Annual Conference & Expo / Design Awards Preview

By: Chris Dawson, AIA, President


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Eastern Market Plaza Artwork Project

Lancaster, PA

Our Annual Conference / Vendor Expo / Design Awards Gala will all be held Friday, October 28th at HACC York's CyTec Building (2163 Pennsylvania Avenue). This is the principal member event we organize as a chapter providing an opportunity for all of our members to gather at the local level.

The day's events will begin with a presentation on the New USGBC LEED AP Credentials program for Professionals. About 65,000 people have become LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) since the program began in 2000 as a way to recognize experts in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) LEED Rating System. In November 2008 at the Greenbuild conference, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the organization that administers the LEED AP credential, announced substantial revisions to the program. After June 2009, existing LEED APs have to opt in to an updated version of the program with continuing education requirements, while aspiring LEED APs will find that accreditation requirements have become more rigorous. This presentation will review credential options for existing LEED AP's. An iPad will be given as a door prize to an attendee of this presentation.

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Fall Lecture Preview

By: Chris Dawson, AIA, President


Our 2011 AIA Central Pennsylvania Lecture Series will conclude on Thursday November 3rdat Armstrong World Industries Corporate Campus in Lancaster. Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA will present the work of her firm Archi-Tectonics, with offices in New York & the Netherlands, in a lecture entitled "Fragmentation as Optimization."

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Chelsea Townhouse

New York City, NY


Winka is engrained in academia currently teaching at University of Pennsylvania but she has also lectured and taught at Columbia and Harvard Universities most notably. She is a founding partner of Archi-Tectonics which was established in New York, NY in 1994. The project that first caught my attention was the 2004 Greenwich Building in New York which is comprised of a new eleven-story "smart loft" building wrapping up and over a historic six-story warehouse building creating a dynamic mediation between the past and present. I look forward to learning about her process and the firm's work and hope you can join us.


Again our Lecture Series is not possible without the support of our sponsors...Thank you to each one:


Armstrong World Industries, Centria, Chris Dawson Architect, The Engineering Society of York, Fessenden Hall of PA, Interface FLOR, Keith Bush Associates, Kinsley Construction, LSC Design, Modernfold of Reading, Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects, Penn Lighting Associates, Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Association, Reese Lower Patrick & Scott Architects, TONO Architects, & Whitney Baily Cox & Magnani



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Young Architects Forum

By: Tammie Fitzpatrick, AIA 


Congratulations to the newly licensed


Architects in Central Pennsylvania! All of your hard work and dedication as an intern (and those late nights studying for the ARE) have finally paid off! We would like to welcome you to The Young Architects Forum! Below are a few things we have lined up for the Fall!

  • Don't forget to nominate someone for the Young Architects Award! The Inaugural Young Architects Award will be issued at the Design Awards Gala Event on October 28, 2011. The award will be given to an architect who has been licensed 10 years or less and shows exemplary performance in architecture, leadership, vision and community service. Who in your firm should be acknowledged for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the field of architecture? Don't let these outstanding individuals go unrecognized!


All information must be submitted online before 5pm on  October 14, 2011.


Nomination information and forms can be found on the Central Pa AIA website.


  • This fall, we will host an annual picnic for Young Architects and Seasoned Architects to join in a social setting. This will be a great opportunity for newly established architects to meet and learn from architects that have been in the business for more than 30 years. We have a wealth of knowledge here in Central Pa and this is a great opportunity to form lasting mentor/mentee relationships. More information to come soon!

If you are a newly licensed Architect, please send me your email address in order to be included in all YAF emails. (email me at tammie@lefevrefunk.com )



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Lessons Learned by the Yeoman Architect

 By: James Mehaffey


YoemanSpring11Of the decisions I have made as an Architect, I think the smartest one I have ever made was to refuse to get involved with the house my parents built on their retirement lot.  My parents had owned several desolate acres in New Mexico for years, always intending to build a house when they retired.  I have only ever seen it in photographs, but it looks like the photos Viking sent back from Mars when I was a kid.


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The School Auditorium, a Better Paradigm

By: Christopher Brooks

clemens The current "age of austerity" is a good time to rethink the school auditorium. School auditoriums are usually designed based on "what a school auditorium looks like," the paradigm being the "Performing Arts Center (PAC)," the Swiss Army Knife of auditoriums that can present Les Mis one night and the Phila Orchestra the next, complete with raked seating, balconies, proscenium stage, curtains, stage shell, pit, smoke machines, spotlights, and wireless microphones for all.


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Sustainable Preservation

For any architect who has worked on a historic preservation project involving government funding, The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings (http://www.cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/standguide/) is required reading.  Now, the Department of the Interior, National Park Service has followed-up these standards and guidelines with the newly-released publication, The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation & Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.  This guide to sustainable preservation is now available on the National Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/download/guidelines-sustainability.pdf .



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First Annual Scholarship Award

The Central Pennsylvania Architecture Foundation Fund (CPAFF) recently announced the award of its first annual Architectural Scholarship to Elizabeth McIlnay, a fourth-year architecture student at Temple University.  To be eligible, scholarship applicants were required to be present or former residents of one of thirteen counties in Central Pennsylvania and currently enrolled in an architecture degree program.  Additionally, students submitted letters of interest and supporting materials demonstrating their design work, community involvement, and volunteer activities.

This year's inaugural honoree, Elizabeth McIlnay, is a 2008 graduate of York Suburban High School.  At Temple University, she has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, American Institute of Architecture Students and Freedom by Design.  As fundraising chair or Freedom by Design, a volunteer organization that fundraises and creates architectural interventions for persons with disabilities, Ms. McIlnay has guided efforts including design and construction of a wheelchair ramp for a young man with severe cerebral palsy.

Elizabeth plans to apply to the Central Pennsylvania Architecture Foundation Fund Architecture Scholarship to study abroad at Temple University's Rome campus.  While traveling and improving her understanding of design across various cultures, she hopes to continue to fundraise and engage in a small-scale project in Rome-supporting her long-term goal of helping others through design.  Speaking on behalf of CPAFF, Frank Dittenhafer II, FAIA, LEED AP, who chaired the Scholarship effort, stated that "the Selection Committee was very impressed with Ms. McIlnay's past involvement with the community-based design initiatives-and felt that the 2011 scholarship award could make a positive contribution to her international cultural design research."

The Central Pennsylvania Architects Foundation Fund is the foundation of AIA Central Pennsylvania, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  The fund is led by former presidents of AIA Central Pennsylvania and was created in partnership with the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, a 501 (c) (3) located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Fall 2011
Conference & Expo/Design Awards
Fall Lecture
Young Architects Award
Yeoman Architect
A Better Paradigm
Sustainable Preservation
Scholarship Award









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