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A passionate national leader, Bruce W. Sekanick, FAIA, advances initiatives, strengthens engagement and promotes mentorship through a consistent commitment to organizational excellence. A servant of the profession, he elevates the impact of the AIA.

There was never a time that I did not have a passion for architecture. From the earliest years of building small tree houses, to the time spent in drafting and design in high school, I have always understood the impact that architecture had on neighborhoods and communities. My understanding and passion grew through my time spent at Kent State University, where I gained not only an understanding of architecture and design, but also found an underlying passion for both urban studies and building codes.

Achieving partnership in what today is Phillips Sekanick Architects just five years after graduation, I have guided this small, local firm and expanded its reach and influence on a national level. Together with partner Kim Phillips, AIA, I have created a culture that embraces mentorship. The firm continues to expand its reach and relevance throughout the region and was recognized for this with the AIA IDP Firm Award in 2014. As a firm believer in advancing emerging professionals, I have implemented a process that to date has realized a highly successful rate of licensure for those eligible to sit for the ARE.

Through dedicated involvement in the AIA, I have been able to share my experiences and help others to fully participate in the organization. An active member since 1985, I contributed both time and talent to leadership positions throughout the AIA. With the support of my firm, family and peers, I have served at the local, state and national levels of the AIA. In 2019, I ran as a candidate for the position o f AIA First Vice-president/ President-elect.

As a practicing architect, I address the same concerns, the same issues and the same challenges that each of you do on a daily basis. For more information on my practice, please visit our office website at