AIA, Associate Professor
Gerard Damiani is the founder and president of studio d'ARC architects. A graduate of Syracuse University where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors, Gerard is an NCARB certified, registered architect with professional licenses in New York and Pennsylvania and has been in practice since 1990, and as principal of his own firm since 1996.
Committed to the education of architects as he is to the practice of architecture, Gerard has taught both adjunct and full-time since 1992 at Syracuse University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Kansas State University. Since 1996 Gerard has been an adjunct professor in architectural design at Carnegie Mellon University teaching and/or coordinating first, second and fifth year (thesis) design studios. In 2007, he was asked to develop an undergraduate Thesis studio as the culmination of the five year program at Carnegie Mellon, which he continues to teach. He was also a visiting faculty member at Kansas State University in the fall of 2003 in the fourth year design curriculum where he also taught a course on mid-century modern architecture and previously taught first year design studios and drawing courses at Syracuse University from 1992 through 1994.
In addition to his teaching commitment, Gerard has served on many University related committees, such as the 2008/09 Department Head Search Committee, the Campus Design Vision Committee, the Architect Selection Committee for the Gates Center, and two Faculty Search Committees at Carnegie Mellon as well as the Kent State University School of Architecture Advisory Board. Also at CMU, he has co-coordinated and led a two week student trip to India to study the works of Le Corbusier, as well as Kahn, in May 2007 and was a guest seminar instructor for the Summer 2008 Venice program on the topic of the Vertical Surface Compositions of Venetian Palaces. He has been invited as a guest juror at Yale University, Syracuse University, Kent State University, University of Tennessee, and the Boston Architectural Center. As an author, he has contributed articles to “Oz”, the Kansas State University architectural periodical as well as the University of Virginia’s architectural publication, “Modulus.”
Gerard established studio d’ARC to pursue the union and integration of architectural ideas with the craft of building. His work has focused on the reinterpretation and reformation of the post-industrial context of Pittsburgh into new environments specific to their twenty-first century uses -- from high-tech office spaces, residences, and collegiate spaces to artists’ studios, architect/artist collaborations, and exhibition installations. These works, as well as new projects, continue to draw important clues from their context to find an architecture that is reflective and forward thinking.
Over the years Gerard’s work has resulted in many local awards from the Pittsburgh AIA chapter as well as Pittsburgh Magazine’s annual awards program; more recently national recognition from organizations such as the National AIA and AIA Pennsylvania, and international architectural publications such as Azure Magazine and Architectural Review. His Live/Work Studio II was published in Architectural Review’s January 2009 issue in an article devoted to a selection of houses from the 2008 AR Awards for Emerging Architecture; it was also selected as one of six houses representing the current state of international residential architecture in Azure Magazine’s Annual Houses issue published in January 2008, for which it was also selected as the cover image.