Gerard Damiani is the founder and president of studio d'ARC architects, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Syracuse University, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors and was awarded the James Britton Medal for best senior thesis, 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.
As 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. Gerard has been with SoA since 1996, where he has served as both an adjunct and associate professor in architectural design teaching and/or coordinating first, second, third, Advanced Synthesis (fourth and fifth) and fifth year (thesis) design studios as well as an elective on architectural detailing and a technology course. Gerard received tenure as an Associate Professor with the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture in 2017. 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 CMU SoA 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 University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Yale University, Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Arkansas, University of Toronto, Kent State University, University of Tennessee, Norwich University, Taliesin West and the Boston Architectural Center. Gerard has also been invited to be a guest lecturer/speaker at a variety of institutions including universities, museums, and AIA chapters including Taliesin West, Carnegie Museum of Art, AIA Pittsburgh, AIA Kansas, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Kansas State University, Norwich University, Florida Atlantic University and Carnegie Mellon University. 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 inseparable from its time, place and participants.
Since 1999 Gerard's work has resulted in many local awards from the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as well as Pittsburgh Magazine's Superior Interiors and Home of the Year awards program. He has also received national recognition from the National AIA and AIA Pennsylvania for his Live/Work Studio II. Gerard has also been recognized for his contributions to the region outside of the awards programs. His work has been featured in U.S. and international architectural publications such as Dwell (US), GreenSource Magazine (US), Azure Magazine (Canada), Architectural Review (UK), C3 (Korea), Elle Decoration (Romania) and A Vivre (France) for his residential work. In 2016 his “Minimal House,” a lakeside cottage on the shores of Lake Erie, was featured in the Small Spaces issue of Dwell. In 2014 his “Pittsburgh Monospace,” a residential condominium space comprised nearly completely of bamboo, was featured in GreenSource Magazine. In 2011 his Urban Biophilic Pavilion was featured in an international collection of rooftop living spaces in Cloud 9: Rooftop Architecture. In 2010, the Strawberry Way Public Art Installation, V24/7/365, was featured in Small Scale: Creative Solutions for Better City Living; also that year the Live/Work Studio II was featured in the Encyclopedia of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture as well as gracing the cover of The Modernist House: Redefining Functionalism. The 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 Architects; 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.