Pennsylvania’s Best Architecture Celebrated Across the Keystone State

Harrisburg, PA – October 27, 2017

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced its 2017 Architectural Excellence Design and Special Awards recipients with an inaugural simulcast streamed into viewing parties, offices, and homes across the Commonwealth. Over 30 firms and individuals across Pennsylvania were honored for excellence in design and innovation, contributions to the profession of Architecture and commitment to the quality of life in the built environment. Over 300 viewers from across the state tuned into Wednesday’s simulcast.  View the complete list of award winners here and view the encore lunch and happy hour screening dates and times here.*

2017’s Architectural Excellence Design Awards recipients were selected by a jury of nationally recognized architects and designers spearheaded by architecture critic Reed Kroloff, AIA and rounded out by Debra Lehman Smith of Lehman Smith McLeish and Claire Weisz, FAIA of WXY. The jury was filmed on location at the firm of Lehman Smith McLeish in Washington, DC. Preview the jury commentary in the documentary trailer below and the encore screenings dates and times listed here.


“It was an honor to chair a jury with such distinguished colleagues as Debra Lehman-Smith and Claire Weisz, and we were all mightily impressed with the quality of the work submitted–particularly those selected for Architectural Excellence Awards. It is abundantly–and delightfully–clear that Pennsylvania architecture is at a very high point right now” said Kroloff, head juror.

KieranTimberlake’s Wellesley College Pendleton West Addition & Renovation was honored with the 2017 Silver Medal, the most distinguished architectural excellence award.  The remaining 17 projects honored with a 2017 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Design Award at the BronzeHonor, and Social Impact levels of commendation were selected from over 110 project submissions.

In addition, nine special awards were presented including the 2017 Architectural Firm Award honoring DIGSAU, a Philadelphia firm practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and environmental design. With a commitment to their core values of design excellence, experimentation, and attentiveness to material culture, the firm’s work builds enthusiasm in others for the hard work of design required to create meaningful places that empower and inspire people to be more creative, productive, and fulfilled.

As the recipient of the 50 Year Timeless Award, Frank Llloyd Wright’s acclaimed Fallingwater house was recognized for its unique ability to stand the test of time resonating with the design community and the public alike.

The highest award bestowed upon a living AIA Pennsylvania member was granted to Donald K. Carter, FAIA FAICP LEED AP – David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement, Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. The Medal of Distinction honors contributions to architecture that transcend local boundaries and have been of benefit to the profession and citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The seven additional Special Awards including the Government Award and the Impact Designer Award can be viewed here.

AIA Pennsylvania also presented seven Student Awards to students from Pennsylvania’s seven NAAB-accredited architecture programs. Students were selected by their faculty for proficiency in both academics and design and readiness to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the work environment in an architecture firm.

41 Pennsylvania architecture firms were recognized with the 2017 Firms Fostering Emerging Professionals Designation. Firms are vetted for their Architectural Experience Programs (AXP), leadership opportunities, and support offered throughout the ARE testing process.

2017 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards Gallery

Founded in 1909, AIA Pennsylvania is the statewide component of The American Institute of Architects. AIA Pennsylvania, headquartered in Harrisburg, is governed by a Board of Directors representing eight local AIA chapters and nearly 3,000 members across the Commonwealth. Visit

2017 AIA PA Architectural Excellence SOCIAL IMPACT AWARDS

AIA Pennsylvania thanks our 2017 Design Awards Excellence sponsors: Acoustic Distinctions, Fenner & Esler, Klein & Hoffman, Langan, and Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Project: Rutgers University – Newark, Express Newark | Newark, NJ
Firm: KSS Architects | Philadelphia
Category: Impact Design

Project: The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA
Firm: Urban Design Build Studio | Pittsburgh
Category: Impact Design

Project: RE_DEMPTION: A Wall That Unites | Pittsburgh, PA
Firm: Urban Design Build Studio | Pittsburgh
Category: Impact Design

2017 AIA PA Architectural Excellence BRONZE AWARDS

Project: The Grand Reading Room at the University of Pennsylvania Library | Philadelphia, PA
Firm: Gensler | Philadelphia
Category: Interior Architecture

Project: Transatlantic | Philadelphia, PA
Firm: ISA (Interface Studio Architects, LLC) | Philadelphia
Category: Architecture

Project: River House Renewal | Cambridge, MA
Firm: KieranTimberlake | Philadelphia
Category: Historic Preservation

Project: The Shipley School – Student Commons & Research Center | Bryn Mawr, PA
Firm: MGA Partners | Philadelphia
Category: Architecture

2017 AIA PA Architectural Excellence HONOR AWARDS

Project: Under Armour Building 37 | Baltimore, MD
Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre
Category: Interior Architecture

Project: Blue Bottle, Georgetown | Washington, DC
Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre
Category: Historic Preservation

Project: The Discovery Center | Philadelphia, PA
Firm: DIGSAU | Philadelphia
Category: Un-built

Project: The Global Learning Center | Alapocas, DE
Firm: DIGSAU | Philadelphia
Category: Architecture Category

