Always by Design (AxD)

1315 Walnut Street - Suite 320
(215) 627-6250
Year Established 
About the Firm 
The sole focus of Always by Design (AxD) is designing contemporary single-family homes directly with owners. Architect Ed Barnhart formed Always by Design to realize a more intimate and holistic way of practicing architecture. Ultimately, Ed found it to be of greater value to his clients to apply his thirty-plus years of experience to working directly for owners -- rather than indirectly, mentoring a staff of lesser experience. Now, as a sole practitioner, he provides exceptional single-source continuity for every project– from conception to completion. For owners, working with Ed means holistic involvement in their project from a “high altitude” down to the smallest of details.
Types of Work
Housing (Single Family): 
Firm Personnel
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Architects (Registered): 
Numerous new primary residences, vacation houses, additions and renovations in Maine, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia.
2020 Ranked in the “Top 18 Best Architects in Philadelphia” by; 2020 Best of Houzz for service professionalism for third year; 2015 Best of Design Award on; 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.
Primary Contact: 
Ed Barnhart
Edward A. Barnhart
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