Overview

If you’ve read anything about the Continental Congresses in 1774 in Philadelphia, you know how contentious a room full of hard workers can get. You need the right environment to get different people to work together. It worked in creating America, and Philadelphia has been creating important places to work ever since. Crafting the right kind of office space is not easy. You need the right person and firm to understand what your company does and how it does it. The top 9 office Philadelphia office architects on this list create unique work environments that takes businesses to the next step.

Top Architects

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The Omnia Group Architects

Architects:
Gene Grimaldi
Brian Mann

Awards:
HBA Synergy Award for “Best Architectural House Plan” and “Best Custom Landscaping.”

Address:
323 S York Road, Hatboro, PA 19040

Contact:
215-442-1780
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About The Omnia Group Architects

The Omnia Group Architects, founded in 1993, delivers an exceptionally broad range of creative architectural solutions to residential and commercial clients in the greater Philadelphia region. From their offices in nearby Hatboro, Omnia’s portfolio includes a long list of helping to develop office spaces in and around Philadelphia. The firm has a fluency in many high-end architectural tools, including Autocad, Revit and 3D modeling and building information modeling. They are lead by principals and co-founders Gene Grimaldi and Brian Mann. Mann holds degrees in design, engineering, and management from the University of Pennsylvania. Grimaldi, RA, American Institute of Architects (AIA) member, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) member, graduated from Temple University.

Featured Projects

The Omnia Group Architects designed the office space for the Hatboro Federal Savings Bank at the old Bank Building at 221 South York Road in Hatboro. Originally built in 1874, Omnia Architects’ goal was to convert the old building into a new, modern office building, while still maintaining the historic character of the original. The firm’s architectural and interior design team worked to blend the old with the new in this adaptive reuse. Re-using the hidden architectural treasures helped to maintain the historic architectural integrity. Highlights include the stone wall inside the front conference room and the 12-foot in diameter wooden ring of trim that now adorns the second floor office ceiling area. The trim previously decorated a demolished dome in the original 1920s expansion. The interior strong metal frame of the original bank’s money safe door outlines the entrance to the kitchen-break-dining area.

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OTTO Architects

Architects:
Joshua Otto

Awards:
Storefront Challenge for Best Design,
Restaurant Design Awards finalist,
AIA National Emerging Professionals Exhibition,
James Beard Foundation Finalist for Outstanding Restaurant Design Award,
AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professional Award,
Remodeling Design Grand Award.

Address:
453 Johnson Street #100, Jenkintown, PA 19046

Contact:
215-695-5006
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About OTTO Architects

Located in suburban Philadelphia in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, Otto Architects LLC provides architecture, interior design, sustainable design, product and furniture design, and graphic design services for a variety of both public and private clientele. The firm is lead by Principal Joshua Otto. Otto is Registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional and is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland and holds an NCARB Certificate. Prior to founding Otto Architects, he worked at Brett Webber Architects, GBQC Architects, and Roger Ferris + Partners. He holds a Master of Sciences in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky. Otto has has served on AIA Philadelphia’s Board of Directors and co-chairs the AIA Philadelphia Design Committee. He is also the co-founder and coordinator of the Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize. He and his firm have won numerous awards, including the 2016 Storefront Challenge for Best Design, a finalist for the 2016 Restaurant Design Awards, a 2015 AIA National Emerging Professionals Exhibition, a 2014 James Beard Foundation Finalist for Outstanding Restaurant Design Award, a 2014 AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professional Award, and a 2014 Remodeling Design Grand Award.

Featured Projects

OTTO Architects was responsible for the new offices for Yorn, a real-time data and analytics platform found at 2400 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The offices are located at the base of the 35-story Center City residential tower. OTTO worked within the 3,600-square-foot office space to feature an open, minimalist interior. Exposed concrete columns, shear walls, and large cast iron piping are contrasted by the muted palette of new drywall, polycarbonate panels and carefully detailed blackened steel. The 18-foot high concrete ceilings allow for multi-level use of the office space to dramatic effect, while expansive storefront windows allow natural daylight to penetrate deep within the office. A large, centrally located conference room provides an anchor to surrounding office spaces of various sizes. Open office areas containing mobile workstations may be reorganized to adapt to the needs of internal project teams.

