2022 Shareholders

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PH ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF FOUR NEW SHAREHOLDERS TO ITS OWNERSHIP


We are proud to expand ownership of the firm to Chris Woodfin, Heather Faircloth, Michael Henning, and Luke Marczewski. The new shareholders are representative of PH’s future and encompass a diverse array of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents that enrich our firm. In our quest to promote and design better urban experiences, we continue to foster the talent, processes, and work environment necessary to form a strong foundation for sustained growth. The addition of the new shareholders will allow our company to further implement our collaborative and team-oriented culture.

Congratulations to our new shareholders!

2022 Staff Promotions

2022 SENIOR ASSOCIATE AND ASSOCIATES PROMOTIONS


We are proud to announce the promotion of the following staff members who have performed consistent and exceptional service to our clients, our projects, and the development of our internal capabilities.

Cesar Chavez has been promoted to Associate I. Heather Faircloth, Michael Henning, and Luke Marczewski have all been raised to the Associate II level. Robert Harris has been elevated to the position of Senior Associate.

 


Cesar Chavez, Associate I
Cesar is an experienced architect who excels in programming and developing design concepts. With his experience, Cesar has resolved architectural and construction challenges on some of the firm’s most important high-rise projects, particularly 465 N. Park and K2 Apartments. Cesar has dedicated himself to the architecture profession and enjoys collaboration with clients and colleagues, evident through his recent work on 354 N. Union, a 32-story apartment tower currently under construction in Chicago’s Fulton River District.

 


Heather Faircloth, Associate II
Since joining the practice in 1996, Heather has made substantial contributions to design excellence within the firm. Her creative energies have been applied to several iconic projects in Chicago, from the multiple Museum Park developments in Chicago’s South Loop to 465 N. Park in Streeterville, and to high-rise residential towers in Honolulu. Heather now manages several key projects in Texas, her home state, where she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

 


Luke Marczewski, Associate II
Over his 15 years with the firm, Luke has evolved from architectural assistant, to project coordinator, to a very effective project manager responsible for managing many of our important clients. He seeks to provide thoughtful and straightforward designs for projects of all types and scale resulting in memorable modern spaces evident in projects such as the award-winning adaptive reuse project at 3228 W. Palmer, Coeval - a two-tower apartment building, and 1400 S. Wabash - a currently under construction mixed-use high-rise building in Chicago’s South Loop.

 


Michael Henning, Associate II
Michael joined PH with an extensive background in large and small-scale projects at various notable Chicago architecture and design firms. He excels at developing appropriate design concepts and strategies, embracing complex issues as opportunities. During his time with PH, Michael has played invaluable roles in the success of various projects such as Clybourn 1200, a mixed-use mixed-income development in Chicago’s Near North Side honored with multiple national awards. Mike is also a talented artist and his drawings and sketches have been recognized in a number of publications and exhibitions.

 


Robert Harris, Senior Associate
Robert is a dynamic leader who effectively manages projects while fostering a positive client experience throughout the entire process. He successfully merges design excellence with complex program details found in many of the firm’s historic renovation and adaptive reuse projects. He communicates with clients through 3D visualization and other traditional design techniques to create architecture that is sensitive and responsive to context. In addition, Robert is a strong mentor who leads the firm’s technical initiatives, systems research, and QAQC practices.

80 East Rainey Project Progress

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80 EAST RAINEY MIXED-USE HIGH-RISE PROJECT PROGRESS


The project is designed with Austin's Rainey Street neighborhood character in mind, known for its bars, eateries, and nightlife. The project reimagines an infill site along Rainey Street, previously used as a food truck lot, into a high-rise mixed-use tower designed in such a way as to invite and engage the public. Ground-floor retail and alcoves planned into the building’s street frontage create social space and allow for a sidewalk cafe culture. Two historic bungalows are preserved and incorporated into the site plan with a landscaped walkway that acts as a connection point for pedestrians to safely traverse from Rainey Street to the riverfront trails and park to the west.

