PWWG is a Pittsburgh based design firm practicing architecture and urban design and is led by six principals: Alan Weiskopf, AIA; Lisa Carver, AIA, LEED AP; Sheldon Goettel, AIA, LEED AP; Brent Houck, AIA, LEED AP; Anthony Pitassi, AIA, LEED AP; Kevin Wagstaff, AIA, LEED AP. We produce quality architecture and related products such as facility studies and master plans that shape the future development of the built environment.
In more than 40 years of practice we have developed a reputation for creative, thoughtful solutions to a wide range of complex projects. Our practice has evolved to where those projects most often involve academic institutions, public facilities, and multi-family residential structures, including hotels, but at all economic levels. Many of our projects include the rehabilitation of, and/or additions to historically significant structures, often “repurposed” for entirely new functions. We have many repeat clients from the private sector, institutions and government.
Our work embraces three fundamental principles.
FORM MAKING - We begin with the owner's objectives and the surrounding natural and man-made context. Stylistically, the design is drawn from these variables combined with the creative aspirations of the design team. The need to bring great usefulness and architectural clarity to each design remains a constant. The result is an emphasis on the craft of architecture where the product is more authentic than work defined by an unbending allegiance to any one style.
CONNECTIONS - We pay particular attention to the connections between buildings and their surroundings and find that each commission presents unique opportunities. It might be the prospect of a new building forming a court with existing structures, the dialogue between new and historic buildings, or an alignment of pathways that connect to a larger setting. It is always our goal that our buildings have an uplifting effect on their surroundings.
INTEGRATED DESIGN - Our staff and our consultants form highly collaborative teams that follow projects from the first stages of planning through the completion of construction. Each team member understands the effect of their contributions on the design and the coordination of their work with others. The process results in durable, environmentally responsible buildings that achieve their functional objectives and provide memorable settings for their occupants.