Design Awards

By: Tammie Fitzpatrick, AIA 


It is with great joy that I present the 2012 AIA Central PA Design Award winners.  This year, we received 36 submissions from eight architects in our chapter.  The projects vary in use, size, scope, budget, and design.  This year our chapter had the opportunity to collaborate with our AIA friends at Lake/Flato Architects  in San Antonio, Texas.   Architect Greg Papay, managing partner of Lake/Flato Architects, served as jury chair.  Greg has been with the firm since 1993. During this time he has had the opportunity to work on a variety of building types ranging from the $174 million arena for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to the School of Nursing for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, which was selected by the AIA as a 2006 Top Ten Green Project.  


Greg's design impact at Lake|Flato is not restricted simply to producing architecture. When he joined Lake|Flato 14 years ago, they were a 12-person firm working on small scale, locally focused projects. Under Greg's direction as managing Partner since 1997, Lake|Flato has grown to a firm of more than 60 with a national focus to their design practice, more than 100 AIA design awards, and the 2004 AIA National Firm Award. Greg has hired and mentored dozens of employees, several of which are now Partners in the office.  We are very grateful to our 2012 Design Award Jury for their time and efforts in reviewing our submissions. 


Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the firms that submitted projects.   

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Don't forget to put 2013 Design Awards submission date on your calendar - June 18, 2013! 




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2012 Scholarship Awarded to  Penn State Student

By: Richard Gribble, AIA


Nicole Deitrich of Elizabethville is the 2012 recipient of the Central Pennsylvania Architects Foundation Fund Architecture Scholarship.  Ms. Deitrich is currently a sophomore at Penn State University.  She became interested in architecture in middle school, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in architecture, with a minor in environmental and renewable resources economics.   She is active in Penn State's THON program raising money for research to find a cure for pediatric cancer.  She is also involved with Penn State American Institute of Architects Student's chapter as well as Students for Environmentally- Enlightened Design.  The Central Pennsylvania Architects Foundation is proud to assist Ms. Deitrich through this scholarship with the pursuit of her education, and her goal of becoming an architect.

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Central PA Architect's Foundation Scholarship Fund Raiser

By Seth H. Wentz, AIA


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Elizabeth McIlnay, 2011 Scholarship Winner

One of the most important contributions we, as architects, can make to our profession is to encourage young talent and provide them with as many positive opportunities as possible.  Several years ago, the Central PA chapter reached its initial fund raising goal for the Central PA Architect's Foundation and as a result, in 2011 was able to award a scholarship to its first ever recipient, Elizabeth McIlnay.  This fall the second scholarship was awarded to Nicole Deitrich.  During the 2012 Design Awards both Elizabeth and Nicole spoke briefly about what receiving the scholarship meant to them and how the  scholarships are helping each of them pursue their goal of graduating architecture school.


In an effort to raise additional funds for the Foundation, a fund raiser was held during the Annual Conference & Expo and continued into the Design Awards Ceremony.  Because of the generosity of the members attending that day the fund raiser was able to rally $790 with an additional $100 being contributed from LSC Design to match an employee's contribution.  The $890 raised allows the Foundation to award better scholarships in the future that will have a greater impact on the recipients.  The Central PA Chapter sincerely thanks all of those who contributed in 2012. 

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Nicole Dietrich, 2012 Scholarship Winner


For 2013 we have set a goal of raising $2,000 throughout the year.  As an attendee of the local events you can expect to hear more about this fund raiser during the programs including updates on the goal and on the past recipients.  Updates will also be included in the quarterly newsletters.  It is important that the chapter's members continue to help grow the Foundation.  The general concept is that the fund becomes large enough that it becomes self-sustaining, having the ability to positively impact the future of the next generation of architectural professionals.  The Foundation is a 501C3, therefore all donations are tax deductible.  Donations will be accepted in person during chapter events throughout the year, or can be made online by clicking the advertisement below.


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Rebecca J. Slenker, AIA receives Young Architect Award

By Richard A. Gribble, AIA, Chapter President


On October 4, 2012, the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recognized Mrs. Rebecca J. Slenker, AIA, with its Young Architects Award. The award was presented in recognition of her contributions to the profession of architecture, as well as her leadership, design contributions, and community 2012 Young Architect Winnerinvolvement.  Rebecca was nominated for the award by Seth Wentz, AIA, Bruce Johnson, AIA, and Frank E. Dittenhafer II, FAIA.


Rebecca is a graduate of Penn State University's architecture program.  She has been employed at Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects since 2005 and became a registered architect in 2011.  Her professional work has contributed to numerous design awards the firm has received.  She was also a driving force in promoting and organizing the Architectural Registration Exam study sessions for the chapter and she played a key role in the design and construction of the new AIA Pennsylvania offices in Harrisburg.  The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the AIA Board of Directors was proud to recognize her with this award at the 2012 Desing Awards Ceremony.

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2012 Distinguished Service Award

By: Tammie Fitzpatrick, AIA Vice President


The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the AIA is proud to honor Robert L. Beers, AIA with the Harry Rutledge Distinguished Service Award bob beers photofor Lifetime Achievement.  Mr. Beers was selected in recognition of his passion and devotion to the architectural profession.