A contextual planning approach, and a sensitive yet bold architectural vocabulary, shape this project into the heart of Austin's growing community. Masonry brickwork encapsulating the building podium engages local masons to further connect the building to its setting and reaffirm its sense of place in the neighborhood. The residential tower above the garage podium extends the project’s themes with mixed aesthetics that echo the dynamic collection of commercial activities on Rainey Street. Residential amenity levels atop the podium are arranged in staggered tiers that seem to organically erode into the building mass.

 

Project Team: David A. HaymesJeff Renterghem, Greg Klosowski (PM), Javier Ortiz, Sofia Ramos, Michael Henning, Peter Evanich


November 2021 - Design Coordination at PH with Landscape Architect, TBG Partners!


2021 - Project Reveal

Project Goals

- Adhere to the current Rainey district feel and story by providing community spaces for pedestrians
- Provide 10% on-site affordable housing
- Preserve two existing bungalow homes and incorporate them into the new site plan
- Activate the entire Rainey Street frontage
- Connect Rainey Street to the Alley and be a catalyst for future connection of Rainey district to the riverfront trails and the future expansion of the Mexican American cultural center
- Reduce vehicle traffic loads on Rainey Street by moving vehicular access, loading, and pick-up away from the street
- Preserve most of the existing trees on site
- Improve pedestrian experience by providing additional shading, planting oversized trees in front of the property

 

City Context

Austin’s Rainey District is defined by a series of bungalows that have been converted into restaurants and bars over time. The street as a result has become a dynamic nightlife hotspot for dining and entertainment. Rainey Street has recently started attracting urban dwellers due to its proximity to the city center as well as the Colorado River and the riverfront green space.

City Context Map by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Building Context Diagram

 

Existing Site Conditions

The site currently operates as a food truck lot and is occupied by two bungalows which currently operate as bars.

Existing Site Conditions by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

 

Site Plan

Facing the street will be various retail and restaurants while the preserved bungalows will provide additional use as commercial space. Between the main building and the bungalows will be a landscaped garden and walkway connecting Rainey Street to the riverfront park and trails.

Site Plan by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

 

Human Experience Vignette - Public Realm

Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

The 2021 Recap

THE 2021 RECAP


Illinois Forest Preservation Photo Exhibit

MOMENTS IN NATURE


Ken DeMuth, AIA, is a recognized expert in adaptive reuse and historic preservation of buildings. Still, his passion for conservation extends beyond architecture to Illinois's natural forests and prairies. Ken is a member of the Spring Creek Stewards that volunteers in the 7,000 acre Spring Lake Forest Preserve and often spends his time out of the office to keep invasive species away and help restore the land to its “pre-settlement” condition. His efforts include historic settlement research, landscape documentation, and botany-related fieldwork coordinated with Forest Preserve naturalists to reverse engineer the original prairie state.

While Ken has been actively working to restore the natural landscapes of Illinois, he has managed to capture on camera some extraordinary moments in nature. Ken was invited to display his collection of photographs at the Citizens of Conservation Art Show. Below are Ken’s photos from the art show and a few others from his private collection!

 

Mud Lake

 

Downed Trees

 

The Robber Fly

 

Back 40

 

Rosewind

 

Silk Net

 

Cone Flower Heads

 

Donlea Oak

 

Bur Oaks at the 160

 

Pearl in Spring Creek

 

Damselflies

 

Royal Catchfly, Coneflowers and Wild Bergamot

 

Tiger Butterfly

 

Milkweed

 

Tufted Sedge Meadow

 

Sedge Meadow

 

Ice Formation 1

 

Ice Formation 2

 

Ice Formation 3

 

Frosted web

1203 North California Project Progress

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1203 NORTH CALIFORNIA PROJECT PROGRESS


A new 9-story residential building is under development at the vacant corner of California Ave & Division Street in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The site anchors the western gateway to the Paseo Boricua, the vibrant art district and commercial corridor extending to Western Avenue. Hispanic Housing Development Corp. is leading the project to construct 64 apartments targeted to families in the community who seek affordable alternatives to relocating out of the area. The program also includes a large multi-story mural by local artist Antonio Beniquez celebrating Humboldt Park’s multicultural heritage, ground-floor retail, indoor parking spaces, a multi-purpose outdoor recreation terrace, and space for sidewalk markets and cafes. Occupancy is scheduled for 2023.

