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.

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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.

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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)