Venues Wanted for the 2020 Expo & Design Awards

Next year’s event planning is already underway and is expected to be held in York, PA as we rotate around our geographical area.  We are looking for potential event spaces and recommendations on continuing education seminars and/or keynote speaker.  If any members have any ideas on a unique venue space or speakers, please pass them our way! Please email any ideas to Rachel Haynes at Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

AIA PA Design Award Winners

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects has debuted the 2019 architectural, student, and special award recipients with the 3rd annual Architectural Excellence Awards Broadcast streamed into viewing parties, offices, and homes across the Commonwealth. Over 50 firms and individuals across Pennsylvania were honored for excellence in design, contributions to the profession of architecture and commitment to the quality of the built environment. A central PA chapter viewing party was held at the Zoetropolis Theatre in Lancaster to screen the pre-produced broadcast and celebrate our local award winners.

Four individuals in the AIA Central Pennsylvania chapter were honored with three special awards and one design award:

Associate Award Recipient | Patrick Ness, Assoc. AIA
Allied Trades Award | Michael Klinepeter, Vice President | Pyramid Construction Services
Government Award | Don Kibler, New Cumberland Borough Councilman
Honor Award | Chris Dawson Architect – Amber Trekking Cabins

Click here to view all of the award recipients the 2019 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards.

Fall Lecture Recap | Peter Bohlin’s Nature of Circumstance

Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA was the speaker on November 7th for the AIA Central PA Fall Lecture. Peter’s presentation titled “Nature of Circumstance” provided an overview of his work as one of the founding principals of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which began practice as Bohlin and Powell in 1965 and now includes offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco and New York City.

The firm’s success and the professional recognition it has attained, are largely attributable to his design insights and untiring dedication to setting the highest standards for all work produced by the firm. His leadership and inspiration have established a culture of thoughtful, thorough design thinking throughout the practice and he remains keenly interested in both broad conceptual thinking and detail expression. In 2010, the American Institute of Architects awarded Peter with the Gold Medal, the highest honor for an individual in the profession.

BCJ’s high quality design & consistency across project types & scales is a direct testament to Peter’s leadership. The work’s beauty, honesty, and humanity are inspiring and he shared how his sensibilities were shaped early in life through connections to his natural surroundings and academic pursuits and how they continue to influence his designs.

Peter is a very generous person…not uncommon for people from the coal region. It is remarkable to have one our profession’s best designers over the last 50 years hail from Pennsylvania and come to Harrisburg to share his insights with the Central PA community. We had a strong turnout that provided Peter with a standing ovation at the end of the presentation.

Thank You to all the Sponsors – 15 sponsors made the lecture possible