AIA, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Lee Calisti, AIA, a 1991 graduate of Kent State University, won the AIA
Medal of Honor as the top member of his graduating class. After being in
practice for twelve years, he established his own firm in 2003 to pursue
an interrelationship between practice and teaching. Since 2002, his role
as an adjunct assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School
of Architecture has 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 began while he was a graduate teaching assistant in his
final year of college.
Throughout his career, Mr. Calisti has approached each project with his
pro-active and energetic approach as well as his attention to detail.
Regardless of the project size or type, he has searched to find exciting
aspects within each design to celebrate. This approach has allowed him to
share in earning of numerous design awards. 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 licensed in Pennsylvania and is NCARB certified. As an
active member of the American Institute of Architects, he helped develop
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
representing Pennsylvania as part of the AIA National YAF.
He currently serves on the City of Greensburg's Historic and Architectural
Review Board and is a member of the Design Committee for its Main Street
Program. His strong commitment to the development of his own community is
beginning to demonstrate itself with many commercial commissions in the
downtown of his hometown Greensburg, PA. Prior to 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.
Founded in 2003, lee CALISTI architecture+design is a full-service
architectural firm committed to complex and sensitively designed projects
involving new construction and renovation projects. The firm is devoted to
focused, attentive service in tandem with thoughtful, quality and
responsible design that addresses the broadest audience and social