Applauding Member Dedication and Engagement in 2020

AIA Pennsylvania would like to express gratitude to the nearly 3,000 members  – licensed architects, emerging professionals, and AEC industry professionals – across Pennsylvania that remained steadfastly dedicated to the advancement of the architecture profession and quality of the built environment amidst the daily challenges of navigating life and work in 2020. 

Whether you (the member!) ….

> opened and read the “Pennsylvania Architect” newsletter, “Keystone Clips” newsletter, the new “ICYMI” (in case you missed it) recap newsletter, or calendar notices

> took advantage of AIA Pennsylvania’s preferred PPE vendor

> signed up to participate in the first-ever statewide mentorship program (registration closes Jan 8, 2021)

> shared your firm’s updated information for inclusion in the 2020 year in review publication’s firm directory (submissions due Jan 8, 2021)

> inquired about Bell Insurance’s discounted rates on a wide range of insurance including health, dental, and vision

> volunteered your expertise to retrofit buildings and other facilities to accommodate anticipated surges in acute inpatient care

> kept up with the 30+ COVID-19 bulletins/notices alerting members to important developments and resources impacting architectural services and construction operations, updates on federal relief packages, and relevant resources and webinars

> posted a job opportunity (free to members) on or submitted member/firm news for feature on the “latest” blog

> placed an order for contract documents at the discounted member rate

> contributed your perspective or attended any of the following virtual programs live or on-demand (linked below):

Programming addressing the challenges of operating a practice amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Programming addressing unlicensed and unethical practice complaints

Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) training

– Two-part Citizen Architect Town Hall Series + bonus KEEA & AIA PA Joint Advocacy Webinar 

AEC Industry Collaboration for Better Business/Built Environment Outcomes Webinar

– Three EPiC Happy Hours on keeping firm culture alive remotely, the opportunities that come with an economic downturn, and a conversation for new grads

– Two-part “Secrets to Awards Success Webinar Series” exploring the Framework for Design Excellence and its role in the inaugural COTE Awards as well as an inside look at how Bohlin Cywinski Jackson crafts their awards submissions to tell a holistic story that fits into their larger marketing and business development efforts

– Three-part “Small Firm Seminar Series with topics spanning the business, art, and science that is the everyday reality of practice for the small firm “archipreneur” balancing it all

> logged on to monthly risk management webinars offered through Fenner & Esler, AIA Pennsylvania preferred liability insurance provider

> assessed your firm’s EPiC-ness in support of emerging professionals

> shared your dedication to licensure and your community with an application to the Paula Maynes ARE Grant

> submitted to the Architectural Excellence Awards or tuned into the broadcast

> engaged in Architects Tele-Action Day

> provided feedback through the 2021-2022 Legislative Survey, outlook on COVID-19 survey, small firm programming pivot survey, or by reaching out directly

> shared your expertise to earn media coverage highlighting the architects’ leading role in charting a path forward to mitigate the spread of the virus (see coverage here, here, here, and here)

> invested in the future of the profession with a donation to the Pennsylvania Architects PAC

> contributed your time and talent to lead or contribute to an AIA Pennsylvania committee or through service on the Board of Directors

 … AIA Pennsylvania is grateful for your engagement and passion for the profession amidst the challenges of 2020!

We urge you to renew your AIA membership for 2021* or consider joining** to take advantage of the opportunities listed above as well as the connections and benefits that come with membership at the local, state, and national chapter tiers of the AIA – nearly 95,000 members strong.

*Members may request a dues adjustment or waiver of dues for exceptional circumstances such as medical disability, family leave, sabbatical, or unemployment. Contact your local AIA chapter or Michelle McKenna at to be directed to your appropriate local chapter contact to inquire about the process. Dues installment options are available upon renewal. Learn more about the dues installment program here >

**New graduates receive free membership for up to 18 months. Read more about the benefits of joining the AIA as a new graduate >