Reference Center

Interested in learning more about using architecture and design as tools for the revitalization of your downtown? The following organizations and resources provide a host of innovative solutions and inspiring ideas:


Regional Architecture & Design Related Resources:

American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania

Community Design Center of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh District Council

Pittsburgh Young Leadership Group
Urban Land Institute

Sample Streetface Program
Main Streets Pittsburgh (URA)

Public Art Program
Sprout Fund

Sample Business Signs
Danthonia Designs


Ideas and Inspiration from Across the Country:

American Association of Architects

Green Buildings USA
Includes links to funding resources for green buildings

US Green Building Council
Provides information on LEED rating system

Sample Outdoor Dining Design Guidelines
King Street, Alexandria VA

The Urban Land Institute

James Howard Kunstler
Author of The Geography of Nowhere and Home from Nowhere

Carfree Cities


Architectural Drawings show on this website were produced by the following:

Desmone Associates Architects
One Doughboy Square
3400 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15001-1313

Douglas Sipp Architect
144 Brighton Ave.
Rochester, PA 15074

Hancock Architecture
390 Pinney Street
Rochester, PA 15074

IAS - Integrated Architectural Systems
1700 Arrot Building
401 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Klavon Design Associates, Inc.
915 Penn Avenue
Suite 1005
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


NIRA Associates
950 Fifth Avenue
Coraopolis, PA 15108

Ralph Alster
331 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Richard Glance
Glance & Associates
994 Pilgrim Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15106