Build Pittsburgh

Date April 11, 2018
Team members from our Pittsburgh office will present on topics ranging from Equity in Architecture to Big Box Upcycle.

We are excited to join AIA Pittsburgh on April 12 for Build Pittsburgh 2018, AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference and exhibitor show. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson team members will be sharing insight on two of the sessions:

Equity and Ethics in Practice | 9:15 am – 10:45 am 
Moderator: Michael Cremonese, Esq., Burke Cromer Cremonese

Panelists: Patricia Culley, AIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Erica Cochran Hameen, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University; and Mimi Raygorodetsky, Langan

How does firm culture affect behavior within the workplace? What are the best practices to ensure equitable and ethical behavior within your firm? Join this session to hear how to create an inclusive and rich ethical culture within your practice.

The session will begin with three short presentations and then shift to a moderated panel discussion. Presenters will include statistics on national trends in the gender/racial diversity of architects from internship to retirement; compare and contrast how firm culture affects ethical behavior, focusing a conversation around the (often greater) disparity in gender/racial equality in the engineering field; and explore programs promoting diversity and ethical behavior targeted toward young professionals within our region.

Big Box Upcycle  | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Presenters: Rob Aumer, AIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Matthew Huber, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; and Philip Wilkinson, AE7

Once a predominantly suburban phenomenon, the big box store has become a pervasive feature of the American landscape, increasingly proliferating in urban, exurban, and rural communities alike. As a building type, they are amongst the most formulaic, the most generic, and the least responsive to the contingencies of place. Yet, as they proliferate, so too do their vacant remnants. Expansion and contraction in the market, demand for evermore vast contiguities of retail floor plate, and the evolution of business models and brand strategies all contribute. What does this mean for the communities that inherit these empty big boxes?

This session examines three facets of this question by first looking at global, contemporary trends in retail and mall development as well as planning in the context of potential vacancy, then examining the ecological and stormwater ramifications of big box and shopping center site planning. Lastly, this session will highlight a case study of the adaptive reuse of a former big box store into a creative workplace for an athletic apparel company. The case study will feature strategies for capitalizing on the advantages of the space type, especially its height, while overcoming the lack of site specificity. It will also offer prototypical material and assembly techniques that can densify occupancy and increase thermal performance in a cost-effective manner.

Check out the full lineup here!