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Krieger + Associates

Architects:
Jeffrey F. Krieger

Awards:
PA Council of Society of American Registered Architects Design Award of Honor,
Chrysalis National Award,
Society of American Registered Architects Professional Award of Honor

Address:
1800 Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301

Contact:
610-640-1255
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About Krieger + Associates

Krieger + Associates Architects is an award-winning, Philadelphia-area firm. Located in nearby Paoli, Pennsylvania, the firm has provided architectural and planning services to residential, institutional, and commercial clients for over two decades, since its creation in 1992. The firm has accumulated a long list of plaudits, including the Design Award of Honor, PA Council of Society of American Registered Architects in 2013, the Chrysalis National Award in 2014, the Professional Award of Honor from the Society of American Registered Architects in 2013, and listed as “Best of the Best” by Professional Remodeler Magazine in 2009. Krieger + Associates is led by President and Principal Jeffrey F. Krieger, AIA, LEED AP. Krieger brings over three decades of architectural practice to the group. Prior to founding the firm in 1992, Krieger worked at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia. He has been a registered architect since 1985 and has taught architectural design studios at Drexel University for 25 years. He’s also a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Architects and the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.

Featured Projects

Krieger + Associates were the architects behind the new Comcast Offices at 4400 Wayne Avenue. The building features a warehouse, office, and payment center facility, located adjacent to Roosevelt Boulevard in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. The firm collaborated with Delran Builders to construct a 10.5-square-foot warehouse addition and to renovate the existing 16k-square-foot, two-story office space, without shutting down the facility’s 24-hour operations. The warehouse addition includes a 50-foot, clear-span space, constructed of split-faced concrete masonry with a translucent panel system above that allows natural light to permeate the space. Krieger + Associates also helped develop the Industrial Investments Offices in nearby Blue Bell, Pennsylvania at 532 Township Line Road. The firm designed an all-new, 4,200-square-foot office suite, with an inviting lobby, four private corner offices, an open administrative area, conference rooms, a kitchenette, and rest rooms. The new cherry millwork is complemented by liberal use of interior windows throughout the office space, providing natural lighting in the hallways and interior rooms.

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Cecil Baker + Partners

Architects:
Cecil Baker + Partners

Awards:
American Builders Quarterly Building Excellence Awards,
Residential Architect Magazine Hall of Fame Leadership Award,
Friends of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Gold Award

Address:
1107 Walnut Street # 2, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Contact:
215-928-0202
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About Cecil Baker + Partners

Established in 1982, Cecil Baker + Partners is an architecture firm that offers feasibility studies, programming, design of new structures, adaptive reuse of existing structures, and interior design. The firm has been recognized by The American Institute of Architects, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They have had their work published across the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America. Recent awards include Building Excellence Awards from American Builders Quarterly, the Residential Architect Magazine Hall of Fame 2008 Leadership Award, and the Friends of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Gold Award. The firm is led by Principal Cecil Baker, who was born and raised in Argentina before coming to the United States in 1959 to attend Williams College, before going on to get his Master of Architecture degree, studying under Louis Kahn, at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2012, Baker was appointed by the mayor of Philadelphia to serve on the City Planning Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee. Baker is also a past board member and vice president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA. He has been a regional representative on the national AIA’s Standing Committee on Housing. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and lectured at other institutions of higher learning.

Featured Projects

Looking to move from their previous home that was outdated and too small, Fretz Corporation came to Cecil Baker + Partners to create their new office space. Through their work together, the new Fretz Corporate Headquarters and Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom at the Philadelphia Navy Yard was built at 4050 South 26th Street. Raw space measuring 23.5k square feet was converted into an office with modern amenities and unique quirks. A restrained minimalist passage creates a procession through a gallery-like setting that fully shows off a series of high-end appliances. Surrounding this passageway are unique “Kitchen Vignettes” that display Fretz’s products. Cecil Baker + Partners worked to create displays that feature a renowned local, national, or international kitchen manufacturer and show off the appliances in the context of a specific lifestyle and aesthetic. The offices also include a training room and a state-of-the-art studio kitchen, which offers live cooking presentations that demonstrate the appliances in use. The space has proved to be a great resource to the design community and end users on a daily basis, as well as for hosting significant gatherings.

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Boxwood

Architects:
John Weckerly
Sal Guerrero

Address:
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1614, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Contact:
215-545-2215
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About Boxwood

Located in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Boxwood Architects is a full-service architecture studio offering interior design, graphics, and project management. The firm has been featured in AIA Philadelphia Emerging Architectures Exhibition, and their work has been published in the Miami New Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal, philly.com, Eater Philly and Eater DC. The firm is led by John Weckerly RA and Sal Guerrero, RA. Weckerly is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture and has over 20 years years of experience working in the profession. He leads Boxwood’s business development, project administration, design, quality control, and construction-related issues. He is registered in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Florida, and Missouri. His partner, Sal Guerrero, RA, has 13 years experience in the profession and is also a graduate of Temple University Tyler School of Art and Architecture. He serves as Boxwood’s studio director, in charge of concept design, design development, and construction documents.

