Pittsburgh Magazine Honors Senior Associate Patricia Culley as 40 Under 40

Each year, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP recognize 40 outstanding individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision, and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. Patricia Culley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, is part of this year’s 40 Under 40 list of honorees to be celebrated this Thursday.

We are proud to have Patricia Culley as a Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Through her professional achievements, regional engagement, and her personal work, she has distinguished herself as a dedicated leader within our firm, industry, and community.

Patricia’s approach to architecture centers on the balance between thoughtful design and environmental consciousness. Her creativity, in-depth technical knowledge, and capacity to problem solve blends with her passion and desire to create a healthier environment for her family, her city, and the communities her projects impact. In her 12 years with the firm, she has led the efforts of many of our most technically and demanding projects, including serving as Project Architect for the Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum certified Frick Environmental Center.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, Patricia has since participated in their Integrated Design Studio Charrettes, provided tours of our local projects to third-year students, and served as Project Manager for their ANSYS Hall and Maker Center project.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Associate Principal Kent Suhrbier, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, says, “she brings well balanced skills to our practice. Her strong combination of thoughtful organization, technical rigor, and design sensitivity is rare, and I am thrilled to see her mentoring these skills in the next generation of architects.”

Patricia serves on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects’ Pittsburgh chapter. As a member of their Education Committee, she assists in developing year-round educational opportunities and course content for building professionals. She also has been an active contributor to the green building movement through speaking engagements, publications, and project tours and recently joined the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors.

“She finds the most joy in helping others make their impact on the region, creating a healthier environment for her three young children, and helping her city become ever more competitive in the fields of green building and sustainable development,” said Jenna Cramer, LFA, LEED AP, The Alliance’s Executive Director.

“Patricia is a smart, passionate, and innovative leader who is truly making this community — and the world — a better place one person, building, and space at a time.”

Aside from her professional accomplishments, Patricia is an outstanding example of living sustainably. The small farm she lives on with her husband and three young children achieves net zero energy and water. As they continue their house renovations, they also plan to incorporate terracotta roof tiles salvaged by hand from a colleague’s 80-year old home. The durable tiles will last another 100 years, their reuse greatly decreasing the carbon footprint of the project.

Patricia and her fellow honorees will be celebrated on Thursday, November 14 at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and featured in the November issue of Pittsburgh Magazine. Please join us in congratulating her on this tremendous achievement!



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