Since its establishment in 1968, Arthur Lubetz Associates has been one of Pittsburgh's most thoughtful and inventive firms, producing a series of provocative buildings rooted in abstract art and the regional context. Lubetz (1940-) views his buildings as public art, and insists that they meet their users intellectually and experientially as well as functionally. The work addresses the assembly and dissection of mass, and the uses of color (especially red), among other themes. The firm has developed a specialty in housing for the elderly and other special populations, as often executed in conjunction with the City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority. The firm has also actively participate in the city's architectural dialog through exhibitions and public forums, and teaching at Carnegie Mellon. The firm's architectural documents often achieve a high artistic level through experimentation with different presentation techniques. See also Jill Watson Collection.
Collection includes vivid sketches and renderings, working drawings, and other records of key projects such as the Mistick house, Bennett Place elderly housing, Key Toyota, Islamic Community Center, and an entry in the Raising the Roof, Opening Doors AIDS Housing Competition (Boston).
Architecture... Energy (exhibit catalog). Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989.