ERNEST BELLAMY

AE7

SAY IT LOUD - Pennsylvania Exhibitor

Pennsylvania Based Designer

What excites you in the work you do?

Problem Solving for clients who want a new way forward for the challenges they face. Engagement with the community to hear their voices, then work collaboratively towards a solution. And, Educating students who are eager to learn more about design.

ERNEST BELLAMY

Bio:

Ernest is an Urban Designer at AE7 in Pittsburgh. Utilizing Architecture as a foundation, Ernest is an advocate for Fair Housing, Social Justice, Equitable Community Development, Transit Planning & Development, and early childhood AEC and STEAM Education in underserved communities. A native of Miami, Ernest has professional experience working nationally from Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Miami, across various sectors of the AEC industry (from Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Master Planning).

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Attending High School at Design & Architecture Sr. High School (DASH) in Miami, FL, exposed me to the host of possibilities our profession has and how I could take my artistic talents further, to have beneficial physical impact on spaces we inhabit.

What do you do?

Urban Design + Master Planning Utilizing a mixture of my architecture background, understanding a neighborhood social context, zoning, and a regions cultural uniqueness, I blend my knowledge of all to bare on new works, challenging the status quo.

What excites you in the work you do?

Problem Solving for clients who want a new way forward for the challenges they face. Engagement with the community to hear their voices, then work collaboratively towards a solution. And, Educating students who are eager to learn more about design.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Contemporaries like Bryan C. Lee, Jr., as well as mentors like Monica Chadha. Designers who started their own businesses out of a lack of representation in the types of work they wanted to see engaged and produced in the built environment.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Helping to develop the Master planning department within the Pittsburgh office of AE7. It’s a humbling experience to have the ability to have a hand in growing a department, along with the direction and opportunities it will pursue.

Featured Project Name: 

IN-district

 

Featured Project Location: 

Chicago, IL

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

April 2017

Role in Featured Project: 

Team Leader

Featured Project Description:

IN-district is a strategy that preserves & celebrates the historic context of the north of Goose Island industrial area, revitalizing it into a new center for culture, innovation, and industry. By connecting light industries, maker spaces, startups, education spaces, and public amenities, IN-district nurtures employment opportunities and community growth. This project placed as a Finalist for the 2017 ULI Hines Student Design Competition, completed while attending Carnegie Mellon University (MUD ‘18)

Photography Credit:

AE7,  Volcy Photography, Ernest Bbellamy, and 2017 ULI Hines Student Design Competition Team

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