Facebook), or her collaboration with DS Kinsel, Magic Organs (getting some press here).

Freddie Croce runs inter*ARCHITECTURE with his wife, Jennifer Lucchino. More on him in the near future.

Addy Smith-Reiman is a Master Gardener working with Rivers of Steel to highlight the plant life at the Carrie Furnace.

She’s with creating the plaques which will be poured on October 25. Details here.

I recently took a tour of the Carrie Furnace, I wrote about it here.

It turns out I had a picture of some plant life creeping in:

S02E05_Carrie FernAce

That’s all for this time. As always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E03 Jen Bee

Today I have for you my first full hour with a female designer, Jen Bee.

This interview was recorded prior to the passing of Gary Carlough, co-founder of Edge Studio where my guest today developed her love for restaurant design. He also taught at my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. He was a force in the Pittsburgh design community and he will be missed.

Lindsay Grauvogel works for ThoughtForm Design, and has her own website. If you all else fails you should just show up at a PKN event, she’s probably presenting.

Her video and blog series will show up right here once it is the future and those things are real.

Speaking of PKN, vol 18 is happening probably right now! If you already missed it, there will be more. Try the facebook page for more details.

Jen and I talked a bit about sexism and feminism in architecture. I’ve assembled a sampling of related readings from around the internet, such as The Onion, Design Observer, and Architecture Record. There’s also another podcast, KCRW’s DnA, that had a good segment, and I also wrote a satirical post for my own blog. That should get you started.

Jen’s first dream job: working for James Cutler at Cutler-Anderson Architects. There are interviews with and books about him to be read, for the curious.

Jen used to drive an ice cream bike like this one:

… except hers had the cooler on the back.

Now she designs things that sell food, but out of buildings, not out of coolers. They’re called restaurants, like Spoon in Penn Circle:

Spoon, selected as one of the top 10 new restaurants in the U.S. in a 2011 publication

… and Blue Line Grille in Uptown:

Blue Line Grille, voted best new bar in Pittsburgh

If you’re like Jen and me and you want to sketch more, use the hashtag #5minutesketch on Twitter and Instagram.

Whoever you are, the AIA needs people like you to help make it work. If you’re an architect or concerned citizen interested in getting involved check out the Young Architect’s Forum or any of the other committees. And of course, you can always email: info@aiapgh.org

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S01E07 Todd Dunaway

In this episode of the D:i Podcast we talk with Todd Dunaway of GBBN Architects / Edge Studio about growing up in Kentucky, playing the drums, going from small firms to large and healthcare design.

Kentucky: home of basketball, fried chicken and bourbon. As opposed to football, barbeque and whiskey. Research!

Neil Peart being Neil Peart:

… and Rush being Rush, because why not:

The UPMC Mercy Emergency Department is used as a point of reference throughout, so if you’re feeling lost have a look. [http://www.gbbn.com/Projects/Healthcare/UPMC~Mercy_Emergency_Department/]

And head on over to the GBBN Architects website to check out the rest of their portfolio [http://www.gbbn.com/]

Season one of the D:i Podcast is nearly over. Make sure you subscribe on iTunes to stay up to date as we close out the season and start off a new one. [link opens in iTunes] [https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/d-i-podcast/id658374607?mt=2]