Spring Lecture Series Recap

Thomas Phifer, FAIA was the speaker on May 12th for the AIA Central PA Spring Lecture. Tom’s presentation titled “Four Museums” was a deep dive on his firm’s design of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glenstone Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.


It was deeply inspiring to see Thomas Phifer & Partners work and understand the painstaking attention to not only how daylight is handled in the museum galleries but also how the patron experience was considered. Tom spoke to their attention to the spaces between the galleries as a critical component for viewing the art. Seth Wentz, Jim White, and Michelle McKenna were the driving forces behind making the lecture happen and I am grateful for their energy and commitment. We had about 100 people tune in and take part again. The Q&A portion at the end of the presentation made the experience specific to AIA Central PA and provided some of the access that has been so special about the lecture series. Undoubtedly it is better to be able to gather for a lecture in person and we are looking forward to the Fall in-person lecture.

Thank You to all the Sponsors – 13 sponsors made the lecture possible. It is meaningful to see support continue for our lecture series given the impact of a global pandemic on the economy.

Fall Lecture | Save the Date

Elizabeth Whittaker, AIA with MERGE architects in Boston joins AIA Central Pennsylvania for the Fall 2021 Lecture on Thursday November 4th at Armstrong’s corporate campus in Lancaster. Registration will open closer to the date.


2021 Conference, Expo, and Design Awards

Call for submissions! The 2021 Excellence in Design Awards is now open for submissions.

Registered Architects and Intern/Associate Architect members of the section are highly encouraged to submit their best built and unbuilt work for review by a jury of peer architects. Eligible members must be current members in good standing of the Central Pennsylvania section. Eligible work includes architecture, interior architecture, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, renovation, and restoration projects as well as planning and urban design efforts. Built and unbuilt projects completed after January 2016 which have not previously received an award from the AIA Central Pennsylvania section are eligible. Awards may be given by the jury recognizing Honor, Merit and Citation levels of achievement.

Design award submissions are due by 5:00 pm on August 9, 2021



The Conference, Expo, and Design Awards returns to an in-person celebration. Join us at the York Revolution Ballpark
September 29, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Building Tours
  • Exclusive Vendor Expo
  • Happy Hour
  • Design Awards Reveal

* this event will be held in accordance with CDC guidelines and ballpark facility safety guidelines

ACE Mentor Program

Sporting Clay Shoot Save the Date

The ACE Mentor program of Central PA will hold the First Annual ACE Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser at the Central Penn Sporting Clays in Wellsville, PA this September. Multiple levels of sponsorship are available and 100% of proceeds will go directly to the scholarship fund that supports local students entering the AEC industry professions. Please reach out to kleed@cra-architects.com for more information!

The Central PA ACE affiliate program began in York County in 2004 with the support of firms like yours. Our affiliate has grown to offer quality programs in four counties (Dauphin, York, Cumberland, and Lancaster). The ACE Mentor program’s mission is to “enlighten and motivate high school students to career opportunities in Architecture, Construction and Engineering and related areas of the design/construct industry through mentoring”. For information about the program or becoming a mentor visit our website: ACE Mentor Program of America

2021 Scholarships Awarded to Local Students

The ACE Mentor program of Central PA awarded a total of eight $1,000 scholarships to 8 local students (listed below) throughout the Central PA region.

Carson Messinger, Home Schooled
Cole Pynes, Camp Hill HS
Dalton Green, Penn Manor HS
Jack Beckley, Camp Hill HS
Juliana Weiss, Solanco HS
Margaret Doherty, Central Dauphin HS
Nicholas Edelman, Manheim Township HS
Sydney Miller, Lower Dauphin HS

Due to the loyal support from our local AEC industry the Central PA ACE affiliate has provided over $100,000 in scholarships to local students across the region. A huge thank you to our AIA Central PA leadership and members for their continued support and contributions to the program.

Call for ACE Mentors!

There is no substitute for experience — the ACE Mentor Program is driven by the committed and enthusiastic participation of volunteer mentors who are practicing professionals in their respective fields. ACE offers high school students the best opportunities because ACE offers the best industry mentors.


Small Firm Exchange (Sfx) Update

Call for ARE 5.0 Study Materials

Do you have ARE 5.0 study materials that are collecting dust? Do you want to support Associate AIA members pursuing licensure? Consider donating your used guides to the AIA Central PA Lending Library!

The Lending Library is made possible thanks to member donations. Your support could update the inventory of guides available to emerging professionals and make them that much more successful in their ARE 5.0 exam journey.

Have materials to donate? Contact Michelle McKenna

Upcoming Events

September 29th – Conference, Expo, and Design Awards

November 18th – AIA Pennsylvania Design Awards

Job Opportunities

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