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Giving Back to the Profession

March 18, 2016

Giving back to the Architectural profession is an important part of the work we do at Hayes Design Group. Getting out in the Community provides the opportunity to educate others on the field of architecture and establish a connection between the work we do and strengthening the community.

Firm Principal, Kevin Hayes, recently visited his alma mater, the Notre Dame School of Architecture to speak with future professionals of the field.  During his visit he participated in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Speaker Series; sharing tips on interviewing, providing guidance on finding a firm that is the right fit, and sharing with students what they can expect their first five years after graduation.  In addition, he had the opportunity to serve as a Visiting Professor along with visiting a Design Studio to view fifth year students’ projects and offer suggestions for enhancement.

“As a graduate and a Firm Owner, it is always a pleasure to connect with students to speak with them on the dynamics of the professional practice and help them prepare for their future careers,” said Kevin Hayes.

“Did You Design That Building”

Recently Associate Tim Reidy had the opportunity to speak to students at Lincoln Elementary School in Bethel Park as part of their S.T.E.A.M. Career Day, in which students explored the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and listened to professionals from a variety of S.T.E.A.M. careers.

During his presentation to a third grade classroom, Tim walked the students through the process that a professional Architect uses in designing a building; including showing the students 3-D drawings and computer renderings of projects. Tim illustrated the connection of architecture to S.T.E.A.M. by using the example of the tallest building in Pittsburgh (the former U.S. Steel Tower) and how the design required a combination of science and technology to meet the specifications of the building design. Afterwards an impressed student approached him and asked him if “he had designed the tallest building.”

“Even though the answer to the students question was no, it was clear that the students left with not only a heightened awareness of the connection of architecture to their S.T.E.A.M. studies, but also a curiosity for the field. The event was well organized and a lot of fun for all involved,” commented Reidy.

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