Project: Basecamp Delta | Glen Jean, WV
Firm: DIGSAU | Philadelphia
Category: Architecture

Project: Millvale Ecodistrict Pivot Plan | Millvale Borough, Allegheny County
Firm: evolveEA | Pittsburgh
Category: Regional and Urban Design

Project: Pittsburgh Citywide Green Infrastructure Evaluation | Pittsburgh, PA
Firm: evolveEA | Pittsburgh
Category: Regional and Urban Design

Project: Mixed Metals | Philadelphia, PA
Firm: ISA (Interface Studio Architects, LLC) | Philadelphia
Category: Architecture

Project: Johnson & Johnson Our Story at the Powerhouse | New Brunswick, NJ
Firm: JacobsWyper Architects | Philadelphia
Category: Historic Preservation

Project: Congregation Rodeph Shalom Renovation & Addition | Philadelphia, PA
Firm: KieranTimberlake | Philadelphia
Category: Architecture

2017 AIA PA Architectural Excellence SPECIAL AWARDS

sponsored by Andersen Windows & Doors and Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C.

Associate AwardThe Associate Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the profession by an AIA Pennsylvania Associate member who has demonstrated both professional and civic leadership.
Recipient: Joseph J. Adiutori Jr., Assoc. AIA | Pittsburgh

Emerging Professional AwardThe Emerging Professional Award recognizes  the exceptional achievements and future promise of a licensed architect and to promote their continuing development. The recipient’s contribution to the profession can be through one or more of the following: design excellence, leadership in practice, leadership in education, or service to the profession or society.
Recipient: Christian Jordan, AIA | PJA Architecture | Philadelphia

Allied Trades AwardThe Allied Trades Award honors contribution to the built environment by a contractor, developer, civil engineer, or other allied professional who collaborate to bring architecture into reality and uphold the tenets of design, sustainability and collaboration.
Recipient: D. Hunter Johnson, AIA | TONO Group | Lancaster

Contribution to the Profession by a Non-Architect Award | The recipient of the Contribution to the Profession by a Non-Architect Award is cited for their direct contributions to the profession such as a building program, a public works project, publications, theoretical or applied research in zoning, urban design, interiors, planning, energy conservation, preservation, restoration transportation, industrial design, artistic endeavors, or other significant disciplines which have had a strong influence on the field of architecture.
Recipient: Bradley R. Jones | Harristown Enterprises Inc. | Harrisburg

Government Award | The Government Award is given in recognition of significant contributions to, or particular support of, the profession and business of architecture and/or the built environment.
Recipient: Gregory L. Heller | Executive Director, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Impact Designer Award | The Impact Designer Award is bestowed on organizations that utilize design and create a better world through innovative, scalable and measurable solutions. Impact design is rooted in the core belief that design can be used to create positive social, environmental and economic change, and focuses on actively measuring impact to inform and direct the design process.
Recipient: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society | Philadelphia

2017 AIA PA Architectural Excellence STUDENT AWARDS

sponsored by CEC – Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Connie Lin | Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
Sophie Nahrmann | Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture
Ivan Hanson | Marywood University, School of Architecture
Alexia Cavazos | Pennsylvania State University, Stuckeman School, College of Arts and Architecture
Michael Penzel | Thomas Jefferson University: College of Architecture and the Built Environment
Alexander Bahr | University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
Jake Whitehead | Temple University, Tyler School of Art


sponsored by Brightwood Architecture Education

Albert Taus and Associates | Philadelphia
Atkin Olshin Schade Architects | Philadelphia
Ballinger | Philadelphia
bda architects | Clarks Summit
Bergmann Architectural Associates, Inc. | Conshohocken
BLT Architects | Philadelphia
Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects | Allentown
BRR Architecture | Philadelphia
Cornerstone Design Architects | Lancaster
Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates | Mechanicsburg
DIGSAU | Philadelphia
Strada Architecture LLC | Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
EwingCole | Philadelphia
Francis Cauffman | Philadelphia
Gensler | Philadelphia
Gerald Lee Morosco Architects | Pittsburgh
HDR | Philadelphia
hemmler + camayd architects | Scranton
Ian Smith Design Group LLC | Philadelphia
IKM Incorporated | Pittsburgh
JDAVIS | Philadelphia
Johnsrud & Associates Architects, LLC | Trevose
KCBA Architects | Hatfield
Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site | Conshohocken
Klein & Hoffman | Philadelphia
Looney Ricks Kiss | Philadelphia
Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects | York
Noelker and Hull Associates, Inc. | Chambersburg
Paradigm Architecture, LLC | Blue Bell
PJA Architecture, PC | Drexel Hill
Ramla Benaissa Architects | Philadelphia
Renaissance 3 Architects | Pittsburgh
RLPS Architects | Lancaster
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative | Pittsburgh
SCFA Architecture, LLC | Center Valley
Stantec Architecture | Philadelphia
The Hayes Design Group – Architects | Pittsburgh
The Martin Architectural Group | Philadelphia
TKS Architects |  Mechanicsburg
WRT | Philadelphia