Project Team: Ken DeMuth (PM), Justin Palmer


December 17, 2021 - Design Reveal

Context:
The building replaces a vacant lot located at California and Divison St. along the west end of the Paseo Boricua, whose transition location between a park, residential district, and thriving commercial corridor is ideally suited to encourage a pedestrian-oriented lifestyle that supports aging in place and handicapped individuals. Within walking distance are grocery stores, banking, a hospital, a public park, and other commercial goods and services. The added population of the boiling will serve to bolster existing businesses while invigorating pedestrian activity for a more vibrant and secure community.


 

Site Design:
The building responds to the distinguishing characteristics of its corner site. Division St. is an active commercial corridor and is fronted with a facade of traditional masonry materials articulated by entrances and storefronts. The wide walkways will accommodate outdoor market and cafe uses for ground-level tenants to engage with the passersby. The corner space is designed as a meeting room suited to public and private uses intended to facilitate the building's role as community-oriented. The residential entry at California is given room for visual and spatially identity, recessed and marked with graphics and an illuminated entry cover. The existing bus shelter on California Ave maintains its place free from competing entries and displays with a visual connection to the Lobby for user convenience. Service functions and parking are relegated to the rear freeing the street fronts of four curb cuts.

 

Public Realm:
The building contributes to the public realm by 'completing the street' and turning the corner to provide a commercial facade extension to California Ave. The art and cultural expressions of the paseo will be celebrated through a commissioned multi-story, multi-facade mural installation applied to the north side and extending to the west.

 

The Mural:
Antonio Beniquez, a long-time Humboldt Park area resident, is the original artist responsible for the famed "Humboldt" mural on the building wall facing the project site. The giant mural was a tribute to the neighborhood where he grew up attending the annual Puerto Rican parade on the Paseo Boricua. Antonio will once again be responsible for a new mural on the exposed north side of the building's wall, which will be highly visible driving south on N. California Ave and from Humboldt Park.

 

Massing:
The building utilizes a mass that anchors the corner, with frontages oriented to the park and the east skyline for best views and light. It also results in a 2nd-floor open terrace space fronting on Division St that is both semi-protected and well illuminated by the sun. The building is organized around a traditional base, middle and top format to provide a readily understood compositional theme that transitions stylistic conventions that are sensibly digestible in an architectural way.

 

Facade:
The facade incorporates masonry trim and face brick materials at ground level that are in harmony with vintage facades and scale of Division St. As the structure moves to the corner and rises, the articulation becomes modular and repetitive with contemporary phenolic rain screen panels, tinted glass, and painted aluminum. The building's corner is anchored with a vertical glazed shaft which serves to bookend the western terminus of the commercial paseo.

 

Construction:
The project will utilize a poured in place, post-tension concrete structure supported by drilled caissons. The building skin is an insulated metal stud assembly faced with rain screen ventilated cavity assemblies of brick veneer, stone panels, and high-pressure pressed phenolic panels with integral colors or graphics. The roof and terrace utilize pedestal-supported precast architectural pavers with a modular vegetated extensive green roof system over an insulated membrane.

 

Sustainability:
The project will achieve a 100pt score following the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy designed to meet Energy Star; exceeding the Chicago Energy Code by 10%; providing a Green Roof; reducing indoor water usage by 25%; providing proximity to qualified transit services; providing EV vehicle charging ready facilities; and providing CTA digital display. Many other features that are best practices in resource-efficient construction are incorporated for a durable building that will continue to be owned and managed by the developer.

Carissa Davis Promoted to Controller

2021 PH Pumpkin Carving Contest

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2021 PH PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST


The annual PH pumpkin carving contest is here!

A time when PH architects get to reminisce on the long grueling hours in architecture school making models with an X-Acto knife in hand, realizing that architecture school did in fact prepare us for the real world: carving the best pumpkin on the block!

Check out the winning pumpkins from this year and all other honorable mentions!

Happy Halloween!


