Safer Schools by Design

The recent school shooting in Florida continues an unsettling trend of assaults on students in their neighborhood schools.  While the debate will continue at the national level on proposals for arming teachers and “hardening” our schools, in Pennsylvania, we need to continue the conversation on what can be done to make our students safer at…

AIA Pennsylvania Adds Four Association Excellence Awards to Collection

AIA Pennsylvania is proud to announce the addition of four Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives (PASAE) Laurel Awards to our existing award collection. The PASAE Laurel Awards give AIA Pennsylvania the chance to reflect on our accomplishments and honor the dedication of our board, committees, and staff. Being honored with multiple awards for the third year in a row is the cherry…

Member & Firm News // January 2018

Firm News Member News Member Blogs Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti) get out of town renewal Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey) Renewal (at Each Beginning) New Member Welcome Join us in extending a warm welcome to 2018’s newest members: Patricia L. De Vito, AIA | Project Architect, Buell Kratzer Powell Ltd. Sara Patrick,…

Update on Building Codes in PA 

Update on Building Codes in PA                                                                                                December 13, 2017 By Al Comly, AIA, AIA Pennsylvania Board Member, Building Codes Subcommittee Chair Act 36 of 2017 (revisions to the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) and the Review and Advisory Council (RAC)) was signed by Governor Wolf on October 25, 2017.  Fifteen pages of text have many implications…

Another Victory for AIA Pennsylvania and Solar Energy!

AIA Pennsylvania Government Affairs Committee member and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Climate Change Advisory Committee, A. Stevens Krug, AIA, PE, LEEDap, attended the Governor’s signing of Act 40 of 2017 which closes the PJM boarders and ensures the growth of the renewable energy industry in the Commonwealth.  View the Governor’s press release…

Pennsylvania Architects: Time to Mobilize on Tax Reform

AIA Pennsylvania advocates for the profession of architecture in the Commonwealth and remains focused on state politics. Additionally, we always support and defer to AIA National concerning Federal policy and regulation. Yesterday, the AIA National Government Affairs Team sent out the Action Alerts below detailing the concerns for architects regarding the proposed Tax Credits and Jobs…

Governor Signs UCC Building Codes Legislation into Law

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2017 Published by: AIA Pennsylvania Government Affairs Team Contact: Amal Mahrouki, amahrouki@aiapa.org, 717-236-4055 After two legislative sessions, Pennsylvania is a step closer to building code updates. On October 25, 2017, Governor Wolf signed HB 409 into law, creating Act 36 of 2017, a move applauded by AIA Pennsylvania. “This piece…

Pennsylvania’s Best Architecture Celebrated Across the Keystone State

Harrisburg, PA – October 27, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced its 2017 Architectural Excellence Design and Special Awards recipients with an inaugural simulcast streamed into viewing parties, offices, and homes across the Commonwealth. Over 30 firms and individuals across Pennsylvania were honored for excellence in design…

AIA PA Welcomes New Membership Coordinator

Meghan is excited to be joining the AIA Pennsylvania team as the new Membership Coordinator. Meghan received her Bachelors Degree at the University of Kentucky, studying Theatre with a concentration in Costume Design and Construction. Meghan was very involved in college, being a part of many organizations on campus. She was the Membership Director for…