CHA Architecture Professionals Foster Professional Collaboration and Enrich Design Industry

August 20, 2019

At the heart of CHA Architecture’s practice is a conviction that architectural design must be rooted in community ideals and reflective of the local aesthetic. We aspire to these design principles not only through our design practice but also through our engagement in community and professional organizations. Many of our staff are committed to broadening awareness and promoting the benefits of architecture and design in business, education, recreation and community.

We take pride in supporting the ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE). ACE pairs professional architects, engineers and contractors with high school students to help them discover the myriad career opportunities open to them in the architecture, construction and engineering industries. CHA Architecture’s Matt Pitzer, Adam McKinnon and Ben Winschel are heavily involved in the ACE Mentor Program of Maine and currently sit on its Board of Directors.

Matthew Pitzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Practice Leader
Matthew Pitzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Practice Leader

Matt Pitzer is the current Chairman of the ACE Mentor Program of Maine’s Board of Directors. Matt was also recently elected to the board of directors of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a non-profit organization that promotes fair and responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the State of Maine. CHA Architecture has been a proud supporter of MEREDA and its mission for many years.

One of Matt’s other passions is historic preservation, and he is honored to be a member-at-large for Greater Portland Landmarks’ (GPL) Board of Trustees. GPL strives to revitalize the surrounding area’s historic structures through preservation and adaptive reuse.

Adam McKinnon, Project Manager
Adam McKinnon, Project Manager

As the Southern Maine Lead Mentor for ACE, Adam is responsible for developing the program’s curriculum. During the most recent session, students practiced communicating graphically, tested structural principles, visited job sites, tried their hands at brick laying, learned about the importance of sustainability, experimented with VR tools, and much more.   

Ben Winschel, Project Manager, Job Captain
Ben Winschel, Project Manager, Job Captain

Ben Winschel is not only a Board Member of ACE, but a graduate of the program, and credits it with cementing his interest in the field of architecture. Ben is also a Board Member for the Portland Society for Architecture, a local non-profit organization that promotes the progress and economic development of Greater Portland by encouraging innovation and vision in design and planning.

Ariana Melzer, CDT, Interior Designer, Social Media Coordinator
Ariana Melzer, CDT, Interior Designer, Social Media Coordinator

CHA Architecture also supports the Maine Interior Design Association (MIDA), a local advocacy group that acts as a strong voice for Maine’s interior design professionals and educates the public about interior design. MIDA contributes annually to local non-profits, including the ACE Mentor Program. CHA Architecture’s Ariana Melzer is a Board Member and the current President of MIDA.

Ariana is also a Board Member and Treasurer of Architalx, a local non-profit that curates an annual series of design-minded lectures in Portland. Each year Architalx invites renowned architects and designers to come to Maine to share their thoughts on creative and cutting-edge ideas in architecture, landscape architecture, and design.

Our staff’s involvement with these local organizations demonstrates their strong commitment to design and community. CHA Architecture applauds this involvement as yet another example of how we responsibly improve the world we live in.