Welcome to AIA Bucks County

Celebrating smart, beautiful and sustainable design solutions for the built environment.

A Grass Roots Effort

Eleven architects living in Bucks County split off from Philadelphia Chapter of AIA and incorporated their own local chapter of the AIA on February 1, 1961. National AIA had previously subdivided other chapters to form new local organizations. The formation of the Bucks County Chapter marked the first chapter to form from a grassroots effort. The AIA Bucks County Chapter currently has about 90 members and is an active community member.

A voice for architecture

The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society.

AIA Bucks County Events

January 6, 2023

Presentation by Kalwall high performance translucent building systems. Topics discussed will include daylighting strategies available through the integration of structural...

December 1, 2022

Join us for our Annual Meeting where we will revel our AIA Bucks County Design Winners and nominate new office...

June 29, 2022

We invite you to tour our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and attend our AIA approved CEU course on Specifying Exterior Wood...

In The Community

The Nest (Bird Blind) On Going

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George School

This birdblind is of special significance as it will be a memorial to honor the memory of Maggie Popkin, a former student of The George School who passed in November of 2019. The birdblind will be on The George School’s campus and was requested by the Popkin family.

AIA Members, Michael Raphael, Gretchen Ginnerty and Charles Chichester have been working with The George School to organize a mentorship program this Spring to construct a Birdblind (A birdblind is a screen or structure that enables bird watchers to observe Birds without being seen). We are pleased to announce that the school and our organization are moving out of the schematic design phase and moving into design development.

Mini Golf Design 2022

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Holy Ghost prep High School

AIA Bucks County partnered with Holy Ghost prep and their art and engineering classes. The high school students are currently designing a mini golf hole and bridge respectively. Several of our members spent an afternoon with the classes presenting the profession of architecture to them. The students then presented their sketches for their projects and the AIA members held small group critiques. Since the students will not complete their projects until the second semester, AIA Bucks County will meet with them again in the spring.

This has become a tradition that we participate in every year. If you are interested in volunteering reach out to buckscountyaia@gmail.com and find out how you can get involved!

Skateboard Design Competition

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The Emerging Professionals of AIA Bucks County took blank skateboard decks and created (functional) pieces of artwork to auctioned for charity.

The skateboards were hung as a public display and on May 24th 2022 in the Doylestown Marketplace. All the proceed went to benefit local equity, diversity, and inclusion causes in Bucks County.

Learn more about the Emerging Professionals.

Get Involved

The Bucks County board has been hard at work to move our very busy 90 member chapter into 2022 with some new ideas.

We want our community to be involved and we want to hear from you. The best way to reach out to us is buckscountyaia@gmail.com. Getting involved with the board has many benefits such as connection, interaction and personal development. 

If you have any interest in joining the volunteer efforts within the chapter or know of someone else that might be interested, please do not hesitate emailing buckscountyaia@gmail.com 

This year we are looking forward to reaching out with our emerging professionals. If anyone you know that is new the field of architecture and design or a recent architecture graduate have them reach out to AIABucksEP@gmail.com so they can get involved with other EP’s within their community.

Get Involved

The Bucks County board has been hard at work to move our very busy 90 member chapter into 2022 with some new ideas.

We want our community to be involved and we want to hear from you. The best way to reach out to us is buckscountyaia@gmail.com. Getting involved with the board has many benefits such as connection, interaction and personal development. 

If you have any interest in joining the volunteer efforts within the chapter or know of someone else that might be interested, please do not hesitate emailing buckscountyaia@gmail.com 

This year we are looking forward to reaching out with our emerging professionals. If anyone you know that is new the field of architecture and design or a recent architecture graduate have them reach out to AIABucksEP@gmail.com so they can get involved with other EP’s within their community.

Design Awards Archives

2021 Design Awards

The stone farmhouse, circa 1790, is set against a natural backdrop at the intersection of two winding creeks. The owner loves the setting of the home, optimally positioned to embrace the surrounding natural environment. Within the original historic...

2020 Design Awards

The Nathan James House, built in 1888 for Mr. and Mrs. Nathan James, Esq., was designed by one of Philadelphia’s most revered 19th century architects, Milton Bean. It was originally constructed as a residential duplex, with the other...

2019 Design Awards

Stella Restaurant and the Ghost Light Inn and Event Venue are the latest additions to the picturesque riverfront of New Hope. The newly renovated historic inn and restaurant has transformed from a previously dormant and unutilized space into...

Noteworthy

Article contributions from our membership

What is an architect? In short, an architect is a person who creates the design and plan for a building so that it can be turned into a real three-dimensional space. But what does that mean for someone looking to...
When Ictinus designed the Parthenon in 447 BC, as chief builder or “architekton” in Greek, he sculpted full-size prototypes for the building components that would then be copied by masons to fabricate and assemble of the building. During the Renaissance,...

Resources from the AIA

Continuing Education

The AIA recognizes that continuing education in architecture is crucial to advancing and improving the profession. Architects need continuing education to maintain competency, to prepare for the future, to fulfill the continuing education requirements for AIA...

AIA Career Center

The facets of an architect's role are as varied and fascinating as their designs; these are the professionals who lead the process of creating functional spaces, from concept to full realization of their projects. The...