As a former AIA Central PA President, Bob's interest in architecture started in the early 1950's as a high school junior.  At a career day, he met John Haughwout, a well-known architect who designed with the flare of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Before long, Bob was the first student to be chosen for his school's work co-op program.  Bob entered a house design in the Ford Motor Company Industrial Arts Award Program which earned him a certificate of merit, signed by Henry Ford II!


Upon graduation from Lewistown High School in 1956, Bob began his career as a young draftsman for Haak & Kaufman in Myerstown for $1/hour!  In 1973, he became a registered architect and partner in the firm then known as Haak, Kaufman, Reese & Beers.  In 1982, he founded his own firm and added a Lebanon branch office in 1996, with architect Bob Hoffman at the helm.  Scott L. Shonk, Tim M. Schwear and Peter D. Kerekgyarto joined as Associates over the past 30 years as the firm continues to design churches, senior living, medical, educational, residential and commercial facilities. 


Bob is involved with the Lancaster Rotary Club, Teen Challenge, and Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and was a former member of the Urban League of Lancaster County and the PSU Gerontology Center Community Advisory Board.  He also served the Myerstown community as chairman of the zoning hearing board and the planning commission.  He continues to support the mission of the Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown and received the President's Distinguished Service Award in 1981. Recently, the Student Center was named after him in his honor.


Bob now resides in Lititz and has been married to his wife Elaine for 56 years.  He is the father of three children, and has six grandchildren. A warm and outgoing man, Bob treats his employees like family encouraging and mentoring the younger partners to participate and volunteer in community and professional societies such as the AIA.   The door is always open to area students to visit the firm's office as Bob enjoys sharing his experience and love of architecture with them as they explore careers in the field.

When asked, "What is the best building you've ever designed?" Bob's answer is, "the next!" This response reveals a great deal about him; including his optimism and good humor!


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J. A. Dempwolf--Bio

By: Scott Butcher, AIA Honorary Affiliate


 J.A. Dempwolf was born on October 3, 1848 in Brunswick, Germany.  He had six siblings including Reinhardt - who would later join the Dempwolf architectural practice, and Charles - founder of York Chemical Works.  Early in his career, he worked for the firm of P.A. & S. Small before apprenticing to carpenter William Gotwalt in 1869 and going to work for Nathaniel Weigel, a local carpenter.  It was during this period that a Dempwolf  made full-size details of St. Paul's Church, located at the corner of West King and South Beaver Streets.  This project was designed by Philadelphia architect Stephen D. Button. 

Shortly thereafter, Dempwolf left York for New York, working as a construction foreman during the day and taking architectural drawing and design classes in the evening.  He graduated from Cooper Union Institute in 1873, and then headed to Boston, where he superintended construction of the Holy Cross Catholic Church.  One year later he was back in York and received his first design commission, First St. John's Lutheran Church on West King Street.

 In 1875 he received an offer from Stephen D. Button to join him in Philadelphia to design buildings for Philadelphia's Centennial Exhibition.  It was in Philadelphia that Dempwolf planned to remain, though York businessman Samuel Small was able to convince him to return to York and open an architectural practice.  Fortunately for York, J.A. Dempwolf returned in 1876 and opened what was to become the most successful architectural practice in York County history.  From the time the practice opened until 1920, the firm designed over 600 buildings. 

 Dempwolf married Sallie A. Greiman in 1879 and was elected to the American Institute of Architects in 1901, helping to organize the local chapter in subsequent years.  Dempwolf spent much of his adult life as superintendent of the Christ Lutheran Church Sunday School.  He was a trustee of the York Collegiate Institute, Children's Home, and YWCA, and a director of many companies including York Trust Company, York Hospital & Dispensary, and York Hotel Corp.  In addition, he served as secretary for both the York Safe & Lock Company and York Foundry & Machine Company.  Dempwolf served on the Board of Managers for the York Benevolent Association, president of the Historical Society of York County, and chairman of the Pennsylvania State Art Council.  He was also a member of the Lafayette Club, Art Club of Philadelphia, and National Art Club of New York.

 John Augustus Dempwolf died on December 24, 1926.


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Art In The Wild-Call for Artists

By: Elizabeth Johnson, Fort Hunter Museum Educator Call to Artists


We are looking for applicants regarding an intriguing exhibit of outdoor art installations.  This inaugural project is called "Art In The Wild: Naturally Inspired Trailside Creations"

* opening April 13, 2013, closing October 31, 2013

* at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg Pa.'s outskirts

* installations to be primarily of natural materials

* $600 first prize; $400 second prize; $200 third prize.

If you would spread the word to potential applicants, we would be very appreciative.  For more details, please see the call for entries and  application rules or visit www.wildwoodlake.org.  The exhibit is sponsored by Dauphin County Parks and Recreation.

Winter 2012
Design Awards
Scholarship Awarded
Fund Raiser
Rebecca Slenker Receives Award
Bob Beers Receives Award
Dempwolf Bio
Art In The Wild






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