Total Costs: A $75.00 registration fee payable to Allegheny Intermediate Unit is due when Apprenticeship Application Page is mailed to our office. Lab fee of $35.00 is due at the first session. The lab fee covers the costs of a journal, pens, and drawing paper that will be given to each student, a "T" ticket, and Station Square parking pass. Bring a check in that amount payable to the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.
Participating in these five sessions will help you determine if you are interested in becoming an architect, urban planner, and/or historic preservationist. After learning about the key goals in architecture and building a geodesic dome out of newspaper, Apprentices will visit a vacant lot in Homestead and tour several blocks of East Eighth Avenue. After learning about the design process, Apprentices will draft plans, sections, and elevations showing his/her vision for the vacant lot. During a visit to Carnegie Mellon University, students from the School of Architecture will give advice so each Apprentice can further improve his/her ideas. During a visit to Station Square, professional architects will give advice so each Apprentice can refine his/her ideas and drawings. During the final session, each student will present his/her solution for the vacant lot and members of the Homestead community and architects will offer their critique. The five sessions give Apprentices the chance to experience what it is like to be an architect––and the chance to explore Homestead, CMU, Station Square, and downtown Pittsburgh.
September 18 - IMS Room
October 2 - Rogers Room
November - TBD
December 4 - Rogers Room
There will be a 40 minute lunch break at each session. Bring a bag lunch or money to buy lunch. All sessions take place from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Instructors' Bios: Louise Sturgess, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, has been involved in creating and teaching educational programs building a knowledge of architecture and historic preservation since 1982. Her knowledge of the Pittsburgh region and connections with architects and universities enables her to involve guest instructors with each class. Professional architects will teach students about the design process and help critique their work. James Washabaugh, a preconstruction manager at Michael Baker Jr. Inc., co-teaches the Architecture Apprenticeship. He recently spent 16 months deployed with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he oversaw the construction of over 500 construction projects worth more than $4 billion in northern Afghanistan.