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Citizen Architect Town Hall Series: The Architect’s Role in Re-Opening Pennsylvania and the Country

May 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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Ahead of the opening of election season kicking off on June 2nd with Pennsylvania’s primaries, get in the civic spirit with the AIA Pennsylvania! Join us for the first of three Citizen Architect Town Hall Series on Friday, May 29 (1 pm EST). 

Throughout the series, AIA Pennsylvania will provide updates on state and federal initiatives and resources to help members position themselves as trusted resources for their clients, communities, and elected officials as the country begins to reopen and reimagine alternatives in the built environment. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear how the AIA is working behind the scenes to strengthen and  build relationships with legislators and partners to ensure the industry has the strongest foundation to bounce back.

Save the date for the final two town halls – June 11 (PAC Members Only – donate here to join the PAC) and June 26.

P.S. The last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot for the primary is May 26 


This webinar has been approved for 1 AIA LU

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how AIA members and lobbyists at the state and local level are positioning architects as a resource for government and industry re-opening and beyond.
  2. Receive a national update from AIA on bills and initiatives impacting architects and the built environment.
  3. Discuss the prominent role architects play in the re-opening of business in Pennsylvania and the country.
  4. Discuss how architects can get involved and help AIA make an impact.

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Meet the Panelists:

Scott Compton, AIA, NCARB, LEEP AP
Principal at Compton Insights

Scott is a Principal with Compton Insights, an architecture and planning firm focused on sustainable solutions to extend the lifecycle of existing buildings and campuses. With over 30 years of experience in architectural design, systems integration, facilities management, and historic preservation, Scott has managed the assessment of facilities for institutional, governmental, and commercial clients nationwide.

As 2019 Chair of AIA National’s Corporate Architects and Facility Managers Advisory Group (CAFM), he works to develop content for the CAFM knowledge Community. Locally, Scott served as the 2018 President of AIA Pennsylvania, and continues serving as Co-Chair Emeritus of their Government Affairs Committee, and AIA Pennsylvania Director to the AIA Philadelphia Board.

He is a regular presenter at regional conferences and has offered testimony on architectural topics to Pennsylvania House and Senate legislators on school construction lifecycles and historic preservation tax credits. For the past few years, Scott has been working to bridge the advocacy efforts of AIA Pennsylvania, Green Building United, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and AIA Philadelphia for legislation impacting the built environment.


Kara Kempski
Manager of Federal Relations at AIA







Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Fellow, USGBC Faculty, WELL AP
2020 AIA Pennsylvania President

Marc takes pride in seeing the potential for design and sustainability innovation where others do not. He has been a licensed architect for over a decade and has been an influential voice in sustainability since the early 1990s. As Managing Principal and Cofounder of evolveEA, Marc works with greening design and construction projects in order to leverage organizational and operational sustainability while raising awareness within all who will listen. Marc works closely with university, retail, healthcare, K-12, historic, non-profit and institutional clients on an ongoing basis and understands the process and pressure points for the leveraged and successful implementation of sustainable design strategies. His consulting work has led to many notable and innovative firsts, including the first LEED certified project in Africa, the oldest LEED EB certified project (1869) and the first LEED certified supermarket.

In 2015, Marc was selected as a LEED Fellow for his service, commitment and contributions to the green building and sustainability field. Marc has lectured nationally, is one of several dozen international professionals to be named US Green Building Council LEED Faculty and is a trained facilitator. Since 2006, he has taught nearly one hundred workshops nationally to thousands of attendees. He is also helping to change his region by serving as Chair of AIA Pennsylvania’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), as well as the Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Committee and the Board of AIA Pittsburgh. Marc’s consulting is backed by his career as an architect with experience in commercial, office, residential, and institutional projects.

Amal Mahrouki
Director of Legislative Affairs at AIA Pennsylvania

Amal is an Association Management and Government Relations professional with a talent for building coalitions and strengthening relationships through advocacy. Known for her dynamic personality and making a lasting impression, Amal has developed great relationships in the Harrisburg community with legislators, staff, lobbyists, association professionals, and the occasional artist. Amal has been with AIA Pennsylvania since September of 2014. She started as the Manager of Member Relations and Advocacy and was promoted to the Director of Legislative Affairs in January of 2017. Amal graduated from DeSales University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. She spent the first three years of her career as a professional actor in live theatre before she began her work in Pennsylvania politics in 2013.

Blake Nanney
Advocacy Specialist at AIA







Steve Swarney
Executive Director at AIA Pennsylvania

Stephen M. Swarney, J.D. started at AIA Pennsylvania in September 2013 with a mission to make architects the voice of the construction industry.  Swarney is a registered lobbyist and has an extensive network that includes members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate and their staffs as well as design and construction related advocacy organizations. In his role at AIA Pennsylvania, Swarney demonstrates extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning, legislative advocacy, legal activity and grassroots activism. Swarney is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Pennsylvania Association of Government Relations. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the Widener University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Mansfield University and has completed Graduate Coursework in Organizational Leadership in the areas of Government and Community Relations. Steve resides in Harrisburg with his wife and three children, and spends some of his spare time as a PIAA Football Official.






May 29, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm