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By Elizabeth Paul on May 16, 2016
In case you didn’t hear, thousands of architects will be heading to Philadelphia this week for AIA National Convention. Amidst the rush of preparation, AIA Philadelphia is taking a moment to reflect on the history of Philadelphia’s AEC community. Today we’re highlighting the AIA Philadelphia Welcome Pocket Guide sponsor O’Donnell & Naccarato, a Philadelphia-headquartered structural engineering firm and ardent supporter of AIA Philadelphia for nearly 30 years. O’Donnell & Naccarato has taken a hands on approach to supporting the chapter through sponsorship of a variety of programs and even in instructing the Structural ARE classes to architects preparing for their... more
By Elizabeth Paul on May 13, 2016
Throughout AIA Convention 2016, the Center for Architecture and Design will be abuzz with thousands of Convention attendees, shuffling in and out for a coffee, a rest, a chat, and even a beer. But on Thursday and Friday evenings, the Refresh Lounge flips into a watering hole where you can close out your day with a cold one during the Loewen Happy Hour. Grab a Yard’s beer or PennWoods wine at happy hour prices as you enjoy the Parklet Design Competition. Complimentary bottle openers will be given away on a first come first serve basis. The Happy Hour festivities are... more
By Elizabeth Paul on May 12, 2016
Come one, come all to the Saint-Gobain Parklet Design Competition! In conjunction with Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, AIA Philadelphia will showcase the innovative use of Philadelphia’s public realm through a pop-up design competition during the AIA National Convention, May 19-20. If you’re not familiar already, a parklet is a sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. Parklets typically extend out from the sidewalk at the level of the sidewalk to the width of the adjacent parking space. These pop-up parks are designed to provide a public place for people... more