Benedum Center, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from elston’s photostream

AIA Pittsburgh is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Their mission is to highlight the importance and value of good design in our region and its impact on each of us each day. Every October they hold an awards ceremony and gala to recognize outstanding architecture and design in the Pittsburgh region at their signature program, Design Pittsburgh 2013: Make Your Mark In Time! Bill Peduto will present this year’s Design Awards:

“Design Pittsburgh showcases the professionals who are helping us put Pittsburgh on the map for innovative, sustainable design. I’m honored to share the evening with friends and colleagues who are building a better Pittsburgh every day,” Councilman Peduto says.

The event will be held on Thursday, October 24, from 5:30 -10:00 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education Center, 805/807 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. You can find out more about Design Pittsburgh here and here and purchase tickets online here.

In addition to the awards for the juried design competition, there is a People’s Choice Award. You can start voting now in the categories of Architectural Detail & Craftsmanship, Architecture, Design & Innovation, Historic Preservation, Interior Architecture, Regional & Urban Design, Timeless Architecture, and Young Architects Studio Competition. Place your votes online here.

Lastly, you can get into the mood before Design Pittsburgh 2013 by attending PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh 20 x 20, Vol. 16. PechaKucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese. PechaKucha Night was started in Tokyo a decade ago as a grassroots event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public in very concise presentations. PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh complements the Design Pittsburgh theme by offering a platform for local creatives of all stripes — architects, designers, crafters, quilters, chefs, travelers, poets, painters, photographers, etc. — to “make their mark” by displaying their work with twenty slides with only twenty seconds per slide. It will be held on Thursday, October 17. Conversations & Cocktails at 7:20 p.m. and presentations start at 8:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and the cost is $15 (pay at the door).


Carnegie Library – South Side Branch, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image fromTurfgrass Doctor’s photostream