IKM Architects Honored with Timeless Award

At the AIA Design Pittsburgh Awards Gala, IKM was presented with the Timeless Architecture award for the Board of Education building in Oakland designed by the firm in 1928.



This project has stood the test of time and today remains nearly identical to when its exterior appearance was revealed 86 years ago. It also has had only one occupant over that span and the Pittsburgh Board of Education has been one of our most consistent clients over the firm’s history as well.

“We are privileged to work in an organization with a legacy of exceptional design and are blessed with clients who appreciate our craft and are willing to engage us to help them fulfill their mission,” said IKM President, John C. Schrott, AIA, ACHA. 

For more information about the PIttsburgh Board of Education Administration building, click here.

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IKM Selected to Present at Higher Education Conferences

Creating 21st Century Science Research and Teaching Facilities 

     IKM architects is proud to announce their selection as presenters at TWO higher education facilities conferences.

     IKM recognizes that today’s college campuses are facing challenges of rising costs, aging and deteriorating facilities, energy consumption, cost and efficiency, rapidly changing technology needs, calls for sustainability, and an ever-growing list of demands from the millennial student. It is more important than ever that a design professional, such as IKM, be engaged early as a partner in the project process to help solve the challenges faced by higher education facilities partners. IKM will be offering a presentation of their study at CMU’s Mellon Institute as case-in-point of a successful implementation of this idea.



     The first conference, the Member Meeting on Collaboration, is held by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of PA (AICUP) each spring in Hershey, PA. The program for the conference features five breakout sessions on finance, technology and facilities management facilitated by AICUP members, endorsed program providers and corporate affiliates.

     IKM was selected to present a program in the facilities management track entitled, “Seven Components to Transform Your Science Building.” The program will feature IKM’s laboratory design specialist, Steven A. Watson, AIA, and representatives from AICUP member university Carnegie Mellon discussing the key architectural principles to develop a 21st century science teaching and research facility within an existing campus building.

     “It is important to note that many colleges and universities are looking to reuse the existing building stock on their campuses,” says Watson, “At the same time they are competing for shrinking student populations, top research and teaching faculty and ever-scarce research dollars. It is possible to address these issues through renovation design in a cost effective manner to create 21st Century facilities that can attract talent and funding.”

     This same program was also selected by the Eastern Regional Conference of APPA (ERAPPA), representing the education facilities professionals. This conference held in September 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ, is smartly titled “An Ocean of Opportunities.” IKM’s program on reusing existing building stock will fall in the “Surf and Turf” category topic. IKM is one of only 35 presentations selected for the conference. Hosted this year by the New Jersey Chapter of APPA, this regional conference attracts attendees from the 350 institutional members in the Northeast from Canada to Maryland.

     Speaking for IKM are Michael McDonnell, AIA, principal architect for IKM, leader of the higher education market portfolio for the firm and Steven A. Watson, AIA, project manager and laboratory design specialist and manager of the Carnegie Mellon University Mellon Institute study.

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     IKM Incorporated has been providing architecture, planning and interior design services to institutional clients for over 100-years. Our mission is to create innovative and informed architecture that positively impacts the world through leadership in understanding, exploration and decision making. The firm’s vision is to be recognized for excellence in institutional and corporate architecture, design and advancing their client’s mission.

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IKM Architect's President, John Schrott, interviewed for feature article in Western PA Healthcare News

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Recently, IKM's presiden, John C. Schrott, AIA, ACHA, was interviewed by associate publisher, Daniel Casciato, for an article in Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News about IKM's new membership with The Advistory Board Company. This global consulting firm is respected by the healthcare industry as a leader in developing tools that benefit the advancement of effective and efficient delivery of healthcare services. 

As memeber of The Advisory Board Company, IKM will apply the revolutionary insights to the planning and architectural design projects helping to make their designs some of the most comprehensive and inovative available to healthcare providers. 



To read  the article, visit: 






IKM selects The Advisory Board Company for Healthcare Insights

Shares Membership with the Most Progressive Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations


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March 1, 2014 -- IKM Incorporated architects, the Pittsburgh-based architecture, planning and interior design firm, has joined a research membership program of The Advisory Board Company, a research, technology and consulting firm with a membership of more than 3,600 of the world’s leading health care organizations.


IKM will become a member of the Health Care Industry Committee’s research membership program for architecture firms, contributing their expertise to the already accomplished group of more than 60 architecture firms participating in the membership. 


IKM’s goals for the two-year membership with the Advisory Board include increasing the firm’s knowledge-base at all staff levels in healthcare design and project delivery and increasing the firm’s visibility as an expert in healthcare design with clients and potential clients by utilizing the Advisory Board’s extensive resources in their projects.


When asked why IKM decided to become members, John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, president of the firm stated, “It really boils down to fulfilling our mission of providing informed and innovative healthcare architecture that positively impacts the world.”


Through the membership, IKM will be granted access to key tools to succeed in today’s complex health care environment. Thus, IKM will apply the revolutionary insights of the Advisory Board to their designs, helping IKM pursue its goal of making its own work the most comprehensive and innovative product on the market.


IKM is joining a membership shared by the world's most progressive hospitals and health care organizations. The U.S. membership includes:


  • All 17 of U.S. News & World Report's 2013 honor roll hospitals
  • More than 93% of the Leapfrog Group's 2013 "Top Hospitals"
  • Ninety-three of the Healthgrades "100 Best Hospitals"
  • Ninety-nine of the 100 largest U.S. health systems

The Advisory Board Company will provide analytical tools, research, and peer group-driven insights that will increase IKM’s ability to serve clients more holistically using the rich field of data to help program projects for clients, to benchmark appropriate facilities, and to enhance their understanding of the business of healthcare.


IKM Announces Three New Associates

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November 1, 2013 -- IKM Incorporated, a Pittsburgh based Architecture, Planning and Interior Design firm, announced today a  corporate advancement strategy designed to recognize significant contributors to the organization and establish a process for the long term continuity of the firm through leadership development and knowledge transfer.  This new initiative is meant to identify high potential individuals and give them the training and experience needed to step into leadership roles within the firm and our community.
It is with great enthusiasm and confidence that the partners of IKM are pleased to announce the following individuals have advanced to the level of Associate:
Tami Greene, AIA,
John Keelan, AIA, &
Jon Lusin, AIA.  
Tami, John, and Jon have exhibited significant skills and will be given new opportunities to lead corporate development initiatives, participate in the firm’s marketing efforts, focus on an area of firm operations, and mentor younger members of our staff.  These individuals will help define what it means to be an Associate at IKM and are expected to make substantial contributions to the growth of our firm.
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