Always by Design (AxD)

1315 Walnut Street - Suite 320
Philadelphia
PA
19107
Phone: 
(215) 627-6250
Year Established 
2005
About the Firm 
Always by Design (AxD) recognizes the inherent uniqueness of every client and project as the basis for fresh and innovative design solutions. With over 20 years of diverse project experience, AxD owner Edward A. Barnhart, AIA, engages project participants -- owners, users, designers, engineers, and contractors alike -- into creative collaboration. The passions and expertise of AxD are exemplified by award-winning work that: achieves resonance between a project and its setting, delights and inspires users, and promotes authentic experience through the use of contemporary forms, materials and technology. Project expertise encompasses cultural/educational facilities, office and retail interiors, and single-family homes. Services offered by AxD include: space need assessments, feasibility studies, code analysis, sustainable design consulting, and architectural design -- from concept through completion -- for new buildings, additions, renovations and interior fit-outs. All of the architectural design, detailing, specifications and construction supervision for each project are done in-house.
Types of Work
Foodservice/Restaurant: 
10%
Housing (Single Family): 
30%
Housing (Small Projects/Additions): 
5%
Interiors: 
10%
Libraries: 
20%
Zoning/Building Comp: 
5%
Firm Personnel
Total Staff This Office: 
2
Architects (Registered): 
1
Interns/Draftspeople: 
1
Projects 
Regional headquarters for National Electrical Contractors Association, Library renovations and new conservation laboratory for American Philosophical Society; Bard College library expansion; Pennsylvania Superior Court courtroom and offices renovations; Chemical Heritage Foundation offices and archives; Strickland Building feasibility study; thirteen01 restaurant/nightclub; Dos Segundos Cantina (restaurant); Bermuda Tanning Salon; Pines Gatehouse; Houses in PA, NY & ME.
Awards 
2014 Merit Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for Prospect House; 2014 Grand Jury Award from The Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for John C. Haas Archive of Science and Business at Chemical Heritage Foundation; 2013 Honor Award for Prospect House from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA); 2008 Award of Excellence for thirteen0I restaurant+bar from Society of American Registered Architects (SARA); 2008 Merit Award for AxD Gallery and Studio from Pennsylvania Chapter of American Institute of Architects; 2008 Best Design-Build Project Award for American Philosophical Society from General Building Contractors Association; 2007 Honor Award for AxD Gallery and Studio from Philadelphia Chapter of American Institute of Architects.
Contacts
Primary Contact: 
Ed Barnhart
Principals: 
Edward A. Barnhart
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