AIA PA Emerging Professional Award

Recognizing exceptional achievements of licensed architects.

The American Institute of Architects prides itself as being the leading organization of architects.  Each year the Pennsylvania Chapter (AIA PA) recognizes excellence in design, commitment to the profession, and the built environment within Pennsylvania.  This year Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates (CRA Architects) is proud to announce that Seth H. Wentz, AIA, NCARB, Senior Project Manager, has been awarded the 2018 Emerging Professional Award.  This award is presented annually to one member of AIA PA.   To receive this award the recipient must be nominated and be vetted by the selection committee which includes the AIA PA Board of Directors and the AIA PA Emerging Professionals Committee.  The criteria for this award are defined by AIA PA below:

“This award seeks to recognize the exceptional achievements and future promise of a licensed architect and to promote their continuing development.  The applicant’s contribution to the profession can be through one or more of the following:  design excellence, leadership in practice, leadership in education, or service to the professional or society.  The award is open to registered architect members of AIA Pennsylvania in their first (10) years of licensure as of the date of the application.”

Seth Wentz has served the AIA on multiple levels holding local, state and national chapter positions, including President of the AIA Central PA Chapter. Seth has advocated for the profession and associate member services since 2006, serving as the Advocacy Chair of the National Associate Committee in 2011.  He also had the pleasure of serving on the 2012 National AIA Design awards Jury.  Seth’s strong commitment to the profession and belief that good design is a necessity, not a luxury, have guided him since graduating from Philadelphia University. Seth credits his accomplishments to having strong mentors during his early professional career.  In turn, he believes in the power of mentorship, having volunteered for groups like ACE mentoring and continuing his involvement with AIA and high school mentorship programs.

Seth feels fortunate to have had employers including CRA Architects that encourage him to peruse his interests in design and the AIA.  He also feels lucky to have had the chance to work with organizations like Carlisle Construction Materials, Think Loud Development and Prince George’s County Public Schools that have trusted him to take their needs and desires and transform them into buildings that become much more than just the sum of their parts.

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