Who are the best architects in Philadelphia? Here are 15 candidates. Vote for your favorite below and tell us who we missed in the comments.
Philadelphia is famous for its row houses, modeled after 17th century homes in the United Kingdom, and copied throughout the United States. Revitalized and maintained, these tall brick row houses have easily adapted to 21st century urban living. Other highlights of Philadelphia architecture include some of the nation’s first skyscrapers, such as the luxurious Drake Hotel and the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building. Today, the city boasts an incredible mix of historic and world-class modern architecture.
Who are the best architects in the Greater Philadelphia area? We did the research to find the city’s top 15 architects, listed here in no particular order. Who is your favorite architect on the list? Vote for them in the poll below! If you don’t see your favorite, be sure to let us know in the comments section so we can consider them in the future.
Peter Archer Peter is the co-founder of Archer & Buchanan Architecture, and as partner, focuses on design and coordinating all aspects of a project. His 30 years of industry experience includes work in London and Philadelphia. Peter is an active member of the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia and serves on the board of directors of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. He received his Bachelor of Science in architecture from Pennsylvania State University, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Peter has won numerous awards, most recently an AIA Philadelphia Design Excellence Award.
Kevin A. Yoder At age 8, Kevin was already passionate about architecture; reconfiguring designs found in the Reading Eagle’s house plan section, and drawing his own. He earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University, balancing his design skills with a technical understanding. Kevin has designed and managed projects for high-profile hospitality, corporate, and institutional clients, but with the founding of k YODER design, he returned to the residential designs of his early years. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is active in his Society Hill neighborhood and Philadelphia, valuing architecture’s place within the community and environment.
Gene Grimaldi After graduating from Temple University, Gene began his career at one of the city’s premier architectural firms. Gene is an accomplished craftsman who followed his interest into the building industry, where he worked as chief architect for a renowned regional developer. As a principal of The Omnia Group Architects, Gene aims to serve clients in a new way, based on a philosophy of synthesized creativity and real world construction knowledge. He is a long-time advocate of green initiatives, and his own home showcases sustainable features such as geo-thermal heating and cooling, rainwater management, and advanced energy efficiency.
Jeff Krieger With over 30 years of architectural experience, Jeff is informed in all aspects of the building process, from design through project management and construction administration. In 1992, he founded Krieger Architects, after working for several well-known architectural firms in Philadelphia. Jeff completed his A.B. with a concentration in architecture from Princeton University, the Master of Architecture program at Carnegie Mellon University, and continuing education classes at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has taught architectural design studios at Drexel University for twenty-five years.
Juliet Koczak Juliet is a graduate of Columbia University, and she earned her Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. The focus of her firm is to create a harmonious balance between new construction, existing surroundings, and the natural environment. Juliet gives back to the community through her work with the Community Design Collaborative, providing pro bono design services to non-profits in the greater Philadelphia area. She recently received a Best of Houzz Service Award, chosen by the members of the Houzz community.
Alan Metcalfe Alan worked as a carpenter, contractor and cabinet-maker before becoming an architect, acquiring a lifelong appreciation for craftsmanship and the practical realities of construction. In 2001, he founded Metcalfe Architecture & Design, after gaining experience as a lead designer and partner with three Philadelphia firms. The LEED Accredited Professional is an adjunct professor at local architecture schools, and serves on the boards of multiple non-profit community, arts and cultural organizations. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Tufts University.
Joseph Mackin, Jr. Joseph is a co-founder and the president of Period Architecture Ltd., bringing ten years of experience and a passion for classic architecture. His design philosophy involves a collaborative process, and he believes that building relationships is equally as valuable as building spaces. Joseph specializes in traditional-style homes and equestrian facilities, using an intuitive approach to historical design, documentation, and management. He graduated cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture.
Cecil Baker A native Argentinian, Cecil graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College, and earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, studying under Louis Kahn. In addition to founding the architectural firm Cecil Baker + Partners, he also established RHB Developers, a building and development enterprise. Cecil is a past board member and vice president of the American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Chapter. In 2008, he was named to the Hall of Fame by Residential Architect.
Jeffrey Wyant In 2001, along with partner Maria Keares Wyant, Jeffrey established Wyant Architecture. A skilled project manager and problem solver, he is directly involved in the conceptual design phase of each project. Jeffrey has over 20 years of experience, and a proven track record of delivering thoughtfully conceived design responses that remain sensitive to project objectives, scheduling and budget concerns. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Sam Robinson and Jane Ahn Sam and Jane are the founding partners of Ahn + Robinson Studio, a firm deeply committed to pursuing excellence both in design outcome and client service. Their designs optimize natural light, allow for exciting new and flexible use of space, and utilize an economy of means. Sam received his undergraduate degree in history from Wesleyan University, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Jane earned her BA in economics from Harvard University, and Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Kelly Ennis Along with Val Nehez, Kelly is a founding partner of Ennis Nehez, a collaboration benefiting from Val’s real estate development and design-build practice and Kelly’s architectural expertise and historically sensitive home renovations. While studying anthropology at Brown University, Kelly became interested in the way people define themselves through the spaces they inhabit, leading her to a career in architecture. Kelly went on to receive her Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. The New England native apprenticed on the historic island of Nantucket, developing a deep respect for traditional and historic architecture.
John Toates John began his career in southern Connecticut, gaining experience at several firms before relocating to Philadelphia. As the owner and principal of John Toates Architecture and Design, John is personally involved in every detail of the project and provides a unique concierge approach to all aspects of design. In addition to managing his own practice, John is a consulting architect for Tredyffrin Township’s Historical Commission and a guest speaker on historic preservation. He graduated cum laude with a B.Arch from Syracuse University School of Architecture, where he was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy.
Cheryl O’Brien Cheryl brings 20 years of residential experience on projects ranging from first-time buyers to high end homes to her position as president of C. O’Brien Architects. She is also a contributing editor to Professional Builder, and Sales & Marketing Ideas magazines, and has been interviewed in several magazines including Realtor and Furniture Style. Her work has been honored in the Ohio Parade of Homes Competition, and the Better Homes and Gardens Innovations in Housing Competition. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame.
James Timberlake James’ groundbreaking projects explore important architectural topics, including efficient construction methods, resource conservation strategies, and novel use of building materials. Under his guidance as a founding partner of KieranTimberlake, the firm has received over 160 design citations, including the AIA Firm Award and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. In addition to his architectural practice, James teaches a graduate-level design and research studio at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. In 2012, he was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the Board of the National Institute of Building Sciences.
Matthew Moger After receiving his Bachelors and Masters of Architecture from New York State University, Matthew traveled abroad to apprentice with some of the Netherlands’s prominent furniture makers. A founding partner and principal of Moger Mehrhof Architects, Matthew has received numerous awards for his design of both architecture and furniture. He has been featured in a variety of publications including; Design New England, Eco-Houses, and New England Home. Matthew’s design philosophy is based on the art of listening, rapid prototyping, and environmental stewardship.