Member News & Insights // September 2020

Codes Advocate Maureen Guttman Featured as Citizen Architect

Citizen architects use their insights, talents, training, and experience to make positive contributions to their community by engaging in the administrative and legislative political process. This month AIA Pennsylvania member, Maureen Guttman, AIA, and her crusade for stronger, more efficient energy codes is featured. As former chair of the UCC Review and Advisory Council (RAC), Maureen was instrumental in shepherding Pennsylvania’s adoption of the 2015 ICC codes back in 2018.

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Senator Tim Kearney Joins Governor Wolf in the Call for Legislative Action to Help Homeowners and Renters Avoid an Eviction Cliff

“Every person deserves a decent, affordable, and safe place to live,” said Sen. Tim Kearney, AIA. “In a pandemic, ensuring housing stability is not just a moral imperative but also a public health necessity. The General Assembly must act now to help keep people in their homes. Families across Pennsylvania are facing an emergency at their doorsteps, and they are waiting for us in the General Assembly to do our job.” As part of the 2020 PHARE funding, back in mid-August, Senator Kearney announced $1.4 million in affordable housing grants for his constituents in Delaware and Chester counties.

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Bea Spolidoro Interviewed for Smithsonian Magazine’s “How Will Covid-19 Change the Way Museums Are Built?”

Bea Spolidoro AIA, WELL AP and Eric Fisher AIA, LEED AP of FISHERARCHitecture are featured in this exploration of how the global pandemic will affect the form and function of future museums. Earlier this year, Bea produced thought leadership that AIA Pennsylvania secured placement for including an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, feature in Work Design Magazine, and connection to the editor for this interview for Smithsonian Magazine. 

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AIA PA Regional Associate Director Megan Henry Shares Insights from the Lehigh Valley Business’ 2020 Healthcare Symposium

COVID-19 has caused many changes in our personal and professional lives – including attendance of events. This past August, Megan Henry, Associate AIA,  had the opportunity to virtually represent MKSD at the Lehigh Valley Business 2020 Healthcare Symposium – a discussion focused on the future of telehealth and healthcare for employers.

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Eric Booth Authors StartNow Pittsburgh Feature Expressing Urgency of Designing Wellness-Focused Spaces

Eric Booth, AIA, shares why it’s so important to rethink our spaces for wellness amidst the pandemic. In this piece for StartNow Pittsburgh, Eric also offers solutions that don’t break budgets.

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Joyce Lee Leads Petition to the World Health Organization (WHO) Urging Enhanced Guidance on Role of Buildings in Addressing COVID-19

More than 680 built environment experts from 51 countries have come together in a statement urging public health leaders to adopt and advance indoor environment best practices proven to help protect building occupants worldwide from the spread of COVID-19.

“This makes clear the universal belief that our buildings play a crucial role in this fight. Each of us, along with many of the organizations we represent, stand ready to advance science-based solutions to help save lives around the globe,” said Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, WELL AP, LEED Fellow, President, IndigoJLD Green + Health.

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Scott Erdy, FAIA Named Farm of the Future Panelist

Scott Erdy, FAIA, of Erdy McHenry Architects, is slated to present for “The Farm of the Future,” a series of deep dialogues that will gather diverse kinds of thinkers and doers to work together on opportunities to advance sustainable agriculture involving animal production for viable and humane food systems. These dialogues are a joint project of the Penn Veterinary School and the Weitzman School of Design at Penn, organized by PennPraxis, which supports design action and thought leadership to advance inclusion, innovation, and impact in communities that design doesn’t serve.

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