Established in 2015, the AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professionals ARE Grant is dedicated to the remembrance of Paula Maynes, AIA. She inspired us with a legacy of mentorship, service to the profession, a stellar work ethic and a unique calm, collaborative nature. These ARE the qualities that embodied Paula and are what we seek to develop in ARE grant recipients.

This year we will be awarding up to 7 architecture graduates with grants in the amount of $235 to cover the cost of 1 portion of the ARE! In accordance with our partnership with Brightwood Architecture Education, each grant recipient will receive a FULL Brightwood Architecture Education ARE Study Guide Library. 


AIA Pennsylvania’s Emerging Professionals Committee (EPiC) has identified a need to provide assistance to Associates throughout the Commonwealth, who are taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Due to the lingering impacts of the recession on the architectural, design and construction fields, many emerging professionals are still underemployed and struggling to pay off school loans. EPiC believes it is essential for the future success of our profession to retain as many young professionals and Associates as possible and aims to facilitate their path to licensure. An important component of our commitment to emerging professionals is our initiative to provide more financial assistance to pay for the ARE.


This grant is dedicated to the remembrance of Paula Maynes, AIA.  She was an ardent supporter of the creation of this grant, and she inspired us with a legacy of mentorship, service to the profession, a stellar work ethic and a unique calm, collaborative nature.  These qualities that embodied Paula are what we seek to develop in ARE candidates in Pennsylvania. We aspire to become more like her, with a healthy work-life balance.

Paula graduated from CMU’s Architecture Program and worked for several architectural firms before starting Maynes Associates Architects for the past 20-plus years.  She served two terms on the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors and two terms on the AIA PA Board of Directors. She was the President of AIA Pittsburgh in 2008, Secretary of the AIA Pennsylvania Board in 2012, and she chaired the Government Affairs committee in 2010 and 2011.  Paula mentored new graduates and volunteered as a panel judge at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. This award aims to recognize aspiring architects in Pennsylvania, who follow her footsteps through their dedication to achieving licensure and towards positively impacting their profession and community.


A $235 award, the cost of one division of the 7 part ARE exam, will be given to up to 7 eligible candidates. In accordance with our Brightwood Architecture Education partnership, each grant recipient will receive a full Brightwood Architecture Education ARE 5.0 Study Guide Library. AIA Pennsylvania requests that these libraries be returned to AIA Pennsylvania upon completion of the ARE’s to be donated to other components or architectural graduates in need.


In order to be eligible for the Paula Maynes ARE Scholarship, interested applicants must be (1) an AIA Pennsylvania Associate Member (2) a NCARB record holder in good standing.


Applications will be reviewed by the AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professionals Committee (EPiC), and winners will be presented to the AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors for approval.*

Applicants should demonstrate one or more of the following:

  1. Significant contributions to the profession and/or community
  2. A passion for Architecture and the pursuit of registration
  3. A financial need

*Grant recipients are approved by the AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors. All results are final.


The submission deadline is 5 PM on August 31, 2018. Please submit your application and upload your documentation as outlined below via this form. Recipients will be announced in October of 2018.

Completed scholarship applications must include the following four items uploaded in one pdf file:

  1. Statement of contribution to the community and/or profession or statement of intent/ideas to contribute to the profession (limited to 1 page, 500 words)
  2. One professional biography and/or résumé (limited to 2 pages)
  3. One recommendation letter
    *Applicants must provide a signed recommendation letter from an AXP Mentor or Supervisor, an AIA member in good standing, or an AIA Component Executive. This recommendation letter is limited to one page and must be collected by the applicant and supplied with the additional supporting materials.
  4. Proof of eligibility to sit for the ARE, and/or receipts of passing divisions of the ARE.
    *This includes your (1) Authorization to Test Expiration Date and (2) your NCARB AXP number.


If you have any questions about the program, please contact Olivia Perry, AIA Pennsylvania Manager of Communications: or 717-236-4055


  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please upload all the documentation outlined above in one .pdf file.