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2016-2017

Graduation Ceremony
We celebrated the accomplishments of the 2016-2017 History of Art and Architecture and Architectural Studies graduates on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium and Cloister.

Fil Hearn Award for Study Abroad

The Architectural Studies Program is pleased to announce that Anika Shah is the winner of the 2017 Fil Hearn Award for Study Abroad. She will be studying in Berlin in the summer of 2017. Read more»

New Arch Studies Course! Islamic Architecture

The Architectural Studies Program will be offering a new special topics course in the Fall of 2017 on Isalmic Architecture. The course will study the histories of Islamic architecture by examining the architecture that was produced from the seventh through the twenty-first centuries in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, India, Central Asia, and North America.

 

2013-2014

Graduation Ceremony
We celebrated the accomplishments of the 2013-2014 History of Art and Architecture and Architectural Studies graduates on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 9:30 am in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium and Cloister.

                  

New Design Studio in Thaw Hall

On August 26, 2013, Architectural Studies studio courses moved into newly renovated space in Thaw Hall. Read more»

Thaw Hall

 

Fil Hearn Award for Study Abroad

The Architectural Studies Program is pleased to announce that Grace Meloy is the winner of the 2013 Fil Hearn Award for Study Abroad. She will be studying in Berlin in the summer of 2013. Read more»

 

2012-2013

HAA 1921 Documentation + Conservation Studio Final Presentation

The students of HAA 1921 Documentation + Conservation Studio invite you to a final presentation of their semester-long research on the Richard King Mellon Hall of Science on Thursday, April 25th, 6:00-7:30PM at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Located on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Mellon Hall is the only building in Pennsylvania designed by prominent Modernist architect Mies van der Rohe. Students will present their research and documentation of Mellon Hall along with conclusions regarding its significance and recommendations for its conservation. Also, twelve design explorations created by each student for an addition to the building will be unveiled. See flyer additional information.

Save the Date: Graduation Ceremony

Please save the date for the History of Art and Architecture Department and Architectural Studies Program graduation ceremony to honor 2012-2013 graduates: Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 9:30 – 11:00 am in the Frick Fine Arts Cloister and Auditorium. The annual commencement convocation is at 1:00 pm at the Peterson Events Center.

Applied Moderism: Living in the Now

The annual Architetural Studies symposium took place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater from 1:30 - 5:00 pm. Read more»

2011-2012

Iconic Architecture and Capitalist Globalization

Join us on Thursday, April 12 in 125 Frick Fine Arts for a lecture from Leslie Sklair of the London School of Economics. The lecture will investigate the production of architectural iconicity and its relationship to contemporary capitalist globalization. Read more »

Save the Date HAA Graduation Ceremony

Please save the date for the History of Art and Architecture Department graduation ceremony to honor 2011-2012 graduates: Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 9:30 – 11:00 am in the Frick Fine Arts Cloister and Auditorium. The annual commencement convocation is at 1:00 pm at the Peterson Events Center.

Fil Hearn Award for Study Abroad

Congratulations to Architectural Studies major Yuxin Liu, the 2012 recipient of the Fil Hearn Award for Study Abroad! Yuxin will use the award to study in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Welcome Professor Mina Rajagopalan

The History of Art and Architecture Department and the Architectural Studies program would like to welcome Professor Mina Rajagopalan. She will be the first specialist the department has ever had in South Asia, and she also brings expertise on Islamic architecture and a wide-ranging comparative knowledge of global architecture and urbanism over the past century. Read her bio »

2010-2011

Summer 2011 Research Awards

The Architectural Studies Program is eager to congratulate our students, Alex Cornhill, Chong Hu, and Gavin White, and Evan Zajdel, who secured fellowships and awards to conduct independent research in the summer of 2011! Read more »

 

Drew Armstrong Wins 2011 Bellet Award

The Architectural Studies Program would like to congratulate Professor Drew Armstrong, a recipient of the 2011 Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award. Established in 1998 with a gift from the Bellet family, this annual award recognizes outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. Read the announcement in the Pitt Chronicle »

HAAARCH!!!

