President's Message

By: Tammie Fitzpatrick, AIA


Thank you for voting me in as your 2014 AIA Central Pennsylvania President.  I am excited to be in the position and look forward to serving you this year.  We have some great events and opportunities for members this year, so please check all of our e-mail blasts that get delivered to your inbox.  I know it can be overwhelming at times, but each email carries important information about an event or an advocacy alert.  


I also want to address the age old question we hear from architects time and time again, "What does the AIA do for me?"  I admit that I once uttered the question as well, but when I got involved with the AIA, the answer became quite clear.  There are many benefits to being an AIA member, but the benefits grow exponentially once you get involved.  I have included a link to the "Member Benefits and Resource Guide" and it is also posted on our website under "Membership". 


Aside from the benefits outlined by National in the guide, our local chapter offers learning and networking opportunities at all of our events.  Read more...

Government Affairs

By: Chris Dawson, AIA


Bruce Johnson, AIA & I sit on the AIA Pennsylvania Government Affairs Committee of 10 statewide AIA members and we work closely with AIA Pennsylvania's Executive Director, Stephen Swarney, and lobbying consultants, the Winter Group, to pursue the interests of our membership as impacted by legislation at the state and even national level.  Read more...

Architects Day Registration

By: Rebekah Waddell


Please join your colleagues in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

 for Pennsylvania's Annual Architects Day. 


There are other groups and professions speaking about architects. Please come and help us set the record straight. All members are invited to participate! Come and advocate on behalf of architects and the profession of architecture. If not you, who?


April 8, 2014

  • 7:15 - 8 Breakfast / Registration (Location: AIA Pennsylvania)
  • 8 - 9 Introductory Speaker & Lobbying Coordination (Location: AIA Pennsylvania)
  • 9 - 1 Lobbying Appointments (Location: Capitol Complex)
  • 1 - 2 Lunch & Debrief (Location: AIA Pennsylvania)


To register for the event, email rwaddell@aiapa.org

*Registration is free for all AIA members*


Your voice can make a difference!

Spring Lecture Series

By: Chris Dawson, AIA


Our 2014 AIA Central Pennsylvania Lecture Series will kick off on Thursday May 29th in York. Steve Dumez, FAIA will make a presentation about the work of his New Orleans based firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple titled "Building Community" at 7pm at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum. Steve is a Partner and the Director of Design at EDR.  Read more...

Please join us!  Register now at  ww.regonline.com/springlecture


Registration for AIA Members & Students is just $10!


2014 Lecture Series Sponsors:
Centria                                                Diversified Lighting Associates
Modernfold of Reading                    Engineering Society of York
RLPS Architects                                Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani
LSC Design                                       Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects
Keith Bush Associates                    PA Concrete Masonry Assoc.
Conestoga Tile                                 Tippetts/Weaver Architects
Paragon Engineering Services
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Grassroots Review

By: Seth Wentz, AIA


The 2014 AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference was held 

on March 19-21 this year in D.C.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure of attending Grassroots I'll give you a brief summary of what Grassroots is.  This is a unique leadership conference that 

 provides attendees with insight on the progress that AIA National is making and has planned, provides seminars that help component leaders to provide more meaningful member services to their state and local chapters, and also asks attendees to meet with their political leaders in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  This was by no means my first time attending the Grassroots Conference, but it seems that every time I attend I learn more than I had expected and meet inspiring members from other regions of the country and the world. Read more...

Yeoman Architect

By: James Mehaffey, AIA

99 Problems - How a Basketball Team 
Evicted  Hundreds of Property Owners Through Eminent Domain  


Justified taking of privately owned land for the public good or just a land grab?  One perspective on the story of the Nets moving to Brooklyn.


To read the full article, click here.


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Making Rain with Technical Staff

By: Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM


This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of A/E Marketing Journal. 


A storm has been brewing for many years in the design and construction industry.  The clouds began gathering with the onset of the Great Recession, when many firms jettisoned their dedicated business developers and transferred those responsibilities to technical staff.  The clouds thickened as technical professionals were downsized from AEC firms and found themselves sitting on the other side of the table - working for the companies, institutions, and governmental agencies that hire AEC firms.


The resulting tempest created by these trends has in some ways reversed the tide, moving the industry back toward technical rainmakers in lieu of full-time salespeople.  Read more...

Call for Entries

By: Tammie Fitzpatrick, AIA


Save the date for Thursday, October 2, 2014!

2013 Citation Award Winner
LSC Design Headquarters
by LSC Desing. 

This year we are holding the Conference 

and Expo at the Yorktown Hotel in York, Pa.  The Yorktowne Hotel is a prominent landmark that reflects the history of another nostalgic era, the roaring twenties.  Built in 1925, The Yorktown Hotel stands 11 stories tall in the heart of downtown York's historic neighborhood.  Twenty foot high ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and wood paneling welcome you as you enter the lobby.


The day will begin with an architectural history tour of a few historic buildings in downtown York, and the day will continue with several exciting CEU seminars and Vendor Expo.  Happy hour will begin at 4pm with heavy hors d' oeuvres and cocktails followed at 6pm with the Keynote Speaker and the Design Awards.

2013 Citation Award Winner
Workshop for a Machinist
by TONO Architects, LLC


So, it's time to start thinking about entering

your best projects to be recognized for your outstanding work in advancing Architecture in Central Pennsylvania. 


Submissions are due July 17, 2014


Winners will be announced and all work celebrated at the Design Awards Celebration at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at The Yorktowne Hotel, 48 East Market Street, York, PA 17401.


For more information, to download forms, or to register for the Conference and Expo or the Design Awards Event, visit our website or email us.  

The cost per entry is $75.  

Tickets to the whole day Event may be purchased separately at $30 a ticket.


Thank you to the exhibitors who have already confirmed:

            Modernfold                 Architectural Resources

            Print-O-Stat                Scranton Products

Spring 2014
President's Message
Government Affairs
Architects Day Registration
Spring Lecture Series
Grassroots Review
Yeoman Architect
Making Rain
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