Architecture Graduates that Give Back Honored in Remembrance of Paula Maynes, AIA

Harrisburg, PA – November 28, 2017

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects Emerging Professionals Committee has announced the 2017 class of Paula Maynes ARE (Architect Registration Examination) Grant recipients. Since 2015, the grant has recognized outstanding architectural graduates pursuing licensure and their contributions to the architecture profession and their communities at large.

The traditional path to becoming a licensed architect in Pennsylvania is three-fold requiring education (Bachelor or Master of Architecture from a National Architectural Accrediting Board architecture program), 3,740 hours of experience (AXP – Architectural Experience Program), and a six part examination (ARE – Architect Registration Examination). The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) reports that “on average, becoming an architect now takes 12 and a half years—from the time a student enrolls in school to the moment they receive a license.”

The grant celebrates the late Paula Maynes, AIA, whose legacy of mentorship and service to the profession left an indelible impact on the AIA community. Paula graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s architecture program and worked for several architectural firms before starting Maynes Associates Architects. She served two terms on the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors and two terms on the AIA PA Board of Directors. Paula was the President of AIA Pittsburgh in 2008, Secretary of the AIA Pennsylvania Board in 2012, and chaired the Government Affairs committee in 2010 and 2011.

Due to the lingering impact of the recession on the architectural, design and construction fields, many emerging professionals in the architecture field are still underemployed and struggling to pay off school loans. One of the AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professionals Committee’s tenants is to attract and retain Associate members all the while promoting their path to licensure with programs such as PALM. Financial assistance to pay for the ARE (Architect Registration Examination) is large component of that initiative.

The following six AIA Pennsylvania Associate members (Associate AIA) will receive a $210 award, the cost of each division of the six part ARE 5.0 exam and a full Brightwood Architecture Education ARE Study Guide Library.

Just in time for #givingtuesday, AIA Pennsylvania has established a 501c3 foundation (AIA Pennsylvania Foundation Ltd) to continue to award grants to aspiring architects following in the footsteps of Paula Maynes through their dedication to achieving licensure and towards positively impacting their profession and community. 

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Founded in 1909, AIA Pennsylvania is a statewide component of The American Institute of Architects. AIA Pennsylvania holds as its core values, the betterment of the fellowship, knowledge, and skills of its members; thus the promise that enhancement of quality in the practice of architecture benefits the architect and all Pennsylvanians. Headquartered in Harrisburg, AIA Pennsylvania is governed by a Board of Directors representing eight local AIA chapters and nearly 3,000 members across the Commonwealth. Visit