AIA Central Pennsylvania’s President’s Message

Fellow AIA Members,

I am honored to serve as your 2022 AIA Central PA Section President. Over the past several years our leadership team has worked to transition from a chapter to a section of the state, and 2022 will serve as our first section year. As we have discussed with our members in the past, we hope this transition allows us more time to better connect with our members and increase our programs. Over the past two years, we have postponed many events, and switched others to virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic; I am hopeful this year will provide our leadership team with the opportunity to expand our events and continue to connect with our members.

Because of our location near the capitol and the closeness to AIA PA, we have unique opportunities for advocacy within our group. We also have several strong local organizations that we look forward to building and strengthening our relationships with, including USGBC, ACE Mentor Program, Harrisburg Area Community College, Revit Users Group, Historic Harrisburg, ABC and SCAEC. 

I am excited to serve as president during this pivotal time in our history. I encourage all of you to get involved and explore the value your membership to the AIA brings in 2022. Getting involved in one of our committees allows you to shape the future of AIA Central PA.

Please be on the lookout for updates on events, educational opportunities, and advocacy updates from leadership council. Mark your calendars now for the spring and fall lecture series and the architecture expo, which will be held in September in Harrisburg. If you have any questions or suggestions for the AIA Central Pennsylvania Leadership Council, please feel free to contact me. I hope to see you at our next event!

Elysia Mikkelson

Lecture Series is back for May 2022

AIA Central PA
Lecture Series

AIA Central PA is soliciting Sponsors for our 2022 lecture series – Sponsorships at
the $2,500, $500, & $300 levels are available. The lecture series are cherished
opportunities for the AIA and our community to gather and engage with national leaders
in the profession and learn about inspiring projects from around the world.

The 2021 Lecture Series included Thomas Phifer, FAIA making an online presentation
titled “Four Museums” on May 12th and Elizabeth Whittaker, AIA spoke to a full house
on Thursday November 4th at the Armstrong campus in Lancaster with a presentation
titled “Material Logic(s)”.

We intend to have 2 lectures again in 2022 (Spring & Fall) although we have not yet lined
up the speakers. We are planning to hold both as in-person events on the heels of last
Fall’s return to the in-person format sold out. Beth was the perfect mix of remarkable
talent and work combined with being easy to talk with which translated to a memorable
evening of peers and colleagues reconnecting in person around inspiring architecture.

Please consider sponsoring the 2022 AIA Central PA Lecture Series with a $500
donation or as an underwriter for $2,500. For $500 we will provide you with a full-page
advertisement in our Program and 2 tickets to the lecture. As an underwriter you will
receive all the benefits of a sponsor as well as prominent recognition in all event related
materials and you would be able to make brief remarks to the group at the start of the
lecture. Visit our website at

The AIA Central PA Lectures are memorable evenings when a large group of our
members gather to be inspired and socialize. Please do not hesitate to contact me with
any questions or concerns and thank you for considering my request.

Chris Dawson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Chris Dawson Architect

2021 Conference, Expo, and Design Awards

AIA Central Pennsylvania will once again hold their popular Conference, Expo & Design Awards for 2022.  Registration will be coming in the next few months.

Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Place: Historic King Mansion, 2201 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA  17101
2:00pm – 3:00pm Building Tour #1
3:00pm – 4:00pm Building Tour #2
4:00pm – 5:00pm Building Tour #3
5:00pm – 6:45pm Happy Hour and Vendor Expo
6:45pm – 7:30pm Keynote Speaker
7:30pm – 9:00pm Design Awards.
* this event will be held in accordance with CDC guidelines and ballpark facility safety guidelines

Vendor space is limited and vendor registration is open.  Please go to to complete the sponsorship form indicating you would like to be a vendor.

See all 2021 Design Awards


Emerging Professionals Committee:

The Emerging Professional committee is excited to announce the return of our summer series in 2022! We will be organizing events in Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York for our recent graduates, interns and young architects to explore local architecture and network with other young professionals with a passion for the built environment. If you have an suggestions for a tour in your area please contact Be on the lookout for an invite for our first event in June!

ARE Materials Wish List
Help our Emerging Professionals Committee create a resource library with new ARE materials! Buy or donate to the lending library and get a special thank you in our next newsletter. Contact if you have any of the material below. Thank you for contributing to this important cause, and helping our young professionals succeed.

      1.     PPI (Ballast) ARE 5.0 Review Bundle
        2.     Brightwood (Kaplan) ARE 5.0 Complete Library
        3.     Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings
        4.     Building Construction Illustrated
        5.     The Architect’s Studio Companion
        6.     The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice
        7.     Printed copies of A101-2017
        8.     Printed copies of B201-2017
        9.     Graphic Standards
      2. 10.

      3. 11.
      4. Building Codes Illustrated
      5. Access to current International Building Code (IBC)

Call for Member Articles

AIA Central PA would like to feature scholarly articles / blogs related to our profession in each quarterly newsletter. This is an excellent opportunity to have your article published and available to your fellow architects / engineers in Central PA. If you are interested in submitting an article or blog please send your inquiries to Brett Hallacher at

Membership Notes

A short note and reminder from AIA Pennsylvania about membership.  Thank you to all of AIA Central members that have already renewed their membership and paid their dues.  A quick reminder that if you did not pay your dues by April 4th your membership has lapsed.   Please know that there was a software issue with your dues calculation in AIA Central Pennsylvania.  When you logged in to pay your membership you did no pay state dues.  You should have received a communication from AIA with a personal link to complete your state dues payment.   Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this issue. 

Capitol Advocacy & Education

From its Harrisburg headquarters, AIA Pennsylvania manages state government affairs on behalf of all its members. The Government Affairs Committee, in collaboration with staff is talking with Pennsylvania’s legislature about changes and bills that will affect all architect’s futures.  Be in the know and check out the changes on the horizon here


Upcoming Webinars/Conference opportunities

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Job Opportunities

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