The History of Art and Architecture department’s first annual showcase for undergraduate achievement and opportunities fair will take place on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 4-6pm in the University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts Building

 

2009-2010

Historic Preservation and the Ursuline Academy

Architectural Studies students in this fall's Documentation and Conservation Studio have spent most of their Tuesday and Thursday evenings since late August examining the former Ursuline Academy of Pittsburgh, tracking down historical records and conducting extensive research in an effort to nominate the property to the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The public is invited to attend a presentation of the students’ findings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, in the auditorium of the former Ursuline Academy, now the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, at 201 S. Winebiddle Avenue, in the Bloomfield/Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Read more »

 

SLAG: What's Left After Industry?, University Art Gallery Exhibit opens Nov. 1
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's reformation from the manufacturing metropolis of Steel City to the green, cultural center of America's most livable city has not gone unnoticed. What forces have worked to cause this change in the city landscape? The transcending image of the industrial progress of southwestern Pennsylvania lives on in the University’s Gimbel Collection, a group of paintings originally commissioned by the department store in 1946. Photographs by the Pittsburgh native Mark Perrott document the dismemberment of the Eliza Furnace, which once stood in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Finally, local artists share their contemporaneous perceptions of Pittsburgh in their artwork. This exhibition represents the city in three stages: the industrial construction, encapsulated by the Gimbel Collection, purifying deconstruction, captured in the Eliza photographs, and the retrofitting renewal, realized in the student artwork, illuminates the transitional narrative of the city of Pittsburgh since the industrial revolution.

 

The Architecture of Madness

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 5 PM

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Carla Yanni, professor of art history at Rutgers University, will be speaking on "The Architecture of Madness." This lecture is sponsored by the Architectural Studies program in conjunction with the Willard Suitcase exhibition currently on in the University Art Gallery until September 22.

 

Preservation in Perspective : New York - Pittsburgh

Friday, April 16 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Frick Fine Arts Building, room 202

[1] Carol Clark: "The Enduring Challenges to Historic Preservation in Manhattan's Financial District."

Carol Clark is Assistant Commissioner at New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development and Assistant Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

[2] Justin Greenawalt, "The East Liberty Project and the Preservation Challenges Facing Artifacts of the Urban Renewal Era."

Justin Greenawalt is a graduate of Pitt's Architectural Studies program and an MA candidate in Historic Preservation at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Both lectures are sponsored by the Architectural Studies program. All are welcome to attend.

 

Seng Kuan Lecture

Seng Kuan, a PhD candidate from Harvard University will lecture on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm in room 202 Frick Fine Arts. His lecture is titled “Earthquake Recovery and Continental Conquest: A Prehistory of Postwar Japanese Architecture."

Dr. Mrinalini Rajagopalan Lecture

Dr. Mrinalini Rajagopalan, a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of technology will lecture on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm in room 204 Frick Fine Arts. Her lecture is titled "Stones, Stories, and Science: Architectural Fictions in the Invention of Ancient India.

Tasso Katselas Lecture

AIAS Pittsburgh is delighted to announce that they will be hosting Tasso Katselas for a lecture titled "Architecture: Social Impacts". He will be lecturing on March 3rd, 2010 at 5:30 pm, and the talk will be open to the public. His lecture will take place in the Frick Fine Arts auditorium.

2008-2009

Gretchen Bender Wins 2009 Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award

The HAA department congratulates Prof. Gretchen Bender, recipient of the 2009 Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award which recognizes outstanding and innovative undergraduate teaching in the School of Arts and Sciences. Bender has been director of undergraduate advising in the HAA department since 2002. She serves on the Pitt Arts and Sciences Writing Board and, in 2008, was a member of the Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award Committee for the Society of Architectural Historians.
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Engineering in Africa

Victoria Kennedy, an AS and Civil and Environmental Engineering major who graduated in April 2009, was featured in the commencement issue of the Pitt Chronicle for her work on a student-run project to design a fish farm in Makili, Mali. Read the article »

 

Preserve Pittsburgh Summit

The Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh sponsored the "Preserve Pittsburgh Summit" held on March 28th in Frick Fine Arts. Learn more »

AIAS Charette

On January 31, Pitt's AIAS chapter hosted the “Cardboard Chair Charette:  A Creative Day in Cardboard Furniture Design.” See photos »

AS Majors Present Research on Historic Landmark

The summer course "Historic Preservation: Documentation and Conservation" provided students with an intensive foundation in the proper techniques of working within the field of architectural conservation. Students presented their research on the Waldorf school to the Pittsburgh community at an event featured in a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article. Read the article »

 

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