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AIA Philadelphia is a membership association of over 1,800 architects, 250+ architecture firms, and 175+ allied members, which are companies that partner with architects on various aspects of a project. AIA Philadelphia is the second oldest AIA chapter in the United States and has built a strong legacy of advocacy, design excellence, and community service.  

Our mission is to support the architectural community by elevating design expertise, advancing knowledge and promoting the value of architecture. We do through our continuing education, recognition of design excellence through our awards, and we advocate at City Hall for the profession and for better design of the public realm. We focus our programs on:

Advancing Architecture
and Design

Climate Action
and Leadership

Equity and

About Us #3

In order to promote the value of architecture to the public, AIA Philadelphia is the proud founder of the Center for Architecture and Design. The “Center” is a public-facing nonprofit organization that engages the public and all design disciplines to promote and demonstrate the value and impact that design has on all of us.

AIA Philadelphia focuses on our members and their partners in the design and construction industry.

The Center focuses on all design disciplines and the general public, specifically students and families.

Board of Directors

Jeff Goldstein, FAIA

Rob Fleming, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Jefferson University,

Robert Shuman, AIA, LEED AP
MGA Partners,

Rich Vilabrera, Jr. Assoc. AIA
IA Interior Architects,

Soha St. Juste, AIA
Past President

Brian Smiley, AIA, CDT, LEED BD+C
Director of Sustainability + Preservation

Meyer Design,
Director of Firm Culture + Prosperity

Erick Oskey, AIA
Moto Designshop,
Director of Technology + Innovation

Erik Roark, AIA, LEED AP
Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Kelvin Malawski, AIA, LEED AP
Karbon Architects,
Director of Advocacy

Michael Johns, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP
M Designs + MWJ Consulting,
Director of Equitable Communities

Fauzia Sadiq Garcia
Sadiq Garcia Design,
Director of Education

Fátima Olivieri-Martínez, AIA
Director of Design

Timothy A. Kerner, AIA
Terra Studio,
Director of Professional Development

Danielle DiLeo Kim, AIA
Director of Strategic Engagement

Michael Penzel, Assoc. AIA
Director of Philadelphia Emerging Architects

Ross Silverman, AIA
LO Design,
Director of Philadelphia Emerging Architects

Clarissa Kelsey, Assoc. AIA
At-Large Director

At-Large Director

Scott Compton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Compton Associates,
AIA PA Representative

Kenneth Johnson, Esq., MCP, AIA, NOMA
Architecture, Urban, Design and Policy, L.L.C

PhilaNOMA Representative

Tya Winn, NOMA, LEED Green Associate, SEED
Community Design Collaborative,
Public Member

Chapter Staff

Rebecca Johnson
Executive Director

Joe Martinelli
Finance Director

Liz Paul
Communications Director

Jermaine Jenkins
Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Juli Foley
Director of Membership & Events

Daphne Gsell
Volunteer Engagement and Content Coordinator

Tiffany Mercer-Robbins
Communications Consultant

History of Philadelphia Architecture

AIA Philadelphia pays tribute to more than 300 years of distinguished architectural history in our city. An expansive outdoor museum, the city's architecture represents some of the finest examples of nearly every period and style in America. The following are a few highlights in the rich history of our city and Chapter.

Researching a Philadelphia Architect or Building?
 The Philadelphia Architects and Buildings database provides authoritative information on three centuries of Philadelphia buildings and designers. As of September 29, 2021, the American Architects and Buildings database contains more than 267,694 projects and buildings, 26,739 architects, engineers and contractors, and over 152,182 images.

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