Featured Projects

For their client Vius in 2012, Boxwood Architects worked to create the office space for The Paper Box Factory at 1639 N Hancock St. The 1,300-square-foot office design for the web design and development company included a new conference room within a heavy timber truss space. An industrial aesthetic complements the offices, while various hues of green were used as an accent color for the interior of the conference room to reinforce the company’s brand image. Boxwood also worked on the office building and office spaces at 990 Spring Garden in Philadelphia, known just as “990.” The seven-story, 160k-square-foot industrial building in the heart of the Spring Arts District included work on the lobby, storefront, and steel marquee. Boxwood also designed the ground floor retail offices, restaurant spaces, creative workspaces, and the full-floor offices on the higher floors. Some of those clients include the Roy Pitz Brew Pub and The Lucky Well BBQ on the ground floor, and they are currently designing The Lucky Well BBQ restaurant.

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Studio Agoos Lovera

Architects:
Jorge Lovera
Ted Agoos
David Franke
Jim Row

Awards:
Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s Grand Jury Award,
PA Brownfields Conference,
Extreme Makeover Award,
General Building Contractors Association’s award for Best Adaptive Reuse Project

Address:
1 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Contact:
215-735-0100
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About Studio Agoos Lovera

Studio Agoos Lovera was founded in 1983 by partners Jorge Lovera and Ted Agoos, after they had spent several years working together in leading Philadelphia design firms. With Lovera retiring in 2011, and Agoos’s retirement at the end of 2013, the firm has been led by Principals David Franke and Jim Row since 1999. The firm has been awarded with numerous achievements, including the 2014 and 2013 Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s Grand Jury Award; the 2013 PA Brownfields Conference, Extreme Makeover Award; and the General Building Contractors Association’s award for Best Adaptive Reuse Project. David Franke, RA, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University. Franke is also an active member of the Doylestown Pennsylvania Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle Board of Trustees and is a member of the Building and Facilities Committee of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He’s joined by James Rowe, AIA, who holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Beyond Studio Agoos Lovera, Rowe is was director and president of AIA Philadelphia in 2015 and a director of the Center for Architecture, and is an adjunct professor of Architecture at Drexel University.

Featured Projects

When Aker American Shipping, ASA (formerly Kvaerner) needed to create their new office space, they came to Studio Agoos Lovera. Using an existing World War II-era building, the firm worked to convert 40k square feet into new administrative office space for the shipyard and the headquarters. The new office building is located in the center of APSI’s shipbuilding facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, in between two active dry docks, with views of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. A central axis incorporating materials and products used in their ships looks out over the manufacturing operation and anchors the office workspace. Studio Agoos Lovera also worked on The D’Andrea offices and warehouse at 1730 Byberry Road in Bensalem. The 10k-square-foot office and warehouse is the headquarters of the long-established concrete contractor located in northeast Philadelphia. It was important to the client that the building put forth a strong, unmistakable identity that would stand out in an uninspiring, expansive industrial park. The front of the building contains all of the office operations and the rear of the building provides warehouse space for all field operations and vehicle and materials storage.

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Metcalfe

Architects:
Alan Metcalfe
Aaron Goldblatt

Awards:
American Association of Museum Excellence in Exhibition Design Award,
City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Community Design Collaborative Storefront Challenge Best Overall Design,
HGTV Fresh Faces of Design,
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums “Buildy” Award,
PA Brownfields Conference Extreme Makeover Award.

Address:
211 N 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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215-557-9200

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About Metcalfe

In 2002, Alan Metcalfe invited one of his clients, Aaron Goldblatt, then deputy director at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, to join together to start a new firm. Metcalfe, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, worked as lead designer and partner at three Philadelphia firms before starting Metcalfe. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Tufts University and is a LEED AP and NCARB certified. The firm’s work has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Context Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Times. Metcalfe has also been feted with a long list of awards, including the 2017 American Association of Museums, Excellence in Exhibition Design Award; the 2016 City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Community Design Collaborative Storefront Challenge, Best Overall Design; the 2015 HGTV Fresh Faces of Design; the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums “Buildy” Award; the 2014 City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Community Design Collaborative Storefront Challenge, Best Overall Design; and the 2013. PA Brownfields Conference, Extreme Makeover Award.