1st Place Winner - Baby Yoda

Team Members: Michael Henning, Justin Palmer


2nd Place Winner - Mummy

Team Members: Greg Klosowski, Robert Harris, Chris Chiu


3rd Place Winner - Puffer Fish

Team Members: David A. Haymes, Kathryn Katz


Honorable Mentions! (All Others)

40 Years in 40 Seconds

An Urban Project: 465 North Park

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AN URBAN PROJECT: 465 NORTH PARK


Three key factors needed to be addressed at the site of 465 North Park: the built environment, the natural environment, and the social context. The project is sited in the city’s prestigious Streeterville neighborhood at the gateway to one of Chicago’s most famous tourist destinations, Navy Pier. The city block that the building is located borders the Chicago River to the South, Lake Michigan and the Ogden Slip to the East, and North Columbus Drive, one of nine routes that link the northern and southern halves of the city, flanks the block to the West. Surrounding the site is historic architecture and commercial buildings, including the modern Loews Tower and the Chicago Tribune Tower whose view corridor restricted the height of construction on the southern portion of the site.

“The elegantly curved facades of the elliptical towers provide visual relief (as opposed to harsh corners) by opening up sightlines past the building in all directions towards iconic buildings (built environment) and towards the lake (natural environment).” - Christopher Chiu

The chosen plan was one derived from an overlay of three ellipses. Christopher Chiu, who was an integral part of the CD and CA stages of the project, remarks, “the elegantly curved facades of the elliptical towers provide visual relief (as opposed to harsh corners) by opening up sightlines past the building in all directions towards iconic buildings (built environment) and towards the lake (natural environment).” This approach engaged the rectangular Loews Tower as a more organic counterpart. Its slender profile pushed to the corner made 465 North Park seem the taller of the pair from some angles. The elliptical plans were overlaid and canted in a way that conserves the Tribune Tower’s sightlines, allows for sweeping panoramic views in all directions, and admits natural light across the entire depth of the floor plates. The full-height window walls reflect the immediate context, thereby further reducing the appearance of a visual obstruction when viewed from the exterior.

At a social level, 465 North Park receives heavy foot traffic from those who work in the city as well as tourists. With the north facade of the building base making up a part of the street wall that leads to Navy Pier, there was an opportunity for visual as well as physical interaction between the building and the pedestrians. The elliptical form of the tower flows down to the front, southwest corner of the site, allowing the tower to engage the street and bring focus to the first floor retail spaces. The tower masses are thoughtfully pulled back from the property lines above the 4-story podium to divert its imposing height from the street level. An internal parking lot rising five stories inside the core is screened from view by residential units wrapping the lower floors along the two primary street fronts. Heather Faircloth designed the laminated dwellings on the face of the garage podium which both hides the parking garage and creates active space above the retail that further strengthens the urban connection. The 2-story loft-style townhome units just under the 6th-floor amenity deck are high enough off the ground to reduce noise from the city and still enjoy people watching on the street below. These units at the base of the building are some of the most expensive and sought-after rentals in the development.

Exchanges within the building mass are also treated as an extension of the social context. Interaction is encouraged through the open floor plans of the nearly one acre of interior and exterior amenity spaces spread over three different levels. The amenity spaces include lounges in both expansive and intimate settings, a business center, conference room, demonstration kitchen and dining room, swimming pool, and lushly landscaped gardens. Replete with high-end finishes and details, Christopher Chiu notes how "the amenity draws residents to linger, socialize or explore while soaking up the views on all sides.” Despite the sprawling size of the main amenity deck on the 6th floor, residents get a sense of being cradled inside the urban context with a direct connection to the city. The niche dining and grilling stations, fire pits and planters scattered throughout the amenity decks also provide semi-confined spaces for smaller-scale interactions without giving up the views.

PH Projects Along Chicago’s Popular 606 Trail

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PH PROJECTS ALONG CHICAGO'S POPULAR 606 TRAIL


Summer is in full swing and Chicago's 606 Trail is once again a popular course for runners, bikers, and those looking for a place to walk off a big meal from one of the many trendy restaurants in the area. PH has been involved in the transformation of the Wicker Park neighborhood since long before the 606 Trail opened in 2015 and it's incredible to see how much (or little) has changed over time! Check out the Google Maps below to see the PH project locations!

