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AIA Pennsylvania celebrates 2023 Student Awards recipients

November 28, 2023

Architecture students recognized for academic achievement and career readiness

AIA Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Institute of Architects, announces the 2023 Architectural Excellence Student Awards, first debuting on November 16, with the premiere of the annual Architectural Excellence Awards broadcast and five accompanying viewing parties hosted across the state. The broadcast premiere showcased honorees in five programs, including the Design AwardsCommittee on the Environment (COTE) AwardsSpecial AwardsStudent Awards, and EPiC Firm Recognition.

Annually, the Student Awards recognize one architecture student from each of the seven Pennsylvania schools offering an accredited architecture program, as determined by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The faculty of each of the seven schools put forth a graduating student for proficiency in academics and design and readiness to meet the challenges and responsibilities of a career in architecture. The 2023 Student Award recipients are:

Rachel Ruscigno
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture
Master of Architecture (M. Arch)

Rachel Sasson
Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)

Rye Ahronson
Marywood University, School of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)

John Martin
Pennsylvania State University, Stuckeman School, College of Arts and Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)

Auriel Lewis
Thomas Jefferson University, College of Architecture and the Built Environment
Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)

Emely Fernandez
Temple University, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Master of Architecture (M. Arch)

Jenna Arndt
University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design
Master of Architecture (M. Arch)

The 2023 Student Awards are supported by sponsor Behr, dedicated to meeting the coating and color needs of architects and designers with a commitment to quality, innovation and value.

About AIA Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA Pennsylvania, represents nearly 3,000 members across the Commonwealth working at the forefront of a nearly $17 billion construction industry. AIA Pennsylvania advocates for the value of architecture and policies that promote economic prosperity and the health, safety, and welfare of the public. As a membership organization, the chapter provides architecture professionals with the statewide community, advocacy, and knowledge to affect positive outcomes through the power of design.

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