Let’s look around. What happened to architectural design? Do our buildings all look the same? Do you even remember? Has architecture lost its connection to its public?

Architecture is the art and technique of designing and building. We will take this as a starting point asking ourselves what the status of architecture as an art and design practice is. We believe that architecture connects to us humans through design and ask how architectural design can effect and shape human experience to improve our lives. 

For 2024, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Platform and the AIA Pittsburgh, we are gathering architects, landscape architects, city architects, academia, critics and other disciplines to reformulate the value of architectural design in a series of conversations called Architecture Matters.

Program 2024

2024.06.19 | Wow! Impressed, as always, with the engagement, knowledge and openess to share! Yet another great conversation in the series Architecture Matters.

A very big thank you to all participants:

Erick Gregory | DCP NYC

Erica Cochran Hameen | CMU School of Architecture
Greg Coni | GBBN
Jeff Murray | Cannon Design

Erik Bruhn | Archus
Erik Werner | SETTdesignstudio
Martin Edfelt | Uppsala Kommun
Mikael Stenqvist | Koponen Stenqvist

2024.05.31 | We are thankful to AIA NY Social Science and Architecture Committee for the opportunity to connect with their members to discuss the social impact of architecture and design as part of the Architecture Matters conversation series.

“[Architects should be] advocating architecture – to engage people” – Sara Grant, MBB Arch

“[There is a need for] shifting power, [to share] a common language to allow people to join the conversation” – Evie Klein, PRATT Institute


2024.05.16 | Wow! Another great conversation in the series Architecture Matters this time connecting architects from Pittsburgh and Sweden:

Bea Spolidoro | FisherArch
Erica Cochran Hameen | CMU School of Architecture
Greg Coni | GBBN

Anders Larsson | BAS ID
Anna Rex | Vardag Arkitekter
Björn Förstberg | Förstberg Ling
Samuel Vilson | Reppen Vilson
Mikael Stenqvist | Koponen Stenqvist

“If we really want to have equity and social equity [we need to] be able to provide high levels of quality to everyone, regardless of their demographic, social, [and] economic status.” – Erica Cochran Hameen, CMU School of Architecture

“The context that surrounds us can […] strongly influence us and our behavior, [it] will have a huge impact on the users.” – Bea Spolidoro, FisherArch

the role of the architect […] to create the beauty and the environments people really want” – Björn Förstberg, FörstbergLing

2024.05.03 | On Friday May 3, we hosted our the second conversation in the series with architects from New York City and Sweden:

Brian Tabolt | Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Jerry van Eyck | !Melk
Suchi Reddy | Reddymade Design

Anna Sunnerö | Sunnerö
Erik Bruhn | Archus
Jakob Örtendahl | Semrén + Månsson
Ola Kjellander | Kjellander Sjöberg

“Not every building has to be or should be a masterpiece. Not every building should sing and dance.” – Jerry van Eyck, !Melk

Certainly, the architecture that seems most inspiring to me. […] is contributing to the city or the place that it is first.” – Brian Talbot, DS+R


2024.03.25 | On Monday March 25, we hosted our first conversation in the series with the Swedish architects:

Anders Larsson | BAS ID
Björn Förstberg | Förstberg Ling
Ola Kjellander | Kjellander Sjöberg
Taiga Koponen & Mikael Stenqvist | Koponen Stenqvist
Fabian Reppen & Samuel Vilson | Reppen Vilson
Jakob Örtendahl | Semrén + Månsson
Caroline Björk Novak | Urban Minds