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Lee Calisti, AIA, simply loves being an architect.

Spend a few minutes with Lee and one will quickly conclude how he begins each project with his pro-active and energetic method as well as his distinctive attention to detail. It should be evident that he will devote that energy and attention to detail to your project. Regardless of the project size or type, he searches to find exciting aspects within each design to celebrate. Given the opportunity, he is capable of finding unexpected solutions to complex issues that meet the client’s needs and budgets but exceed their expectations.

Mr. Calisti is a 1991 B.Arch graduate of Kent State University where he won the AIA Medal of Honor as the top member of his graduating class. After being in practice for twelve years, he established the firm to pursue an interrelationship between practice and teaching. From 2002 to 2014, his role as an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture afforded opportunities to draw upon the fresh energy and investigative methods inherent in the studio environment as a tool in his office. His values of architectural education and its relationship to private practice continue to inform the office’s design process and approach to each project as a unique, special opportunity.

Moreover, Mr. Calisti is licensed in Pennsylvania and is NCARB certified. An active member of the American Institute of Architects, he currently serves as chair of the AIA PA Small Firm Exchange (SFxPA) and has also been active on the AIA Pittsburgh’s CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) Knowledge Community. He was one of the founders of the Pittsburgh Chapter’s Young Architects Forum in 1996 and was the co-chair for seven years. He went on to serve as the Regional Liaison from 2003 to 2005, representing Pennsylvania as part of the AIA National YAF.

He served on the City of Greensburg’s Historic and Architectural Review Board (HARB) from 2007 to 2019. During off-hours, one can find him serving his community as the head trustee for the Greensburg Alliance Church. Before starting his own firm, he was a Senior Associate at Integrated Architectural Services in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, and was instrumental in many of the firm’s numerous AIA Design Awards and City of Pittsburgh Preservation Awards.

Active in social media as an ardent, but critical promoter of the profession, you can read his well-known blog think|architect by clicking here or follow him on Instagram or Twitter at @leecalisti