1847 N Humboldt Project Highlight

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CENTURY-OLD CHURCH TRANSFORMED INTO ONE-OF-A-KIND APARTMENTS


Churches regularly dot the corners along historic Humboldt Boulevard, yet rarely are they found mid-block as is the church serving as the anchor for this project. The unique siting of 1847 N. Humboldt presented a challenge - how to preserve the valuable character and architectural integrity of a neighborhood landmark and transform it into a modern residential building - all while working within the constraints of the site's infill location mid-block.

The site previously had a parking lot on the boulevard which, in effect, was a visual missing tooth along the otherwise uniform street-wall of residential buildings lining the block. One of the first moves was to relocate parking to the alley which then made it possible for a new addition to close this gap at the street. The reimagined structure is in three parts. The first being the former church structure which contains 6 dwellings. The second, a new annex in the place of the parking lot, matches the setback of the church's facade and adds an additional 9 units. The third, a glassy central spine, set-back slightly from the others, serves as both the main entry as well as primary circulation for the residents.

Visually, the church is the focus, with the annex serving as a strong, quiet partner. The form of the annex takes its cues from the proportion and rhythm found at the church, but the detailing is simplified and it utilizes darker, more uniform materials in order to highlight the lighter, more ornate limestone facade of the church. The light-filled spine allows all residents to benefit from the character of the church - as it’s located along the church wall, with exposed stained glass and views along the church’s side facade from all levels. A window on the third floor facing the rear, along with the double-height glazing at the front washes the vaulted space with natural light and views from both directions.

Project Architect: Jon Young

Georgi Todorov Recognized at International Design Competition – Low-Rise LA

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GEORGI TODOROV RECOGNIZED AT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION - LOW-RISE LA


Earlier this year, several PH staff members entered in the Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles Design Challenge, proposing urban residential design and planning solutions for various Los Angeles neighborhood contexts. Four PH teams took on this challenge to engage in imaginative thinking and derive targeted solutions for affordability, quality of life, and community enhancement.

Georgi Todorov and Petya Petrova's ABC (Affordable Back Cottage) proposal was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Subdivision category with the jury stating their proposal “...has the potential to produce housing solutions for Los Angeles with wide impact”.

Georgi’s active engagement in creative, thoughtful solutions for our diverse urban environments are at the heart of his body of work - both in his work at PH and in his engagement through outlets such as Low-Rise LA. We are thrilled Georgi has received this well-deserved recognition and proud of the great work by all of the teams from PH.

Click on the links below to see all PH submissions!


The ABC (Affordable Back Cottage)

Team Members: Georgi Todorov, Petya Petrova

Honorable Mention, Subdivision Category

Despite being the smallest structure, we believe the subdivision category will have the biggest impact globally on LA while keeping existing buildings intact. Property owners would have the opportunity to sell land and generate savings, while lower-income individuals would have the opportunity to get significantly more affordable homes by investing in a small piece of land with existing infrastructure. Following the recommendations from the community engagement listening sessions, our proposal strays from too modern of a look in order to avoid the sense of gentrification and displacement in the community. Without focusing on a particular site, our design merges seamlessly in the wide variety of sub-characteristics of the different LA lower-income neighborhoods.

Go to Georgi's design submission >


Daybreak

Team Members: Peter Evanich

Fourplex Category

DAYBREAK seeks to reintroduce nature into low-income developments by providing a communal courtyard that can be programmed by the residents. This outdoor space can be arranged in a multitude of ways including a barbecue and lounge or shared micro-farm. Three of the four units look directly onto this shared space, while the fourth unit gets a direct view of the street and front yard. The plantings in the front yard soften the street facade and provide shade along the sidewalk, contributing to a cooler local climate.

Go to Peter's design submission >


Modern Bungalow Courtyard

Team Members: Greg Klosowski

Corners Category

This proposal is a modern reinterpretation of a classic southern California typology, the bungalow courtyard. The approach takes a classic layout with a shared circulation and community space and adapts it to provide a variety of unit types and sizes. This permits a broader cross-section of neighbors, from affordable to missing-middle, to market rate, who would make this development their homes. This also places great importance on the central landscaped circulation, fostering greater resident interaction and connectivity through shared areas for exercise, outdoor dining, and gardening.