Featured Projects

Metcalfe works on a variety of office spaces through the Philadelphia area. Just some of these include the Law Offices of Berner Klaw & Watson LLP. Metcalfe’s design team used dramatic materials of slate, glass, and lighting to transform the 6,500-square-office into a welcoming space for clients. Vibrant colors on the walls and carpet, and a custom reception desk, add character to the lobby. Metcalfe also worked on the Valley Green Bank offices in South Philly at 1536 S Broad Street. The firm renovated a 3,800-square-foot former social services building to house their new offices. Metcalfe improved the building’s façade by replacing existing exterior masonry walls with clear glass, creating a transparency that activates the facade on two street frontages. The firm also relocated an existing stair to open the interior and flood the space with natural light. The project was awarded the 2014 “Winner of the City” by the Philadelphia Commerce Department. It was also the winner of the Community Design Collaborative’s Storefront Challenge for Best Overall Design.

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JKPR

Architects:
Jerry K Roller
Paul Georges
Glenn Werner
David Urffer

Address:
100 E Penn Square #1080, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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215-928-9331
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About JKPR

Founded in 1984, JKRP Architects is a full-service architecture firm built on relationships located in the Center City neighborhood, just next door to City Hall. JKPR offers a wide range of services that balance design, scope, and cost across every step of the project. Jerry K Roller, AIA LEEP AP, is also the founder of the firm. He’s served as president of AIA-PA and regional director and vice president on the National AIA Board. He is also an active board member of the BIA of Philadelphia. Roller is joined by Paul Georges, AIA, who joined JKRP in 1986. Glenn Werner, AIA, LEEP AP, has been part of JKRP since 1987. He’s also a member of the American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia; the ACHE/American College of Healthcare Executives; the Builders Industry Association Green Committee; the Health Care Facilities Managers Association of Delaware Valley HFMADV; and the Morgantown Area Business Association. David Urffer, AIA, joined in 1998 and is on the board of directors. The firm also includes Robert McCall, AIA, Jonathan A. Broh, AIA, and Jose J. Hernandez, AIA, NOMA, NCARB as principal architects.

Featured Projects

The medical business community in Philadelphia is a huge part of the local economy, and JKPR has worked with numerous companies to help build their offices. One of these projects was Constitution Health Plaza’s medical office building at 1930 S Broad St. Redesigned with the evolution of medical practice in Philadelphia, JKRP’s renovations included an open lobby space with a double-height atrium, connecting the two floors together. They also designed a new entrance connecting the public spaces to a shared outdoor courtyard. The firm worked to reflect the building’s new branding by using modern materials and aesthetics to reflect the space’s new, cleanly designed look. The firm also worked on the offices for the Abington-Lansdale Hospital at Jefferson University. This new structure features a bridge connecting the third floor with the second floor of the adjacent existing building. Located on the campus of the Central Montgomery Medical Center, the space provides a place for doctors affiliated with the hospital to have offices of their own for their desk work.

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Cicada Architecture

Architects:
Mary Holland
Kurt Raymond

Awards:
American School & University Design Excellence Award,
Urban Excellence Rudy Bruner Award,
Preservation Alliance Grand Jury Project Award

Address:
1520 Locust Street, Suite 702, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Contact:
215-247-1430

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About Cicada Architecture

Cicada Architecture was co-founded in 1996 by Mary Holland, AIA, LEED AP BD&C, and Kurt Raymond, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB. Located in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia, the firm has been recognized with the Design Excellence Award from American School & University, the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, and the Preservation Alliance Grand Jury Project Award. It is also a certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). Holland has worked in architecture, planning, and interior design for over 30 years. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University in 1981 and attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Design program, leading to dual master’s degrees in architecture and city planning. She has taught architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Drexel University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also served as the chair of AIA Philadelphia’s Education Facilities Advocacy Committee. She is joined by co-Principal and Vice President Kurt Raymond. Raymond focuses on community development, as well as commercial and educational projects, at CICADA. He received a B.A. in Natural Sciences from Colgate University in 1982, followed by a Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude, from Drexel University in 1989, and he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Drexel University,

Featured Projects

The University of Pennsylvania is a huge part of Philadelphia’s economy, and when it came to developing their Business Services Office, they turned to Cicada Architecture. Cicada led a multi-phased renovation to better support teamwork and collaboration within the office. The design combined three separate office suites into a single suite with a common circulation core, supporting impromptu communication between staff in different departments. The project involved reconfiguration of the light fixture system within the existing grid to reduce the number of fixtures while improving light quality, using environmentally friendly friendly recycle and renewable materials, while still retaining as much of the historic existing interior partitions. Cicada also worked with the city of Philadelphia to reinvent the office spaces and community spaces throughout The Fairmount Park Conservancy. Working with the Natural Lands Restoration and Environmental Education Programs, the firm helped create five new Environmental Centers throughout the park, where members of the Friends of Pennypack Park and the park staff can coordinate together on the nature outreach and education programs.

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