New Executive Director

Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

The Board of Directors of AIA Pennsylvania, A Society of The American Institute of Architects, is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen M. Swarney as AIA Pennsylvania's new Executive Director.  Swarney comes to AIA Pennsylvania from the Keystone Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., where he was the Director of Government Affairs.  He brings extensive experience in Government Affairs, PAC Management and Professional Associations.  Swarney is a registered lobbyist and has an extensive network that includes members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate and their staffs as well as design and construction related advocacy organizations, many of which are AIA Pennsylvania's coalition partners on various efforts. Steve has extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning, legislative advocacy, legal activity and grassroots activism.

"Steve comes to AIA Pennsylvania at a critical time to lead the organization and its members during this dynamic period where many forces are affecting the way projects and services are delivered." said Gary Matczak, AIA Pennsylvania's president.  "His experience and knowledge in the areas of the built environment and political action will provide a unique bridge to better position architects to succeed and thrive during this complex time.  Through his contacts, he will also open up new doors to enable AIA Pennsylvania members to forge new alliances and partnerships to better improve design quality, and the delivery of services," Matczak added.

Prior to his position at ABC Keystone, Swarney was the Director of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Dental Association, served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John F. Cherry of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, and also served as a staff attorney in the Argument Court Division of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas.

Swarney brings to AIA Pennsylvania a wide array of Political Action Committee organizational experience. Recent efforts under his direction ranked a top ten finish nationally in 2012.  Steve is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Pennsylvania Association of Government Relations.  He holds a Law Degree from the Widener University School of Law, a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Mansfield University and has recently completed Graduate Coursework in Organizational Leadership in the areas of Government and Community Relations.

Steve resides in Harrisburg with his wife and two children, and spends some of his spare time as a PIAA Football Official.  He will assume his new position with AIA Pennsylvania on September 3, 2013.  Swarney replaces Caroline E. Boyce who led the organization for 10 years. She announced her resignation in January of this year.  H. Rebekah Waddell has ably served and moved the organization forward as Interim Executive Director.  Waddell will resume her duties as Deputy Director of AIA Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Institute of Architects has a membership of more than 2,500 licensed architects and associates, representing approximately 70% of the licensed architects residing in the state.  In representing, serving, and communicating the interests of our local chapters and individual members, AIA Pennsylvania promotes the profession of architecture throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania while striving for the highest quality in the built environment.


Architect on Comcast Newsmakers

Friday, 11 February 2011 20:54

Richard DeYoung, AIA, Pennsylvania Regional Director to the AIA National Board of Directors, and President & CEO of WTW Architects, appeared on Comcast Newsmakers discussing the role of architects and how that role impacts the community in which we live.  You can view it on YouTube.

AIA Pennsylvania Office LEED Certified

Friday, 12 November 2010 08:53

AIA Pennsylvania is proud to announce that our new offices have received LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.

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