Go to Greg's design submission >


The Common

Team Members: David Mata, Adam Lavey, Georgi Todorov

Fourplex Category

The COMMON is a contextual courtyard development that introduces a higher density model that can be utilized in many different neighborhoods. It strives to address affordable housing needs by empowering an aspect of communal living within its own milieux. The intent is to connect to city infrastructure in a flexible and social manner.

Go to The Common team's design submission >

Flats on Federal Project Progress

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ARMOUR INSTITUTE ADAPTIVE REUSE PROJECT PROGRESS


Armour Institute is the iconic red brick building that can be seen from the I-90 Expressway just before entering downtown Chicago from the south. Opened in 1893, the historic building would eventually become a part of the renowned Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT, Illinois Tech) campus where it continued to serve administrative duties until being closed in 2007. The Armour Institute of Technology began as a manual training school teaching under one roof architecture, engineering, industrial arts, physical ed, and the nation's first fire protection engineering courses, resulting in a structure as varied as its curriculum. In 2017, private developers purchased the building with a plan to convert the building for residential use. New fire protection systems, masonry repairs, and structural reinforcing are a part of the program for building wide repairs and upgrades. Upon completion, Armour Institute will adopt a new name, the Flats on Federal, and will include 102 market-rate and affordable units as wel as resident amenities. The Chicago Landmark building will continue to serve local residents and the IIT neighborhood as a viable housing option available to students and non-students alike.

Project Team: Kenneth DeMuth, Christopher Woodfin, Elliot Schwarz


May 6, 2021 - The Plan Review Committee of the Landmarks Division of the Department of Planning for the City of Chicago approves proposed plans for adaptive reuse of the former Armour Institute building.

Armour Institute


January 15, 2021 - "Before" images


December 3, 2020 - Masonry repair work begins at Armour Institute

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Drone photography courtesy of Klein & Hoffman

Ask an Architect: Urban Architect

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN URBAN ARCHITECT?


In 1981 George Pappageorge, FAIA, and David A. Haymes, AIA, founded what is now Pappagoerge Haymes Partners (PH) on an ambition to re-activate the underutilized buildings and declining areas of Chicago, focusing on renovation and restoration projects. PH has since earned its national reputation as an innovator in contextual, site-appropriate urban architecture, boasting an imprint that spans from small renovation and infill projects to multifamily high-rise and mixed-use developments. We take pride in our ability to understand projects in their urban habitat and approach projects with aesthetically coherent and context-aware solutions. So we asked our architects, what does it mean to be an urban architect?


David A. Haymes, AIA, Founding Partner - "As an urban architect, one must address contemporary programmatic concerns yet have keen sensitivity to context (which, by definition is comprised of the built environment more so than the natural environment), recognizing and enhancing functional and aesthetic connectivity to neighbors, the street, the neighborhood, and the urban core through appropriate purpose, scale, mass, and architectural character.

The urban architect is also tasked with careful management of open space to enhance the urban experience, differentiating between, but threading together, defensible private, semi-private, and pubic spaces in the act of placemaking, to the benefit of the individual as well as the community as a whole."


Sofia Ramos, Architectural Associate - "Being an urban architect means juggling multiple different scales simultaneously. Of course, this is true of all architects but becomes particularly important at the urban scale because of its broader impact. What is built must respond to the scale of the existing context, the site itself, and the human scale, all of which tie back and contribute to the image of the city. Understanding the relationships of the different scales at play creates design opportunities for the urban architect to use the dynamic relationships between the scales to promote interaction & engagement- which is at the core of an urban landscape. Because of this, urban architects are responsible for building a reflection of society."


Jon Young, AIA, Associate - Being an urban architect to me is about promise.

Promise as an opportunity - the promise to create something worthwhile, something good, that will be experienced by many.  Promise as a pledge - the promise extending beyond the client, to the neighborhood, to the community, to the greater urban environment - a pledge to enhance the human experience.

