Earlier this year, AIA Pennsylvania and 2021 President Jeff Pastva, AIA bestowed the President’s Award on two deserving recipients who were qualified in their own way. One has been a visionary board leader, who helped chart Jeff’s path to leadership and the other has spearheaded two of AIA Pennsylvania’s most critical and timely committees.
The AIA Pennsylvania President’s Award is presented at the discretion of the President of the Board of Directors, in recognition of special contributions and/or particular support of the profession, the business of architecture or the built environment, in Pennsylvania. The award is open to anyone, including members, non-members, architects, and others.
Jeff honored the following recipients at the now customary outgoing “President’s Roast,” held at the end of January 2022. Read Jeff’s statements on the deserving awardees.
Marc Mondor, AIA
Marc is my immediate predecessor as President of the board and is someone I worked closely with during my tenure. Among his many accomplishments, I see his lasting legacy on the board as the individual who started both the COTE and the EDI committees. While others have taken the helm since their inception, the transition of leadership and the continuation of its mission is a testament to their success and Marc’s leadrship. The aim to tackle two of the most critical issues of our time and align with both National and Local initiatives of our broader organization.
Robert (Bob) Kelly, FAIA
Bob is also a past President of the board and someone who helped mentor me from board member to leading the organization. Because he sought my counsel early and often in my board career as I was getting to know the ropes, I felt prepared to be President much earlier than I may have otherwise. We worked on numerous high profile initiatives together and he was the first person to place a focus on the up and down stream exchange of information, particularly to the smaller chapters of our state who had less resources. This vision led to starting a fully digital design awards pre-pandemic, that has become the gold standard across the AIA.