Congratulations to Pennsylvania’s Newest Architects | December 2020

We all know how difficult 2020 has been, but despite the challenge, the following list of members persisted in their architectural licensing goal during these tough times. The path to licensure requires many hours of rigorous studying, six lengthy exams, and fees associated with testing. With the added hurdle of the COVID-19 pandemic, these new architects deserve an extra round of applause!

Join us in congratulating AIA Pennsylvania’s newest architects!

The newest of the new (October – December 2020)

Robert L. Smith, AIA
Theresa E. Starrs, AIA

Meet 2020’s Newest Architects:

Nazin Bagherynejad, AIA
Kara Berteotti, AIA
Amy L. Brakefield, AIA
Laura Casaccio, AIA
Ryan Cole, AIA
Peter J. Colello, AIA
Matthew A. Dawson, AIA
Paul J. Gehringer, AIA
Devon T. Gray, AIA
Christina L. Guerrero, AIA
Robert D. Hallock, AIA
Natalie M. Hetu, AIA
Margaret Holsinger, AIA
Cheryl W. Hu, AIA
Brian Karcher, Assoc. AIA
Clarissa Kelsey, Assoc. AIA
Jacob S. Knipper, AIA
Parva M. Markiw, AIA
Eric Mueth, AIA
Anne M. Niedrach, AIA
Andrew C. Pedron, AIA
Mr. Michael Pfautz Jr., Assoc. AIA
Peter T. Salim, AIA
Robert L. Smith, AIA
Theresa E. Starrs, AIA
Kathryn Tichy, AIA
Christopher W. Urban, Assoc. AIA
Jessica A. Vitali, AIA
John F. Way, AIA
Nicolette Wojtak, AIA

The above AIA Pennsylvania members have undergone an extensive process of education, experience, and examination to earn the title architect in 2020. Architectural licensing is exclusively granted when candidates demonstrate professional education, complete a rigorous program of practical experience under the supervision of a licensed architect and pass a comprehensive professional examination. The Pennsylvania State Architects Licensure Board is responsible for setting and upholding these regulatory standards to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

If you are an AIA Pennsylvania member who earned your license in the year 2020 and are not recognized on this list, please contact Michelle McKenna at to be acknowledged.