When at its best, it is about the collective promise of the past, the present, and the future.

Architecture in an urban environment affords us the privilege to have a meaningful and lasting influence not only on the quality of life of the individuals who occupy the work, but also on the countless others who will - now, and in the future - experience the connections, the scale, and the community our work helps to create and encourage.


Michael Henning, AIA, Associate - "Urban, specifically infill sites often come with constraints that appear at odds with the goals and dreams for the project, and the creative challenge is to negotiate the apparent obstacles and celebrate the opportunities. Not unlike any project but a bit more intense are factors like the program area and components versus what is entitled for the often encumbered site, requirements for use, access and location services to engage, environment, connection, history, being just a few. It should always be understood that the building will be in a provided environment/context, and this needs to be thoroughly understood for its given and potential qualities to improve or enhance its environment. These are often larger scale/taller projects and should be aesthetically understood at different scales, looking at and out from the project. Understanding how the project relates to its urban context should be like a "powers of ten” type exercise with the broad view, seeing how the building lives in the urban environment and then scaling down to how it lives with the street."


Greg Klosowski, AIA, Senior Associate - "An urban architect takes a wide range of scales into account and needs to be adept at moving fluidly between them as a project takes shape. For example, there are a number of scales we consider when designing large residential towers. At the largest scale, the project needs to be considered globally relative to its sustainability and its impact on the environment, both in its construction materials and techniques, as well as its performance for decades after its opening.

These projects also have regional impacts, the most notable is when the project is tall enough to add to the narrative of a skyline, in which case its form as an object needs to be considered. Views may be lost or altered. There are potentially long-reaching impacts to solar access for neighboring sites as a tower’s shadow can extend for a block or more. On a more prosaic level, these big projects bringing potential changes to traffic patterns or may impact the density of users for local public transportation options. Introduction of retail and amenities might impact patterns of pedestrian circulation.

Urban architects also need to appreciate the very local, project-centric social scale. Amenity decks provide opportunities for larger-scale socialization spaces such as a common swimming pool to more intimate opportunities, individual outdoor dining rooms, and fire pits. Understanding the programming and arranging successful spaces requires consideration for how people may organize themselves communally within a much larger framework.

Even finer in detail are the gradients of the personal scale to consider. At a semi-public level, lobby spaces and their finishes need to be considered. The drama of a tall lobby or the intentional intimacy of a smaller setting drives a project’s tone. The feel of Venetian plaster on a carefully designed spiral staircase is one of many opportunities to make architecture a more tactile experience. At a private level, we consider how individuals live and use spaces, working out enjoyable and comfortable homes within some very efficient spaces.

Concepts for urban architecture need to be strong enough to have a certain resiliency as the design often needs to work its way through a myriad of influences - not only the developer-client - but city leaders and planners, hyper-localized neighborhood groups, and the larger public. This strength requires a certain simplicity of the parti, one that can be woven into the project’s narrative. This story-telling compliments the visual allure of a project and gives the project a sense of added architectural depth, but it also simply gives the stakeholders - all of them - something to relate to and connect with in a positive way. Good urban architects are good negotiators, communicators, and consensus builders. Positive support and belief in the design and its idea will be essential to overcome the inevitable detractors and allow to be broadly accepted and embraced."

Read the full article on Urban Legends >

Two PH Projects Recognized at NAHB Best in American Living Award

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TWO PH PROJECTS RECOGNIZED AT NAHB BEST IN AMERICAN LIVING AWARD


Two PH projects were recognized at NAHB Best in American Living Award on February 25th, 2021. The Grand Palmer Lodge and Motley School Apartments received Gold and Silver awards respectively in the Multifamily Adaptive Reuse category. We are grateful to the wonderful clients and partners we had the opportunity to collaborate with on each of these projects. Congratulations to both project teams!

The Grand Palmer Lodge Team: Ranquist Development, Campbell Coyle Real Estate, New Era Chicago, MC Construction Group
Moteley School Apartments Team: Svigos Asset Management
PH Project Team: Ken DeMuth, Luke Marczewski, Elliot Schwarz

Visit the NAHB Best in American Living Award page!