USA Architects Awarded the 2021 Paul Sehnert Award

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Community Design Collaborative (CDC) created a program called “Design A.I.D” in response to the COVID-19 crisis in the workplace and welcomed those with creative and problem-solving skills to provide innovative solutions. Associate Jim McAuliffe, AIAand Interior Designers Liz Brown, and Michele Licata were recently awarded by the CDC for their work in Philadelphia for their rapid response and solving the challenges that COVID-19 brings to the workplace. They earned the Paul Sehnert Award for Community Design honors for completing incredible work in the past year.  


They were able to produce creative solutions to navigate COVID-19 to help local Philly organizations continue to do their work to better the lives in their communitySome of the issues they tackled included: creating social distanced spaces, improving paths of circulation, adding contact-free fixtures, improving HVAC systems and climate control all while still maintaining a welcoming atmosphere. 


Jim and his team worked on a project for Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Pennsylvania. They are a Philadelphia nonprofit who provide legal and social services to immigrants and refugees. When HIAS reached out to USA Architects, our team was able to create a safe environment needed for HIAS’ staff and future clients in their new office. 


Jim's team, also worked on aproject for the Nationalities Services Center (NAS). A Philadelphia nonprofit that aims to service newly arriving refugees, victims of human trafficking, and unaccompanied children. USA Architects were able to provide them with design services that allowed them to welcome back staff and client families safely into their offices. 


Congrats again to Jim and his team, it truly is an honor to receive the Paul Sehnert Award. May they continue to improve the lives of others with their insightful design solutions for the community. 

Associate, Jim McAuliffe
Interior Designer, Liz Brown
Interior Designer, Michele Licata